7/21/17 – The 6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – $30 and under Edition

Hello & Happy Friday!
We just wrapped up our summer wine tastings with a great exploration of Galicia, Spain last night. Big thanks to Steven Alexander from De Maison Selections for our guided tour of the region’s best wines! Once the new store is up and running we’ll release a fall tasting schedule.
In the meantime, if you love the Chicago food & wine scene and are looking for a fun summer event, we have a great recommendation! Details below:
WHEN: Sunday, August 20th at 6:30pm
WHERE: Biograph Theater, 2433 N Lincoln Avenue
WHAT: Michael Muser (Grace Restaurant, Jean Banchet Awards) hosts 5 of Chicago’s greatest chefs for an evening of untold, crazy, jaw-dropping funny stories that most people outside of the restaurant industry never hear about. Uncensored and no holds barred, you’ll be up close and personal with Sarah Grueneberg, Abe Conlon, Rick Bayless, Carrie Nahabedian, and Curtis Duffy.
COST: $50 General Admission, $100 VIP (gets you backstage after the show to meet the chefs and sip on some bubbles)

*All ticket pricing includes Champagne reception

*Proceeds go to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and are tax deductible.
SIGN UP: Tickets can be purchased here.

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And it’s that time again, we’re back with another release of “The 6 for ‘Everyday’ – $30 & Under” wine club. We have some exciting and unusual wines for you this month, including 3 reds, a natural rosé and 2 whites that couldn’t be more perfect for this summer heat. You’ll be exploring Spain, Italy, France, Austria, South Africa and Portugal.
The wines are here for pick up at the store, and we also have local delivery and shipping options available.
Have a great weekend,
Craig, Jamie & Evie
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6 for “Everyday” Wine Club –
The $30 & under Edition
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2016 Morgadío Albariño
Rias Baixas, Spain
Founded in 1984, Morgadío is the easternmost inland estate in the D.O. Rías Baixas, located within Spain’s northwestern Galicia region.
Until the late 1980s Galicia’s legendary Albariño grape was known for its high quality and extreme scarcity. It was Spain’s most expensive wine grape, which caused producers to often blend it with other, less costly varieties. Authentic examples were produced in extremely small quantities which never made it outside the region.
In 1988 the D.O. Rías Baixas was established. Refocusing attention on a superior microclimate and fuller style, Morgadío (“only son” in Gallego) set new standards upon its release. Their southern exposure and brilliantly-reflective granite soils serve to maximize the Albariño’s concentration and characteristic aromas and flavors of pear, stone fruit and wet stone. The wine finishes with the classic hint of Atlantic salinity that makes this a pairing for shellfish, fresh oysters and sushi.
$19.00 BTL / $228.00 CASE
 
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2014 Juris Blaufränkisch “Selection”
Burgenland, Austria
 
The Juris winery is located in the city of Gols, a place where wine has been the primary source of income dating back to the 6th century. Gols is located within the larger Burgenland region, one of Austria’s southernmost growing areas.
Burgenland is a narrow strip of land that starts at the Danube River and runs south down to the Steiermark region. To the east of Burgenland is Hungary, and the region actually has more in common with Hungary topographically than it does with Austria. Just to the west of Burgenland are the foothills of the Alps, which has a lot influence on the terroir of the region.
The Juris estate has 18 hectares of vines, two-thirds of which are planted to red grapes on gravel and sandy soils that produce wines with great complexity and balance.
Blaufränkisch, along with Zweigelt, is an important red grape in the region. The 2014 bottling opens with a dark ruby color and aromas of dark forest berries, sweet baking spices and balanced tannins. Great with earthy grilled vegetables, mushrooms, and alpine cheeses, this wine can easily be enjoyed now or stored for up to 5 years.
$20.00 BTL / $240.00 CASE
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2015 Vuurberg White
Stellenbosch, South Africa
Vuurberg is owned by Sebastiaan Klaassen, a Dutchman who went to South Africa on holiday to kite surf, and became entranced by the country and eventually decided make it his home and produce wine.
His farm is stunningly situated against a mountain along the Helshoogte Pass, on soil that is big, red and clay-like; a composition that led them to plant Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc, as well as Chenin Blanc and Viognier at the top of the property. Inspired by the Helshoogte (“Hell’s Heights”) location and the imposing mountain backdrop, the name Vuurberg (“Fire Mountain”) was aptly chosen for the property.
Donovan Rall, owner and winemaker of Rall Wines and a favorite of ours in the store, joined Sebastiaan in 2010 to take on the winemaking leadership, and together they have enjoyed continuing success with both the white and red bottlings from the property.
This white is a blend of just about everything (39% old vine Chenin Blanc, Semillon, Viognier, Verdelho, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and a teeny bit of Chardonnay), all fermented wild and matured in a French oak combination of barrique and 400 litre barrels (25% new). It goes through full malolactic and then gets blended after 9 months on the lees without stirring.
It has a beautiful nose and palate of yellow plums, lemons, and peach, with hints of white flower blossoms and white pepper. Donovan is a pro at retaining acidity in these rich grape varieties without compromising balance. Great with grilled seafood, poultry or lighter pasta dishes in the summer.
$25.00 BTL / $300.00 CASE
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2011 Massolino Langhe Nebbiolo 
Piemonte, Italy
The Massolino family has a long history in winemaking, dating back to 1896 when Giovanni Massolino founded the estate in Serralunga d’Alba. The village of Serralunga d’Alba is well known as a commune with many incredible vineyards and Massolino is a Serralunga specialist.
Now with Franco and Roberto Massolino at the helm as the new generation, they continue to produce wines that beautifully express the terroir of Serralunga.
The grapes for this wine come from some of their younger vineyards, harvested by hand, and once in the winery the utmost attention is paid to every detail in order to produce a young Nebbiolo with smoothness and elegance.
Notes of dark cherry, raspberry and violet appear on the nose with secondary perfumes very similar to those of Barolo. On the palate it’s both light and smooth with well integrated tannins, making for a perfectly harmonious wine.
Unlike their Barolo which benefit from time in the cellar, this Langhe Nebbiolo is ready to be enjoyed now. Pair this with rich meaty pastas, roasted red meat dishes or even soft blue cheeses.
$26.00 BTL / $312.00 CASE
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2016 Frantz Saumon “Vin de Frantz” Rosé
Loire Valley, France
The cleverly named “Vin de Frantz” comes from producer Frantz Saumon in Montlouis-sur-Loire. Frantz established his domaine in Touraine in 2002, previously working with Christian Chaussard of Domaine le Briseau, an influential voice in the natural wine world.
Frantz practices organic and biodynamic agriculture in his own 6 hectares of vines that average between 20 and 50 years old. These practices continue in the winery where all of the wines are fermented naturally, even his sparkling wines are strictly pétillant naturel.
For his rosé he uses a blend of Gamay and Grolleau. The resulting wine has aromas of maraschino cherry and citrus notes that jump out of the glass with mineral undertones. This is a weightier rosé on the palate, yet it also has ample acidity to give it balance and freshness. Frantz himself recommends serving it well-chilled.
$19.00 BTL / $228.00 CASE 
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2012 Quinta de Porrais Douro Tinto, Portugal
When one talks about pioneers in Portugal, one has to speak of Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira.
A successful 19th century businesswoman, she is known as a pioneer in the Port wine business, the Douro, as well as an innovator in winemaking.  She is remembered as a strong advocate for the working class, always fighting for their best interests.  She inherited vineyards from her family, but also added vineyards during her career.  When she passed in 1896, she left behind a more successful wine business in Portugal, as well as many great vineyards.
Quinta de Porrais was once the property of Dona Antónia, or Ferreirinha as she was called.  It is located in the Douro Superior, an area well documented for producing high quality white grapes, as well as refined red wines.
Porrais Tinto is a truly great value made from the red grapes of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Sousão, and Tinta Barroca.  The soil type these grapes are grown in is that classic shale of the Douro.
Francisco Olazabal, one of the truly great winemakers of Portugal, known best for his work with Quinta do Vale do Meão, is a direct descendant of Ferreirinha. His Douro red is deep in color, with light cinnamon, cedar and clove on the nose. Rich plum and juicy blackberry are enriched by good acidity and very soft tannins.
$19.00 BTL / $228.00 CASE
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7/14/17 – Champagne Offers from Bérêche and R. Pouillon

