2/10/17 – From Coast to Côte: Exciting new French Arrivals

Hello and Happy Friday!
It’s that time of year again…Craig will be leaving for his annual trip to Portugal in a little over a week! We wanted to let you all know ahead of time in case you just have to stop in a see him off. With the magic of his new iPhone 7 camera, he’ll be taking lots of pictures during his travels to share with everyone, so keep an eye out on social media.
Part of the trip will include the Simplesmente Vinho wine event, a pop up dinner with Chef Abe Conlon of Fat Rice in Porto, and Craig’s first ever trip to the island of Madeira!
While he’s away, the store will be closed on the following Mondays and otherwise operating on our normal schedule:
2/20 – CLOSED
2/27 – CLOSED
We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.


Now, onto newsletter topics – This week we are very excited to offer new releases from 3 of our beloved French producers. All of these wines, while hailing from different regions, are fantastic examples of their respective places, and really showcase the magic that happens when you combine passionate wine makers with amazing vineyard sites. Definitely worth a taste!
Have a great weekend,
Craig, Jamie & Evie

Exciting new arrivals from France!
Domaine de la Pépière
Marc Ollivier’s Muscadet-sur-Lie is the shining star of what the Melon de Bourgogne grape has to offer, in large part because it has lees contact until the time of bottling – generally in late May.
This extended contact gives it the crispness that makes Muscadet so refreshing, and such a classic pairing for the seafood and shellfish in the region. It is the traditional way to make Muscadet, but has become the exception as more producers rush to bottle their wines by early January (5 months earlier than Ollivier).
Ollivier takes his time. He hand harvests (also a rarity in the region), uses natural yeasts, waits for the wine to finish and bottles with a very light filtration. The vineyards are mostly comprised of 40+ year old vines from original stock: he is the only grower in the Muscadet who does not have a single clonal selection in his vineyards.
If you’re a fan of mineral-driven, crisp whites that are complex and food-friendly, the Domaine de la Pépière line up is not to be missed!
2015 Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet “Clos des Briords”

Ollivier produces this very-old-vine cuvée of Muscadet from a single-plot with schist soil, the “Clos des Briords.” This is one of the top wines of the AOC – not only delicious young, but something that can also age 10, 20 or 30 years!

Planted in 1930, the vines in the Clos des Briords plot are among the oldest vines in his estate. Because of the soil and greater concentration achieved with old vines, the Clos des Briords is a more powerful wine than most Muscadet. It is very mineral and quite austere in its youth, rather than fruity and light. Over a few months, or even years, if you can wait that long, it develops incredibly complex aromatics and structure.
$17.99 BTL / $215.88 CASE
*Also available in Magnum (1.5L)
$37.99 BTL / 3 bottles available
Domaine Humbert Frères
With Humbert, its clear that in our opinion this is the most underrated producer in all of Burgundy. The fourth generation Humbert brothers, Emmanuel and Frédéric, are among the best of Gevrey-Chambertin, and it is only because they don’t have a litany of big name Premier and Grand Cru’s that they don’t get the attention.
They are creating wines that reflect an old-school, uncompromising style of Burgundian winemaking that has fallen by the wayside. Their holdings in the north, close to Brochon contain some of the oldest vines planted on roche mère (mother rock) and this is the place where Gevrey becomes dense and tannic. The brothers work in a reductive style, insuring long-lived wines that will reward patient buyers. Cousin Bernard Dugat-Py is right next door.
The wines are perfumed, intense and at the same time delicate and racy. Their “simple” Bourgogne Rouge is all Gevrey fruit, all done in stainless steel and is a steal for the price.
2014 Domaine Humbert Bourgogne Rouge
Their humble Bourgogne Rouge is actually pure Pinot Noir all from Gevrey.  Drinks beautifully now, mineral, red and dark fruits, such purity and finesse! Seriously don’t miss this, very few cases came to Illinois this year and we took as many as we could get our hands on!
$39.99 BTL / 5 cases available
2014 Domaine Humbert Gevrey-Chambertin “Vieilles Vignes”

From old vines parcels underneath Estournelles & Etelois, adjacent to Grand Cru Griottes. Strawberry, mulberry, violet, mignonette, and rose all help to make up the vibrant aromas. More maturity brings out licorice, leather and hints of underbrush.

$71.99 BTL / 12 bottles available

2014 Domaine Humbert Gevrey-Chambertin “Poissenot” 1er Cru
A fantastic, south-facing hillside vineyard on light, stony soil. An extension of the Estournelles vineyard. Only around 4,000 bottles produced per year. Rich and aromatic, the red fruit will evolve with patience and time into a gamey and earthy nose with hints of fine leather and licorice.
$115.99 BTL / 12 bottles available
Château de Béru
Just back in September we featured the remaining cases of 2014 vintage Chablis from Château de Béru. Even with the terrible weather that devastated much of the fruit in the region, some of the 2015 has managed to find its way to us.
Athénaïs Béru’s family has owned the beautiful Château and property in the village of Béru for 400 years. Pre-phylloxera, the vineyards were the entire revenue source for the Château. It wasn’t until 1987 that Athénaïs’s father, Éric took on the huge project of revitalizing the vineyards on the estate.
Athénaïs took over the project in 2004, and in my opinion has transformed this estate into one of the benchmark producers of the region of Chablis. This wasn’t easy, and I have been a witness to how incredibly hard Athénaïs works to produce wines with “energy.”
The Château de Béru wines have energy in spades.
2015 Château de Béru “Terroir de Béru” Chablis
A wonderful synthesis of all of Béru’s properties. Crafted from 30+ year old vines in a minimalist style yields a chiseled wine with a delicious core of fruit that everyone can enjoy.
$34.99 BTL / $419.88 CASE
2014 Château de Béru “Athénaïs” 1er Cru Montmains Chablis
The “Athénaïs” wines are a side project that Athénaïs Béru began in 2010 in order to create a range of wines produced in beautiful appellations in the north of Burgundy that mirror the quality and energy of her Chablis.
The Montmains vineyard is located on Kimmeridgian soils on a South/South-East facing hillside, on the left bank of the Serein River, which divides the vineyards of Chablis from North to South. The particularity of Montmains is its typical high minerality and beautiful strength due to a very rocky terroir.
$65.99 BTL / 12 bottles available
2014 Château de Béru “Athénaïs” 1er Cru Mont du Milieu Chablis

Mont de Milieu is a Premier Cru on the eastern banks of the Serein river in Chablis. Here, a southerly aspect and dry, limestone-rich soils have given a terroir that is considered one of the best Premier Crus in Chablis, producing an age-worthy, Chardonnay that is elegant, floral and racy.

$65.99 BTL / 12 bottles available
Posted in Friday Features/Newsletters, Newsletter

2/3/2017 – One of Barolo’s best – 2010 Massolino “Vigna Rionda” Barolo Riserva

Hello and Happy Friday,

We are excited to officially welcome a new team member at Perman Wine Selections. Like the rest of the Perman Wine team, Evie Olson has caught the wine bug, and brings that high level of excitement and love for wine to the store. Many of you have had the opportunity to meet Evie as she has been helping with tastings and social media over the past three months. She will continue to work with us on a part-time basis. Welcome Evie!
Massolino Barolo

Vigna Rionda Riserva


Barolo enthusiasts around the world have been eagerly anticipating the release of this very wine for some time.

It has arrived, and while quantities are limited, we have secured the entire allocation for Illinois.

