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8/25/17 – The 6 for “Everyday” Wine Club $15 and Under Edition

Hello & Happy Friday!
It’s 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 we evened it out with 3 whites and 3 reds. A couple of wines are new vintages of old favorites from Spain and Portugal; we’ve got a tasty every day Rhône red, and delightful little Soave from northern Italy. This month we’re also heading to the New World with a Malbec from Argentina and a California Sauvignon Blanc – both great expressions of popular grapes.
The wines are always available for pick up, and as a reminder we do have local delivery 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 Château de Campuget “Tradition”
Costières de Nîmes, France
Château de Campuget is the adventure of a Northern family who came to settle not far from the Mediterranean, on the slopes of the Costières de Nîmes, during the war. Since 1942, the aim of the Dalle family has been to produce great expressions of Rhône Valley wines that respect the heritage of our soil and our identity. The round Rhône stones, the Southern sun, the Mistral winds and the Syrah and Grenache grapes are the basic elements which form the identity of Campuget.
Their vineyards are situated just south of Nîmes near the village of Manduel, right in the heart of the Costières de Nîmes AOC. The soil is primarily formed of ‘gress’, an accumulation of rounded pebbles that have been rolled by many overflows of the Rhône river thousands of years ago.
These pebbles permit the vines to grow in the best possible conditions and naturally filter the vineyard.
The vines, averaging 25 years of age, also benefit from the Mediterranean sunshine, which bring the grapes to perfect maturity and allows them to be picked at maximum phenolic maturity. The main varieties of grape are Syrah and Grenache for the reds and rosés and White Grenache, Roussane and Viognier for the whites, as are the most renowned vineyards in the Rhône Valley.
“Tradition” Rouge is a blend of 65% Syrah, 30% Grenache and 5% Mourvèdre. It is fermented in stainless steel to preserve fruit and freshness, then rests in barrels before being bottled at the Château. Garnet-red in the glass with aromas of black currants, hints of spices and pepper.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
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2016 I Stefanini “Il Selese” Soave
Veneto, Italy
The Stefanini winery was established in 2003 by the Tessari family, however, the family’s history in grape growing dates back centuries. In fact, the winery was named after a distant ancestor, Stefano Tessari, who began experimenting with agriculture and grape cultivation in the 1800s!
Today I Stefanini has 20 hectares of vines in the cool-climate region of Valle d’Alpone near the east end of Soave. Father and son team Valentino and Francesco Tessari oversee every aspect of the winemaking process from the vineyard to the winery.
In the vineyards, they make sure to cultivate the vines while respecting the land and exalting the quality of the fruit. They also uphold the traditional winemaking techniques of Soave, which means refraining from oak barrel aging, and instead using stainless steel. This ensures a fresh and fruity style of wine.
“Il Selese”, made from 100% Garganega, displays ripe peach, apricot, white flowers and that hallmark almond note you get with the Garganega variety on the nose. The texture is smooth and medium-bodied with plenty of acidity and a delightfully long mineral finish.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
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2015 Teira Wines “Woods Vineyard” Sauvignon Blanc
Dry Creek Valley, California
 
Teira Wines is a small, family-owned and operated producer located in the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma County. Founded in 1974 by Dan and Alexis Donahoe, whose roots in the wine business go very deep. Dan’s passion for wine was actually sparked by Julia Child, his Grandmother’s best friend. Alexis’s father, Frank Woods, founded Clos du Bois Winery and their vineyard manager Duff Bevill farms for some of the best, including the notable Merry Edwards in Dry Creek.
Named after Dan & Alexis’ daughters, Thea & Keira, Teira is a loose play on the term “Terrior,” and highlights the family’s dedication to their sustainable farming practices in Dry Creek Valley.
Their “Woods Vineyard” estate vineyard is located in Healdsburg, only one mile from the border with the Russian River Valley AVA. It is planted to 20 acres of Sauvignon Blanc, 4 acres of Zinfandel and 32 acres of Merlot. Located on rich, clay loam soil right on the Dry Creek watershed, the vineyard gets characteristic hot days and cool nights, which gives balance to and fruit to the Sauvignon Blanc.
Unlike some of the grassy versions you can find in California or New Zealand, Teira has found a balance between new world and old world style on the nose and palate. Classic Sancerre-like minerality on the nose, with hints of pineapple, pear and white peach. Light and crisp on the palate with flavors of spicy grapefruit, tangerine and lemon zest.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
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2014 Luminis Allamand Malbec
Valle de Uco, Argentina
Cristian Allamand has over 20 years of grape growing and winemaking experience in Argentina. He even studied viticulture not just in college, but as early as high school. After some time gaining experience at other wineries, Cristian, along with the help from his long time rugby friend Martin Castro, decided to dedicate himself to producing terroir driven wines with fruit that comes exclusively from vineyards owned and managed by him.
Cristian now has 50 hectares of vines amongst two different distinctive areas, Lujan de Cuyo and Valle de Uco. The Allamand line of wines specifically expresses the uniqueness and finesse of their vineyards in the Valle de Uco region.
Located at more than 3,000 ft above sea level, and being at the foot of the Andes range, Valle de Uco is the birth place of some of the most refined and elegant Malbecs in Argentina. This is a far cry from some of the overripe and flabby Malbecs that are out there!
Cristian makes sure to use proper management of the key viticultural variables such as irrigation, fertilization, canopy management, and soil management. This, along with their vines having deep root systems, translates to fruit with complexity, intensity, and natural acidity, resulting in balanced and harmonious wines.
The 2014 Valle de Uco is deep purple in color with violets, peppercorn and black cherry notes on the nose. On the palate there are plenty of red fruit notes along with black pepper and a hint of green herbs. Definitely a full bodied wine, yet with that naturally refreshing acidity you get with Malbecs from Valle de Uco.
$13.00 BTL / $156.00 CASE 
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2016 Quinta do Ameal Loureiro
Vinho Verde, Portugal
This is a wine many of you loved in the past, and we are excited to bring in the newest vintage.
In fact, it isn’t just our customers, and us, who fell in love with the wines of Ameal, multiple wine publications including The Wine Advocate recognized the 2015 vintage as one of the great wines of Vinho Verde.
The 2016 Loureiro certainly matches the quality and deliciousness of the last vintage. This is due in large part to the continued passion and dedication of owner, Pedro Araujo. Pedro believes the Loureiro grape is a noble variety, behaving similarly to a great Riesling. It has beauty and freshness in its youth, but with age, it begins to put on weight and increase in complexity.
However, it’s important to mention one huge difference between a great Riesling and the wines of Ameal, you pay significantly less for a great bottle of Ameal. It’s simply one of the best value white wines you’ll find out there!
Made entirely from the Loureiro variety, grown on the granite soils of the Ponte de Lima sub-region. This wine possesses the perfect balance of floral and citrus fruit aromas. Lemon peel, grapefruit, orange blossom, along with some mineral notes all appear on the nose. And unlike most wine from Vinho Verde, this has some body to it with a smooth texture, yet also a crisp quality and a complex, persistent finish.
For those of you who haven’t tried the wines of Ameal yet, we strongly encourage you to take advantage of this incredible wine at an insane value.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
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2016 Vendrell Rived “Seré” 
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 L’Alleu, Miloca, and the Seré we’re featuring in our set of 6 today.
We started bringing in these wines about five years ago. This is one of, if not the best, under $15 values in Montsant. A Garnaxta and Cariñena blend, give this a little air, as it really opens up with notes of wild strawberry, blackberry, and spice notes.  It is medium-bodied, complex and really manages to stay fresh and easy to drink. Excellent with lamb and dishes with North African spices.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
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8/18/17 – The 6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – $30 and under Edition

