- Reply by EMark, Apr 16.
Welcome to the Snooth Forum, Douglas. We look forward to learning from you, and, believe me, if I do plan a trip to Chicago, I will contact you for recommendations. Thank you, in advance, for the offer.
From your handle I might conclude that you enjoy wines made from the Pinot Noir grape. There are a lot of Pinot fans here and I am sure you will enjoy comparing favorites with them. In fact you might want to take a look at this conversation about a group tasting that we had last fall. From the picture I might also conclude that you are a hospitality professional. Are you a sommelier?
- Reply by chicago pinot, Apr 16.
Thanks for writing, EMARK! That pic above was taken at a practice I did before my Certified last month. I am sure there are many things I am doing wrong in that pic!
I would love to moonlight my way to a service position; have very little restaurant background though (I work full time for the Great City of Chicago - very happy with that, but I definitely have Sommelier Dreams too!)
I invite you to check out my primal screams aka blogs and look for me on Twitter too @demilove !
- Reply by Richard Foxall, Apr 16.
Both my parents were born and raised in Chicago. My brother-in-law splits his time between Chicago where he and his current wife work their regular jobs and Asheville, NC, where they run a wine-gift business. (They ship N. Car. wines as gifts--not weird wine-tchotkes that people give as gifts.) My niece and nephew both went to Northwestern U, so the last time I was there was for my niece's college graduation. I've got another nephew by marriage who just moved to Houston from Chicago--he used to go to wine events that I alerted him to around the city. All of these folks have a taste for wine, although when I was a kid, it was traditional to go to Burghof's for your first (semi-) legal beer. You've got strong restaurants in the broad shouldered city with excellent wine programs, and plenty of shops.
Gotta say that being a somm sounds really fun if you are somewhere like, oh, the Restaurant at Meadowood, or some place where the selection is good and the audience appreciative. But service jobs are hard and low paying. The folks who can afford the best bottles aren't always the most generous--that's how they got that way. But don't let me rain on your parade--follow that dream. As a fellow public servant, I look forward to that guaranteed pension so I can grow grapes.
- Reply by jamessulis, Apr 16.
Welcome to Snooth Douglas.
This is one if not the best website for all of us wine lovers. It's a University of knowledge for all those experts and beginners. I was born and raised in Chicago and spent most of my life living in Chicago and some of it's surrounding suburbs. In 2008 I moved to the Great Pacific Northwest where wine is abundant. I am minutes from wineries in both Oregon and Washington and have taken self guided and professional tours to many Vineyards. I absolutely love living here as the weather is so much more comfortable.
Enjoy Snooth and all of the exceptionally wonderful people here !
The Great Pacific Northwest