If you love Barolo, this is simply not to be missed.
Have a great weekend,
Craig, Jamie, & Evie

2010 Massolino “Vigna Rionda” Barolo Riserva, Piedmont, Italy
The Massolino winery, located in the village of Serralunga d’Alba is one of Italy’s greatest wine treasures.
This historic producer began in 1896 under the leadership of Giovanni Massolino, and continues today under the watchful eyes of Franco and Roberto Massolino.
There are several factors which set the greatest producers of Barolo apart from their neighbors. In the case of Massolino, there is no better estate when it comes to offering a range expressing the greatest terroir of Serralunga d’Alba. To say that Massolino is a Serralunga specialist is putting it mildly.
The “grand terroir” of the Massolino vineyards is that of Vigna Rionda. It is widely recognized that Vigna Rionda is THE great vineyard of Serralunga d’Alba. The Massolino family owns the largest section of the vineyard, 2.3 hectares.
From that plot, and only in special years they produce a Riserva bottling.
2010 is one of the most impressive Barolo vintages in recent years. The wines are unique in the way that they have both richness and weight, as well as freshness and tannic structure. They are clearly wines that will develop for many years, and this Vigna Rionda Reserva is no exception.
Intensely aromatic with primary fruit aromas of dark cherry, flowers, and anise. This is a full-bodied, incredibly long wine, with well-framed tannins, and savory licorice, balsamic and herb notes lingering on the seemingly unending finish.
You may try a bottle of this now, decanting for a couple hours before drinking. Ultimately, this is a wine that will continue to develop and hit its stride between 2023-2040.
A truly epic Barolo.
Posted in Friday Feature, Friday Features/Newsletters

1/27/17 – 6 for “Everyday” the $15 and under Edition

Hello & Happy Friday!
We’d like to start by reminding everyone that our first tasting of 2017 will be on Thursday, February 2nd. Wines and grapes from dueling hot/cold climates, in honor of Groundhog Day. There are still a few spaces available…
Please read on for more information:
WHEN: Thursday, February 2nd @ 7:00PM
WHERE: Perman Wine Selections, 802 W Washington Blvd.
WHAT: Our first ever Groundhog Day Tasting!
COST: $60 per person
SIGN UP: Secure your spot by calling the store with your credit card. 312-666-4417
Playing off the Winter vs Spring theme, we decided this to be the perfect opportunity to discuss cool climate vs. warm climate. We will offer 5 flights of two wines, produced from the same grape, one coming from a cool climate and the other from a warm climate.
Ever wondered why Syrah could be so different depending on where it came from? How some people can be White Burgundy fans, but claim not to like Chardonnay? It’s all about the climate.
Not only will this be an educational tasting, you know when are going to open some great bottles!
Tickets are $60.00/Person. This is a seated tasting and limited to 14 people. Tickets are fully refundable with 72 hours notice (Monday January 30th). Tickets must be secured with a credit card. Please call the shop at 312-666-4417.
Finally, today’s newsletter announces the new release of “The 6 for ‘Everyday’ – $15 and Under Edition” wine club.
We have a diverse and delicious lineup this month. Keeping winter in mind (even though we did have a little “heat wave” last week) we have 4 red wines and 2 white wines. A great sampling from the Old World countries of France, Italy and Spain.
They are available for pick up, and as a reminder we do have delivery and shipping options available.
Have a great weekend,
Craig & Jamie

6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – the $15 & under Edition
2014 D. Ventura “Viña do Burato” 
Ribeira Sacra, Spain
It wasn’t that long ago that many of us in the wine business were just starting to hear about and discover the region of Ribeira Sacra. Located in the interior of Galcia of Northwest Spain, I can recall that much of the initial excitement revolved around the regions stockpile of old vines, and the unique way that the wines combined fruit, with earth notes and elegance.
Today, those that follow Spanish wine are well aware of Ribeira Sacra and its ability to produce complex and highly drinkable wines from the indigenous Mencía grape variety.
D. Ventura is one of the top producers of the region, yet one that doesn’t get the hype it deserves. The Losada family has been growing in Ribeira Sacra for generations. Their evolution as a producer has continued to evolve, with the wines gaining in complexity and drinkability in recent years.
D. Ventura produces three red wines, two from an area called Amandi along the Sil River. The other a vineyard called Viña do Burato, which lies along the Minho River, and provides alluvial soil that are very rich in nutrients. The vines in Burato are over 80-years-old.
Viña do Burato is the starting point in any tasting of D. Ventura. It is their fresh and juicy style of Mencía, yet it stills delivers complexity with its mixture between red fruit aromas, herbs and soft tannins.
Pair this as you would a good Cru Beaujolais, with roasted chicken, mushroom focused dishes or charcuterie.
We are excited to be able offer a special price on this wine for the wine club. It normally retails for around $20, and at that price points, it is still a steal. This is our way of making sure that we introduced Ribera Sacra to you.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
2015 Selvagrossa “Muschén” 
Le Marche, Italy
The name of our wine club is “6 for Everyday,” and no wine speaks to this concept more than this red from our good friends Alberto and Alessandro Taddei of Selvagrossa winery. With 4 hectares of vineyards, located just outside the town of Pesaro in the northern Marche, in just 15 years of wine production, they have established themselves as one of the top producers in the Marche.
The wines of Selvagrossa are both fun, delicious and playful while still being complex. The personality of the winemaker is on display in all of the wines.
Muschén is Sangiovese blended with a bit of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Bordeaux varieties aren’t natural to the Marche, yet the Taddei brothers believed in their ability to produce balanced examples that draw on the climate of the Adriatic and the cooling winds that arrive from the West.
In the dialect of Pesaro “Muschén” means little fly, one of Alberto’s nicknames from their grandfather. The playfulness of the name translates to a wine that is one of our favorites to drink on regular basis. It has red and dark fruit notes, soft tannins and great acidity for pairing with pasta dishes and slow cooked meats or stews.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
2015 Domaine des Champs Fleuris Saumur Blanc
Loire Valley, France 
This wine is no stranger to our store. Domaine des Champs Fleuris is one of our favorite producers out of the Loire Valley, and for a quaffable white wine, nothing beats their Saumur Blanc.

Many of you enjoyed the 2014 vintage and we are pleased to find the 2015 is also showing well, so we couldn’t resist having their Saumur Blanc make another appearance on our ‘6 for Everyday.’

I’m a big fan of Chenin Blanc, but you can’t always be sure what you are going to get. Chenin Blanc is a grape that is susceptible to botrytis, a fungus that punctures the skins and concentrates the sugars giving way to semi-sweet all the way to lusciously sweet wines. However the Chenin Blanc from Saumur produces wines that are much lighter and dryer. You can rest assured you are getting a refreshing, light and mouthwatering white wine experience.

This wine has the beautiful aromas of white flowers, citrus and lychee that I enjoy in a Chenin Blanc, while also displaying a round mouthfeel and crisp finish that would pair perfectly with seafood and many cheeses; you can’t go wrong!

$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
2015 Château l’Oiselinière de la Ramée Muscadet Sèvre et Maine, Loire Valley Franc
Producer Chereau Carre is actually a marriage of Bernard Chereau Senior, who owned Chateau de Chasseloir, and Edmonde Carre whose family owned Chateau l’Oiseliniere de la Ramee. Together they now own four properties and farm 135 hectares of vines. Work continues to be done by the family; now on the third generation producing unique and quality Muscadet wines.
The Château l’Oiseliniere is a single vineyard in the village of Vertou. It’s 10 hectares atop of a sunny hilltop at the confluence of the Sevre and Maine rivers and has belonged to the Chereau family since 1960.

The vines are 40 years old and planted on orthogneiss soil. This soil type and the old vines are ideal for age worthy Melon de Bourgogne. Match that with the southernly exposed hills and Chereau Carre is able to produce a great expression of Muscadet.

It spends 6 to 9 months on its lees which imparts structure and a slightly creamier mouthfeel, yet still has a decent amount of underlying minerality and freshness. On the nose there are aromas of grapefruit and lemon skin, with flavors of white flower and exotic fruit on the palate. The Chateau l’Oiseliniere de la Ramee is both a wine of complexity but also one that will disappear in a heartbeat, as any good Muscadet should.

$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE 

2014 Viña Zorzal old vine Garnacha 
Navarra, Spain
The story of the Viña Zorzal began in 1989 when, after a lifetime working in wine, Antonio Sanz fulfilled his dream of producing his own wines in Navarra. The hard work in the vineyards and attention to detail in the winery has since been passed down to his sons, who currently run the small, family-run estate.
They focus on showcasing the indigenous varieties of Spain and adhere to the philosophy that wine should be released only when it is ready to be consumed, and not a moment before.
Spanish wine law focuses squarely on this issue: the terms Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva are highly regulated indicators of the amount of time a wine has aged prior to its release. In Navarra, as well as Rioja and the Ribera del Duero, (which have the most stringent requirements) red Crianzas must be aged a minimum of two years; Reservas, at least three years; and Gran Reservas, five years. Of course, top producers will often age their wines far longer than they are required to – sometimes decades.
This wine is made from 100% old vine Garnacha with the complexities of age shining through in the glass. The result is a juicy and cheerful wine with high intensity aromas of red fruit such us raspberry, strawberry, red cheery, also black pepper and earthy notes. On the palate, soft tannins and medium body with more notes of red fruits, mineral hints and a long finish. that goes well with paella or stewed chicken.
$11.00 BTL / $132.00 CASE

2014 Domaine Rabasse Charavin Côtes du Rhône Rouge
Rabasse-Charavin is an estate we hold dear to our hearts and always get excited when our yearly shipment arrives. To reintroduce you, Domaine Rabasse-Charavin is a fantastic, small estate located in the appellation of Cairanne. Corinne Couturier and her daughter, Laure are the fourth and fifth generation to make wine at Rabasse-Charavin.  Their wines have a great reputation in France, classically structured, and traditionally styled.
This is a wine that proves that Côtes du Rhône is stylistically versatile. A classic blend of 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre from vines as old as 40 years. All the vines for this blend are from the middle and lower parts of the slope with a directly southern exposure to maximize ripeness. After pressing the wine begins fermentation in cement tanks.
This leaps out of the glass with aromas of fresh raspberry and strawberry, and hints of bakeshop spice and mineral that follow through on the palate. Balanced and restrained, this a great every day wine for practically any time of year.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
Posted in 6 for "Everyday" Wine Club, Newsletter

1/20/17 – The 6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – $30 and under Edition

Hello & Happy Friday!
Lots to tell you about on today’s newsletter.

