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
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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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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 Feature

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 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
Posted in Friday Feature, Friday Feature

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
Posted in 6 for "Everyday" Wine Club

5/19/17 – The New “6 for Everyday” – $30 & Under Edition

Hello & Happy Friday!
We’d like to start by announcing an informal, walk-around tasting at the store on Thursday, June 8th. This has been on the 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 Le Marche, 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 second to last Friday of the month, and time for us to introduce our latest “6 for Everyday” Wine Club, the $30 & Under Edition.
We were bold and daring with this line up, hoping that the warm, sunny days will come back to stay. This is a great mix from Italy, Portugal and France, with more whites than reds. We also added a very unique and delicious rosé for your evenings on the porch or grilling with friends. Enjoy!
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 Azores Wine Company Rosé “Volcânico”
Azores Islands, Portugal
Dynamic winemaker Antonio Mançanita is based in the Alentejo region of mainland Portugal, but wanted to explore the unique terroir of the islands because of his family’s history in this area – his father is from the Azores, and he wanted to pay tribute to this heritage.
The Portuguese archipelago of the Azores is home to a winemaking tradition that dates back to its colonization in the 15th century, when viticulture was first introduced by Franciscan friars. This group of volcanic islands are comprised entirely of black basalt. Pico, the main wine producing island where these vineyards are located, has such poor soil that the vineyard needs to be supplemented with soil from neighboring islands to support vine growth, and even with that, the yields are incredibly low.
The vineyards are grown in tiny plots (2-6 bush trained vines per square) protected on all sides by small walls called “currais” to ward off the strong winds that blow in from the nearby beaches.
“Vulcânico” rosé is a blend of equal parts Touriga Nacional, Aragonez (aka Tempranillo), Agronomica and Saborinho, with faint wild strawberry and red cherry notes, as well as a distinct minerality from the volcanic soil. It’s perfect for grilled or cured meats and works beautifully on its own too!
$24.00 BTL / $288.00 CASE
 