Hello & Happy Friday!
Happy Bastille Day!
Today we celebrate alongside our French friends, la Fête Nationale.
What better way to celebrate than to offer you some very rare and truly exceptional Champagne from two stellar, artisan producers.
As many of you know, we go to great lengths to offer the truly best Champagne from the best small growers.
Both Bérêche and Pouillon are two producers that are at the top of their game. We had the pleasure of traveling to Champagne this April and tasting their new releases.
Read on to hear about some of their exceptional and limited production offerings.
You’d better believe we will be drinking some of these today ourselves!
Have a great weekend,
Craig, Jamie & Evie
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Champagne Bérêche & Fils
Bérêche flew under the Champagne radar for way too long. Now we take every opportunity to share these magnificent wines with you.
The domaine was founded in 1847, yet it has been the recent innovative work of Raphaël and Vincent Bérêche that has made this one of the most talked about Champagne houses in recent years.
Building on the strong foundation of traditional Champagne making they learned from their father, Raphaël and Vincent now have a line up that includes an extraordinarily vibrant NV Brut Réserve, as well as several micro-cuvées that express different terroir, vintages and grape varieties.

Bérêche stopped all use of chemical herbicides in 2003 to ensure that the soil and fruit were as healthy and natural as possible. They began manually working their vineyards and are moving toward biodynamic farming of all their parcels. There are about 10 employees who oversee the vineyards.

The vineyards are planted in roughly equal proportions of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier which, combined with the wide variety of terroirs, provides a great range of blending possibilities for Raphaël and Vincent. They use barrel aging and cork closures, rather than crown caps, for the secondary fermentation, which highlight the uniqueness of grape variety and terroir.
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NV Bérêche & Fils “Campania Remensis” Rosé
Extra Brut
The Bérêche “Campania Remensis” rosé uses the Roman name for the countryside around Reims. It also comes from a single terroir, the village of Ormes, just west of Reims in the Petite Montagne. It is a Champagne of unusual originality and elegance.
The 2012 base in this bottling is 65% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, and 5% still red wine. Delicate salmon pink color in the glass with a nose of wild strawberry, blood orange zest, vanilla bean, raspberry, and ginger. We just featured this as part of the line-up for our Summer Sparkling tastings and were mesmerized by how many layers there were to this wine. Hands down one of the best bottles of Champagne we’ve opened this year – and at special pricing it’s about $20 less than normal retail. Under 6000 bottles produced.
$68.99 BTL / $413.94 SIX PACK CASE
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Champagne R. Pouillon & Fils
The Pouillon family has been growing grapes in Champagne for over a century, but it wasn’t until 1947 when Fabrice’s grandfather, Roger Pouillon, decided to produce wine from his holdings along with the help of his wife, Bernedette, and his uncle, Louis Baulant, a well-known winemaker and consultant in the region.
Fabrice joined his father in 1998 after finishing degrees in business and oenology, and by then the vineyard holdings had increased to roughly 6 hectares – 3 planted to Pinot Noir, 2 planted to Chardonnay and 1 planted to Pinot Meunier. Working in the grand cru of Aÿ and throughout the Vallée de la Marne and the Montagne de Reims, Fabrice is aiming to create expressive, terroir-driven wines with vibrant aromatics.
Like Bérêche, the energy and health the Pouillon vineyards is of utmost importance to Fabrice. In 2003, he began the work of conversion to organic viticulture and today he also incorporates several biodynamic principles into his work.
The grapes are all hand harvested and the wines are aged in a combination of stainless steel and older oak barriques where everything undergoes full malolactic fermention. Reserve wines are aged for up to 18 months and there is also a stainless-steel “solera” with wines dating back to the late 90’s.
Fabrice’s wines are exciting and terroir-driven with layered aromatics, fresh acidity, and incredible depth. Recently, Champagne Pouillon has introduced single parcel cuvées, much like we see with Bouchard, including the tête de cuvée Chemin du Bois, which is featured below.
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2008 R. Pouillon Grand Cru “Les Valnons” Extra Brut
 
This 100% Chardonnay cuvée is named after the famous hill “Les Valnons Froid Cul” in the Aÿ. This is one of the most ideally situated slopes in the area known primarily for its Pinot Noir. Pouillon goes against the grain with this rare and unique blanc de blanc from the famous slope in the Grand Cru village. It is an incredible Champagne that delivers a nervy mineral character with a distinctive richness on the palate. Ample notes of citrus and spice give way to a complex and beautiful finish.
$83.99 / BTL 
12 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
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2009 R. Pouillon 1er Cru “Les Blanchiens” Brut Nature
 
An equal blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the lieu-dit “Blanchiens” located on the slopes of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ in the Vallée de la Marne. This cuvée speaks to the terroir of Mareuil in a powerful yet elegant way. Aromas of orange, spice and a hint of black tea on the nose, with notes of plum, raspberry preserve, honey and brioche that dance on the palate.
$82.99 / BTL
18 BOTTLES AVAILABLE 
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2008 R. Pouillon “Chemin du Bois” Brut
 
There are three steps during the process of making Champagne in which sugar may be added. Fabrice, however, decided to make a bold move of only using the sugars that naturally come from the grapes (rather than from sugar cane) in this cuvée. Made from 100% Pinot Noir from a single parcel in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, an area where grapes are able to retain a higher level of ripeness, this Champagne showcases what can be achieved from ripe grapes alone. There is no other Champagne quite like this one out there. The “Chemin du Bois” has an unctuous mouthfeel full of dried fruits, ripe raspberries and mirabelle plums. There’s a persistent minerality and acidity that makes for a long delicate finish.
$123.99 / BTL
6 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
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NV R. Pouillon 1er Cru Rosé de Saignée Brut
 
This skin contact rosé is made with Pinot Noir grapes from the Premier Cru vineyard in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. 20% of the juice in this cuvée comes from the previous year’s wine which stays in neutral barrels for 12 months. This blending balances the tannin it can get from the saignée method and makes for a more smooth and delicate mouthfeel. On the nose this rosé shows notes of musky cherry, red currant and white pepper. More red fruits and subtle spices show on the palate with a focused mineral finish.
$58.99 / BTL
10 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
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The Anniversary of Arneis 7/7/17

Hello and Happy Friday!
It is a week of celebrations! We hope you all enjoyed your 4th. We took the opportunity to relax and enjoy the beautiful summer weather.
In addition to celebrating the birth of our great nation, as wine people we are also excited to celebrate with Luca and Elena from Vietti as they release the 50th vintage of their Roero Arneis. Without the help of Vietti, the white grape we know and love from Piemonte might otherwise have gone extinct. Instead, we get to feature it today in our newsletter.
With the summer turning up its heat, we are also getting new rosé into the store every week. If you find yourself in the mood to drink pink, we have plenty of selections for you.
Have a great weekend,
Craig, Jamie & Evie
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Vietti & the 50th Vintage of Arneis
Most of you are quite familiar with wines from Vietti, as it is one of our favorite Italian producers. For anyone new to our newsletter or store, this is a great introduction to Vietti…
In 1919 the first Vietti wines were made by patriarch Mario Vietti. Then it was in 1952 that Alfredo Currado, the husband of Vietti’s daughter Luciana, continued to produce high quality wines from their own vineyards and purchased grapes. The Vietti winery grew to one of the top-level producers in Piemonte and was one of the first wineries to export its products to the US market.
Alfredo was an innovator in winemaking for many reasons, one of which being that he invested a lot of time rediscovering and understanding the Arneis grape variety we are featuring today.
Arneis is best known from the region of Roero, inside of the larger Langhe zone of Piemonte. While its origins have been lost, it has gained a place in the world as Piemonte’s floral, fresh white wine. In 2004, Roero Arneis was officially recognized as a DOCG
Before 1967, however, this grape was on the verge of extinction until Alfredo, the “Father of Arneis,” vinified the first 100% Arneis. The 2016 vintage marks the 50th anniversary of Arneis for Vietti! It was because of Alfredo’s fine example of the variety that fellow vintners in Italy, and even those as far as the United States, began and continue to cultivate the grape.
The winemaking at Vietti is now lead by Luca Currado, Alfredo and Luciana’s son, with his wife Elena Penna in charge of the marketing and PR side of things; a family-run production through and through.
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2016 Vietti Roero Arneis
We feature the Roero Arneis today to celebrate the 50th Anniversary vintage of this wine and all of its success. Made from 25 year old vines in located in Santo Stefano Roero, it is fermented at low temperatures in stainless steel tanks to retain freshness and acidity, and malolactic fermentation is blocked.
This wine has fresh floral aromas along with citrus, melon and a hint of almond. Well balanced and complex, it has both refreshing acidity and an enjoyable lingering finish.
$23.99 BTL / $287.88 CASE
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6/30/17 The 6 for “Everyday” – $15 & under Edition