 

Hello & Happy Friday!
It’s that time again, we’re back with another release of “The 6 for Everyday – $30 & Under” wines. If you’ve been downtown, you’ve probably heard the roar of fighter jets overhead practicing for the Air and Water show. Many a Chicago resident begrudgingly looks at this weekend’s festivities as a signal that summer’s end is near.
But don’t worry – we’re sure there are plenty of warm days to come, so we picked out some great wines that will still allow you to enjoy the summer and also stay prepared for any cooler days that might be hiding around the corner.
Get ready to travel the globe with every glass. We’re showcasing Italy, Australia, Spain, Portugal, France and Austria in the line up and can’t wait for you to try all of them!
The wines are here for pick up at the store, and we also have local 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 Paolo Scavino Barbera d’Alba “Affinato in Carati”
Piemonte, Italy
Those of you who know us are well aware that we are huge fans of Paolo Scavino wines. We have always tried to offer our customers a handful of the top growers from Piemonte, and the Scavino wines are consistently on that list.
Now in its fourth generation under sisters Elisa and Enrica Scavino, this is a special estate that owns 23 hectares of vines in 19 Barolo Crus (vineyards). Dedicated to their vineyards and grapes, Elisa’s father is also a great innovator in the winery, even designing tanks that allow the cap to be totally submerged, a process that is more gentle, and just one example of the thought process that goes into making the most beautiful wines and letting the terroir shine through.
This unique Barbera is no exception to the Scavino philosophy. First made in 1988, it comes from the oldest Barbera vines on the estate. Elegant and with remarkable aging potential, it is vinified in stainless steel and then aged for about a year in neutral oak (“affinato in carati” translates to “aged in barrels” in Italian) to let the wine evolve, and to bring out the complexity of the Barbera grape.
Silky and concentrated with intense notes of black cherry, blackberry, cinnamon and licorice.
$25.00 BTL / $300.00 CASE
 
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2016 Leeuwin Estate “Art Series” Riesling
Margaret River, Australia
 
