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June / July 2015

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68 { THE SOMM JOURNAL } JUNE/JULY 2015 Somm Da�e with a Laura Levy Shatkin isn't shy when it comes to asking a wine buyer out to dinner . . . as long as he brings the wine and she gets to choose the venue! This is the first installment of her new series. WHO Sommelier Michael Taylor of Del Frisco's Chicago took my pairing challenge with enthusiasm. He selected six wines to pair with regional Mexican flavors. "Not only do I love Mexican food, Taylor said, "but I cut my teeth for my first sommelier gig at Salpicon," another one of Chicago's venerable Mexican restaurants. WHERE We dined at BYOB restaurant Mixteco (1610 W. Montrose, Chicago), where owner Raul Arreola, a Frontera Grill veteran, pre- pares regional Oaxacan specialties, layered with flavors and textures. by Laura Levy Shatkin / photos by Jacob Hand THE PAIRINGS Taylor's wines covered a range of styles, vintages and grape varietals, mirroring his wine list. "I wanted to pick wines for pairing and also intro - duce a few wines I'm really excited about," he said. Mexican Mix The SOMM Journal's contributor Laura Levy Shatkin chose Uptown Chicago's Mixteco, a BYOB restaurant, to dine with Sommelier Michael Taylor of Del Frisco's. CHICAGO SOMM MICHAEL TAYLOR BRINGS ALONG BOTTLES FROM FALANGHINA TO ZINFANDEL TO PAIR WITH SAVORY OAXACAN FARE

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