Hello & Happy Friday!
This weekend marks the beginning on the 4th of July festivities! We’re sure many of you are taking some well-deserved days off to extend the holiday, so we wanted to let you know about our store hours for Monday and Tuesday:
Monday, July 3rd – Open 12pm – 5pm
Tuesday, July 4th – Closed
Be safe, enjoy the fireworks, and Happy Independence Day!
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It’s also the last Friday of the month, which means today’s newsletter announces the release of the new “6 for ‘Everyday’ – $15 and Under” wine club.
This month has an Old World focus on France, Italy and Spain. A mix of whites, reds and rosé, we also decided to have a little fun and put in two new releases from the same Spanish producer so you can try them side by side and really explore the differences between two classic Mediterranean red grapes: Carinyena (Carignan) and Garnatxa (Grenache).
The wines are always available for pick up, and as a reminder we do have local delivery (our courier and UberRush) and shipping options available if you can’t make it into the store.
Have a great weekend,
Craig, Jamie & Evie
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6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – the $15 & under Edition
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2015 Martínsancho Verdejo
Rueda, Spain
Martínsancho is a tiny (less than an acre) 17th Century vineyard owned by Ángel Rodríguez. It is planted to gnarled pre-phylloxera Verdejo vines preserved in isolation, and acts as a continuing source of varietal authenticity, treasured by nurseries throughout Europe.
In the 1970s, Verdejo was on the verge of extinction until Rodríguez took it upon himself to save the noble white grape. In 1976, he regrafted 25 acres of his best vineyard using Martínsancho cuttings. Situated in the heart of the Rueda DO, the alluvial soils of his vineyards are pure gravel to a depth of over 30 feet. The harsh continental climate and extreme altitude of Old Castile, together with the soil’s inhospitality to all types of insects and bacteria, allow for the practice of completely organic viticulture.
Grapes for this wine come from both the the Medieval vines and the 25-acre parcel, with the total production of Martínsancho under 4,000 cases. It is light-bodied with aromatics of honeysuckle, melon and grapefruit. Bright acidity and a touch of mineral on the palate make it a fantastic and tasty alternative to Sauvignon Blanc.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
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2013 Lupinc Malvasia
Carso, Italy
Craig first tasted Lupinc wines solely by chance back in 2011. It was on a trip with his father where he stumbled upon the wines that were so impressive he absolutely had to make a formal visit the next time he was in Italy. The second visit did not disappoint. Today we continue to be huge proponents of the wines that talented winemaker, Matej Lupinc, produces.
Matej is the current generation and proprietor of the small family estate located in the appellation of Carso DOC which is in the broader region of Friuli Venezia Giulia. To even plant vineyards, dynamite is often used to break into the hard limestone/clay soil of the area. It’s also a luminous region, offering great warmth but with its proximity to the sea, it also offers plenty of cool breezes for the vines.
We’ve featured the Malvasia on our newsletter before, as it was one of the best examples of Malvasia we’ve had and it just gets better with age. In fact, we feel everyone should have the opportunity to be introduced to the wines of Lupinc so we’re offering the Malvasia at a reduced price for this sampler.
This wine opens up to citrus, quince, mineral and spice notes, with delicate floral notes in the background. With only 3,000 bottles produced, we’re truly lucky to be the first to work with the wines here in the U.S.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
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2016 Domaine les Capréoles “Cossinelle” Gamay Rosé
 
Domaine les Capréoles was established in 2014, however the estate itself dates back around 250 years. The three hectare property in Regnie-Durette, with its south-facing vineyards that surround the buildings of the estate, was discovered by Cedric Lecareux and his wife Catherine. Cedric, originally from the Languedoc region, soon found himself in love with Beaujolais native Catherine and the wine region itself.
Typical of the Beaujolais region, the majority of the soils in the vineyards are made up of granite, which is ideally suited for Gamay. With vines over 80 years old, along with some younger plantings, the estate has the potential to produce delicate and fruity styles of Gamay as well as more complex and structured expressions.
The style of this Gamay rosé very much embodies the name given to it. The name Cossinelle (translates to ladybug) was given by Cedric’s daughter who found ladybugs in the vineyards on the eve of their first harvest. He believed the young, fresh and child-like name perfectly reflected the spirit of the rosé.
Pale pink in color, “Cossinelle” is very aromatic with perfumed notes of flowers, strawberries, pears and an underlying minerality. On the palate, fresh raspberries, cherries and white pear with a delightful mineral finish.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
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2015 Rabasse Charavin “Laure” Côtes du Rhone Blanc
Rhône Valley, France
Rabasse-Charavin is a producer we can always count on to deliver excellent quality. With a history of winemaking in the family dating back to 1890, current head winemaker Laure Couturier, makes it a point to respect the family’s traditional practices in the vineyards and tends to the vines with the utmost care.
Laure joined the team in 1984 (along with her mother, Corinne) and it was at this time the estate had 20 hectares of vines and was beginning to make quite a name for itself. There are now 40 hectares from which they produce outstanding reds, whites and rosé.
Named after Laure, this white is a blend of 60% Clairette and 40% Roussanne. It is fuller-bodied, with aromas of pear and green apple. On the palate there’s citrus fruits along with a bit of nuttiness and a slight tang on the finish. It can be enjoyed on its own or accompany anything from roasted poultry and creamy cheese dishes, to rich seafood.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE 
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Last week’s “6 for Everyday – $30 & Under” featured L’Alleu, the flagship wine from Josep M. Vendrell-Rived. This week we received the new vintage of the “Miloca” reds and thought it would be fun/educational/wine-geeky to feature both of them in the same sampler.
Vendrell-Rived is one of a handful of small Catalan producers we have fallen in love with over the years. The Vendrell family had long produced grapes, selling them to producers in Catalunya. Today they still sell some grapes, but their finest plots are kept for their own wines, under names like Seré, L’Alleu, and Miloca.
Wine production started in 2000, before the creation of the Montsant D.O. Now with the explosion of interest in appellations like Priorat, and the surrounding Montsant, there is more notoriety to the region.
They produce around 20,000 bottles per year from vineyards that are split between three different locations, all featuring the Garnatxa and Samsó varieties (otherwise known as Grenache & Carignan).
2016 Vendrell Rived “Miloca” Carinyena
Montsant, Spain
 
Carinyena, which is also known as Mazuelo or Samsó in Spain (and Carignan in other parts of the world), is said to have also originated in the Aragón region of Spain.
Truth be told, growing Samsó pretty difficult.  It is highly productive, so the vines need to be old, or yields have to be methodically restricted for it to attain quality.  It is late-ripening, so it, like Garnatxa, needs a warm climate.  Its berries are what are known as “vine-huggers”, clinging to the vine, making it essential to hand harvest.
The Miloca Carinyena is grown on granitic soil.  It is an amazingly pure expression of the variety. The aromatics show notes of red currant, cranberry, mineral, hay and subtle baking spices.  Delicate on the palate, it offers more brightness than the Garnatxa, and has great length for a wine at this price point. Pair this with a chicken tagine made with apricots, figs and olives.
 