The Leeuwin estate is one of the five founding wineries of the now world renowned Margaret River wine region. Family-run, alongside highly skilled winemakers of the region, Leeuwin continuously produces some of the world’s finest wines.
It was in 1972 that Denis and Tricia Horgan transformed their cattle farm into the Leeuwin Estate, under the mentorship of Robert Mondavi. Soon after, they began to receive numerous accolades from the wine industry and continue to receive international praise today.
Due to their hard work and continued success, the estate now has several labels they release. The “Art Series” represents Leeuwin’s most opulent and age-worthy wines and paintings from leading contemporary Australian artists adorn the labels.
Not only is the label a work of art, the wine itself is also a beautiful expression of Riesling that will certainly enlighten the tastebuds.
Lifted and bright, with definite minerality and great clarity. The nose opens with elements of lemon and lime and hints of kaffir, jasmine, sesame seed and wet stone. This wine has a finely structured palate with a delicate texture and flavors of lemon pith, lime and cardamom.
$21.00 BTL / $252.00 CASE
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2016 Schloss Gobelsburg “Cistercien” Zweigelt Rosé
Kamptal, Austria
A Cicstercian monastic estate that dates back to 1171, making it one of the oldest wineries in the Austrian Danube region. Willi Bründlmayer and Michael Moosbrugger are the current owners of the estate, and uphold the organic and sustainable farming methods that the monks practiced for decades.
The estate is comprised of some of the finest vineyards in all of Austria, located near the town of Langenlois and the village of Gobelsburg. And though one of the most important grape varieties for the estate is Grüner Veltliner, cool climate red varieties also do very well in this area.
Zweigelt, St. Laurent and Pinot Noir are all grown in the cooler vineyard sites of Gobelsburg and Langenlois. These vineyards are made up of pebbles and gravel with a top soil consisting of black and loamy soil and loess. All three grapes are used in the Cistercien rosé.
The grapes are hand harvested and the vinification process really emphasizes the fine fruity character of the grapes as well as retains the natural acidity that gives the wine a streamlined elegance.
There are aromas of nougat and honey on the nose, with wild cherry and fresh berry notes on the palate. A lean and fresh style of rosé and an optimal food companion.
$16.00 BTL / $192.00 CASE
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2014 Viña Mein Tinto Atlantico 
Ribeiro, Spain
Javier Alen, founder of Viña Mein, played a major role in revitalizing Ribeiro’s traditional viticultural practices reestablishing the ancient varieties of the region. Known primarily for white grapes, Javier also decided to plant red Galician grapes that include Caíno, Mencía and Ferrón. This started as a purely experimental side project, but sparked a passion for viticultural exploration.
The grapes for the Tinto Atlantico come from a relatively new parcel of land which sits on an east facing hillside, made of granite soils. This red showcases the Atlantic nature of Ribeiro and the great possibilities for red wine in the region.
A blend of 33% Caíno, 33% Brancellao and 33% Souson from vines with an average age of 20 years grown sustainably and biodynamically. The grapes are meticulously selected by hand to ensure the highest quality. Once in the winery, Javier practices minimal intervention and uses old 500 liter oak barrels for fermentation and aging.
This is a light-bodied, elegant wine with red fruit notes and a mineral backbone and fresh acidity throughout. It is very well-balanced and a great red option for warmer summer days or nights.
$29.00 BTL / $348.00 CASE
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2016 Casa de Saima “Vinhas Velhas” Branco
Bairrada, Portugal
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 Gomes 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.
If you are a fan of Muscadet from the Loire Valley, this briny, complex white is something you must try. A blend of 70% Bical, 20% Maria Gomes and 10% Cercial makes for a beautifully complex and balanced white that can age for up to two decades! The grapes for this wine were hand-selected and allowed to ferment with natural yeasts. A little time on the lees also adds to the complexity and brings out notes of flint, mineral, citrus, orange blossom and salty sea air.
$18.00 BTL / $216.00 CASE 
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2016 Martin Texier “Brézème” Côtes du Rhône
Rhône Valley, France
Martin Texier is the son of the the now famous northern Rhône natural wine producer, Eric Texier. Martin began making wine in 2014, once he realized his calling.
Before wine, he studied economics, ventured into music (he is an accomplished DJ) and also spent time in New York City learning about the wine trade. It was after his time in New York that he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and return to the vines.

Martin now has five hectares in and around St.-Julien-en-St.-Alban, planted to classic Rhône varieties. The rainbow of different soil types (clay, limestone, gneiss, schist and granite), allow for a wide range of different styles of wine to be made. Martin’s passion is to revive the local traditions of working the natural way, both in the vineyards and in the cellar (native yeast fermentations, no sulfur). The results he has been getting this early in his career are a clear testament to his skills.

Brézème is an anomaly in the northern Rhône. It is a single slope of rocky, broken down limestone (compared to the granitic soils that are dominant in the area) planted to only 22 hectares of vines, the majority of them farmed by Martin and his father. The grapes for Brézème are sourced from 30-year-old Syrah vines. Half-destemmed, and pressed after a ten-day maceration. Élevage is done in concrete tank with no sulfur added. Very elegant Syrah with a nose of bright red plum, savory herbs, peppercorn and hints of that classic meaty note.
$22.00 BTL / $264.00 CASE
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7/28/17 – The New 6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – The $15 and Under Edition

Hello & Happy Friday!
It’s 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 we bring you a fun global mix from Italy, Portugal, South Africa and Germany. Our focus was to pair the wines with the summer weather, so you’ll get a couple of lighter reds, whites and a picnic-friendly rosé.
The wines are always available for pick up, and as a reminder we do have local delivery 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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2014 Le Monde Pinot Bianco
Friuli, Italy
Le Monde is located in Grave del Friuli which extends from the foothills of the Alps to the Adriatic Sea. The estate has been in this famous region since the early 1700’s, making it the only rural house from this period still operational in the area.
Proximity to the Adriatic brings in cooling breezes, combined with bright sunshine and the calcareous clay soils, give the grapes of Le Monde complexity, richness and enhance the longevity of the wines.
Owner and winemaker Alex Maccan believes in letting the great terroir speak for itself. Additionally, when it comes to viticulture, Alex is of the opinion that responsible farming and high quality wines go hand-in-hand. Thus, he lets mother nature do the talking, practicing minimal intervention when it comes to the winemaking.
Alex’s Pinot Bianco is smooth and robust on the palate, and has both balance and richness with flavors of orchard fruit and a pure minerality. On the nose aromatics of exotic fruit, white peach and hints of sweet spices jump out of the glass. Try this with grilled fish or given its body, it can even be paired with white meat and pork dishes.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
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2016 Quinta de Porrais Branco
Douro Valley, Portugal
The new vintage of one of our favorite Portuguese whites just landed and this year it is even better than before!
Quinta de Porrais was once the property of Dona Antónia, or Ferreirinha as she was called, a 19th century winemaking pioneer.  It is located in the Douro Superior, an area well documented for producing high quality white grapes, as well as refined red wines.
The Porrais Branco is a blend of two local varieties, 55% of Códega do Larinho and 45% of Rabigato.  In the Douro Superior and at Quinta de Porrais they have high elevation vineyards, in this case with 600 meters of altitude and planted in shale soils. The altitude is an important factor in the freshness of this white wine.
Reminiscent of some of our favorite aromatic whites from Alsace, this wine opens with beautiful aromas that hint at citrus, lime zest, melon, and spice. Fresh and zesty on the palate, we think it is brighter and more vibrant than in previous years.
Drink it as an apéritif, but this versatile wine will pair with a variety of seafood dishes, and even simply prepared pork. And if you’re heading to Fat Rice any time soon, this would be a great selection to pair with the menu.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
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2016 De Meye Shiraz Rosé
Stellenbosch, South Africa
 
