Nov 09

Episode 6: What the Heck, Malbec?

  • PSH (Malbec) 2008 $14.99… This Malbec is from Mendoza Argentina. The wine maker is Philip Schell, a native frenchman from Bordeaux, who is trying his luck in Argentina, so needless to say I was excited to try this wine. However, I found it to be shockingly fruit forward with bright notes of blueberry and blackberry notes, and the acidity was shockingly overwhelming. It was a good burger wine, and not much more.
  • Antis (Malbec) 2008 $15.99… This is also a Malbec from Mendoza. This was significantly more pleasing. It had a lovely nose of plums, tobacco, and leather, and a medium bodied velvety palate, that makes it lovely to drinkable wine on it’s own or with a juicy piece of steak!
  • Bianchi Famiglia 2007 (Malbec) $24.99… This is the KING of Malbecs. This one has been aged in oak for at least 10 months and it shows. It is significantly more complex and less acidic then the 1st two. It also offers up some richer bakeshop elements such as cocoa, coffee, and cinnamon. I could drink this all night long… and just might. It also seems the only one worth cellaring.

Oct 09

Episode 4: Fall In Love With Wine

Sorry for my absence, gang! I have been suffering through flu seasion, and if there is one time I can tell you that you should absolutely NOT drink fine wines, it is when you can not smell. Because 75% of the experience is lost.

This week I focused on wines that keep you warm as the temps drop this fall… and go great with fall time food, such as homemade chicken noodle soup, chili, stews and more.

  1. Divine Light Verhelho by: Vinaceous from South Austrailia $16.99
  2. Barbera D’Asti From Italy $14.99
  3. Terrapura Carmener Chile, Central Valley – $18.99

Sep 09

Episode 3: Get Screwed!

For Episode 3 of Wine Soaked, Sommelier Sara Kay brings you Chicago’s only punk rock wine show! Sara Kay punks out with a full meal’s worth of wine sealed entirely with new, non-traditional enclosures–including “Stelvin” screw caps & even pop tops.
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Sep 09

Episode 2: The Dinner Party

Sara Kay looks at three wines that she’s selected for a dinner party, explains how they pair with her food, and shows how to open three types of wine bottles.

In this episode:

  • Emri Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc ($15.99)
  • Dry Creek 2008 Chenin Blanc ($21.99)
  • Van Duzer Vintner’s Cuvee 2007 Pinot Noir ($23.99)

Also, check back here later on in the week. Sara Kay will be posting her wine list for the upcoming show, so that you can buy in advance and taste along with her!