$14.00 BTL / $168.00 CASE
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2016 Vendrell Rived “Miloca” Garnatxa
Montsant, Spain
Grenache is one of the world’s most important red grape varieties.  Its origins are still being debated, with one camp claiming it to be the province of Aragón in Spain and others the island of Sardegna, where it is called Cannonau.
Grenache needs warmth. As a warm climate variety, its acid levels tend to be moderate, therefore it needs specific types of soils. Gravel, sand or stony soils, as sometimes found in Châteauneuf-du-Pape can benefit Grenache, or in this case, limestone and clay, which help give an added lift.
The “Miloca” Garnatxa is really a textbook example of the variety.  On the nose you get that suggestion of overripe red berries along with black pepper and a hint of nutmeg.  Texturally this is incredibly silky, with medium weight and a long, elegant finish.
$14.00 BTL / $168.00 CASE
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6/23/17 – The 6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – $30 and under Edition

Hello & Happy Friday!
Just a heads up, our designated parking spots behind the store are currently being blocked by construction trash bins, so please feel free to use any of the other available spots in that back parking lot while you are shopping.
Also, as of this morning, the intersection of Washington and Halsted is under construction too. The loading zone in front of the store might not be available.
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Now to the good stuff… It’s that time again, we’re back with another release of “The 6 for ‘Everyday’ – $30 and Under Edition” wine club. We have a mixed bag of goodies for you this month, including 3 whites, 2 reds and a rosé we know you will love. There’s even a delicious Greek wine in the mix!
The wines are here for pick up at the store, and we also have city delivery and shipping options available.
Have a great weekend,
Craig, Jamie & Evie
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6 for “Everyday” Wine Club –
The $30 & under Edition
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2015 Vendrell Rived “L’Alleu”
Montsant, Spain
Josep M. Vendrell-Rived is one of a handful of small Catalan producers we have fallen in love with over the years, Craig having been introduced to the wines by the dynamic Albert Jané of Acustic Cellers.
The Vendrell family had long produced grapes, selling them to producers in Catalunya. They still do sell grapes today, but some of their finest plots are kept for their own wines, under names like Seré, Miloca, and the flagship bottling and feature today, L’Alleu.
L’Alleu is a blend of 60% Garnatxa and 40% Carinyena from vines between 40-80 years of age.  The naturally low-yielding fruit makes incredibly complex and balanced wines, that express both concentration and finesse.
The latest vintage is outstanding and features fun new artistic labels. The hallmark of these wines is a balance between rich, ripe fruit, subtle use of oak, and good overall balance and freshness. L’Alleu speaks to a vast array of palates and is a supremely pleasurable wine.
$22.00 BTL / $264.00 CASE
 
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2015 Bisson “ü Pastine” Bianchetta Genovese
Liguria, Italy
 
Bisson was founded in 1978 by Pierluigi Lugano who continuously champions both the region of Liguria and its indigenous grapes. In fact, Bianchetta Genovese (aka Albarola) was almost extinct before Lugano begin producing the grape as a single varietal wine in the 1970s.
In the past, Bianchetta Genovese was over cropped and field blended; however, once Lugano started working with his own vineyards, he learned to control yields and manage the canopy correctly, thus reviving the native Ligurian grape and producing some excellent wines.
Lugano’s passion for local varieties also extends to his viticultural practices. With vineyards located on steep stony slopes of the Ligurian coastline high above the Mediterranean Sea, everything must be done by hand. Lugano believes that the wine is made in the vineyards and has great conviction in maintaining authenticity of the terroir.
“ü Pastine” roughly translates to “a very special gift” in the local dialect, and this couldn’t be more appropriate. This wine offers a very vibrant minerality on the nose with notes of green pear and citrus on the palate. A white that makes for the perfect seafood pairing, as is the traditional accompaniment along the Ligurian shores.
$27.00 BTL / $324 CASE
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2016 Ermitage du Pic St. Loup Rosé
Languedoc, France
The hermitage that is home to the vineyards now owned by the Ravaille family dates back to the Middle Ages. The limestone peak or “pic” perched above the vineyards was named for the legendary Saint Thieri Loup, one of three pious, crusading, brothers and suitor to the beautiful Bertrade. After her untimely death, Thieri Loup became a hermit. In 1992, the Ravaille brothers (Xavier, Pierre, and Jean-Marc) joined forces to plant a vineyard in what has traditionally been land dominated by sheep farming and cheese production.
The Ravaille family has been in the Languedoc for over one thousand years, and these brothers have set out to create serious wine that expresses the complexity of their terroir. The three fish on the label’s emblem therefore not only evoke the story of Saint Loup, but also the collaboration of the three brothers. To accomplish their goal for complex wines, the Ravailles introduced biodynamic farming practices.
This rosé is a classic Languedoc blend of Syrah (30%), Grenache (30%), Mourvèdre (30%) and Cinsault (10%). It opens with a nose of white peach, pineapple, citrus and floral notes. It is smooth and fresh on the palate with the white peaches carrying through, as well as some citrus fruits and licorice flavors.
$18.00 BTL / $216.00 CASE
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2015 Hatzidakis Assyrtico
Santorini, Greece
Haridimos and Konstantina Hatzidakis decided to take on the task of extensive re-planting and nurturing of old vines that had not been tended to since 1956 after a devastating earthquake hit Santorini. Haridimos, who studied agronomy and oenology, saw the potential in the vineyards inside the village of Pyrgos Kallistis and began re-cultivating in 1996. After transforming an existing cave into their winery, the first bottle of Hatzidakis was produced in 1997.
Today Hatzidakis has a total of 10 hectares of vines at altitudes ranging from 70 to 350 meters, all of which are organically farmed. They also try to keep the yields as low as possible to produce wines that have finesse, highlight the mineral quality from the volcanic soils, and offer complexity with gastronomic value.
This particular wine is made from 100% Assyrtiko, perhaps Greece’s most versatile variety, and fermented with indigenous yeasts. It spends time on the lees for 40 days and is matured in stainless steel to retain the bright fragrant quality of the fruit.
Hatzidakis Santorini is full and aromatic with a seam of crunchy acidity. Notes of lemon, grapefruit pith and thyme, with a smoky-mineral quality and long finish. This is a versatile wine that also has the ability to age.
$26.00 BTL / $312.00 CASE
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2014 Casa de Saima Grande Reserva Tinto
Bairrada, Portugal
When I tell people that Baga is one of my favorite grape varieties in the world, the response is usually a blank, sometimes “crazy” stare in my direction.  Baga is one of Portugal’s most important grape varieties, a speciality to the coastal Bairrada region.
Almost extinct, a group of diligent producers have tirelessly begun to reclaim older vineyards and promote the variety, despite a lack of local interest in it.
The Saima Grande Reserva Tinto is the truly traditional, uncompromising style of the variety. Produced from old Baga vines, it is foot trodden and fermented in stone lagares (open top cement tanks), then aged in old large oak vats.
There are many people, including us, to whom Baga reminds of young Nebbiolo. The nose is brooding, with lots of licorice, dark berry and earthy aromas.  On the palate, this is full-bodied with good tannic structure, and a long fresh finish.
Decant this when you open it, and pair with braised short ribs or a grilled steak. Or, if you’re looking for a great red to cellar, get a six pack and put it away for a decade.
$30.00 BTL / $360.00 CASE 
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2014 Jean-Yves Devevey “Champs Perdrix” Blanc
Hautes Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy
Craig first met Jean-Yves through a mutual friend when they were in a bar in Beaune. They were invited for a tasting at the cellar and became immediately hooked on the wines.


Jean-Yves cellar is in the small hamlet of Demigny, which sits just on the Northern border of the Saône-et-Loire department in Southern Burgundy.