De Meye estate is situated in South Africa’s most prestigious wine making area of Stellenbosch, in the sub-region of Greater Simonsberg. The estate is named after the De Meye River in Holland, where Jan Myburgh’s relatives lived before sailing for South Africa in 1665. Jan and his son Philip currently grow some of the best grapes in the region.
With the help of talented winemaker Marcus Milner, who has strong beliefs against high-alcohol and over-extracted wines, the estate reflects an “Old World” style of winemaking. They also adhere to strict environmentally-friendly practices both in the vineyard and in the cellar. In fact, they’ve been certified by the EuroGAP and are members of the Cape Organic Producers Association.
Grapes for this Shiraz rosé were hand picked and whole-bunch pressed, with only 30 minutes of skin contact, then fermented in stainless steel tanks to ensure freshness and purity of fruit.
On the nose it displays aromas of watermelon, strawberry and toffee apple. While on the palate there are plenty of spice and herbal notes that integrate nicely with the core of red fruit flavors. This rosé has some weight to it, along with a good amount of acidity and crisp finish.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
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2015 Richard Böcking “Devon” Riesling
Mosel, Germany
Richard Böcking has 17 acres of vineyards in Traben-Trarbach which sits in the famed Mosel River Valley, one of the finest growing regions for Riesling in the world. There is a new generation of Böckings who run the estate with the goal to produce the finest wines from the aged slopes of Trarbach.
Böcking has five very steep-sloped, blue Devonian slate rich vineyards, all of which are sustainably farmed. The fruit for the “Devon” comes from four of their five single cru vineyards which include: Burgberg, Ungsberg, Schlossberg and Taubenhaus.
The fruit is picked relatively early in the season and sorted by hand which allows only the best grapes to be used in the cuvée. After harvest, grapes are fermented at cold temperatures in 100% stainless steel tanks. This process, along with early picking, produces a fresh style of Riesling with balanced acidity and a bright mineral quality.
As the most popular wine of the estate, “Devon” is dry, crisp and lean. It shows delicate notes of stone fruits and white flowers, along with a fine minerality. This is a wine that can accompany a myriad of foods as well as excellent to drink on its own.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE 
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2013 Massolino Dolcetto d’Alba
Piemonte, Italy
Last week we featured the Massolino Langhe Nebbiolo, and this week, we’re excited to have another of this great producer’s reds: Dolcetto.
The Massolino winery, located in the village of Serralunga d’Alba is one of Italy’s greatest wine treasures. This historic producer began in 1896 under the leadership of Giovanni Massolino, and continues today under the watchful eyes of Franco and Roberto Massolino.
The Massolino Dolcetto receives the same care and attention to detail as their Nebbiolo, especially since Dolcetto is the “everyday” red of Piemonte. Langa tradition proclaims Dolcetto to be ideal with all courses of a meal, and we couldn’t agree more! It is perfect for snacks of cured meats and cheeses, or at the beginning of a meal, served with appetizers (other than fish). Main courses like pasta, rice, soup and red meats, particularly when grilled, enhance the body and fruit characteristics of the grape. (hungry yet?)
Expect bright cherry, raspberry and cocoa on the nose, layered with hints of almond and peppercorn. The palate is soft with plenty of acidity, but not as much as you get with Nebbiolo. You can even drink it with a light chill if you want red in the summer.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
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2014 Casa de Saima “Colheita” Tinto
Bairrada, Portugal
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 of Bairrada. This Atlantic-influenced region is well-known for producing excellent sparkling and red wines, though their white wines can also be quite impressive.
Winemaker Graça Miranda of Casa de Saima runs this small family winery in Sangalhos and is dedicated to showcasing the potential of the indigenous grapes that can be difficult to grow, but produce amazing wines. Baga is one such grape variety – a speciality to the coastal Bairrada region and once nearly 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.

A lot like young Nebbiolo, wines made with Baga can range from serious and age worthy (like the Grande Reserva we introduced in last month’s “6 for $30 & Under”) to fresh, bright and perfect for every day drinking.
The Colheita belongs in the latter category and is an excellent introduction to the Baga variety for anyone who has yet to venture into native Portuguese reds. Though it is a blended wine, adding a tiny bit of Merlot and Touriga Nacional to the Baga, the wine is soft, bright and incredibly food friendly!
$14.00 BTL / $168.00 CASE
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7/21/17 – The 6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – $30 and under Edition

Hello & Happy Friday!
We just wrapped up our summer wine tastings with a great exploration of Galicia, Spain last night. Big thanks to Steven Alexander from De Maison Selections for our guided tour of the region’s best wines! Once the new store is up and running we’ll release a fall tasting schedule.
In the meantime, if you love the Chicago food & wine scene and are looking for a fun summer event, we have a great recommendation! Details below:
WHEN: Sunday, August 20th at 6:30pm
WHERE: Biograph Theater, 2433 N Lincoln Avenue
WHAT: Michael Muser (Grace Restaurant, Jean Banchet Awards) hosts 5 of Chicago’s greatest chefs for an evening of untold, crazy, jaw-dropping funny stories that most people outside of the restaurant industry never hear about. Uncensored and no holds barred, you’ll be up close and personal with Sarah Grueneberg, Abe Conlon, Rick Bayless, Carrie Nahabedian, and Curtis Duffy.
COST: $50 General Admission, $100 VIP (gets you backstage after the show to meet the chefs and sip on some bubbles)

*All ticket pricing includes Champagne reception

*Proceeds go to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and are tax deductible.
SIGN UP: Tickets can be purchased here.