First, we wanted to inform you that this coming Monday, January 23rd, Perman Wine Selections will be CLOSED. Sorry for any inconvenience.

We are very excited to release news on a couple of upcoming events. The first, our first ever Groundhog Day tasting. The second, an exciting Chinese New Year’s dinner at Fat Rice!
Please read on for more information.
WHEN: Thursday, February 2nd @ 7:00PM
WHERE: Perman Wine Selections, 802 W Washington Blvd.
WHAT: Our first ever Groundhog Day Tasting!
COST: $60 per person
SIGN UP: Secure your spot by calling the store with your credit card. 312-666-4417
At Perman Wine we are channeling our inner Punxsutawney Phil. In case you are a little like Craig who had to ask “what is Groundhog Day again?” One of the legends says that on Groundhog Day, our little furry friend Phil pops out of his burrow. If it is a cloudy day, then it is a sign that Spring will arrive early. Conversely, if its a sunny day, Phil will see his shadow, and go back into his “home” and sadly, winter weather will continue for six more weeks.
We love a good legend, and wanted to pay homage to Phil’s story by offering a Groundhog Day Tasting.
Playing off the Winter vs Spring theme, we decided this to be the perfect opportunity to discuss cool climate vs. warm climate. We will offer 5 flights of two wines, produced from the same grape, one coming from a cool climate and the other from a warm climate.
Ever wondered why Syrah could be so different depending on where it came from? How some people can be White Burgundy fans, but claim not to like Chardonnay? It’s all about the climate.
Not only will this be an educational tasting, you know when are going to open some great bottles!
Tickets are $60.00/Person. This is a seated tasting and limited to 14 people. Tickets are fully refundable with 72 hours notice (Monday January 30th). Tickets must be secured with a credit card. Please call the shop at 312-666-4417.
WHEN: Wednesday, February 8th @ 7PM
WHERE: Fat Rice, 2957 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago
WHAT: Come celebrate Chinese New Year’s and the year of the Rooster with a specially prepared dinner from Chef Abraham Conlon, and Portuguese wine pairings from Craig Perman of Perman Wine Selections
COST: $75 per person, excluding tax and gratuity
SIGN UP: By visiting this link.
It’s the Year of the Rooster! To celebrate we are teaming up with Fat Rice restaurant for a very special multi-course Chinese New Year’s dinner.
The Galo de Barcelos (Rooster of Barcelos) is the national symbol of Portugal and a tale that every child in Portugal learns growing up.
What better place to celebrate the Year of the Rooster than at a restaurant who’s symbol is also the Galo de Barcelos.
Chef Abraham Conlon will prepare a very special multi-course tasting menu, and Craig Perman will pair some some of the top Portuguese producers alongside.
Don’t miss this great dinner and tasting!
Finally, today’s newsletter announces the new release of “The 6 for ‘Everyday’ – $30 and Under Edition” wine club.
We have an incredible line-up this month. Keeping winter in mind we have 4 red wines and 2 white wines. We will travel around the world this month featuring wines from the Unite States, France, Italy, Portugal and Chile. It’s a stellar line-up!
They are available for pick up, and as a reminder we do have delivery and shipping options available.
Have a great weekend,
Craig & Jamie

6 for “Everyday” Wine Club –
The $30 & under Edition
2014 Quinta Vale D. Maria “VVV” Douro Tinto, Portugal
We are very excited to release for the first time in Illinois, a new wine from one of the top produces of the Douro region in Portugal.
We love the wines of Quinta Vale D. Maria. This is a family run business, led by Cristiano Van Zeller. The Van Zeller family has over 200 years in the Port business. Until 1993, they were the owners of Quinta do Noval, and Cristian was at the helm.
In 1996, Cristiano began the Quinta Vale D. Maria project, a beautiful Quinta, that belonged to his wife’s family. Since that time they have established themselves as one of the great producers of dry table wine in the Douro. Wines like the flagship Quinta Vale D. Maria Tinto, CV, Vinho do Rio and Vinha da Francisca have received an immense amount of attention, as they are world-class wines. They come at a price, do to low yielding old-vines and an immense amount of labor in the vineyard.
2013 marked the first vintage of a new label for the family. At the time, they made a great value red and white wine called “Rufo” which we routinely carry at the store and sells for $15. Their next wine was the flagship Quinta Vale D. Maria which costs around $60 retail.
The Van Zellers wanted to create a wine that like the rest of the wines, over delivered for the price, but that like Rufo could be consumed on an “everyday” basis.
The name “Three Valleys” is in reference to the Pinhão Valley, Douro Valley and Torto Valley that makes up the Douro, and places where the Van Zellers have worked and sourced grapes from for many years. It also has a double meaning, as “VVV” was a symbol used by the family denoting the “highest quality.” At Quinta do Noval, the barrels were marked with a “V,” “VV,” and “VVV,” with the later showing the best barrels destined for the vintage Port.
This is a wine that offers more richness and intensity than “Rufo,” and it offers even more accessibility than the Quinta Vale D. Maria Tinto, or the single vineyard wines.
Speaking with Francisca Van Zeller on her last visit to Chicago, she kept signaling that 2014 was a vintage she adored, and tasting the “VVV” I can understand why!
Beautiful aromas, violets, blackberry, cocoa, and spice emerge from the glass.  Full-bodied, with incredible texture and length for the price point. If you taste enough Douro wines like I do, you really come to appreciate how the Van Zellers are able to put together such well-balanced yet full-bodied wines. This will appeal to old world and new world drinkers alike.
PLEASE NOTE – we are offering this at a special price through the  duration of this month’s sampler. It’s our way to make sure we introduce you to this wine. It will go back to its normal retail price, so stock up now!
2013 Fattoria Alois “Settimo,” Campania, Italy
If you could drink wine from only one country, which would it be? For me (Craig), the answer is pretty clear: Italy.
The why, is a simple answer. Diversity.
I never get tired of Italian wine because there are always new discoveries. Within this small country you have a crazy amount of diversity in terroir, climate, and of course all of those fun and funky indigenous grape varieties.
We haven’t featured many wines from Campania in recent newsletters, and there is something about winter, and the foods that we eat, that make me crave wines from this region.
Michele Alois and his son, Massimo, of Fattoria Alois, makes fantastic white and red wines from their beautiful estate in Pontelatone, just north of Caserta within the Campania region.
The Alois family is one of, if not the most prestigious producer of silk cloth, and you can see it on display in the White House, the Louvre, and more.
It was Michele Alois’ desire to open a winery, and not because they needed another business, but because his is passionate about wine, Campania, and specifically wanted to preserve and educate wine lovers worldwide on the indigenous grapes of his below region.
While most fans of the region know grapes like Aglianico and Falanghina, Alois has focused on even more obscure varieties such as Casavecchia and Pallagrello Nero.
“Settimo” is a blend of those two grapes, and an excellent value. Meant for early term consumption, it is fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks, putting the purity of the fruit first. Aromatic notes of dark cherry and baking spices. Medium-bodied, but well balanced, with fruit and mineral flavors.
Enjoy this alongside braised short ribs or other braised meats.
$22.00 BTL. / $264.00 CASE
2014 Torre dei Beati “Bianchi Grilli” Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, Abruzzo, Italy
I’ve long been a believer in the wines of Fausto Albanesi, a producer located in Loreto Aprutino in the Northern part of the Abruzzo region. Situated about 25 kilometers off the cost, and in view of the Gran Sasso Mountains, this is an ideal place for vineyards.
I was first introduced to the wines of Fausto back when I was living in Oregon. His Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo was, and still is, one of my all-time favorite Rosé.
That’s why we were so excited to hear that Fausto’s wines have returned to Chicago!
Abruzzo is famous for its white grape variety called Trebbiano. Discuss it with a wine professional, and you will get a lot of different opinions. There is a TON of innocuous, over-cropped Trebbiano in Abruzzo. Yet, if you have had the experience of tasting a great version, you know it can be a noble grape variety.
The 2014 “Bianchi Grilli” is one such example. Having recently been awarded the “3 Bicchieri” designation from Italian wine guide Gambero Rosso, its not just me that feels this is one of the best Trebbiano you can buy.
It is a gastronomic wine, not a simple light quaffer. It offers beautiful floral, lemon, honey and mineral notes on the nose. It is a medium-bodied white, with savory spice and citrus notes repeating on the long finish.
This will work with whole roasted fish, but also can stand up to roasted pork tenderloin.
$28.00 BTL. / $336.00 CASE
2009 O. Fournier “Centauri” Red Blend, Maule Valley, Chile
Here at Perman Wine Selections we want to offer wines that are new and unique, yet remain something that we think our customers will love. We know the 2009 “Centauri” is just that. It’s not too often you will see a Chilean wine on our ‘6 for Everyday’ but we think it’s a wine that represents the Maule Valley region of Chile well, and is an incredible value.
The Maule Valley is one of the oldest and most desirable vineyard sites in Chile which has just begun gaining popularity. O. Fournier however took hold of this gem long ago and currently has vineyards ranging from 65 to 120 years old. In fact O. Fournier is the only winery in Chile that produces wines exclusively from old-vines.
The Centauri 2009 is a blend of 45% Cabernet Franc, 25% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Carignan, with the Cabernet Franc being planted as far back as the 1890s. All the grapes are hand harvested and spend 12 months in French oak barrels, completley unfined and unfiltered.
The old vines and low yields produce grapes that give this wine both complexity and balance. And with the care that goes into the vineyards and the little intervention in the winery, it really allows the purity of flavors from these grapes shine through. This is truly a terroir focused wine and one we are happy to make part of our ‘6 for Everyday’ selection.
$20.00 BTL. / $240.00 CASE
2015 Ryme Cellars “Hers” Vermentino, Carneros, Sonoma County, California
Ryan and Megan Glaab are the duo behind Rhyme Cellars who have a very similar philosophy to our own when it comes to wine; they only represent wines that they love themselves and drink often. The husband and wife team began their collaboration in 2007 with varietals you don’t see too often in Sonoma, including Vermentino.
Ryan and Megan both agreed on their desire to work with this varietal, however they disagreed with exactly how they wanted to express it. The “His” & “Hers” Vermentino wines are a perfect example of comprise within a relationship! Instead of making an orange style wine as the “His,” Megan chose to produce a bright, clean, aromatic example of Vermentino, similar to the wines in the Ligurian coast. To achieve this style the grapes were whole cluster pressed and bottled early.
The grapes for this wine come from the Las Brisas vineyard which has sandy silt and gravel soils just off San Pablo Bay which gives a cooling effect to the vineyard and gives way to beautifully aromatic white wines. With all of their wines at Rhyme Cellars they only use grapes grown from conscientiously farmed organic or sustainable vineyards. They try to minimize any artificial intervention (no cultured yeast, no temperature control, no enzymes or other adulterants), they let the grapes speak for themselves.
The 2015 “Hers” Vermentino shows on the palate a bracing ginger snap note with some zip, yet has a bit of depth and texture due to spontaneous partial malolactic fermentation. There are also plenty of aromatics of jasmine, quince and lemon zest on the nose. The wine certainly achieves the mouthwatering and refreshing style Megan Glaab was after!
$28.00 BTL. / $336.00 CASE
2014 Devevey Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Beaune Rouge, Burgundy, France
Remember back when people used to drink Red Burgundy as a kind off everyday thing? There were bottles that offered all the simple joy that Pinot Noir from the Motherland could offer, and we enjoyed it without any pretense?
If you miss those days like I do, than you will be happy to know that joyous, delicious, slurpable Red Burgundy does exist. Albeit in very small quantities.
As you know well by now, we love the wines of Jean-Yves Devevey, and while we focus on his white wines more we do look forward to receiving our annual shipment of this lovely, pure expression of Pinot Noir from the Hautes Côtes de Beaune.
The 2014 is mighty delicious, having everything you would want. Pretty aromatics of cherry and wild strawberry. Bright and fresh on the palate with a little grippy herbs and mineral components.
Its worth dusting off that classic Coq au Vin recipe, and enjoying it with this bottle.
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Pre-Buy Rieslings from Jochen Beurer