This is a small domaine, which manages 8 hectares of vines, 4 of which are owned by the family. Maybe its an overused statement, but Jean-Yves is truly a man of the vineyard. His journey in the wine business gave him the fundamental belief that working as naturally as possible, without the usage of chemicals in the vineyard, is crucial to producing great fruit.
The “Champs Perdrix” vineyard, whose name refers to pheasants and to stones (Burgundians really love their rocks and birds) is a very stony plot underneath which are shallow, clay soils. This is a well-managed site and pruned very meticulously. The result is a concentrated, yet bright, mineral-rich expression of Chardonnay. 
$30.00 BTL / $360.00 CASE
Posted in 6 for "Everyday" Wine Club, Newsletter

6/16/17 Friday Feature: Hot Summer Wines

Hello and Happy Friday!
We would like to wish a Happy Father’s Day to all the dads who shop with us and read our newsletter. We hope you enjoy your day and get to spend time with your family!
The summer tastings saw great support from all of you and are currently sold out. We do have a wait list for each of them, should you want to put your name down in case of cancellations.
Finally, we just want to remind anyone who doesn’t live in the neighborhood that this weekend is the Taste of Randolph street fair, so anticipate heavier than normal traffic in the area and even more difficulty finding parking. The Taste runs from today through Sunday. If you prefer not to brave the crowds, remember that we are happy to deliver wine to you via UberRush – like last-minute Father’s Day gifts, or any of the delicious summer wines are are featuring today on the newsletter.
Have a great weekend,
Craig, Jamie & Evie
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New Wines to Battle the Heat
Domaine la Madura
Saint-Chinian, France
 
We’re sure by now you’ve heard us mention this producer and hopefully you’ve tried one of their wines by now as well. We strongly believe Cyril and Nadia Bourgne, of La Madura, are one of the best producers in the Languedoc, it’s almost difficult not to mention them on every newsletter. What makes their wines so special is a combination of passionate and dedicated winemaking, and that it’s done so in a region that offers a variety of different types of soils, expositions and elevation levels. This allows an estate like La Madura, who has several parcels planted with different varieties, the ability to blend.
If you’re not hip to La Madura yet…it is broken up into a series of small plots, which is typical of the estates in the Languedoc, where the region’s best terroir is found. Not just the soil but the altitude also varies considerably from one plot to the next, which means that harvest can be spread out and grapes are able to be picked at peak ripeness.
The estate has vineyards planted with local Rhône varieties, but also Sauvignon Blanc, which isn’t typical of the region. Cyril worked with the grape in Bordeaux for many years, and knows what it takes to produce quality Sauvignon Blanc. He and his wife make two white wines from this grape along with a little Piquepoul blended in.
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2015 Domaine La Madura “Grand Vin” Blanc
This is the latest release of their top white wine, the “Grand Vin” Blanc. They upped the Piquepoul in this vintage to 20% (with the remaining 80% being Sauvignon Blanc). Fermented in French oak barrels and aged in 225L casks. The oak imparts complex aromas of hazelnuts and grilled almonds, yet by no means is there any oaky distraction. Faint smoky and floral notes also appear on the nose. On the palate, it’s rounded yet fresh with vibrant flavors of citrus, honeydew and wild herbs coming through.
Whether you are already a fan, or you are a newcomer to La Madura, this is the perfect time to grab and try the new vintage. For those newcomers, we’re certain you’ll be converted into just as big of fans as we are!
$27.99 BTL / $335.88 CASE
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Schloss Gobelsburg
Kamptal, Austria
Schloss Gobelsburg is one of the oldest wineries in Austria and has some 35 hectares in historical vineyard sites around the castle. The monks of the Zwettl Monastery managed the winery until 1995 and have been practicing organic and ecologically sustainable farming for decades.
Every vineyards site belonging to the estate has its own specialties and particularities with different soil and micro-climatic conditions. From the sun-exposed terraces and the Gaisberg mountain to the extensive garden facilities around Gobelsburg castle, the vines are subjected to a wide range of conditions.
The most important grape varieties for the estate are Grüner Veltliner and Riesling. Over the centuries, these varieties have proven to be the most suitable for the surrounding soils and climate. Small amounts of red wine have also enjoyed a very long tradition at Gobelsburg Castle: the abbots of all Cistercian monasteries meet once a year in Burgundy, and as a result, the monks were continuously in contact with winegrowing in Burgundy and have been successfully growing Pinot Noir in the area for a long time.
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2016 Schloss Gobelsburg Grüner Veltliner
For this wine, the grapes are harvested from the best sites around Heiligenstein (Lamm, Grub and Renner). The Grüner Veltliner is grown in younger vineyards (under 20 years old) throughout the estate.
The 2016 is full of fresh aromatics of green pear, lemon peel, grapefruit, pomelo and the signature hint of smoky white pepper. This is a zesty, refreshing white to be enjoyed on its own or with your favorite summer salads and appetizers.
$15.99 BTL / $191.88 CASE
 
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Bernard Baudry
Loire Valley, France
This is another producer whose new vintages we look forward to getting every year, and the Baudry family never disappoints. The estate is located in a small hamlet called Cravant-Les-Coteaux, a village from which almost half of the production of AOC Chinon is sourced.
Bernard’s son, Matthieu, joined the family domaine in 2000 after studying winemaking in the Mâconnais and Bordeaux. They work 25 hectares of vineyards composed of gravel, sand, limestone, silica, and clay. The variations of terroir and vinification methods make each of their cuvées unique and distinct. The Baudry’s are traditionalists and focus most of their attention on the Chinon Rouge, however the small amounts of Chinon Blanc and Rosé produced by the father and son duo are definitely worth seeking out.
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2016 Baudry Chinon Rosé
 
The grapes for this rosé come from two different parcels which are hand picked and then undergo a direct press. This is a method of making rosé similarly to how you would make white wine (very little skin contact). The short amount of skin contact results in a beautifully pale-salmon hued rosé.

Quite delicate on the nose with notes of white fruit and wild strawberry, yet still those hallmarks of bell pepper and plum you get from Cabernet Franc are present as well. With a refreshing and bright palate it acts as the perfect compliment to any light summer cuisine.

$18.99 BTL / $227.88 CASE
 
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Posted in Friday Feature, Friday Features/Newsletters, Newsletter

6/9/17 – Summer Show-Stoppers

Hello and Happy Friday!
Many of you already saw the newsletter we sent out yesterday with a list of Summer Tastings – we have already sold out of both Summer Champagne & Sparkling tastings, but we still have some spots available for the Spanish Galicia tasting and would love to see you there! Details below:
Thursday, July 20th
7:00-9:00PM
Extraordinary Wines of Galicia
$60
Also known as “Green Spain,” Galicia sits in the northwestern most corner of Spain, influenced heavily by the cooler Atlantic Ocean. Vines have been planted here since ancient Roman times and it is a region focused on indigenous grapes – varieties such as Mencía and Albariño, as well as Godello, Loureiro, Caiño, Treixadura, and countless others.
Join us as De Maison Selections own Steven Alexander walks you through rare and limited production wines from the region to highlight the very best of Galicia.
To secure your spot(s) please call 312-666-4417 with your payment information. Tasting reservations are fully refundable 72 HOURS prior to the date of tasting.

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All of the sudden it is starting to feel a lot like summer here in Chicago. With that in mind we decided to feature three wines that we feel are perfect for warm weather drinking.
As with most of what we feature at Perman Wine, these are quite limited, so secure your bottles today by emailing us your order!
Have a great weekend,
Craig, Jamie & Evie
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Summer Show-Stoppers 
Selvagrossa
Last night at the store the world-famous winemaker (or at least famous to us) Alberto Taddei was in the house at Perman Wine as we tasted the excellent wines of his family winery in Pesaro, Italy. As the “Mayor of the Marche” he makes a great range of white and red wines. Selvagrossa is located just outside of Pesaro along the Adriatic coast. They have 5 hectares of vineyards surrounding the winery and family house. They work naturally in the vineyard, favoring low-yields and working with local grapes like Sangiovese and Ciliegiolo as well as international varieties like Cabernet Franc and Merlot. As we’ve told you many times before, the Marche is one of the most undiscovered region of Italy, and Selvagrossa is one of its top producers.
2016 Selvagrossa “Ica” Rosato
Noticing the world wide rise in popularity of dry Rosé, as well as their penchant for enjoying to drink it themselves. Alberto decided to produce a Rosato from the family property. He chose to use Ciliegiolo for the Rosato because of its pretty aromatics, typically with bright wild cherry notes. 2016 marks the first vintage of the Rosato ever produced, and tasting it last night, we know this is going to be one of our customers’ favorite rosé of the summer. As his first foray into Rosato, only 100 cases were produced, and we were lucky to get our request in early!
This Rosato will arrive in a couple weeks, and we highly encourage you to reserve your bottles or cases today, as we don’t expect to have enough to sell off the shelf. 
$17.99 BTL / $215.88 CASE – LIMITED
 