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2013 Vale da Capucha Gouveio
Lisboa, Portugal
We’ve introduced you to wines from Vale da Capucha before, and now we have another great white from this trendsetting producer to share with you!
The catch-all appellation of Lisboa (Vinho Regional Lisboa), which used to be called Estremadura and can be somewhat confusing even to those very familiar with Portuguese wine.
It incorporates 9 sub-regions, and is quite large.  Even worse than the confusing nature of the appellation is the common notion that it is a region that prizes quantity over quality.
Thankfully, this is not the case with the wines of Vale da Capucha.
Young winemaker Pedro Marques has taken the reins of the estate from his family, replanted it entirely with indigenous varieties, and has set about expressing a singular message of terroir. He is careful to say that he is first and foremost a viticulturist, and only secondarily a winemaker. Pedro is intent on producing wines that are reflective of his family’s 13 hectare estate located in the sub-region of Torres Vedras. Located just 8 kilometers off the Atlantic Ocean, the family vineyards are marked by limestone inflected hillsides with lots of fossils to be found (and ancient Roman artifacts too).
Gouveio (aka Godello) is a grape that Pedro particularly likes for its subtle almost neutral character, even during fermentation. It has great acidity with notes of peach and stone fruit on the finish, and a briny, salty minerality on the nose that highlights the terroir of the region.
$25.00 BTL / ONLY AVAILABLE WITH SAMPLER
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2015 Cantina della Volta “LaBase” Chardonnay
Emilia Romagna, Italy
In 2010, with a the help of a group of friends as his investors, Christian Bellei, one of Italy’s most Champagne-obsessed producers, founded Cantina Della Volta in the Lambrusco zone north of Modena.
Bellei, a competitive amateur cyclist, is devotedly honing the work started by his father, Giuseppe, a pioneering winemaker who in 1970 adopted Champagne-style techniques (in Italian, metodo classico) for Lambrusco.
The elevation in the quality of Lambrusco put Cantina Della Volta on the map. They now produce just over 13,300 cases annually from Bellei’s own grapes and those he purchases-all hand-harvested in small crates. He makes eight metodo classico wines-four from Lambrusco di Sorbara and four from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay or both – all of which age on their lees for two to five years in bottle before disgorgement. (The portfolio also includes the tasty still Chardonnay we are featuring.)
While known for his metodo classico Lambrusco, which are indeed delicious and available in Chicago, we chose to highlight the one still wine in the portfolio this month, in part because it was just too delicious not to buy! Elegant and balanced, it opens up with notes of white flowers, citrus and mineral. Even people who claim they don’t like Chardonnay will enjoy this.
$20.00 BTL / $240.00 CASE
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2014 Cantina Fratelli Pardi Montefalco Rosso
Umbria, Italy
The Pardi family vineyards consist of 11 hectares of vines located in the picturesque town of Montefalco. Nestled in the hills of Umbria, they chose these plots based on the knowledge that great terroir produces great fruit.
In the Montefalco Rosso they use Sangiovese, as well as the indigenous local variety, Sagrantino, and a tiny bit of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Though the Pardi family just began estate bottling in 2003, they have been growing grapes since 1919. From the beginning the family has done everything strictly by hand from pruning to harvest. It is important to the current generation that they adhere to the traditions of their family.
Great care also goes into the vinification process where they use stainless steal tanks for the fermentation and preservation of their wines. The wines are then, according to tradition, aged in large Slavonian oak barrels.
The Montefalco Rosso spends 6 months in stainless steel, 12 months in barrel, and another four months in bottle. This aging process achieves a brighter and fresher style of Montefalco Rosso then the typical regional expression.
There are intense aromatics of wild berries and wild cherries along with warm spice notes. It has structure and balance with well integrated tannins. The unique freshness of this wine would lighten and balance a heartier dish pairing such as a risotto, and we highly recommending it for the summer grilling season.
$19.00 BTL / $228.00 CASE
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2014 F. Tinel-Blondelet “L’Arret Buffatte” Pouilly-Fumé
Loire Valley, France
Annick Tinel-Blondelet took over the family estate in 1983 as the 12th generation winegrowers in her family. Before Annick, her parents, Fernand and Camille, ran the estate.
Fernand began cultivating a few hectare of vines around 50 years ago in the heart of Pouilly-sur-Loire. The estate now has over 15 hectares divided amongst three appellations: Pouilly Fumé, Sancerre and Pouilly-sur-Loire. These areas all have different soil types and it’s the Kimmeridgian Marl soil, with its fossilized oysters and ammonites, that gives the Pouilly Fumé its unique mineral quality.
Annick works hard to preserve the typicity of the wines from each of their terroirs through sustainable farming practices. She has taken this approach in order to care for the biodiversity and terroir that will in turn produce quality fruit for many more generations to come.
The grapes for this wine come from 45 year old Sauvignon Blanc vines and one of the best exposures in Pouilly Fumé, located on a slope that overlooks the Loire River.
On the nose it displays notes of white flowers and passion fruit, as well as a nice smokey characteristic. There is a slightly creamy texture to the wine that balances the stony minerality and acidity.
This wine has the potential to age for around 5 years or can be enjoyed now with some grilled seafood, oysters or fresh goat cheese.
$19.00 BTL / $228.00 CASE
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2014 Vincent Paris Crozes-Hermitage
Rhône Valley, France
Vincent Paris is still a relative newcomer to the scene, yet already a highly regarded Rhône Valley producer. He is a native of Cornas, where he produced his first vintage in 1997 from his uncle’s plot in Reynard.
In this area the wines are known to show rustic expressions of Syrah, though it was Vincent’s combination of intensity and freshness in his wines that gave him acclaim.
As his name has grown in reputation, so has his ability to purchase plots outside the tiny hamlet of Cornas, and thankfully he did because it allows us to offer you his beautiful Crozes-Hermitage today.
The fruit is meticulously selected by Vincent from 30 year old vines and farmed organically. Once harvested, they are destemmed and fermented slowly in stainless steel tanks. The result is an approachable wine that offers elegance and finesse.
There are fragrant notes of violets, lavender and black pepper on the nose with red fruit and more pepper on the palate, followed by cleansing acidity on the finish.
$18.00 BTL / $216.00 CASE
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Friday Feature – Chenin and Cidre – What More do You Need?

Hello and Happy Friday,
Our newsletters and selections are inspired by our lives, and most notably our travels.
Having settled back in from a recent trip to France, today’s newsletter was born out of nostalgia from this recent jaunt. While its true that we just traveled to Burgundy and Champagne, our dinner wines often veered away from the local wine.
To be honest we found ourselves drinking a lot of Chenin Blanc at dinner. There is no doubt that Chenin Blanc is one of the world’s most noble grape varieties. It also almost always over delivers for the price you are paying, and on any restaurant wine list it is likely to be one of the best quality-to-price-ratio wines.
Recently we tried a couple of absolutely outstanding Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley of France. This is one of the top places in the world for Chenin Blanc. It is sad for me to point out that in recent vintages, weather hasn’t been kind to the region. The wines featured on today’s newsletter were not made in the 2016 vintage due to catastrophe weather. So we call upon you to stock up on the wines today, as you won’t see them for a couple years. I’m surprised that CNN hasn’t run with a “CHENIN SHORTAGE” headline on the top of their feed.
We also decided to feature, for the first time ever, a cider producer on our newsletter. This is a “real deal” cider producer from Normandy in France. Cider is one of the best things to drink with food, and these in particular are must tries for any fans of the beverage. They are also extremely limited, with only about 120 bottles coming in the Chicago market per year.
Have a great weekend,
Craig, Jamie & Evie