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And it’s that time again, we’re back with another release of “The 6 for ‘Everyday’ – $30 & Under” wine club. We have some exciting and unusual wines for you this month, including 3 reds, a natural rosé and 2 whites that couldn’t be more perfect for this summer heat. You’ll be exploring Spain, Italy, France, Austria, South Africa and Portugal.
The wines are here for pick up at the store, and we also have local 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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2016 Morgadío Albariño
Rias Baixas, Spain
Founded in 1984, Morgadío is the easternmost inland estate in the D.O. Rías Baixas, located within Spain’s northwestern Galicia region.
Until the late 1980s Galicia’s legendary Albariño grape was known for its high quality and extreme scarcity. It was Spain’s most expensive wine grape, which caused producers to often blend it with other, less costly varieties. Authentic examples were produced in extremely small quantities which never made it outside the region.
In 1988 the D.O. Rías Baixas was established. Refocusing attention on a superior microclimate and fuller style, Morgadío (“only son” in Gallego) set new standards upon its release. Their southern exposure and brilliantly-reflective granite soils serve to maximize the Albariño’s concentration and characteristic aromas and flavors of pear, stone fruit and wet stone. The wine finishes with the classic hint of Atlantic salinity that makes this a pairing for shellfish, fresh oysters and sushi.
$19.00 BTL / $228.00 CASE
 
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2014 Juris Blaufränkisch “Selection”
Burgenland, Austria
 
The Juris winery is located in the city of Gols, a place where wine has been the primary source of income dating back to the 6th century. Gols is located within the larger Burgenland region, one of Austria’s southernmost growing areas.
Burgenland is a narrow strip of land that starts at the Danube River and runs south down to the Steiermark region. To the east of Burgenland is Hungary, and the region actually has more in common with Hungary topographically than it does with Austria. Just to the west of Burgenland are the foothills of the Alps, which has a lot influence on the terroir of the region.
The Juris estate has 18 hectares of vines, two-thirds of which are planted to red grapes on gravel and sandy soils that produce wines with great complexity and balance.
Blaufränkisch, along with Zweigelt, is an important red grape in the region. The 2014 bottling opens with a dark ruby color and aromas of dark forest berries, sweet baking spices and balanced tannins. Great with earthy grilled vegetables, mushrooms, and alpine cheeses, this wine can easily be enjoyed now or stored for up to 5 years.
$20.00 BTL / $240.00 CASE
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2015 Vuurberg White
Stellenbosch, South Africa
Vuurberg is owned by Sebastiaan Klaassen, a Dutchman who went to South Africa on holiday to kite surf, and became entranced by the country and eventually decided make it his home and produce wine.
His farm is stunningly situated against a mountain along the Helshoogte Pass, on soil that is big, red and clay-like; a composition that led them to plant Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc, as well as Chenin Blanc and Viognier at the top of the property. Inspired by the Helshoogte (“Hell’s Heights”) location and the imposing mountain backdrop, the name Vuurberg (“Fire Mountain”) was aptly chosen for the property.
Donovan Rall, owner and winemaker of Rall Wines and a favorite of ours in the store, joined Sebastiaan in 2010 to take on the winemaking leadership, and together they have enjoyed continuing success with both the white and red bottlings from the property.
This white is a blend of just about everything (39% old vine Chenin Blanc, Semillon, Viognier, Verdelho, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and a teeny bit of Chardonnay), all fermented wild and matured in a French oak combination of barrique and 400 litre barrels (25% new). It goes through full malolactic and then gets blended after 9 months on the lees without stirring.
It has a beautiful nose and palate of yellow plums, lemons, and peach, with hints of white flower blossoms and white pepper. Donovan is a pro at retaining acidity in these rich grape varieties without compromising balance. Great with grilled seafood, poultry or lighter pasta dishes in the summer.
$25.00 BTL / $300.00 CASE
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2011 Massolino Langhe Nebbiolo 
Piemonte, Italy
The Massolino family has a long history in winemaking, dating back to 1896 when Giovanni Massolino founded the estate in Serralunga d’Alba. The village of Serralunga d’Alba is well known as a commune with many incredible vineyards and Massolino is a Serralunga specialist.
Now with Franco and Roberto Massolino at the helm as the new generation, they continue to produce wines that beautifully express the terroir of Serralunga.
The grapes for this wine come from some of their younger vineyards, harvested by hand, and once in the winery the utmost attention is paid to every detail in order to produce a young Nebbiolo with smoothness and elegance.
Notes of dark cherry, raspberry and violet appear on the nose with secondary perfumes very similar to those of Barolo. On the palate it’s both light and smooth with well integrated tannins, making for a perfectly harmonious wine.
Unlike their Barolo which benefit from time in the cellar, this Langhe Nebbiolo is ready to be enjoyed now. Pair this with rich meaty pastas, roasted red meat dishes or even soft blue cheeses.
$26.00 BTL / $312.00 CASE
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2016 Frantz Saumon “Vin de Frantz” Rosé
Loire Valley, France
The cleverly named “Vin de Frantz” comes from producer Frantz Saumon in Montlouis-sur-Loire. Frantz established his domaine in Touraine in 2002, previously working with Christian Chaussard of Domaine le Briseau, an influential voice in the natural wine world.
Frantz practices organic and biodynamic agriculture in his own 6 hectares of vines that average between 20 and 50 years old. These practices continue in the winery where all of the wines are fermented naturally, even his sparkling wines are strictly pétillant naturel.
For his rosé he uses a blend of Gamay and Grolleau. The resulting wine has aromas of maraschino cherry and citrus notes that jump out of the glass with mineral undertones. This is a weightier rosé on the palate, yet it also has ample acidity to give it balance and freshness. Frantz himself recommends serving it well-chilled.
$19.00 BTL / $228.00 CASE 
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2012 Quinta de Porrais Douro Tinto, Portugal
When one talks about pioneers in Portugal, one has to speak of Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira.
A successful 19th century businesswoman, she is known as a pioneer in the Port wine business, the Douro, as well as an innovator in winemaking.  She is remembered as a strong advocate for the working class, always fighting for their best interests.  She inherited vineyards from her family, but also added vineyards during her career.  When she passed in 1896, she left behind a more successful wine business in Portugal, as well as many great vineyards.
Quinta de Porrais was once the property of Dona Antónia, or Ferreirinha as she was called.  It is located in the Douro Superior, an area well documented for producing high quality white grapes, as well as refined red wines.
Porrais Tinto is a truly great value made from the red grapes of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Sousão, and Tinta Barroca.  The soil type these grapes are grown in is that classic shale of the Douro.
Francisco Olazabal, one of the truly great winemakers of Portugal, known best for his work with Quinta do Vale do Meão, is a direct descendant of Ferreirinha. His Douro red is deep in color, with light cinnamon, cedar and clove on the nose. Rich plum and juicy blackberry are enriched by good acidity and very soft tannins.
$19.00 BTL / $228.00 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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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
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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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4/28/17 – The New 6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – The $15 and Under Edition