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Mas Jullien
 
The wines of Mas Jullien have graced our newsletters before. This week we are featuring the rosé which is one of the most structured and complex rosés you can find in that category. From the humble Pays d’Hérault in the Languedoc, producer Olivier Jullien is one of the pioneers of producing high quality wines in the region.
Long ago, there was plenty of bulk wine coming out of the area, vineyards were being overcropped and the quality certainly suffered. It was in 1985 that Olivier graduated with a degree in viticulture and oenology and he took it upon himself to work his family’s vineyards and find other top quality vineyard sites. He also, unlike his father in the past, established a cellar on the estate and began vinifying and bottling his own wines to ensure quality and excellence.
We are very glad Olivier chose this venture and chose to believe the terroir could in fact produce great wines, we certainly think it does!
2016 Mas Jullien Rosé
Not only are we in love with the Mas Julien Blanc (we still have a small amount of the 2010 in stock) we are also in love with Olivier’s Mas Julien Rosé. It is a siagnée rosé from fruit grown on the high-altitude vineyards of the Terraces du Larzac, using a blend of 50% Cinsault, 30% Mourvèvdre and 20% Carignan. Fermentation takes place in stainless with native yeasts. This is a wine that is in that small category of rosés that tastes fabulous now, but can improve with a few years of age.
It offers plenty of freshness and minerality with a great purity of fruit that comes through. Sweet herb notes are accompanied by wild strawberry, quince and bright red fruit notes on the palate.
$27.99 BTL / LIMITED
 
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Domaine Monier-Perréol
Jean-Pierre Monier is a humble farmer in the Northern Rhone, farming his family’s five hectares of vineyards on high-altitude slopes in Brunieux. Not only does he farm grapevines, his land is also made up of cherry, apricot and peach orchards as well, all of which he farms biodynamically, with certification awarded in 2006.
In 2008 Jean-Pierre’s friend, Philippe Perréol, started making wines in Monier’s cellar from his own vineyards. They have their own separate labels as well as the Monier-Perréol label which uses grapes from both producers’ vineyards. Philippe works his vines just like Jean-Pierre, believing in and upholding the same biodynamic philosophies.
2013 Domaine Monier-Perréol Saint-Joseph

The fruit for this Saint-Joseph is from 15-30 year old vines on granite and loess soil. The 2013 vintage was cooler, so the grapes retained plenty of acidity. As Jean-Pierre stated, “Every vintage is different. The key is to guard the freshness and acidity but avoid the green astringent notes.”
This wine certainly does all of the above. The acidity brings plenty of structure yet freshness to this wine with gentle dark fruit and floral aromas framed by a definite black olive and peppercorn character that is present on the palate as well. It shows complexity but is still very much light on its feet. A perfect companion to summer time grilling.

$29.99 BTL / 24 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

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Posted in Friday Feature, Friday Features/Newsletters

Summer 2017 Tasting Events

Hello and Happy Thursday!

You may be asking yourself “Why am I getting a newsletter from Perman Wine Selections on a Thursday?” We have finalized our Tasting Events for the summer months and are very excited to tell you about them!

To re-cap, here is how our tastings work:

1) Sit-down tastings are capped at 14 people because that’s how many chairs we have. Walk-around tastings are usually capped around 25 people and are more informal.
2) While we do provide a lot of wine, we do not provide snacks.
3) To secure your spot(s) please call 312-666-4417 with your payment information. Tasting reservations are fully refundable 72 HOURS prior to the date of tasting.

Remember, seats fill quickly so reserve your spot sooner, rather than later!

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Summer 2017 Event Schedule:

Thursday, June 8th (tonight!)
5:30-7:00PM
Winemaker Alberto Taddei from Selvagrossa
$10

An informal, walk-around tasting led by Alberto Taddei of Selvagrossa, one of the premier producers from the region of Le Marche in Italy. Located on Pesaro’s foothills facing the Adriatic coast, Selvagrossa is a very small estate with only five hectares of vineyards.

Alberto will be showing four wines from his estate. If you love Italian wines and want to expand your horizons beyond Tuscany, this is a great opportunity to do so.

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Thursday, June 29th
7:00-9:00PM
Make Your Summer Sparkle: Champagne and Bubbles from around the World
$70

We love Champagne so much here at Perman Wine Selections that we can’t wait until December rolls around to do another Bubbles-only tasting. We want to celebrate summer by sipping true Champagne and a host of old world, Champagne alternatives.

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Friday, June 30th
7:00-9:00PM
Make Your Summer Sparkle: Champagne and Bubbles from around the World
$70

Champagne and sparkling wine tastings are always so popular at Perman Wine Selections, that we’re just planning ahead with 2 nights of the same tasting. Celebrate the summer with bubbles!

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Thursday, July 20th
7:00-9:00PM
Extraordinary Wines of Galicia
$60

Also known as “Green Spain,” Galicia sits in the northwestern most corner of Spain, influenced heavily by the cooler Atlantic Ocean. Vines have been planted here since ancient Roman times and it is a region focused on indigenous grapes – varieties such as Mencía and Albariño, as well as Godello, Loureiro, Caiño, Treixadura, and countless others.

Join us as De Maison Selections own Steven Alexander walks you through rare and limited production wines from the region to highlight the very best of Galicia.

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We hope to see you soon at an event!

Craig, Jamie & Evie

Posted in Newsletter, Tastings & Events

6/2/17 Allocations & New Releases

Hello and Happy Friday!
 
There are still a few spaces available for the in-store tasting with the charismatic and talented Italian winemaker Alberto Taddei of Selvagrossa on June 8th.
Please read on for more information:
WHEN: Thursday, June 8th from 5:30PM to 7:00PM (you can arrive at any point in that window of time)
WHERE: Perman Wine Selections, 802 W Washington Blvd.
WHAT: Alberto Taddei of Selvagrossa, one of the premier producers from the region of Le Marche in Italy, will be in Chicago and in the store pouring some of his (and our) favorites for you to taste and learn about!
Here at Perman Wine Selections we are big fans of the wines coming out of Le Marche, particularly from our good friends at Selvagrossa. Located on Pesaro’s foothills facing the Adriatic coast of Le Marche, it is a very small estate with only five hectares of vineyards.
Alberto will be showing four wines from his estate. If you love Italian wines and want to expand your horizons beyond Tuscany, this is a great opportunity to do so.
COST:  $10 per person
SIGN UP: Secure your spot by calling the store with your payment information. Even though this is not a sit down tasting, space (and wine) will be very limited and must be reserved ahead of time. 312.666.4417
Tickets are $10.00/Person. This is a walk-around tasting and limited to approximately 20 people. Tickets are fully refundable with 72 hours (Monday June 5th). Tickets must be secured with payment. Please call the store at 312-666-4417.

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The Friday Features alone is not enough for us to tell you about all the great wine that comes to our store.
So every once in a while we write a newsletter such as today, where we highlight a wide array of recent arrivals, including many rare and allocated wines.
If you ask any wine nerd or Super Somm, having a newsletter that includes the likes of Cappellano and Allemand is kind of crazy. These are simply some of the greatest wines of the world, and we fight hard to get the small allocation we do.
So please take advantage of this offering. We’ve covered a lot of ground, with some value drinkers, to those aforementioned collectors items.
Have a great weekend,
Craig, Jamie & Evie
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Exciting Allocations and New Releases
 
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Cappellano
Cappellano is a legendary producer, even amongst the producers of great Barolo themselves. We get just a few bottles in total of these offerings, and they are truly sublime.
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2013 Cappellano Nebbiolo d’Alba
Cappellano primarily grows in Serralunga, but this Nebbiolo comes from the nearby village of Novello. It is Nebbiolo that can be approached early, decant and drink now, and it will also age for a decade.
$45.99 BTL / EXTREMELY LIMITED

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2012 Cappellano “Gabutti” Barbera d’Alba
 

Barbera from the Gabutti vineyard, and it really takes on that character with its extended aging in barrel and bottle. Definitely a more structured style of the grape variety. An amazingly complex Barbera.

