Hello and Happy Friday!
Thursday, June 25th
$20 per person
5 – 7 PM (RSVP by email, we will be taking reservations in half hour slots, 5 PM, 5:30 PM, 6 PM and 6:30 PM – only 10 spots per half hour slot)
In our humble opinion, St. George is America’s best distillery. Located in Alameda, California, they produce a wide range of spirits, including excellent vodka, gin, absinthe, fruit liqueurs and much more.
Rob Krass of St. George Spirits will be in the house sampling some of those spirits both in their pure form as well as part of the base of a cocktail.
Don’t miss this!
Still room for the following event? Yes – and please don’t miss it!
Vietti Wines @ Osteria Langhe
Monday, June 8th
2824 W. Armitage Ave.
Luca Currado of Vietti in Piedmont, Italy is on his way to Chicago. For those of you that don’t know – Vietti is one of Italy and the Piedmont regions greatest wineries.
Osteria Langhe has put together an evening that offers different ways to try the wines.
So come join us Monday, June 8th at Osteria Langhe.
There are three different ways to experience the wines of Vietti at Osteria Langhe that evening.
– From 6 to 8 PM, they are offering an informal tasting of 8 different wines from Vietti, ranging from the Arneis, 3 different Barbera, and of course the Barolo “Castiglione.”
The cost for this tasting will be $15 per person. No need to reserve, just stop by during that stated time period.
– Have dinner at Osteria Langhe. The normal menu will be available, along with some special dishes Chef Cameron Grant created for this evening. All of the wines being offered at the tasting will be available by the glass.
The restaurant will be busy that night so we encourage you to make a reservation. Call Osteria Langhe at 773-661-1582.
– Dinner with Luca Currado and a preview of the 2011 Baroli. Chef Cameron Grant has put together a special 4-course dinner to be paired with wines from Vietti. The list of wines is still to be determined, but this will be a chance to taste some of Vietti’s most rare offerings, as well as get a chance to sit down with the man himself!
The cost for the dinner is $195 plus gratuity and tax. Call Osteria Langhe at 773-661-1582.
Your credit card will be charged at the time of making the reservation. Only 10 spots at the table.
We hope you can make it!
Vietti wine tasting @ Perman Wines
Tuesday, June 9th
$20 per person
5:30 – 7 PM (RSVP by email, we will be taking reservations in half hour slots, 5:30 PM, 6 PM and 6:30 PM – only 8 spots per half hour slot)
A longtime friend of ours, we are excited to welcome Luca Currado from Vietti to the store. In this informal tasting, you can pop in to taste a few of Luca’s “everyday” type wines, from Arneis to Dolcetto to Barbera, and even a Barolo.
If you can’t join us at Osteria Langhe on Monday, please come out on Tuesday to say hello to Luca and taste some great wines!
Finally, it is the last Friday of the month and that means is it 6 for $70 -something sampler time! If you are new to our newsletter, we put together a monthly sample pack of everyday, affordable wines in the $10-$15 range and provide your with more information than you would ever possibly need about each wine.
I have to toot our own horn with this month’s edition – it is fantastic. It is basically an exploration of Rhône varietals and Sangiovese, two of our favorite subjects!
Please let us know if we can set one aside for you.
Have a Great Week-End!
Craig & Sheb (from Barcelona)
6 for $70-Something
2014 Fattoria Poggerino “Aurora” Rosato, Tuscany, Italy
We certainly don’t hide our admiration for the wines of Fattoria Poggerino, in our estimation a way-too-under-the-radar estate in Chianti Classico zone of Tuscany. Located in Radda in Chianti, just up the road from the more famous Montevertine Estate, Piero Lanza is making absolutely killer wines these days from his 11 hectares of vineyards.
Organic and Biodynamic principles are practiced at the estate. The vineyards are located at 400 to 500 meters above sea level, bringing freshness. The soil itself is made up of the local “galestro” rock, which gives good drainage and helps the root system dig deep for nutrients.
Given our admiration for these wines, it makes perfect sense that when we found out Piero produced about 4000 bottles of Rosé, some of these had to be ours! It took some convincing, there certainly was a period of him telling us he didn’t make enough, but finally he caved in, clearly due to our good looks and excellent negotiation skills.
So here we have it, a Rosé that you must get your hands on, made entirely from Sangiovese. Its everything that one loves about Rosé – beautiful aromatics of strawberry and watermelon rind. Super fresh in its acidity, but with an excellent core of fruit. The finish goes on and on. It’s a super thirst quencher!
$15 BTL. / $180 CASE
2014 Miloca Garnatxa, Montsant, Spain
Without a doubt two of the most popular wines in any of our samplers, were the 2013 Miloca wines from Josep M. Vendrell Rived, a small producer in the Montsant appellation of Spain.
They are back! And we’ve decided to feature them again together. Want to explore the difference between Grenache and Carignan? Don’t care, but want to drink some of the most incredible values coming from Spain? We’ve got you covered!
Josep M. created the Miloca wines for a local customer in Catalunya. He wanted to show what 100% Garnatxa and Carinyena would be like, “without age,” simply fermented in tank and preserving the primary aromas and flavors of the wines. Basically Grenache and Carignan in their “birthday suits” if you will.
The grapes are farmed from several vineyards that they own around the village of Marça in Montsant.
So here we go – lets explore Garnatxa from clay and limestone soil from Monsant. This displays lots of the tradional bold red fruit. Yet this version of Grenache has elegance, with some flower aromas, along with some of the spice that it can typically bring.