Hello and Happy Friday!
A special thanks to all of you who are continuing to drink during the month of January! We appreciate you. And good luck to everyone on keeping your New Year’s resolutions.
You’ll be happy to know that we have started planning some upcoming tastings…
Save the date for a fun-filled Groundhog Day tasting on Thursday, February 2nd, and a Chinese New Year inspired “Year of the Rooser” tasting and dinner on Wednesday, February 8th. Details and pricing to come next Friday!
Our Friday Feature today was written by the very talented Collin Moody, who just opened up Income Tax– a wine bar in Edgewater – with owner Nelson Fitch and Chef Ryan Henderson.  Definitely a cozy neighborhood spot to check out if you love great food and amazing wine.
This Friday we offer you some incredible, single-vineyard Rieslings that we were able to taste with the winemaker himself, Jochen Beurer of Baden-Württemberg. We’ve had these wines in the store before and they were met with great praise and success. We’re excited for the latest vintages!
We are offering three wines today on pre-buy, meaning that you need simply email us your requests, and we will order the wine from the distributor. We will email you as soon as the wines arrive.
In the meantime, there is plenty of the Jochen Beurer Trocken Riesling in the store for anyone in need of instant gratification.
Don’t miss these!
Have a great weekend,
Craig & Jamie

Jochen Beurer Riesling Pre-Buy Offer:
We are delighted to offer the latest release of these laser-focused, bone-dry Rieslings from this most talented young producer in the appellation of Baden-Württemberg, in southwest Germany, an area known as Swabia.
Yes, this is Germany, but before you start thinking of the Mosel and it’s slate soils, remember that this is primarily a sub-Alpine region with hills created by the slow shifting movements of the Alps. This region is best understood on its own, not compared to other parts of Germany. Unfortunately, this uniqueness is also what has made it such a marginal region. Though some think it might be Europe’s next great wine region, it is often easier to forget about it than try and understand it. Württemberg hosts high altitude with limestone and marl hills reminiscent of the Jura, and Baden is warm enough to be Germany’s primary red wine region.
Jochen farms a hillside in Stetten (between Stuttgart and Munich) that is broken down into steps with different soil types at each ridge. Riesling ripens easily here now thanks to global warming and the wines are almost always made completely dry with a long fermentation. Jochen himself is a former BMX champion who returned to his family’s vines in 1997. In 2003 he began experiments with native yeast, then shortly after he began to think about preserving the indigenous yeast and local microflora with biodynamics in the vineyard with herbal treatments instead of spraying with chemicals.
All of this hard work yields wines that are extremely clear in their character and philosophy. The Beurer wines are instead lean, mean, mineral-packed machines that are all about the terroir of the different plots. Definitely worth watching evolve over a couple days with the bottle open or over time in your cellar.
2015 Riesling Trocken
For under $20, this wine has a lot going for it. It is clean, pure, bone-dry Riesling with poise, balance, and acidity from it’s limestone origins that gives it a refreshing energy and brightness that feels downright healthy to drink.
$19.00 BTL / $228.00 CASE 


2015 Riesling “Gipskeuper”
1000 ft. in altitude with a terroir of red mudstones with deposits of gypsum, and chalky topsoil. The most open and round of the bunch with trademark salinity.
$23.00 BTL / $276.00 CASE 
2015 Riesling “Schilfsandstein”
1100 ft. in altitude with a terroir of yellow green sandstone and quartz, 35 year old vines. Lean (we mean it!), powerfully intense, and great minerality. Lovers of Muscadet and Chablis, take note.
$25.00 BTL / $300.00 CASE 
2015 Riesling “Kieselsandstein”
1200 ft. in altitude with a terroir of red chalky sandstone soil, pebbles of basalt, quartz and broken rocks from the Alps. Partially fermented and aged in foudre. Full- bodied with more spice and structure, but with the trademark electric acid and minerality.
$29.00 BTL / $348.00 CASE
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New Releases from Champagne Georges Laval