Hello & Happy Friday!
Everyone can breathe a sigh of relief – Craig has just returned from Champagne and is excited to be home! He made it just in time for the wave of cold weather we’re getting again.
And even though it doesn’t feel quite like warm days ahead, we have several tasty new rosé options in the store waiting for you (and the sun). Stop by and check them out – you’ll need a bottle or two soon enough!
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It’s 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 have a little bit of a focus on some exciting wines from great regions in Spain and Italy, along with a fun and unique white blend from the Loire Valley, and a tasty little Pinot Noir from South Africa.
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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2014 Domaine de la Fruitière “Les Vignes Blanches”
Loire Valley
In 2005, the Lieubeau family took over the Domaine de la Fruitière which had been developing vineyard property in Muscadet since 1914. The Domaine de la Fruitière has a long tradition of wine export, and its vineyards surround the property and climb the hillsides facing the village of Saint Fiacre.
The wine produced on the estate is some of the most original; the Lieubeau family presents Melon de Bourgogne in many different lights, and experiments with other bottlings and blends not common for the Muscadet region.
“Les Vines Blanches” is a unique blend of Melon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Folle Blanche. Each variety contributes something to the final blend that somehow becomes greater than the parts. All of the grapes come from granitic soils, are fermented separately and blended after a few months of aging on the lees. The final blend combines the richness and slight nuttiness of the Chardonnay, the zesty aromatics of the Sauvignon, the mineral depth of the Melon, and the freshness of the Folle Blanche.
An intense nose of dried fruits, date, almond, surrounded by a touch of lime. The palate mixes mineral and aromatic touches with a white fruit finish.
$13.00 BTL / $156.00 CASE
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2013 Fedellos do Couto “Lomba dos Ares”
Ribeira Sacra, Spain
Dominated by a network of canyons carved by the Miño and Sil rivers, Ribeira Sacra is a rugged and beautiful place to make wine. These incredibly steep hillsides were originally terraced by the Romans many centuries ago. It may have been hard work to farm these slopes – in fact it still is – but viticulture now thrives in this area.
As a boundary between the cool, rainy Atlantic coast and the hot, dry, interior of Spain, Ribeira Sacra is temperate with a fairly long growing season. The main threat to viticulture here is the storms that blow in from the Atlantic bringing plenty of rain and wind.
For generations the Taboada family has owned the Pazo do Couto, an ancient manor dating to the 12th century, and today Luis Taboada oversees production using a very minimalist approach.
Lomba dos Ares, literally “the hilltop of Ares”, is a vineyard in the Val do Bibei at an elevation between 700 – 750 meters above sea level. Here the soils consist of rocky granite at the top of the slope and transition into sandy schist at the bottom. Being an old vineyard, it has a patchwork of different varieties, mainly Mencia, Merenzao (aka Trousseau), Caiño, and Mouratón (aka Garnacha Tintorera) – all of which make up the final blend of this wine.
Only available in modest quantities, the Lomba dos Ares is worth trying, as it captures the finesse of Ribeira Sacra and is as profound and site-specific as you can find from the region.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
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2016 Ostatu Rioja Rosado
The latest vintage from a Perman Wine Selections favorite! Ostatu is located in the village of Samaniego, in a mountainous and somewhat remote part of the sub-region of Alavesa. The Saenz de Samaniego family raises classic Rioja grapes in a perfect microclimate at a two hundred and fifty year old winery. Historically, the wines made by the family were made in a fresh style for local consumption only.
The pedigree for the grapes used in this rosé is impressive; 60-70 year old vines of Tempranillo and Garnacha from their highest altitude vineyards. The wine is fermented in tank to retain freshness and vitality.
This is a rosé that we look forward to every year (see previous newsletters recommending filling up a bathtub with it!). The flavor profile offers a lovely range of berries (strawberry and raspberry) as well as a hint of watermelon, and a core of minerality reminding you that it comes from the old world. Just add a chair in a sun.
$14.00 BTL / $168.00 CASE
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2014 Monte Bernardi “Retromarcia” Chianti Classico
Monte Bernardi is situated in Panzano in Chianti, a small village in the heart of the Chianti Classico, Tuscany’s original winemaking region. They produce wines with the greatest expression of the local terroir, ultimate quality, and a harmony between the land and the environment. Vineyards have been farmed biodynamically/organically since 2004.
The estate dates back to 1085, and the majority of the vineyards are over 40 years old, with the first wine produced in 1992. Previously the grapes were sold to neighboring farms. The Schmelzer family purchased Monte Bernardi in 2003 and has since invested great amounts of time, love and money in the vineyards, the winery and the villa.
“Retromarcia” is a Chianti Classico made from 100% Sangiovese grapes. The vineyard age ranges from plantings 2003-2010. The vinification and maturation is reminiscent of a more traditional style Chianti Classico, which translates into a wine that is fresh and fruity, medium-bodied, well-balanced, with a nice structure, juicy acidity and a long finish.