I highly recommend decanting this for 30 minutes to an hour before drinking, as it really opens up to reveal its beautiful fruit.
Another great wine for the grill, and we are a fan of this with grilled duck breast.
$14 BTL. / $168 CASE
2014 Miloca Carinyena, Montsant, Spain
Now its time to explore Carinyena (Carignan) from granitic soil in the village of Marça. According to Josep M., Carinyena can be strong and potent, with lots of complexity and mature fruit.
His goal is to maintain a level of acidity in the wine so that you keep coming back for another glass. To reach this goal, one must spend time in the vineyard with Carignan. Yields have to be small, and maturity has come at the right point.
2014 was a very difficult year to grow Carignan, with incredibly low-yields. Josep M. was only able to make a total of 1500 bottles of this wine, but the results are truly spectacular.
This displays darker fruit on the nose than the Garnatxa. It has a little bit more weight, but also finishes with acidity, and as intended its hard to put down the glass.
Both of these wines way over deliver for the price! I quickly sold out of them last time, so give it a try, and make sure you come back soon to stock up.
$14 BTL. / $168 CASE
2014 Espelt Garnacha Blanca ” Old Vines,” Empordà, Spain
There are very few places in the world as idyllic to vacation as the stretch of land that runs North of Barcelona to the border of France. That area where the Pyrenées and Mediterranean Sea meet is home to the appellation of Empordà.
The region encompasses 48 different municipalities, spread over the sub-regions of Alt Empordà and Baix Empordà.
Espelt is located in the Alt Empordà in Vilajuïga. They are very closes to Roses, where famed Chef Ferran Adrià’s restaurant El Bulli use to operate.
They make a wide range of wines at Espelt, from sparkling, white, red and sweet wines.
I thought it would be interesting for this months sampler to not only include a red Grenache, but also a white. The Espelt Garnacha Blanc “Old Vines” is truly a terrific value and an excellent interpretation of the grape.
In Empordà, Garnacha Blanc is also referred to as Lledoner Blanc. Espelt brings in this fruit from a vineyard in the Albera Nature Reserve. These are 50-year-old vines planted on a mixture of sandy granite and slate soils. Once the fruit is harvested, they soak the juice and skins at a cool temperature for 8 hours, before a gentle pressing and natural decanting of the wine. It is fermented in 2nd and 3rd-use French oak barrels, and spends 3 months on its lees.
Very aromatic with notes of citrus, apricot and fennel. This has texture on the palate, but finishes very clean and fresh. It’s a great food wine as it matches with a variety of fish, included Sepia (cuttlefish), and even simple roasted chicken.
A great value that we are excited for you to try.
$12 BTL. / $144 CASE
2012 Eric Texier Cotes du Rhone Blanc, Southern Rhône, France
It isn’t often that we feature a white wine from the Rhône Valley on our newsletter. There is a reason for that.
It isn’t for a lack of love. The real reason is that for the most part, white wine from either the Northern or Southern Rhône really doesn’t exist at a price point that allows us to put it on this feature. Luckily for us we scored a deal on this wine that puts this delicious bottle in your hands for a few dollars less than it normally retails for.
So listen up – Eric Texier is one of the most well-known and influential names in the Rhône Valley in France. While he didn’t grow up in a wine family, passion led him into the business in 1993 when he began interning at Verget in the Mâconnais.
The Texier approach to wine is to highlight specific terroir, working alongside farmers that provide him beautiful fruit. Once in the winery, there is no intervention during vinification, only natural yeast, with no unnecessary racking, fining or filtering.
Now back to the wine at hand. This Côtes du Rhône Blanc is made of primarily Clairette, with a smaller percentage of Grenache Blanc. Making white Rhône wines is a tricky business, as its difficult to maintain freshness in the wines in the extreme heat, and there can be a tendency for some of these varietals to oxidize quickly.
Yet with Eric and his teams hard work in the vineyard and approach in the winery, this Côtes du Rhône Blanc has held up magnificently. Subdued aromas of citrus and yellow plum lead into a texturally rich mouthfeel. This doesn’t feel the least bit oily, rather it has the perfect weight that lends itself to pair with grilled chicken or pork.
$11.00 BTL. / $132 CASE
2011 Morisfarms Morellino di Scansano, Tuscany, Italy
In Central Italy, Sangiovese is King. Names like Brunello di Montalcino and Chianti Classico are all the rage in restaurants around the globe.
Its always fun to bring you other expressions of Sangiovese, and that is what we’ve done by including this delicious value from Morisfarms.
Located in the appellation of Morellino di Scansano, which sits in Southern Tuscany along the coast. It is a natural extension of the Maremma, which includes the appellation of Bolgheri, and famous names like Ornellaia and Sassicaia.
The “Morellino” of Scansano is the Sangiovese of the province of Grosetto. The DOC was created in 1978.
The Moris family has been working in agriculture in the region for over 200 hundred years. The history of wine production is much shorter, although they have been producing their Morellino di Scansano since 1981.
Made from 90% Sangiovese and 10% of Merlot and Syrah, the vines are planted on sandy soil giving it an elegance and finesse.
Really aromatic with black cherry, red licorice and flowers. Juicy and soft on the palate with just a whip of tannin, and a nice fresh finish. Put a slight chill on it, and pair it with grilled sausages and sweet peppers.
$12 BTL. / $144 CASE