Hello and Happy Friday!
This Friday Feature is all about gift giving.
There is something for everyone on this newsletter: amazing glassware from producers like Zalto and Spiegelau, the world’s best corkscrew for opening older bottles of wine, rare bottles of wine for the collector that has everything, and even a couple items for the home cook and those that love to eat.
Keep in mind, many of these items are limited, and we will do our best to fill these orders promptly.
We look forward to helping you with all of your holiday wine needs!
Craig & Sheb
Friday Feature: Gifts For Wine Lovers
I couldn’t be more excited to announce the news that Perman Wines is the first retailer of Zalto in the State of Illinois. What is Zalto?
In our opinion, Zalto wine glasses are the world’s best, handmade, crystal wine glassware.
We’ve had an opportunity both here in Chicago, and also in traveling around the world to use these glasses and taste some of the world’s finest wines out of them. Let us say, they make a huge impact on the enjoyment and appreciation of fine wine. They are also pretty sexy looking too!
Founded in 2006 in Neunagelberg, Austria, the Zalto family has been producing hand blown crystal glassware for many generations. They developed the Denk’Art glasses with the inspiration of Hans Denk, an authoritative figure in the study of tasting wines. Not only are these beautifully made, their is a unique philosophy of Zalto, best explained by them:
“The development of the Denk`Art series was as influenced by the earth as by the universe beyond. The curve of the bowls are tilted at the angles of 24°, 48° and 72°, which are in accordance to the tilt angles of the Earth. The ancient Romans utilized this triumvirate of angles with their supply repositories, finding that produce stayed fresh for a longer time, and that it also showed improved taste. Due to these cosmic parallels, we believe that a wine can reach its utmost potential in a Denk`Art glass, developing everything that is possible in the nose as well as on palate, due to these cosmic parallels.”
All of this may be a lot to take in for most people, us included, but the reality is, we have been made believers. We have found no other glass that both coaxes out the pure aromas of a wine, coupled with the perfect delivery of the wine on your palate, like these do. They are simply incredible.
Zalto uses the finest materials for these glasses, they do not add lead oxide, and they are incredibly resistant against clouding.
They are dishwasher safe, although you will want to make sure that you have the right type of dishwasher to accommodate their size. Personally, when we use them we simply wash them by hand, let them air dry for a few minutes, and wipe with lint-free towel. All glassware breaks if you are not careful, and Zalto is no exception. So keep them away from the clumsy people.
If you truly love wine, and spend money on the best of the best wines, these are an absolute must. Each stem comes individually boxed.
Zalto White Wine Glass $57.95/EACH
Zalto Champagne Glass $59.95/ EACH
Zalto Burgundy Glass $63.95/ EACH
Zalto Bordeaux Glass $61.95/ EACH
Spiegelau is a historic glass company, with first mention of it going back to 1521. Since the 1920’s they have been known for stemware. Their reputation was so well thought of, that in 2004 they were purchased by Riedel, another famed glassware company. If you can’t beat them, join them?
We have been long time proponents of these glasses, having used them at various restaurants in which we have worked, as well as currently using them in for our wine tasting events at the store.
The following glassware comes from their Vino Grande line. They are machine made, but have beautiful elegance and great durability. They are dishwasher safe, but you will want to use a mild detergent, and choose a cool, short dishwashing cycle. When you polish them, just like the Zaltos, care should be exercised.
At their price point, they truly are a phenomenal value, and are great everyday glasses.
Spiegelau Crystal Stems
Burgundy, Bordeaux or All-Purpose
$72.00/BOX OF 6
If you collect wine, they you know the frustrating experience of trying to open up an older bottle, only to have the cork disintegrate while doing so. Nothing like a little “sawdust” in your ultra-precious wine that you have been keeping for a decade!
We have some good news, there is no better corkscrew in the world for opening bottles that could have a brittle cork like The Durand!