$49.99 BTL / EXTREMELY LIMITED
 
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2012 Cappellano “Pié Rupestris” Barolo
An exceptional single vineyard Barolo from the Gabutti vineyard. True to the nature of Serralunga, this isn’t a shy wine, its brooding in its youth, somewhat “sauvage.” With time, it reveals its beautiful red fruit, fennel and truffle aromas and flavors. This will open up with decanting, even in its youth its worth checking out. But we all know that patience is rewarded and ultimately you can drink this over 2 decades. One of the best.
$104.99 BTL / VERY LIMITED
$249.99 MAG / 1 MAGNUM AVAILABLE
 
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De Moor
One of the greats of the Chablis region, the 2015’s from De Moor are exceptional. Pure, racy, and soil driven. They are fantastic values. And remember, Chablis has gotten hammered in recent years with frost and hail, so its important to stock up.
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2015 De Moor Aligoté
From a small plot in Chitry of 20 year old vines- mineral driven and fresh.

$27.99 BTL / EXTREMELY LIMITED

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2015 De Moor “L’Hum des Temps” Chablis 

Another “micro-plot” of Chardonnay, 17 years old, planted on rocky Kimmeridgian limestone in the town of Courgis. A wine of intense minerality.

$35.99 BTL / EXTREMELY LIMITED
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2013 De Moor “Les Vendangeur Masqués” Chablis

“The Hidden Harvest” Chardonnay from 2 separate parcels in Courgis. All processes are driven by gravity here – a really racy yet textural wine.

$34.99 BTL / EXTREMELY LIMITED
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Thierry Allemand
Rarely do these wines even get to the newsletter, but they came in and we thought, well, now is as good a time as any. Cornas is one of the greatest appellations on the planet for Syrah, and Thierry’s wines have achieved ultra-cult status, deservedly so.
Thierry works with a few different single vineyards (called climats), and we are offering two of them: Reynard and Chaillot. This is an unique opportunity to get your hands on something highly allocated and very rare.
2014 Thierry Allemand “Chaillot” Cornas
 
100% Syrah cuvée made up of all younger vines. 5-40 year average vine age on limestone and granite soils.

$151.99 BTL / EXTREMELY LIMITED
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2014 Thierry Allemand “Reynard” Cornas
100% Syrah cuvée made up of all older vines. 34-90 year average vine age on decomposed granite soils.
$169.99 BTL / EXTREMELY LIMITED
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2015 Do Ferreiro “Cepas Vellas” Albariño
People ask Craig all the time what some of his favorite wines are. Well you are looking at the newest release of one of his “dessert island” wines. Do Ferreiro is the top producer of Albariño in Galicia in Spain.
“Cepas Vellas” is a wine made entirely from Albariño from a vineyard sitting on mainly sandy and granitic soil in the region of Galicia. The sand helped resist phylloxera, and today the vines are over 200 years-old.
This is a wine that tastes good in its youth, and gains complexity as it gets older.  It also marries well with all that is seafood: oysters, octopus, goose barnacles (called percebes in Spain), scallops, razor clams, hake (merluza), and more.
A rare and simply amazing white wine.
$49.99 BTL / $599.88 CASE
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2014 A Coroa “200 Cestos” Godello
Craig has been watching and tasting from this producer for many years. Today they are making some of the best white wines in Galicia, and this is one of the best white wines of Spain.
Deriving it’s name from the 200 baskets (or cestos) that are harvested from a single-vineyard selection from A Coroa. The fruit coming from 65 year old Godello vines is fermented in stainless steel tanks and then aged on it’s lees for nine months. This leads to a wine with aromas of fresh grass and honeysuckle, with a mouthfeel that has richness and bitter fennel and lemon verbena infusion characteristics.
$36.99 BTL / $443.88 CASE
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Ameztoi 
This is the top producer of Getariako Txakolina (and a fan favorite in our store). Ameztoi has 20 hectares of vines planted in the best locations near the Atlantic Ocean in the province of Getaria. For seven generations they have worked with the indigenous varieties of Hondarribi Zuri and Hondarribi Beltza, producing arguably the greatest interpretation of the summer drink of choice.
2016 Ameztoi Txakolina
 
Produced in the traditional style, a little carbonation is added at bottling to provide the signature natural spritz we love. Classic briny salinity and zesty lime notes.

$19.99 BTL / $239.88 CASE
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2016 Ameztoi “Rubentis” Txakolina Rosé
The vibrant rosé has both the red and white indigenous grapes and is also bottled with a bit of carbonation. Bursting of candied red fruits matched with a lime infused edge, it often disappears in a heart beat.
$19.99 BTL / $239.88 CASE
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2009 Bodegas Mauro “Terreus” Pago de Cueva Bajo
One of the iconic red wines of Spain, and a must for those that love full-bodied examples of Tempranillo.
Bodegas Mauro was created in 1978  and located in the Duero river valley in Tudela. This location prohibits Mauro from being part of the Ribera del Duero DO. Nevertheless, these wines have established a worldwide reputation. The “Terreus” is made from a single vineyard of Tempranillo and a few Grenache vines, both close to 100 years old. It is only produced in exceptional vintages and the 2009 is certainly that. Showing impressive minerality and a nose dominated by black fruit and licorice with floral undertones.
This is an incredible and special price for this wine, which normally retails for almost $150 per bottle, if you can even find it. This has a long life ahead of it.

$104.99 BTL / 5 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

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2013 Domaine Petitot Ladoix “Vieille Vigne”
The domaine, in the village of Corgoloin, has been passed down through 3 generations of vignerons. Husband and wife team Hervé and Nathalie Petitot are now at the helm. The Ladoix vineyard neighbors the great hill of Corton and often produces delicious and highly underrated wines. This Ladoix has a very expressive nose of black and red fruits and spices. The mouthfeel is supple and fresh, with a good concentration of fruit and a persistent finish.
We were able to strike a deal to get the price of this wine down a few dollars, and you aren’t going to find many “everyday” drinking Red Burgs at this price point! Delicious, and a great value!
$29.99 BTL / 22 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
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Domaine De La Grand’Cour
Jean-Louis Dutraive now runs one of the oldest Domaine properties in Fleurie with a reputation for producing some of the most renowned cru wines of Beaujolais. His father, Jean Dutraive, began this legacy in 1969, with Jean-Louis joining him in 1977. Jean-Louis took up organic practices and in 2009 the domaine officially became certified organic. All work is carried out manually in the vineyards and harvesting is done by hand. No sulphur is used during fermentation, and all wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered. Quintessential Fleurie.

2015 Domaine De La Grand’Cour Fleurie

Classic Fleurie with ripe red fruits, black pepper and hints of violet on the nose. Blackberry and plum-skin appear on the palate along with licorice and forest floor notes that are framed by a firm acidity.
$37.99 BTL / VERY LIMITED
 
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2015 Domaine De La Grand’Cour “Chamgpagne” 

One of the finest lieux-dits in Fleurie with granite sand top soils over granite bedrock, and vines with the average age of 70 years.
$48.99 BTL / EXTREMELY LIMITED
 
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2015 Domaine De La Grand’Cour “Le Clos” 
This wine is almost reminiscent of a Gevrey-Chambertin offering such complexity and evolution in the glass.
$39.99 BTL / EXTREMELY LIMITED
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5/26/17 – The 6 for Everyday $15 & Under

Hello & Happy Friday!
We would like to begin by letting everyone know that Perman Wine Selections will be closed on Monday, May 29th in observance of Memorial Day. We will be back open and on our normal schedule on Tuesday.

