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Wine for schwa

I ended up doing a Txakolina and a Pinot Noir, both based on recommendations from Bret (who was super helpful) from Sam's on North Ave. I really liked the Txakolina he recommended and I thought it really complimented the food nicely. I don't remember exactly which one it was, but I believe there are only three Txakolina at Sam's and it was the least expensive one. The pinot noir he recommended was really earthy and mushroomy and I didn't care for it too much, but it was exactly what Bret described it to be.

Schwa was really fun! It has a very intimate feel to it. I imagine it would be like going to a friend's place who is a chef and trying out new dishes. From my understanding (and I could be wrong), there is no waitstaff, but it is Chef Carlson and his kitchen staff who do the serving along with the cooking, which really adds to the intimate feeling. My date and I both did the nine course tasting and everything was basically excellent! My only complaint was the deserts were just so-so, but maybe that was just in comparsion to the rest of the menu. :) If you haven't been there I highly recommend you make a reservation now (since it will take a long time to get in)

Sep 25, 2006
swtbobby in Chicago Area

Wine for schwa

Thanks! I don't think I have been this excited to go to a BYOB, umm. . . ever! I really like pinot noir, so that sounds good for the red. My date didn't like the last dry riesling we had (which I liked a lot), so I was thinking of perhaps Ameztoi 2005 Txakolina, which we had before and I think would be a good substitute.

Thanks again for your comments and suggestions!

Sep 19, 2006
swtbobby in Chicago Area

Wine for schwa

Hi,

After making reservations back in July, I'm very excited to be finally going to schwa for the first time tomorrow evening. Obviously, I don't know much about wine, but want to bring a couple bottles, I was thinking a red and a white. Big date for me so I want to appear somewhat knowledgeable and try to impress her :) The schwa website suggests, "spirits that are light, bright and food friendly". I would like to try to keep the wine to under $40 a bottle, and suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks!

Sep 19, 2006
swtbobby in Chicago Area