Friday Feature
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2015 Domaine Marie Thibault “Premier Nez” Touraine Azay-le-Rideau Blanc
Despite not coming from a winemaking family, Marie Thibault-Cabrit has gained over a decade of experience honing her craft as a winemaker and sharing her passion of wine with others.
Marie began wine making in the early 2000s though studied the process long beforehand, obtaining degrees in biology and oenology in college. She also spent time working for François Chidaine in Montlouis, and it was during this time that she fell in love with the grape varietal of this wine, Chenin Blanc.
Marie has been working with Chenin Blanc, along with Gamay, Côt and Grolleau, on her 3.5 hectare domaine in Azay-le-Rideau since 2011. Azay-le-Rideau is not a very well known area in the Torraine appellation, however, we’re certainly excited about what Marie is doing there.
Once she obtained the domaine, Marie began immediately farming organically in 2011 and is now certified organic since 2014. Her parcel of 50 year old vines are on gentle slopes of white clay and limestone soil. These soils certainly produce a wine that is mineral driven and full of character.
The vines receive no chemical treatment, weeds are pulled out by hand, virtually every single aspect in the vineyard is done through manual labor. Once picked, the grapes see very little intervention in the winery, eventually seeing 18 months of aging in neutral barrels and bottled unfiltered. This non filtration really lets the fruit and terroir speak for itself, and boy does it ever.
The Premier Nez has ripe stone and tropical fruit notes on the nose, with hints of white flowers, chamomile tea and spice. There are similar notes on the palate with a strong underlying minerality which gives this wine such delicious complexity and a very satisfying finish.
You could enjoy this wine as an apéritif, as well as with chicken or grilled seafood. It could also pair well with goat milk-based cheeses and even a torchon of foie gras. Let’s face it, no one should deny themselves of a little foie and Chenin Blanc.
Very limited, so make sure to stock up now!
$28.99 BTL / $347.88 CASE
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2015 Le Sot de l’Ange “La Goujonnière” Touraine Azay-le-Rideau Blanc
Though Quentin Bourse’s label Le Sot de l’Ange roughly translates to “Idiot Angel,” Quentin on the contrary could easily be described as a genius winemaker. He hasn’t been in the winemaking business for an extensive amount of time, but like all geniuses he caught on quickly.
Quentin spent time working in vineyards of various producers, including the famed Vouvray producer, Domaine Huet. After his time spent working with these different producers he became obsessed with winemaking and took over a friend’s 12 hectare estate in 2012.
It’s this obsession that has led Quintin to put in relentless work in the vineyard and be continuously innovative and meticulous in his winemaking to produce as perfect as a wine as he possibly can.
There is indeed some serious work that goes into each vine, as Quentin adheres to biodynamic practices in his vineyard, which is tricky and very rare in the area of Azay-Le-Rideau in the Toraine. In much of this area the soils are clay and silica with white silex stones peeking through.
By upholding the biodynamic practices, Quentin is able to capitalize on all the soils bring to the vines. He also ensures that the grapes reach peak phenolic ripeness by inspecting and picking the grapes, berry by berry, by hand with the help of only 20 or so of his close friends.
This “by hand” process doesn’t stop there. The grapes are then sorted manually four times before being whole-cluster fermented with indigenous yeasts in tank.
The wine is then gently pressed and aged in three different vessels, (this is where you see Quentin’s meticulous nature shine through) he uses a type of oak barrel made to his exact specifications deemed the “cigar” barrel, clay amphora, and terra cotta amphora. The terra cotta barrel actually adds a layer of texture to the  wine.
The final result is a wine with an expressive nose of stone and white fruit, orange blossom and  hints of baking spice. There are delicate fruit and citrus notes on the palate and has a velvety texture but still with plenty of acidity to make this a perfectly (and meticulously) balanced wine.
Only 60 bottles for the entire Illinois market, so speak now or miss out on this epic Chenin.
$31.99 BTL / $383.88 CASE
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Cidre 2 Table
There couldn’t be a more appropriate name in the world for a Cider producer. That is because Cider is one of the great adult beverages to pair with food. An artisanal, dry Cider like the two we are featuring today can work through a long meal, pairing with everything from seafood to steaks.
Cyril Zangs is obsessed with making great cider, and in his short time in the business, he has become well-known in the cider world for his delicious Normandy ciders. Their complexity comes from the diversity of types of apples grown in his orchards. They are hand harvested, separated by variety and ripened in their barns.
The apples are then grated, put into a hydraulic press for gently pressing and the juice goes into vat for a 6 month fermentation process. The unfiltered ciders go into bottle, stored, disgorged by hand and commercialized.
We have two excellent ciders for you to choose from. It’s impossible to choose, so just try them both! And remember to buy multiple bottles because they quickly disappear at the dinner table!
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Cidre 2 Table “Brut” 2015
This is an incredible blend of 69 different varieties of apples. Bone dry, beautiful fruit, but yet rustic. This has great texture, and will be really fantastic with more meat based dishes, from chicken to pork to steak.
$21.00 PER 750 ML BTL / $252.00 CASE 
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Cidre 2 Table “This Sider Up” 2015
Another beautiful cider, this time produced from 9 different varieties from a single orchard just off the coast in Normandy. Another bone dry cider, this with a more mineral and fruit driven style. Very elegant and perfect with seafood or just to sip. Super complex.
 
$23.00 PER 750 ML BTL / $276.00 CASE
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