Hello and Happy New Year!
Let’s just get this over with.
Congratulations on your new diet, we’re supportive.
Working out is also a good thing, just keep drinking wine in moderation, because we all know it’s good for you!
Now that we got that out of the way we can begin our first newsletter of the year.
Many of you have been asking about upcoming tastings, and in January, we typically give them a break.
We are in planning mode for tastings in February and beyond, so stay tuned!
Just because things have quieted down in our lives, doesn’t mean that they have in the wine world. In the coming months we will see plenty of exciting new releases from some of the top wineries in the world.
We begin the new year with one such arrival from Champagne George Laval.
For those that have shopped at the store for a while, this will be a familiar name. Which is ironic because this is one of the smallest superstar producers in all of Champagne producing roughly 10,000 bottles in total per year.
We’ve had a personal connection to the winery for many years, something that we are honored to have. As such we get a great allocation and even have access to one of his wines exclusively in the Midwest.
Champagne is experiencing a renaissance, with many great producers to choose from. Laval is at the top of the game, producing Champagne of the same complexity as any of the top wines of the world. Don’t miss these.
Have a great weekend,
Craig & Jamie

Champagne Georges Laval
We’ve written about the great Champagne of Vincent Laval of Champagne Georges Laval many times in our newsletters. It’s a story worth repeating.
As I mentioned in the introduction, Georges Laval is a small grower Champagne house based in the village of Cumières in the Vallée de la Marne. They only produce 10,000 bottles in total production, with the bulk of the production coming from the NV Cumières Brut Nature.
One of the things that sets Laval apart from most producers is their meticulous farming. This is not a trend thing, the Laval family has been farming their vineyards organically for over 40 years! Even a decade ago in Champagne that was relatively unheard of.
Up until recently, Laval produced grapes only from Cumières, in upcoming vintages he will produce a wine from a vineyard in a nearby village.
The excitement of grower Champagne today is that we can really get even more in depth with the terroir of Champagne. The wines being offered below are all from Cumières, and show the identity of the vineyards.
The same care in the vineyard is given in the winery. Vincent uses a traditional old Coquart vertical press to extract the juice. His press is small by Champagne standards, but it gives him even more control over this very important process.
Laval picks his grapes at a higher degree of ripeness, and he never chapitilizes, and allows the wines to go through malolactic fermentation.
Speaking of which, all the wines are fermented in neutral oak barrels with indigenous yeasts in Laval’s cold and small underground cellar.
The wines are never fined or filtered. Disgorgement is by hand.
These are truly complex Champagnes, and as such, you can drink them now, but those with patience will be greatly rewarded. Each of the Champagnes below age and get better with time.
For years I’ve been wanting to say something with the preface that it is not meant to be controversial or an attack on anyone’s preferences.
In my personal opinion, these offerings are far more complex Champagnes than anything being produced by the Grand Marques (i.e. Dom Pérignon, Krug, Pol Roger, Taittinger, etc.). That’s not based on salesmanship, that is based on taste and experience, and my personal belief. The reason why many of you shop here is to receive advice, to cut through the marketing, and get wines that are made by people with a point of view that isn’t so influenced by the business side, but rather by passion for place.
So if you are a Champagne fan, or even a fanatic, these are wines you should buy each and every year. Making sure you buy enough to drink some now, and put some away.
We love Champagne Georges Laval!
Champagne Georges Laval Brut Nature NV 
From his beautifully farmed vines in the village of Cumières, this is a blend of 50% Chardonnay and 25% each of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.  The base of this NV is from the 2014 vintage, with 10% of Reserve wine from the 2013 vintage. It was just disgorged on September 9th, 2016.
Vincent used to produce two NV’s, one dosed as a Brut and the other without any dosage, a Brut Nature.  He now is only producing a Brut Nature.  There are very few producers that can pull this off, as it requires a lot of detail in the farming of the grapes.  With Laval, and in particular with this wine, it is perfectly balanced, and it seems even a little silly worrying about the dosage.
Champagne is so complex that we often recommend certain producers and styles based on a customers palate.  In this case,  we believe that every single one of our customers must try this.  It may change your life and your understanding of Champagne like it did ours!
$76.99 BTL. / LIMITED
Champagne Georges Laval Rosé Brut Nature NV
Around the end of the year you see a lot of “best of” lists written by various people. With so many great wines tasted in 2016 it is pretty difficult for me to come up with such a list.
One thing I do know for sure is that the best wine I tasted in 2016 was a bottle of Laval Rosé, an older disgorgement that blended 2010 and 2009. It was like drinking Musigny with bubbles. I still dream of it.
The new disgorgement just arrived, and like the Cumières just disgorged in September. This Rosé is entirely produced from the 2014 vintage.
The Rosé is a blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier all from Cumières.  The majority of the fruit comes from three of his top vineyards, old-vines in Les Chênes, Les Hautes Chèvres and Longues Violes. It is foot-tread before being pressed, and fermented like the others in used barrel.
This is not your simple, light, fruity style of Rosé.  It is concentrated, yet fresh, multi-layered with notes of wild strawberry and rhubarb.  The finish is never ending, and while I will have a hard time resisting drinking my stash of it now, as I mentioned this benefits from some time in bottle.
An amazing Champagne Rosé!


2012 Champagne Georges Laval “Les Chênes”
Les Chênes was first bottled as a separate wine in 1994.
This is a cuvée made purely from Chardonnay. This is a highly regarded vineyard spot, just east of the village of Cumières, with very little topsoil that barely covers the bedrock of chalk. This wine is always produced in the Brut Nature style (zero dosage) and he usually makes just under 1700 bottles.
The 2012 “Les Chênes” is one of the best I’ve ever had.
It still has that textbook combination of citrus and stone fruit, big-time minerality, and a finish that goes on and on.
Try a bottle now, pouring it into big stems for aeration.  It is a must that this is drunk at a temperature closer to how you would serve White Burgundy, around 52 or 53 degrees Fahrenheit.
Make sure you hold some in your cellar, drinking over the next 15 years. Optimally I’d drink from 2020-2030.
2012 Champagne Georges Laval “Les Hautes- Chèvres”
Easily one of the greatest and most rare Blanc de Noirs in existence.
This is only made in great vintages. 2009 was the last vintage we received, which was made from Pinot Noir vines in the Les Hautes Chèvres vineyard.
The release of the 2012 marks the first time that this is made entirely of Pinot Meunier, from vines planted between 1930 and 1959 in Les Hautes Chèvres.
The vineyard is on the Western side of Cumières and the top soils here are a bit more fertile, and the chalk bedrock is deeper. Perfect for Meunier.
The 2012 Les Hautes Chèvres is mind-blowing. It is a baby, but don’t hesitate to open a bottle now to experience it in its youth.
Beautiful red fruit aromas of wild strawberry and cassis. The fruit is intense and rich, but also with balance and nuanced mineral and spice notes. The finish doesn’t seem to end.
Again, try a bottle in its youth, but then save some to drink from 2020 – 2035+.
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12/30/16 – 6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – the $15 & under Edition

Hello and Happy Friday!
It is difficult to believe that 2016 is almost in the books.

We wanted to take the opportunity to thank each and every one of our customers for your business in 2016.

We know you have a lot of choices and places to buy adult beverages.

Your support means a lot to us!

We promise to keep fighting for you, providing you with the best choices in wine, spirits and beer, and trying to give you the best customer service possible.

Thank you!


2017 promises to be an exciting year at Perman Wine Selections.

Many of you have already heard, but I wanted to formally announce that Perman Wine will be opening a new location in 2017.

We will be opening on the ground floor of the Xavier apartment building at 625 W Division. Our address will officially be 1167 N Howe, just off the corner of Division & Howe.

The new store will offer even more selections, more cooler space for beer, more spirits, and of course space to continue our tastings and events.

We hope to be open in June, but you know how construction goes!

In the meantime, we will continue in the West Loop at our first location, 802 W Washington Blvd.

Stay tuned for more information on store happenings as we have it.


A brief note on upcoming store hours:

Friday, December 30th – Noon till 8 PM

Saturday, December 31st – 11 AM till 5 PM
Sunday, January 1st – CLOSED
Monday, January 2nd – CLOSED

Today’s Friday Feature announces the new arrival of the “6 for Everyday Wine Club – $15 and under edition.”

We’ve saved our best for last!

This month’s wine club will feature a lot of familiar names, We are excited to have the new vintages from producers such as Selvagrossa, Champs Fleuris and Casa de Saima.

We always select our choices for the wine club with season in mind. As we are in the heart of winter, we’ve included four reds and two white wines this month.

We are proud of our wine club. We offer real wine, from real producers, all of whom are considered good, conscientious producers in their respective regions.

We don’t think you are going to find a better six bottles for the money.

These are in stock and available for pick up or delivery.

