Hello and Happy Friday!
We here at Perman Wine believe that wine is like water, a necessary part of your daily being.
To meet those needs we have developed a fantastic wine club we call “Six for Everyday.”
For some people an “Everyday” wine costs under $30 and for others its under $15. So we have two different versions of this sampler.
Last week we unveiled “The $30 and Under Edition” and today, we introduce to you the “Six for Everyday – The $15 and Under Edition.”
These are fantastic wines to stock your wine rack with. This wine club also makes an excellent gift.
We always have these in stock, and most of our customers pick them up when they run out of “supplies.”
We do have delivery and shipping options if you are unable to come to the store. Please inquire further.
This month we are excited to introduce some exceptional values, all $15 and under. There are 3 white and 3 red wines. All of these are available by the bottle, but we think the fun is in trying the whole offering!
Have a fantastic weekend,
Craig, Jamie and Zach
6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – the $15 & under Edition
2010 Quinta do Infantado Vinho Tinto
Douro Valley, Portugal
This is one of a handful of wines Craig mentions in this month’s issue of Food & Wine magazine. This organic Douro red is exceptional with food, especially when paired with Chef Abraham Conlon’s dishes at Fat Rice.
Quinta do Infantado has been a leader in estate-bottled Ports since 1979. Prior to 1986, the British monopoly on Port effectively prevented small private producers from exporting their wines. Quinta do Infantado were already making their own wines so they were amongst the first to begin exporting after the laws changed.
The estate, run by the brother and sister team of João and Catherine Roseira, is famous for producing fortified wines in a medium-dry style. Their still red wine, a blend of grapes used in the fortified wine, uses traditional production and all estate grown fruit. Opening the bottle releases a blend of mixed berries, purple plums and holiday spices. The texture demands food, with ample acidity and darkened tannins. A wine that pairs with hearty comfort foods. -JK
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
2014 Ottella Lugana
Lugana is a picturesque wine region in northern
Italy, centered around the southern end of Lake Garda. The vineyard area straddles the border between Lombardy in the west and Veneto in the east and is surrounded by the frequently visited lake towns of Desenzano, Peschiera and Sirmione.
The name Lugana is thought to come from the Latin lacus lucanus (lake in the woods), since the trees went right up to the shores of the lake until around the 12th century. White wines from the area are made from a grape locally known as Turbiana (aka Trebbiano di Lugana), which is closely related to Verdicchio.
I grew up in a small town in the Valpolicella region of Italy, about halfway between the city of Verona and the shores of Lake Garda. Summer weekends often involved meeting friends in Peschiera or Sirmione for the day to get lunch and walk along the lake – as common an activity as strolling down Michigan Avenue or sitting on the patio of your favorite Chicago summer restaurant. When I was deemed “old enough” by Italian standards, I was allowed to drink wine. Lugana was often the white on the table for lunch or dinner, and even today the aromas of exotic fruits and candied citrus in a classic Lugana immediately transport me “home.” Try it with fritto misto, vegetable risotto, roasted chicken or minestrone. -JK
$12.00 BTL / $144.00 CASE
2013 Peillot “Altesse” Roussette
Those looking for more of a nomenclature challenge in French wines should try delving into the wines of Savoie. Strewn throughout this region of rolling foothills you’ll find wines made from grapes found no where else in the country. In addition, these wines are made in styles ranging from sparkling off-dry reds to to bone dry whites…basically every version of wine you can think of.
You should start with Franck Peillot’ “Montagnieu”
Altesse. Perched on a hilltop at the far southern end of the Jura Mountains sit some of the best Roussette du Savoie vines in the world. These are Franck Peillot’s vines. With the steepest vineyards in the area & calcium-rich soils, the grapes from Peillot’s properties are the optimal starting point for the finest wines made from Roussette.