The Italian word Retromarcia means more to the estate than its literal translation “to back up” or “to reverse”, it emphasizes the return to the natural elegance and charm of Sangiovese. The 2014 is clean and intense, with aromas of blackberry, cherry and red plums, anise and spice, and orange peel.

$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE 
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2015 Iona “Mr. P” Pinot Noir
Cape South Coast, South Africa
 
In early 1997, Andrew Gunn, an engineer by trade, decided to leave the busy city life of Johannesburg to become a farmer. He went through the exhausting process of finding the “perfect” farm: a solitary run down apple farm on a mountain top overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
This beautiful farm, named “Geelbeksvlei”, after the yellow billed ducks that inhabited the marshy area around the property, although planted to apples and pears, was in need of a new purpose. Andrew decided to run some soil tests to see if a vineyard might be able to thrive on his farm.
His hopes worked out and in a short span of time from the first vintage in 2001, Iona, renamed after the island off the West Coast of Scotland where Andrew’s ancestors hail from, became one of South Africa’s top producers of Sauvignon Blanc. Later plantings of Semillon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir have also been very successful.
Mr P, a “Pinot for the people”, shows all of the characteristics of classic, high quality Pinot Noir at an affordable price, making use of younger vines and older barrels with careful and dedicated wine making. This is is an easy, light and fresh Pinot Noir made for immediate consumption. Aromas of black cherry, bright but delicate, and hints of forest floor, with underlying floral and spice notes. On the palate, the wine is powerful, with a silky texture.
 
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
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2014 Benito Ferrara Greco di Tufo
Campania, Italy
Gabriella Ferrara is the fourth-generation of the Ferrara family to oversee the family estate. With the help of her husband Sergio and talented oenologist Paolo Caciorna, she produces wines that highlight varieties native to the region of Campania. Gabriella’s great-grandfather originally planted vines on his property and he used to bring vegetables and wine on foot and with a donkey to the town of Tufo. The first vintage actually bottled under the estate name was in 1991.
The major part of the vineyards (8 hectares in total) stands in the district of San Paolo within the commune of Tufo, which is considered the best zone for the Greco grape variety. The vines are at altitudes between 450 and 600 meters above sea level with southern exposure, the area is cool and airy, which naturally protects the vines against frosts and diseases. The Greco vineyards stand next to abandoned sulphur mines and sulphur rocks can be found amongst the vines: this gives the wines the wonderful mineral notes they are known for.
A perfumed white with mineral complexity, refreshing and crisp. Aromatic notes of lemons, pears and toasted almonds and a lingering mineral finish.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
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4/21/17 – The 6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – $30 and under Edition

Hello & Happy Friday!
Craig set off for France a few days ago for his annual visit with producers in Champagne and Burgundy. Due to his travels, the store will be closed the following date:
Store Closed Monday, April 24th
Be on the lookout for his travel posts on Facebook and Instagram!
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It’s the second to last Friday of the month, and time for us to introduce our latest “6 for Everyday” Wine Club, the $30 and under edition.

We have some great wines from the good ol’ USA, as well as a new wine from South Africa, and some old favorites from France and Portugal that have moved into current vintages – it’s a great mix of white, red and rosé to match up with this transitional spring weather.

Don’t miss this!

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 Owen Roe “Ex Umbris” Syrah
Yakima Valley, Washington
Jerry Owen, on the the vineyard side, and David O’Reilly, who makes the wine, formed Owen Roe with a simple purpose: to produce excellent wines from grapes grown and cultivated in the best vineyards in the Pacific Northwest.
Their first vintage was in 1999, and ever since, they allow only minimal handling, racking by gravity, and excellent cooperage. From the fruit to the bottle, cork, and label, Owen Roe aims for quality over quantity.
“Ex Umbris” comes from four tiny estate vineyards in Yakima Valley. It is bursting with lovely dark fruit aromas, black cherry, boysenberry, blueberry and plum swirl through the glass. Flavors of dried fruits, spice, pepper and layers of pie filling, berry cobbler and cigar box fill the palate. Enjoy now, but make sure to open and/or decant for 1-2 hours. This wine is complex and will age well for many years, so stock up and store away
$26.00 BTL / $312.00 CASE
 