It is a combination Ah-So and Corkscrew, developed by a collector specifically to address the crumbling cork problem. To see it in action, go to their website.
Collectors, you need one of these!
2013 Pepita Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva
We absolutely love olive oil at Perman Wine, and one of the great things about our travels to Europe is often times we will encounter a great wine producer who also happens to make exceptional olive oil.
Such is the case with this olive oil from a small producer in the Marche region called Vini Mida.
From both an olive oil and wine perspective the Marche region is Italy’s greatest kept secret when it comes to high quality production of both.
Craig was simply blown away with this olive oil from Roberto Corradetti. His organic farm is located on the outskirts of the village of Castorano in the sub-region of Ascoli Piceno.
Roberto blends two types of olives, Frantoio and Leccino, and the olives are collected by hand and brought to press within 12 hours of picking.
The color of this olive oil is extraordinary, incredibly green. The aromas amazing, with hints of olive leaf, artichoke, butter, dried herbs, and spice. This just glides across your palate, offering good fruit, a creamy texture and a long drawn out finish with a hint of pepper at the end.
This would be a phenomenal gift or stocking stuffer for the home cook. Only 60 bottles imported into the United States – all by little ol’ us.
$24.99/ 500 ml Bottle
Only 60 bottles available.
Our friend Adrienne Lo of Fat Rice fame leads a double life!
Aside from her restaurant life she also owns and operates Mama’s Nuts! From an incredible array of Peanut Brittles to both sweet and savory spiced nuts, these are always a treat.
They are handmade here in Chicago, as Adrienne and team are hard at work on their off day producing these.
If you want to say a little thank you to all of your friends, family, co-workers and neighbors, nothing says thank you better than these fantastic brittles and nuts!
Due to the small size of the operation, we will work to get you your desired order.
Mama thanks you!
Almond Peanut Brittle $8.00
Chocolate Almond Peanut Brittle $12.00
Cashew Brittle $8.00
Pecan Peanut Brittle $8.00
Smoked Paprika Almonds $9.00
Gingersnap Almonds $9.00
Brittles in 4 ounce bags, Nuts in 6 ounce bags.
Polar Vortex Mixed Case
In a recent online Food & Wine article, yours truly, Craig Perman recommended the perfect case of wine to get you through the impending Polar Vortex!
We thought, what a great gift idea! A case of wine, hand chosen, and accompanied by a copy of the article
What is in the Polar Vortex Mixed Case? Find out by clicking this link.
Come get your #OneCaseWonder wonder today as a gift to your favorite someone, or even yourself.
Only 3 Available.
Here is a short list of some of the stuff we have been squirreling away all year.
2007 Pierre Peters Champagne “Les Chétillons” ($123.99/btl) – one of the world’s best Chardonnay based Champagnes from a single vineyard in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger
2007 Agrapart & Fils Champagne “Vénus” ($184.99 btl) – the other of the world’s best Chardonnay based Champagnes from a single vineyard in Avize
2009 Chartogne-Taillet Champagne “Orizeaux” ($86.99 btl) – A 100% Pinot Noir based Champagne, a Craig Perman personal favorite
2012 Vatan Sancerre “Clos La Néore” ($78.99 btl) – The World’s greatest Sauvignon Blanc? We think it is in the mix.
Mixed three pack of François Raveneau Chablis “Les Clos” ($1575 per pack) – includes one bottle each of 2009, 2010, 2011 – only one available – We don’t need to say anything
2005 Puffeney Arbois Vin Jaune ($83.99 btl) – for the Jura-head that has everything
2010 Domaine du Pegau “Cuvée de Capo” Châteauneuf-du-Pape ($475 btl) – It is only $4.75 per point, 100 Points from Wine Advocate, jokes aside, pretty amazing stuff
2012 Clos St Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape “La Combe des Fous” ($119.99 btl) – Grenache, Syrah and others, both Wine Advocate and Wine Spectator 96 points.