Happy New Year,
Craig & Jamie


6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – the $15 & under Edition
2015 Domaine des Champs Fleuris “Les Tufolies” 
Saumur Champigny
Domaine des Champs Fleuris is the labor of love of four friends who decided to commit their lives and financial resources to 44 hectares of vines. The vineyards have good exposure and sit on the classic soils of the region called tuffeau, a porous, sedimentary rock that is prevalent in this region.
Last week’s newsletter introduced the latest release of Crémant from Domaine des Champs Fleuris as part of our “6 for Everyday $30 & Under” wine club. This week we highlight their delicious Cabernet Franc from Saumur Champigny.
We opened up a bottle yesterday to sip on for newsletter inspiration – it is such a terrific example of what Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley should be. And it’s not shy in the aromatics department – notes of red berries, sandalwood and peppercorns jump out of the glass. Tannins are soft and balanced with the bright acidity to make this an excellent sipping wine, but even more spectacular with a grilled piece of lean red meat or a hearty winter stew.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
2015 Selvagrossa “Cuchén” 
Le Marche, Italy

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.

Brothers Alberto and Alessandro Taddei inherited the Estate in 2002 from their grandparents, and the first Selvagrossa wine was made that same year from an old-vine Sangiovese vineyard planted in the early 1970’s by Alberto and Alessandro’s father and grandfather.

Though their Sangiovese is full of character and truly representative of the terrior, equally impressive is their 2015 Cuchén made from the Verdicchio grape. Verdicchio happens to be one of Craig’s favorite varietals and the Cuchén is a beautiful expression of it.

This Verdicchio wine has a youthful orange blossom on the nose with plenty of minerality and mouth-watering acidity on the palate. Though refreshing and youthful, Cuchén has a round mouth feel and is an exceptionally well-balanced wine.

We believe that Le Marche is the last of the great and undiscovered regions of Italy, and the wines of Selvagrossa are a prime example. They are wines that are meant to be enjoyed again and again, and offer great value for the quality, this is why we couldn’t resist adding it to our 6 for Everyday!

$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
2013 Rocca dei Mori “Briacò” Primitivo Salento
Puglia, Italy
The Apollonio Wine Company has a long and deep-rooted history, and is now awarded with the title of ‘Impresa Storica d’Italia’ (historic company of Italy). This four-generation history – always evolving yet remaining faithful to itself – began in 1870, when Noè Apollonio started his adventure, followed by his son Marcello, who would later modernize the small firm. After World War II, Marcello’s son, Salvatore, took over production and management.
In the warm region of Salento, Apollonio’s sun-kissed vineyards give their sweet, must-scented fruits according to the rhythm of nature. In the wine cellar, red grapes – once gathered and selected – are fermented at a controlled temperature in Slavonian oak vats.

Made from 100% Primitivo from low yielding, old bush vines producing high quality fruit. Benefiting from 12 months in American oak, the wine is full and rich on the nose, black cherries, plum and a sweeter seam of something more balsamic and vanilla like. There’s plenty of flavor on a structured and rich palate, great length and fine tannins. A rich, smooth red of great quality with real character.

$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
2012 Lupinc Terrano
Carso, Italy
Craig first visited the small Lupinc family estate back in 2011. Young, talented winemaker Matej Lupinc is the current generation and proprietor of a cellar that dates back to 1913.
The appellation of Carso D.O.C. (Karst) is located in the broader region of Friuli Venezia Giulia.  The Lupinc family resides in the village of Prepotto, about a 25 minute drive from Trieste.
Carso is a unique appellation.  To plant vineyards, dynamite is often used to break into the hard limestone/clay soil.  It is a luminous region, offering great warmth, but with its proximity to the sea plenty of cool breezes.  It is often so windy that producers will shield the vines, with its most resistant and strongest vine, Vitovska.
Lupinc works with the classic native varieties of Carso – Vitovska, Malvasia Istriana, and Terrano.  In 1970, they were one of the first to estate bottle. This is a very hands on winery with owner and winemaker Matej Lupinc taking on the majority of the work in both the vineyard and the winery.  In total, average production is around 20,000 bottles per year.
Today, we re-feature the current vintage of the Carso red variety, Terrano.
You’ve seen this wine on the newsletter before, but as a special for the new year and because we really want to introduce you to Terrano, we’ve reduced the price way lower than normal.
This is a unique wine. Terrano has particularly high acidity, and is mostly dark and densely colored with violet and grassy aromas. Flavors of dark peppery spices, tart blackberries and plums abound on the palate. A bit of direction is needed with this wine! It likes oxygen and HAS to go with food. Decant this for an hour and pair it with rich meat dishes like braised pork chops or Peking duck – this absolutely sings.

2015 Casa de Saima “Colheita” Branco
Bairrada, Portugal
We believe that there may not be a better $13 bottle of white wine out there.

Casa de Saima is a small producer, family run, and very passionate about their home region of Bairrada. This small region is well-known for producing excellent sparkling wine and red wines from the Baga grape, but their white wines are equally if not more impressive.

This Bairrada white is blend of 70% Bical and 30% Maria Gomes which makes for a beautifully complexed and balanced wine. The grapes for this wine were meticulously selected and allowed to ferment from naturally yeasts. Some time on the lees also adds to the complexity of this wine.

This Colheita Branco has a similar orange blossom note on the nose as the Cuchén described above, yet with a strong flint note and stoney minerality. This wine offers such complexity and a long finish, 2015 may be there best vintage to date. Do not miss this excellent value!

$13.00 BTL / $156.00 CASE

2010 Château Lestrille Bordeaux Supérieur
Bordeaux is a funny thing. It seems like most of the attention is given to the top tier wines, and a lot of “everyday” drinking wines are overlooked entirely. We are always on the lookout for a great value wine from the region that showcases balance, quality and flavor.
At Chateau Lestrille, Estelle and Jean Louis Roumage make wines that are modern in style and fruit-driven. Because they believe the essence of winemaking lies in the vineyard itself, they use sustainable growing practices.
Classic fermentation, temperature controlled with frequent stirring. Bottled after 12 months ageing in stainless steel.
This is easy-drinking and accessible claret which offers excellent value for money.  Lovely plum fruit and violet blossoms from this 100% Merlot.  An excellent everyday red.
$14.00 BTL. / $168.00 CASE
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12/23/16 6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – The $30 & under Edition

In other news, today’s newsletter announces the new release of “The 6 for ‘Everyday’ – $30 and Under Edition” wine club.
This month’s edition features somethings new and somethings old. We are always excited to get new releases from favorite producers, and three of this month’s offerings does just that. We also are continually searching for new features, and we have you covered with three new offerings.
This month’s $30 and Under Edition features four reds, 1 white and 1 sparkling. This will be the perfect holiday pack, with everything you need for your Christmas or New Year’s dinner.
Also keep these in mind as a gift to friends, family or clients. It is a great way to thank someone for everything in 2016.
They are available for pick up, and as a reminder we do have delivery and shipping options available.