Roussette locally called Altesse, is typically made into a sparkling wine in the region. Franck’s oldest vines are produced into still wines. This beautiful example displays honeyed flavors that suggest sweetness while remaining dry. Orchard fruit, honeysuckle & green fig flow through the nose and palate. Fresh acidity and chalky minerality course through the finish making this wine effortlessly flexible. Pair with roasted chicken & root vegetables. -ZM
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
2014 Practical Matter Cabernet Sauvignon
Columbia Valley, Washington/Paso Robles, California
Practical Matter started with the goal to get back to the basics. Wine is simple. Water, Sun, Dirt, Wind, etc. Practical. The goal was to make wine that was 100% varietal, non-manipulated and stylistically honest, all for a good value.
Hoping to find the grapes for their wine in their home state of California, partners Andrew Jones and Stephen Sullivan were shocked to find that there were no sources of Cabernet at the quality for price they were looking for. Drought had forced prices way up and the supply was scarce. However, when the going gets tough, the tough get going.
Using their connections, Jones and Sullivan developed ways of obtaining top-quality fruit. Winemakers are always trading barrels, or equipment, beer or “other” to secure what they need for their brand. By trading their various goods and services, they knew they could find what they were looking for. Eventually their search led them to Washington where Jones sells rootstock and grape vines. He was able to secure some incredible Columbia Valley Cabernet which they trucked down to their facility in Paso Robles.
About 200 cases worth of the Cabernet were bottled under the Practical Matter label, for a young, fresh, 100% varietal Columbia Valley Cabernet. Sadly, deals like this are always short-lived. The deal Jones and Sullivan struck was for one vintage only, so if your looking for the most bang for your buck, order some now. If we had to guess, this wine will be gone in practically a matter of hours! -ZM
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
2013 Pikes “Hills & Valleys” Riesling
Clare Valley, Australia
You wouldn’t think that the “Sunburnt Country” would be a haven for lovers of dry Riesling, but like so many things about Australia, it just works. Drive about 75 miles north from the city of Adelaide in South Australia and you’ll find yourself in the heart of Riesling country: Clare Valley. As Australia’s first wine region many of the wineries here proudly attest their antiquity. Among them is the Pike Family and sipping on their Riesling it’s clear why they’ve been a fixture in the Clare Valley for more than 100 years.
The Pikes started out as brewers, not winemakers. Henry Pike emigrated to South Australia in 1878 and started brewing beers emblazoned with the fish that bares the family name, the Pike. Though his original company closed its doors in 1972, the 4th generation of Pikes took up their Great Grandfather’s mantel and began winemaking. Tucked away on Polish Hill River Road, their winery soon became known for their bracingly fresh Rieslings.
The “Hills & Valleys” bottling is one of their entry-level Rieslings, blending estate fruit with fruit sourced from trusted growers nearby. The winemaking is straightforward; lemon-lime lights up the palate with touches of honeysuckle, nectarine and green apple skin. Don’t be surprised when the bottle is empty just minutes after it’s opened. -ZM
$13.00 BTL / $156.00 CASE
2014 Ca’ del Baio “Paolina” Barbera d’Alba
One of our personal favorite producers, Ca’ del Baio is located the commune of Treiso, in Barbaresco, and describe themselves as a “…typical family business in which all the members contribute.” I know some typical families where all the members do not contribute anything, so I say hats off to them! But truly, this is their passion and life, and everyone contributes, from babies to grandmas.
They farm about 26 hectares of vines, three of which are Barbera. As you might already know, Barbera is often planted in locations not suitable to Nebbiolo; it ripens more easily and can be less difficult to grow. You may have also noticed that we tend to favor Barbera. Why is this?
Very few grapes are able to achieve the kind of balance between ripeness and freshness that Barbera does- especially when it is handled correctly. Its propensity for searing acidity needs to be tamed, but it also shouldn’t be pummeled into submission so much that it loses all of its racy charm. The ladies at Ca’ del Baio, under the supervision of their parents, Giulio and Luciana, manage to tame the beast by a combination of stainless steel and neutral barrel aging, and the result is a tangy yet velvety red wine that is a versatile dinner companion.
What other wine do you have in your arsenal that works so magically with pizza, lamb, salads and cheese? The answer is none. Don’t miss this!
$15.00 BTL. / $180.00 CASE