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Big Favor ... Calling all the "Experienced" and "Professional" wine NUTS ...

Wow this has taken a life of it's own. Again thank you to all the great suggestions. You gals and guys are just fantabulous. :)

Sep 13, 2011
ChiKid in Wine

Big Favor ... Calling all the "Experienced" and "Professional" wine NUTS ...

Let me just start by thanking all of those who took a look and gave suggestions. I know as a newbie, some of the questions sound ludicrous for seasoned wine drinkers. But already many of the suggestions gave me insight as to my own question. As many of you have already stated, I need to expand my scope of wine; not only by region, but the type. As a typical American consumer, my exposure has been limited to mostly American wines, esp. Californian. Again my ring of knowledge has been limited by what is typically thrust upon the American consumer. I look forward to drinking and learning more.

Jason...Again, your question tells me how little I know. Please bear with me. I am trying to limit my question to "table wines." I did not realize how open ended this question was when I posted.

Steve... the regions you have mentioned. Can you name couple wines from each area that you think would e great.

Chef June...Like Bin 36 for fish for many years. I did not realize they had a great wine list.

LabLady... I get it. Baby steps. I have to stop drinking out of this sippy cup. It is very depressing >;-)

Sep 06, 2011
ChiKid in Wine

Big Favor ... Calling all the "Experienced" and "Professional" wine NUTS ...

I meant wine connoisseur . Let me just start out by saying I am a novice in the wine department. I just know what I like when I taste it. I like all reds. However, my wife likes white esp. chardonnays. I probably sound like a child in my likes and dislikes. LOL . And yes that is where I am at this point. This is the reason I am asking people like Jason or Bill or whoever wants to chime in if they can list the top 25... 50 ... 75 or 100 wines that "they" think I should taste and experience on my journey. I think I can get a group together so the price can range up to about $300. I have the pleasure of tasting some expensive wines, but truthfully I could not tell the difference between the $600 bottle and the $200. My go to wine are usually Chappellet, Jordan, or Caymus for a nice cab. Wife likes Conundrum.
I know there are books galore on this subject, but I thought I pick some of your tongues for info. Thanks.

Sep 04, 2011
ChiKid in Wine

How often does Chef Achatz himself create the tableside dessert at Alinea?

Alinea...No tableside dessert. No chef either on Friday. But they will send you a signed menu in the mail.

Aug 28, 2011
ChiKid in Chicago Area