Happy Holidays!
Craig & Jamie


6 for “Everyday” Wine Club –
The $30 & under Edition
NV Domaine des Champs Fleuris Crémant de Loire
Loire Valley, France
The Loire Valley is known for its crisp Sauvignon Blanc and earthy Cabernet Franc, but here’s a fact you might not know: it also produces over two million gallons of Champagne Method sparkling wine under the appellation “Crémant de Loire”.
Domaine des Champs Fleuris is the labor of love of four friends who decided to commit their lives and financial resources to these 44 hectares of vines. The winery is small and clean, and adjoining is a modern tasting room. The vineyards have good exposure and sit on the classic soils of the region called tuffeau, a porous, sedimentary rock that is prevalent in this region. Most of this Crémant production comes out of the Saumur appellation, which is where our producer, Domaine des Champs Fleuris is located. Many of you have tried their delicious Cabernet Francs, which we have been offering over the last several months.
Champs Fleuris make their fines bulles (aka bubbles) at the estate which is a relatively rare practice in the region. Many producers send their base wine to another winery who then completes the secondary fermentation, sending the finished Crémant back to the producer. Champs Fleruis is able to over see all steps of their Crémant process which insures a great product.
The wines is fresh and racy, and is super crowd pleasing. We forecast some smoked fish and Champs Fleuris Crémant in our near future!
$20.00 BTL / $240.00 CASE
2014 Domaine Vincent Paris “les Côtes” Saint-Joseph
Rhône Valley, France
Vincent Paris is a young and passionate winemaker, farming 6 hectares of land in Cornas & Saint-Joseph in the Rhône Valley. A native of Cornas, his first vintage was in 1997 after having purchased, from his uncle, a very coveted plot in the famous climate of Reynard. He is as shy as his wines are bold. He works with a lovely parity that balances the region’s propensity for overly rustic wines with a clean but not overtly polished sheen.
As his name has grown in reputation, so has his ability to forge relationships outside the tiny hamlet of Cornas.
When we first tasted Paris’ wines, we fell hard for his clean winemaking and light touch. Craig, who often complains about how hard it is to sell wines from the northern Rhône, kept buying more and more of Vincent’s stuff. We are true fans.
Vincent inherited most of his own vines from his grandfather (some of which are 90 years old) and has also rented some vines from his uncle. These steep slopes offer quintessential northern Rhone Syrah character in spades.  As real estate has run out of room in more heralded appellations such as Cornas, many producers are flocking here as a new frontier of untapped potential.
This Saint-Joseph is absolutely delicious; it has at once a lusciousness and great vibrancy and energy.  Vincent says that this bottle is dangerously drinkable; open bottles disappear surprisingly fast (where did it all go?).  On our short list of greatest values in northern Rhone Syrah.
A mineral-accented bouquet evokes fresh boysenberry, potpourri, olive and allspice. Lively and focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry and blackberry flavors and a subtly sweet violet pastille nuance. The floral quality builds with air and lingers on the persistent finish, which features supple tannins and a touch of smoky minerals.
An ideal everyday gourmand red.
$25.00 BTL / $300.00 CASE 
2012 Dominio de Atauta “Parada”
Ribera del Duero, Spain
Ribera del Duero, although less omnipresent than Rioja, still retains its reputation as one of Spain’s best wine regions. Partly due to the pre-eminence of the renowned ‘Vega Sicilia’ but also because of the rise of a host of more modern estates. The Duero is the same river that flows through Portugal (as the Douro), on the banks of which all the great Port wines are grown. Atauta actually refers to a small valley of its own, in the sub-region of Soria, on the eastern side of the district, at 1,000 metres (meaning cool nights, important for retaining freshness).
Parada de Atauta is the new entry-level wine from Dominio de Atauta in Ribera de Duero. Established in1999 by Miguel Sanchez, a Madrid wine merchant who realised the potential of some ancient vineyards, many pre-phylloxera, in a neglected part of the Ribera del Duero. Winemaker is the young, glamorous and talented Almudena Alberca.
These wines buck the current trend of extraction and heavy oak that is still dominate in the region, offering a fresh, terroir-driven style. Intense red fruit, a bit sweet, touch of spice, approachable tannins, but with that freshness that vineyards planted at over 3000 ft will give you. The fruit intensity comes from old vines…there are no vineyards less than 60 years old at the winery.
It would be great with any red meats or any roasted meats, poultry or vegetables. At 13.5% alcohol and with only 12 months in French oak, it’s a lot more food friendly than some of the heavier, more oaky wines from Ribera.
$26.00 BTL /$312.00 CASE 
2012 Selvagrossa “Trimpilin” Rosso
Le Marche, Italy
Selvagrossa, located on Pesaro’s foothills facing the Adriatic coast of Le Marche, is a very small estate with only five hectares of vineyards where Sangiovese, the area’s predominant vine, along with select international varietals, find a terroir favorable to the production of great wines with character.
Brothers Alberto and Alessandro Taddei inherited the Estate  in 2002 from their grandparents, and the first Selvagrossa wine was made that same year from an old-vine Sangiovese vineyard planted in the early 1970’s by Alberto and Alessandro’s father and grandfather.
We here at Perman Wine Selections believe that the Marche is the last of the great and undiscovered regions of Italy.  The wines of Selvagrossa are a prime example.  They are wines that bring great pleasure, and like the greatest Italian wines, are really great partners for the table.
This new release of Selvagrossa “Trimpilin” needs no introduction.  It is Sangiovese – one of Italy’s most well-liked grape varieties, having achieved great fame in appellations such as Chianti Classico and Brunello di Montalcino
Sangiovese from Selvagrossa is a completely different experience. This does display some of those classic cherry notes, a hallmark of the varietal, but if offers savory notes, suggestions of mint, licorice and mineral.
Yet our favorite reason, the one that makes us really love this wine is that it will appeal to many palates.  It has structure and body, appealing to those that love a good Brunello, but it also offers freshness and finesse and makes you come back for a taste, again and again.
The food of the Marche is amazing, and this would be flexible enough to pair with classic regional dishes like squab or a fattier fish with tomato sauce.
Really an outstanding value given its quality.
$26.00 BTL /$312.00 CASE
2012 Celler Pardas Xarel.lo
Penedès, Spain
Pardas Xarel.lo is a wine I’m proud to represent in my store.  Not just because I’m the only store in the city that has it, but rather because it represents so well what the younger generation of Spanish winemakers is trying to achieve.  Take some of Spain’s greatest natural resources, their indigenous varietals, and produce it in a fashion that is respectful of where it comes from.
So much of Spanish wine reaching the US market is driven by marketing, labels, and produced in such a style to meet what a certain importer thinks to be our “palate.”
Celler Pardas produces authentic wine.  They speak of a place, and most importantly they are unique and delicious.
The flagship grape varietal of the winery is Xarel.lo, a grape commonly used as part of a blend to produce Cava, Spain’s sparkling wine.
Winemaker Ramón Parera and vineyard manager Jordi Aman believe that Xarel.lo is a noble variety, with the ability to make complex and age-worthy STILL wines.  Indeed they have proven it with this truly fantastic white wine.
Xarel.lo has it all, richness, freshness, mineral notes as well as the many distinctive aromas and flavors that speak of a Mediterranean climate.
In the hands of Celler Pardas, they produce a Xarel.lo that reminds me of Spain’s version of White Burgundy. Our affection for Ramon & Jordi at Celler Pardas is no secret, and we believe they are making some of the best, if not THE best still wines in all of Catalonia. Xarel.lo is a high quality white grape used in Cava production, but when on it’s own is weighty yet delicate, with great texture, orchard fruit and mineral.
$29.00 BTL / $174.00 SIX PACK CASE
2013 Belle Pente Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Belle Pente means “beautiful slope” – a perfect description for the 70 acre hillside vineyard & winery site in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Located on a historic 1840s farmstead two miles east of the town of Carlton in the Yamhill-Carlton American Viticultural Area, the first vineyard was planted in 1994, and now includes over 16 acres of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay.
This small estate in Yamhill-Carlton quietly produces some of the most age-worthy, balanced Pinots in all of Oregon. We look forward every year to their new releases. Jill & Brian O’Donnell continue to impress with their Burgundian inspired winemaking and meticulous vineyard practices.
Their little “entry level” Pinot from 2013 includes almost 2/3 estate grown grapes from our Belle Pente vineyard, complimented with 1/4 from Bella Vida and about 12% from Murto Vineyard, both in the Dundee Hills.  This combination of 2/3 Yamhill-Carlton sedimentary soils merged with 1/3 Dundee Hills volcanics creates a Willamette Valley blend that proudly professes it’s elite appellation pedigree.
The blend of volcanic and sedimentary soils creates a wine that leads with bright red fruit aromatics backed with darker, riper fruit on the palate. The moderate use of new oak and low alcohol provides a fresh, focused, elegant Pinot intended for early enjoyment.
$27.00 BTL / $324.00 CASE
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12/9/16 Italian values guaranteed to warm up your cold winter nights!


The dip in temperature has brought about a realization that we are firmly entrenched in winter. If you are a lot like us, our winter nights are usually spent hanging out at home, cooking and drinking wine.
For many Chicagoans, winter food equals American-Italian cooking. An antipasti plate, with salumi and cheese to start. A hearty lasagna or bolognese-sauced spaghetti for the main attraction, or just a good cast-iron seared steak to fill your belly. These are foods that comfort us and get us through the winter.
With these as our inspiration we wanted to feature two fantastic Italian wines that would make an excellent pairing and are both crazy good values.
Have a great weekend,
Craig & Jamie