2012 Clos St Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape “Deus-Ex Machina” ($159.99 btl.) – Grenache and Mourvèdre, a big boy, 98 points from Wine Advocate
2012 Clos St Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape “Sanctus Sanctorum” en Magnum ($699.99 magnum) – the rarest of the rare, all Grenache, only 200 magnums produced, 99 points Wine Advocate, big time collector wine
2009 Costanti Brunello di Montalcino ($74.99 btl) – Brunello is a great gift at the holidays, and this favorite of ours is always on point, 92+ points from Wine Advocate
2009 Cappellano Barolo “Piè Franco” ($141.99 btl) – Mind altering Barolo, all from the Gabutti vineyard in Serralunga, and for all those vintage chasers, the 2009 is as good as the upcoming 2010
2010 Passopiciaro “Contrada Chiappemacino” Etna Rosso ($59.99 btl) – Everyone needs Nerello Mascalese in their life. This is one you can drink now, although it will continue to age. 94 Points from Wine Advocate
2010 Dominus Proprietary Red ($249.99 btl) – 100 Points Wine Advocate, and well worth it
2011 Favia “La Magdalena” Red Wine ($151.99 btl) – equal parts Cab Franc and Cab Sauv, beautiful, highly rated stuff
2011 Favia Cabernet Sauvignon ($151.99 btl) – when you just need a Cabernet as a gift, you can’t do much better than this
2001 Viña Sastre Ribera del Duero “Pago de Santa Cruz” ($113.99 btl) – the master, Jesus Sastre, we got this re-release directly from the winery, incredible stuff!
2009 Descendientes de J. Palacios Bierzo “Moncerbal” ($89.99 btl) – 93 from International Wine Cellar, really elegant
2009 Descendientes de J. Palacios Bierzo “Las Lamas” ($89.99 btl) – 94 from International Wine Cellar, amazing balance
Portugal – Red Wines
2011 Quinta da Pellada Dão ($68.99 btl) – the icon of the Dão region in Portugal, really elegant, but full of flavor, fans of the best of Burgundy and Barolo will love this!
2011 Quinta Vale D. Maria “Curriculum Vitae” Douro ($99.99 btl) – one of the great estates of the Douro, 85+ year-old vine field blend, remarkably this drinks well now with decantation
2011 Quinta Vale D. Maria “Vinha da Francisca” ($99.99 btl)- very special parcel on the property, the most elegant of the three offerings
2011 Quinta Vale D. Maria “Vinha do Rio” ($139.99 btl) – a powerhouse, a recent tasting of this showed greatness, but needs cellar time, just 1900 bottles produced
2008 Gravato “Tinto Garrafeira – Touriga Nacional,” Beira Interior ($31.99 btl) – the best of the best from our friend Luis. This will age for a while, but you can drink now, showing rich fruit, mineral and spice.
2008 Casa de Saima Baga “Garrafeira” Bairrada ($39.99 btl) – this is for the cellar, a monumental wine from Bairrada. Had the last release, 2001 in Portugal, and it was still a brick. Fans of Barolo, if you don’t start cellaring wines from Bairrada and from the Baga grape, you are missing out.
Portugal- Ports & Dessert Wine
2011 Dow’s Vintage Port ($84.99 btl) – this year’s Wine Spectator #1 wine
2011 Quinta Vale D. Maria Vintage Port ($59.99 btl) – another spectacular 2011 vintage Port from the Van Zeller family
2011 Quinta do Vesuvio “Capela” Vintage Port ($129.99 btl) – one of the rarest, single vineyard Ports from the legendary 2011 vintage, just 200 cases made, all individually numbered. Spectacular.
2011 Quinta do Ameal “Special Harvest ($59.99 btl – 375 ml bottle) – one of the greatest dessert wines I’ve tasted in many, many years. Passito style, 100% Loureiro from the Vinho Verde region of Portugal. Wow! Sauternes fans take note.