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Just a reminder that we’re hosting an amazing winemaker in the store for an informal, walk-around tasting on Thursday, June 8th. This has been on our calendar for months and we’re very excited about it!
Please read on for more information:
WHEN: Thursday, June 8th from 5:30PM to 7:00PM (you can arrive at any point in that window of time)
WHERE: Perman Wine Selections, 802 W Washington Blvd.
WHAT: Alberto Taddei of Selvagrossa, one of the premier producers from the region of Le Marche in Italy, will be in Chicago and in the store pouring some of his (and our) favorites for you to taste and learn about!
Here at Perman Wine Selections we are big fans of the wines coming out of Le Marche, particularly from our good friends at Selvagrossa. Located on Pesaro’s foothills facing the Adriatic coast of Le Marche, it is a very small estate with only five hectares of vineyards.
Alberto will be showing four wines from his estate. If you love Italian wines and want to expand your horizons beyond Tuscany, this is a great opportunity to do so.
COST:  $10 per person
SIGN UP: Secure your spot by calling the store with your payment information. Even though this is not a sit down tasting, space (and wine) will be very limited and must be reserved ahead of time. 312.666.4417
Tickets are $10.00/Person. This is a walk-around tasting and limited to approximately 20 people. Tickets are fully refundable with 72 hours (Monday June 5th). Tickets must be secured with payment. Please call the store at 312-666-4417.
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It’s also the last Friday of the month, which means today’s newsletter announces the new release of “The 6 for ‘Everyday’ – $15 and Under Edition” wine club.
This month we decided to do an Iberian Peninsula themed selection, as we have new arrivals from both Spain and Portugal that we are excited to share with you!
The wines are available for pick up, and as a reminder we do have delivery and shipping options available.
Have a great weekend,
Craig, Jamie & Evie
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6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – the $15 & under Edition
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2016 Orlegi de Luberri Rioja Cosecha
Luberri isn’t a new kid on the block, not to our store and certainly not to the region of Rioja. Winemaker Florentino Martinez Monje established Luberri in 1992, though spent time as the winemaker at Artadi honing his craft.
Florentino learned to be hands-on and pay close attention to every aspect of vinification and applies those principles to his winery today. This holds true to his practices in the vineyards as well. Florentino is a farmer first, and takes extraordinary care of his vines. Each plot is farmed with minimal treatment of the soils and vines, and then separately fermented and vinified.
Florentino likes to keep the yields low in order to produce fruit with just the right amount of concentration and flavor. The “Orlegi” really highlights this fruit by utilizing partial carbonic maceration with whole clusters and temperature controlled fermentation.
This is a young fruit-forward Tempranillo (with 5% Viura) meant for early consumption, and makes for the perfect bottle to bring to any gathering as it compliments a myriad of foods.
Bursting with bright cherry and raspberry aromas, it also has hints of white pepper and allspice on the nose. Ample acidity balances the juicy red fruit flavors on the palate, making this a dangerously drinkable Rioja. We recommend serving lightly chilled.
$14.00 BTL / $168.00 CASE
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2016 Ostatu Rioja Blanco
This is a producer whose wines we look forward to year after year. We’ve featured the Ostatu Rosé many times on our newsletter, it being a personal favorite of ours, but our love goes beyond just rosé. The Ostatu Blanco is equally delicious and lovable in our eyes.
The same pedigree of winemaking as the rosado obviously applies to the blanco as well. This means a wine that is produced by the Saenz de Samaiego family, who’s winery dates back over 250 years. Their vineyards, which are ideally located in and around Samaniego, are protected by the Sierra de Cantabria mountain range. This location and poor calcareous/clay soil creates a favorable microclimate for optimum ripeness.
The Ostatu Blanco is comprised of 85% Viura and 15% Malvasia from 30 to 80 year old vines. Hand harvested and fermented on its lees in stainless steel vats. This wine is fresh and herbaceous with a crisp minerality balancing an aromatic floral richness.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
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2014 Venus “la Universal” Dido Montsant
Winemakers Sara and René Barbier of Venus are truly committed to sustainable farming practices. The two decided a few years ago they would rather leave an emotional and not a material footprint behind them. They wanted to only use the bare essentials and leave as minimal of a waste and energy trail as possible.
For Sara and René this trail in winemaking starts right at the time of planting and continues all the way to the final consumer.
They’ve been doing this since 2001 with a small old vine vineyard called Els Bellvisos. They now work with five other grape growing families who also are committed to sustainability. Their vineyard and the vineyards of the other growers together make up “La Universal”.
The fruit for Dido is a blend of Garnatxa (aka Grenache), Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot sourced from plots in Falset which are comprised of decomposed granite soils. This soil really helps display the bright fruitiness in the wine. Once fermented, it is aged in clay pots to maintain its freshness and purity.
Dido is meant to pay homage to the youth and tenacity Garnatxa. Lively black and red fruits play on the palate with violet, vanilla, and pepper notes that shine through. It has geat richness with a long silky smooth finish.
This wine falls squarely into the “natural wine” camp. It isn’t a fruit bomb, or cocktail wine. You will want to drink this with food, and it works with an amazing variety of dishes. We particularly like it with grilled duck breast.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
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2014 Quinta Vale d. Maria “Rufo” Tinto, Douro
Another new vintage release of a store favorite, this red comes from the “everyday” collection of Rufo wines produced by the estate, which began 1996, when it was acquired by Cristiano Van Zeller and his wife Joana. The property had been in Joana’s family for many years. A huge restoration of the property needed to take place, as well as increasing of vineyards through new plantings and long-term leases with family members.
The team behind Quinta Vale D. Maria is an impressive one.  The Van Zeller’s have been involved in the Douro and Port trade since the late 1700’s. They owned Quinta do Noval, until it was sold in 1993.  Cristiano Van Zeller was the manager of Noval until that point.  His other team members include famed consulting winemaker Sandra Tavares da Silva (owner of Pintas), and full-time winemaker Joana Pinhão.

The fruit for the “Rufo” Tinto is a combination of both estate fruit and grapes purchased from their cousins. It is a blend of Touriga Franca & Touriga Nacional, co-fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged in 2nd, 3rd and 4th use oak barrels for 1 year before resting in tank for an additional year.

A superb vale for a Douro red, this jumps out of the glass with blackberry, plum aromas, a seamless and silky texture, and a long, balanced finish.  Try this alongside some grilled lamb chops (or even burgers) or just sip all by itself.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE 
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2016 Casa de Saima Rosé, Bairrada
 
Casa de Saima is a small, family run producer in the Portuguese region of Bairrada. They are very passionate about their small home region, which is well-known for producing excellent sparkling and red wines, though their white wines can be equally if not perhaps more impressive.
This Atlantic-influenced region grows the indigenous varieties of Maria Gomas and Bical to make both their sparkling and white wines, and most often use the finicky Baga grape to produce their red wines.
Casa de Saima was founded in 1940 with 18 hectares of vineyards located on small plots of land, situated in the best “terroir” of the region. Winemaker Graça Miranda of Casa de Saima runs this small family winery in Sangalhos in Bairrada and is dedicated to showcasing the potential of these indigenous grapes that can be difficult to grow, but produce amazing wines.
By now, most of you are not strangers to these wines in the store. The rosé especially is something we look forward to every year; made from 100% Baga, it has big bright dark cherry notes that mingle with sweet herbs.
Rosé is such a great wine for pairing with many types of food, but this one wins in terms of its ability to work with everything, including foods with high spice levels.
 
$13.00 BTL / $156.00 CASE
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2015 Lagar de Darei Branco, Dão
Another familiar wine to many of you, and our first peak at the 2015 vintage! To recap, Darei is a tiny village within Mangualde, where Carlos Ruivo and his family, the proprietors of Casa de Darei, live and work the vines. Mangualde is part of the Dão region of Northern Central Portugal, and Casa de Darei is quietly making some of the best wines within the region.
The very first wine of Casa de Darei was produced in 1999 and since that time they have increased their vineyard size by six hectares from the original single hectare they started with. Since the beginning they continue to plant with only Portuguese grape varieties typical of the Dão and all of these vines are grown using organic farming.
The wines of Darei are the pure expression of the Dão terroir that the family wanted to showcase in an authentic and true way. They did not want their wines to follow trends or conform to certain styles.
This tasty white is a summer favorite of ours – a blend of Encruzado, Malvasia Fina, Cerceal, Bical and Gouveio.  These are native grapes, each playing a role in the complexity of this wine. This is aged in stainless steel, resulting in a fresh wine with a nice texture and plenty of pineapple skin and peach fruit notes, and a mineral finish that balances the fruit.
This is one of the best values in white wine, year in and year out!
$13.00 BTL / $156.00 CASE
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