Two fantastic Italian values!
2012 Monte Bernardi Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy
Monte Bernardi is situated in Panzano in Chianti, a small village in the heart of the Chianti Classico, Tuscany’s original winemaking region. The estate name, Monte Bernardi, dates back to 1085. The one third of the vineyards are over 40 years old and the first wine produced was in 1992.
The estate strongly focuses on producing wines with the greatest expression of the local terroir, ultimate quality, and a harmony between the land and the environment.
The vineyards have been farmed biodynamically/organically since 2004.
This is an elegant and rich Chianti Classico, made from Sangiovese (95%) and Canaiolo Nero (5%) grapes. This Chianti Classico Riserva originates from the 40 year old vines, and a soil rich in friable shale (Galestro) and limestone (Alberese). The result is a fruity, aromatic Sangiovese based wine with soft, fine tannins. This medium to full-bodied, well-balanced wine is ready upon release, but will reward significantly with aging.
Clean and intense with ripe black cherry, blueberry, rose and vanilla on the nose. The palate is rich, medium to full-bodied. Enjoy with a classic Bistecca Fiorentina, hearty lasagna or aged cheeses.
$28.99 BTL. / $347.88 CASE
2012 Cantina della Volta “Trentasei” Lambrusco di Modena Spumante D.O.C. Brut Metodo Classico 
We simply can’t get enough of the incredibly delicious wines from Emilia-Romagna star Cantina della Volta.
We had previously offered their fantastic and unique Lambrusco, still on its lees, called Rimosso. Now we felt the necessity to feature their incredibly delicious, and more traditional “Trentasei” Lambrusco.
As a refresher, Cantina della Volta started in 2010 with a group of friends, all wine lovers, who wanted to elevate the quality of Lambrusco.
Their “Trentasei” is made entirely of Lambrusco di
Sorbara. There is a very careful selection of the grapes, hand harvested at optimal ripeness, sorted, and fermented in stainless steel tanks. They undergo a second fermentation in bottle, and as the name “Trentasei” suggests this is aged for 36 months on its lees.
This is easily one of the best Red Lambrusco available to us in the United States. If you haven’t tried a lot of Lambrusco, you always should start with one of the best. You will soon become addicted, like us. What a perfect way to start and carry you through a dinner. It is perfect with salumi and antipasti. It works incredibly well with red sauced pastas. It is a great match to roasted meat. Every wine lover should try this, it will become an indispensable part of food and wine pairings in your life.
$27.99 BTL / $167.94 SIX-PACK CASE
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12/16/16 A Mixed Bag from Champagne, Chablis, Napa and Burgundy!

Today’s “Friday Feature” is what we call a mixed bag of goodies!
With so many incoming arrivals of allocated wines from around the globe, we thought we’d dedicate this newsletter to a more informal list of new arrivals. Call it a last minute Christmas list, or simply call it a list of wines that are a must for any wine enthusiast.
Many of these will sell out quickly, so please secure yours today.
We are happy to provide more in depth information about any of these, just ask!
Have a great weekend,
Craig & Jamie

Cédric Bouchard Champagne
Despite its tiny output of Champagne, somewhere around 15,000 bottles in total per year, Cédric Bouchard is known around the world as one of the top producers in the region. Located in the Cote de Bar, the southernmost part of the region, Bouchard makes a myriad of handcrafted Champagne, each bottle from one parcel, one vintage, and one grape. Fermented in stainless steel, always with indigenous yeast, no fining, no dosage, just pure expressions of place. These Champagne are slow to unwind, they deserve a rest in the cellar to express their true beauty. They are truly stunning, and one of Craig’s favorite producers anywhere in the world. Sadly, they are very, very limited (and we get a good allocation!). Champagne fans with a place in the cellar, do not miss these! They will sell out quickly.
2014 Cédric Bouchard Champagne “Val Vilaine”
No need to wait on this, its a great introduction to the line-up, and a delicious expression of pure Pinot Noir.
$56.99 BTL / LIMITED
2009 Cédric Bouchard Champagne “Côte de Béchalin” 
Another offering that is open knit and ready to drink. Made entirely of Pinot Noir from a SW facing vineyard in Celles-sur-Ource. The 2008 blew everyone away at last weeks tasting!
$82.99 BTL / LIMITED
2012 Cédric Bouchard Champagne “Ursules”
The wine that started it all, Pinot Noir of incredible distinction from vines, the majority of which were planted in the early ’70’s. A stunning vintage for Ursules.”
$88.99 BTL / LIMITED
2012 Cédric Bouchard Champagne “La Haute Lemblee”
Tiny .12 hectare vineyard planted to Chardonnay on Kimmeridgian soil. One of the most unique and incredible Blanc de Blanc Champagne bottlings. Such purity.
2012 Cédric Bouchard Champagne “La Bolorée”
Another minuscule vineyard of just .217 hectare, La Bolorée is a very special Champagne made entirely of Pinot Blanc. The Côte de Bar is noted for producing limited quantities, but exceptional Champagne from this varietal. This is the icon. Truly amazing.
2012 Cédric Bouchard Champagne “Presle”
Only the second vintage released of this fantastic Blanc de Noirs, made entirely from Pinot Noir from a relatively newly planted vineyard called “Presle.” Clay and limestone soils with a little Kimmeridgian mixed in. 10 different Burgundian clones of Pinot Noir were planted. Expressive, ripe, and a very long finish.
La Closerie Champagne
This is another one of those tiny grower Champagne houses with a cult-like following and allocated out to the best restaurants and wine shops. We feel lucky to be given some, and they are a must try for the Champagne enthusiast. Jérôme Prévost inherited 2 hectares of vines in the village of Gueux in the Montagne de Reims sub-region of Champagne. Initially he sold off the fruit to the local negociants. After working in the cellars of Anselme Selosse (the cult producer in Champagne), he was persuaded by his mentor to produce his own Champagne. The first few vintages were produced in the Selosse cellars in Avize. Today he has his own winery producing just two wines highlighted below. These are incredible wines.
2014 La Closerie Champagne “Les Béguines”
This is the main bottling from the single-vineyard “Les Béguines.” This is pure Pinot Meunier, from vines planted in the 1950’s. Fermented in a barrels, barriques and demi-muid, with indigenous yeasts. Just 18 months on the lees, bottled with no dosage. I don’t believe there is a better 100% Pinot Meunier Champagne that you can buy.
2014 La Closerie Champagne Rosé “Fac-simile”
One of the top Rosé Champagne produced. 100% Pinot Meunier vinified as a white wine, with the addition of barrel fermented red wine all from Les Béguines.” I’ve only tasted this once in my life, and all I can say is “epic.” Worth fighting for.
This past September, Craig traveled to Napa Valley to explore a wide range of producers. One of the highlights of the visit was tasting with winemaker Scott Young of Young Inglewood. The estate vineyard is in a coveted part of Napa Valley, the Mayacamas bench, on the far Southwest reaches of St Helena. This is Cabernet Sauvignon country, and that is the focus at Young Inglewood, but we are also including a fantastic Chardonnay from the sought after Michael Mara Vineyard at the base of the Sonoma Mountain range. We know you have a lot of choices in Napa Valley, and these wines are at the top of our list of rising stars. Scott really wants to make world-class and balanced wines, and he delivers. First time that these wines have been in Chicago! They would make a great gift to your Napa-loving friends and clients…or to yourself!
2012 Young Inglewood Vineyards “Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
$110.00 BTL / LIMITED
2014 “Venn” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 
$51.99 BTL
2013 Young Inglewood Vineyards “Michael Mara Vineyard” Chardonnay 
5th generation Chablis estate, led today by Lilian Duplessis. One of the few organic producers in Chablis, the estate has a great range of bottlings, including some special Premier and Grand Cru vineyards. As we’ve warned you, Chablis is quickly disappearing from availability given the difficult weather related issues that have reduced yields, but luckily not quality. These are fantastic, and really great values across the board.
2015 Duplessis Petit Chablis 
$25.99 BTL / LIMITED
2015 Duplessis Chablis 
$32.99 BTL / LIMITED
2014 Duplessis Chablis “Fourchaume,” Premier Cru 45.99 BTL / EXCRUCIATINGLY LIMITED
2014 Duplessis Chablis “Montmains,” Premier Cru $46.99 BTL / LIMITED
2014 Duplessis Chablis “Montée de Tonnerre,” Premier Cru
$51.99 BTL / LIMITED
2014 Duplessis Chablis “Les Clos,” Grand Cru
What can I say aside from the fact that this is one of my personal favorite domaines in all of Burgundy. If you follow Burgundy, you know these wines. They are everything you want in Pinot Noir, pure, amazing definition, age worthy, just beautiful. PLEASE NOTE – these wines are due to arrive in stock the week of December 19th.
2014 Michel Lafarge Bourgogne Rouge
$34.99 BTL / 12 bottles available
2014 Michel Lafarge Volnay
$74.99 BLT / 9 bottles available
2014 Michel Lafarge Volnay “Vendange Séléctionées” $81.99 BTL / 9 bottles available 
2014 Michel Lafarge Volnay “Clos du Château des Ducs,” Premier Cru
$182.99 BTL / 3 bottles available
2014 Michel Lafarge Volnay “Clos des Chênes,” Premier Cru 
$182.99 BTL / 3 bottles
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