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2016 Donovan Rall Grenache Blanc
Piekenierskloop, South Africa
We’ve introduced you to Donovan’s wines in the past, and this is the first time the Grenache Blanc has ever been bottled and released to the market.
Rall Wines was established in 2008 and is owned and run by young independent winemaker Donovan Rall. He graduated from Stellenbosch University with a degree in Viticulture and Oenology in 2005. Afterwards, he traveled extensively to work harvests all over the world.
Since the beginning Rall’s focus was on producing just one white and one red blend made by hand and in tiny quantities from the most unique and oldest possible sites he could find.
With this in mind the first 10 barrels of Rall wines was made in 2008 and a few years down the line nothing had changed, until now.
Production is still tiny and the focus remains on simplicity: learning and understanding more about each vineyard and its contribution every vintage. He and his friends are working tirelessly to preserve the old vines and historic vineyards in South Africa and focusing on elevating the overall quality of the wines.
Grapes for the Grenache Blanc come from a Piekenierskloof ungrafted vineyard some 15 years old and juice underwent spontaneous fermentation, a portion on the skins and maturation lasting six months in a combination of concrete egg and old oak.
The wine has a complex nose of citrus, white peach, apricot, ginger and spice. The palate is vibrant, with more fruit notes and a pithy, almost bitter finish. It’s one of those bottlings which are entirely uplifting to drink
$26.00 BTL / ONLY AVAILABLE WITH SAMPLER
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2016 A Tribute to Grace “Highlands Vineyard” Rosé
Santa Barbara, California
A Tribute to Grace is named for winemaker Angela Osborne’s grandmother. Angela studied film in her native New Zealand and worked at a wine shop to pay the bills. While she enjoyed wine, it was not her passion. Angela was ready to pursue her film career when a winemaker friend found her a harvest job and insisted that she move to California to take it. Once there, she discovered Grenache and fell hard for the grape that would later become the singular focus of her winemaking.
Angela’s search for graceful Grenache has led her to vineyards from Santa Barbara to the Sierra Foothills. A Tribute to Grace is made from sustainably-farmed grapes with an eye towards Biodynamics. Angela’s mindfulness continues to her delicate handling of wine, which includes the use of neutral oak and only small sulfur additions at bottling for stability.
This lovely little rosé is perfect for the sunny we’re all waiting for in Chicago. Medium intensity, youthful with floral, melon, and stone fruit aromas. It’s dry and finishes on the palate with flavors of raspberry, peach and strawberry jam.
$27.00 BTL / $324.00 CASE
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2013 La Madura “Grand Vin” Rouge
Saint-Chinian, France
One of our favorite wineries in the Languedoc, Cyril and Nadia are making excellent wines in the Saint-Chinian appellation. This is the latest release of their top red, predominantly made from Syrah and Mourvèdre, with a little bit of Grenache and Carignan.
Domaine La Madura, we believe, is one of the best producers in the appellation of Saint-Chinian in the western Languedoc region of France. What is special about this region is that it offers a variety of different types of soils, expositions and elevation levels. It allows an estate like La Madura, who has several parcels planted with different varieties, the ability to blend.
Domaine La Madura is broken up into a series of small plots, which is typical of the estates in the Languedoc, where the region’s best terroirs are found. Not just the soil but the altitude also varies considerably from one plot to another, which means that harvest can be spread out and grapes are able to be picked at their peak ripeness.
This full-bodied red is aged in 225L barrels, and delivers a powerful yet fresh flavor profile of black and red berries, coffee and cocoa notes, mulberry on the finish.
$30.00 BTL / $180.00 SIX PACK CASE
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2015 Tiago Teles “Gilda”
Bairrada, Portugal
This is a producer you are all familiar with by now, and this latest release of “Gilda” is just as delicious and complex as vintages past.
For any newcomers, it’s important to know that Tiago is a relative newcomer to the wine scene in Portugal, with his first vintage was in 2012.  He is passionate and dedicated and his vision of fresh, naturally made wines that express their terroir shines brightly in his wines.
Craig first met Tiago at a wine tasting on the waterfront in Lisbon. He loved the wines and realized that they were the perfect wines to bring in for diners at Fat Rice, a Chicago restaurant that Craig helps with the wine list.  The food of Fat Rice calls out for largely sparkling, white and rosé.  Reds can work, but with spice levels that can climb, the red wine needs to be lower in alcohol, with a good degree of freshness.  Tiago’s reds were the perfect answer.
“Gilda” is a wine that blends a high proportion of Merlot alongside Tinta Barroca and Tinta Cão. If you put this in a blind tasting it would be difficult to not call it Right Bank Bordeaux, although the mid-palate lends itself to a richer style, and the Portuguese varieties add some spice notes unique to Bairrada and Portugal.
We love the aromatics on this wine, with notes of green peppercorn, plum, and mineral.  This is a wine of freshness, and at 12.5% alcohol it glides across your palate.  We even recommend bringing down the temperature of the wine to around 58 degrees.
$17.00 BTL / $204.00 CASE
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2014 Domaine Laurent Cognard 1er Cru “Le Vieux Château” Montagny 
Until 2004, this estate sold its grapes to the local co-op, which dominates production in the area. That year, Laurent Cognard returned to his family’s property after years of working as a wine consultant for the fine wine section of a major brewery in Lyon and then a stint as commercial agent for Champagne Billecart Salmon in Paris.
He spent the next few years revamping the family’s seven hectares of vineyards, progressively moving them into a more natural and sustainable farming model.
The terroir is very stoney, which gives an attractive steely minerality to the wines. 80% of the Montagny 1er Curs are fermented in 500 liter casks, the remainder is aged in stainless steel to retain the freshness of the wines. The result is a creamy texture on the palate with fresh citrus characters running through to a zingy finish.
This is truly a terroir-driven Chardonnay. The Montagny 1er Cru “Le Vieux Château” is situated on a sheltered hillside with that stoney terrain of white limestone. The wine has lime cordial and sherbet aromas with tons of minerality and a soft texture on the finish.
$25.00 BTL / $300.00 CASE
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