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2/24/17 The New 6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – The $15 and Under Edition

Hello & Happy Friday!
We’d like to start by announcing an informal, walk-around tasting at the store on Thursday, March 2nd.
Please read on for more information:
WHEN: Thursday, March 2nd 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: “Meet and Taste” with three very talented French producers who will be here to pour their wines and share their stories.
COST: $15 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) is limited and must be reserved ahead of time. 312.666.4417
Sylvain Pataille, a rising star in the small Côte de Nuits village of Marsannay. He will be pouring a Bourgogne Aligote, Marsannay Blanc and Marsannay Rouge “Clos du Roy” from his biodynamically farmed 15 hectare estate.
Aurélien Gerbais, an 8th generation winemaker in the Champagne village of Celles-sur-Ource. The family has a small 17.5 hectare estate planted to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc. He will be pouring “L’Audace” Brut Nature (100% Pinot Noir) and Grains de Celles Rosé Extra Brut.
Stephane Sérol, who, along with his wife Carine, helped promote the Côte Roannaise AOC nestled in the foothills of the Massif Central. Close to the mouth of the Loire River, but with granite-rich soils, they are working with Gamay Saint Romain, as well as Viognier. He will pour 4 wines, the Millerands, Granite, Perdriziere and a “méthode ancestral” Turbullent.
Tickets are $15.00/Person. This is a walk-around tastingand limited to approximately 25 people. Tickets are fully refundable with 72 hours (Monday February 27th). Tickets must be secured with payment. Please call the store at 312-666-4417.
Today’s newsletter also announces the new release of “The 6 for ‘Everyday’ – $15 and Under Edition” wine club.
This month we focused on our inner Francophile after tasting a number of new and very delicious wines from lesser known regions and grapes in France. Of course, we added something from Spain and Portugal for good measure, but France is definitely the king of this lineup! And even though we’ve had an unusually warm week, there are still a few cold days to come, so we kept our mix of 4 reds and 2 whites.
They are available for pick up, and as a reminder we do have delivery and shipping options available.
Have a great weekend,
Craig, Jamie & Evie

6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – the $15 & under Edition
2012 Château Armandière Cahors
The main grape variety of Cahors is Malbec, and we think this is a really great expression of a grape now more widely associated with Argentina instead of France.
Producer Bernard Bouyssou is a 4th generation winemaker whose father and grandfather previously made use of the local cooperative to make their wines. Bernard wanted to make and sell wine on his own, and in 1998 he made the leap and built his own winery.
The estate that Bernard took over from his father is an accumulation of 40 years of meticulous farming. It’s made up of 25 hectors of vines located on four distinct terroirs. Even though the vines are primarily Malbec, the different terroirs give the grapes their own slightly unique and specific character.
The Chateau Armandiere is 90% Malbec and 10% Merlot. This is a full bodied wine with bursting flavors of ripe raspberry, black cherry and blackcurrant. There are also savory notes of black pepper and plenty of firm tannins.
Because this is a Malbec from southwest France, rather than the slightly more mediterranean climate of Argentina, the grapes retain a decent amount of acidity which really gives the wine a nice balance and freshness.
$14.00 BTL / $168.00 CASE
2015 Domaine La Madura “Classic” Blanc
Vin de Pays d’Oc, France
Craig has been working with Cyril and Nadia Bourgne of Domaine La Madura for many years now. Their wines showcase the incredible potential of the Languedoc and perform at a level on par with top producers in some the best Rhône appellations.
In Saint-Chinian specifically, the region 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.
Cyril spent years as technical manager of Château Fieuzal in Pessac-Léognan, where blending Bordeaux varieties is the norm.  He returned to his native Languedoc, purchasing an estate along with his wife Nadia.
Domaine La Madura is an incredible producer and it is an honor to work with them.  Their white wines are made from Sauvignon Blanc (with a touch of Piquepoul), and their reds from a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Carignan. The “Classic” Blanc is very elegant and full of fruit, both typical citrus, but also pear.  It has more weight than the average Sauvignon Blanc, and a touch of minerality.
Many of you are already fans, so here is your chance to grab the new vintage of a classic white.  For those that are new to them, you are going to be converted into a huge La Madura fan!
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
2011 Tierry Tissot “Mataret” Mondeuse, Bugey
Like many small farmer-producer families, the Tissot family has long made wine, while also growing other crops and raising some livestock at their estate in Vaux-en-Bugey. The region, known for ancient grapes like Altesse and Mondeuse, is nestled between Savoie to the south, and Jura to the north.
Thierry Tissot, the current generation winemaker in the family, returned home in 2001 after finishing his oenology degree. His primary focus was to create quality wines from a forgotten vineyard.
The old-timers talked about a hillside called Mataret, a vineyard site once known for making legendary wines. Three hectares of clay calcareous soils with veins of shale facing southwest, at 350m elevation, and overlooking the village, this site had been completely abandoned and was covered in chestnut trees and dense brush. Thierry cleared the hillside and planted it with Altesse and Mondeuse, two indigenous varietals in which he has great faith. Though the vines are still young, the wines produced from this site already show great depth and complexity.
Made with 100% Mondeuse grapes from the Mataret vineyard, this is a dark and structured wine with distinctive tannins, yet surprisingly light on the palate. It opens with woodsy forest aromas of mushrooms and blueberries, while also showing some hints of bitter cherry and savory notes of black pepper and rosemary.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
2012 Lagar de Darei Vinho Tinto
Dão, Portugal
Last week we introduced you to an exciting new-to-the-market red from Darei in our $30 & Under wine club. This week, we’re just as excited about the new vintage of an old Darei favorite. Plus, if you’re following Perman Wine on Instagram, you already know that Craig just visited Carlos from Darei.
For those of you who don’t know the wines of Casa de Darei, the winery is located in the Dão region of Northern Central Portugal. Darei, owned by the fantastic Ruivo family, is quietly making some of the region’s best wines.
We have shared the Darei Tinto with you in past vintages and are very happy to have the latest release of the

Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Jaen, Alfrocheiro red blend. While those grapes might not sound familiar to you, you may have tried Jaen which is called Mencía in Spain. And we’re pretty sure that you’ve had Tinta Roriz, which is a synonym for Tempranillo.
The Tinto has a spice-driven nose that benefits from a quick decanting or opening up about 30 minutes before drinking. Notes of fennel, dark red fruit and allspice with a medium body and great structure. This is traditionally served with Cabrito (roasted baby goat), and would work with many heartier meat dishes, particularly stews.
$13.00 BTL / $156.00 CASE 

2013 Domaine des Vieilles Caves, Saint-Amour
Jerome Janodet is the son of Jacky Janodet, who is known as an artisan producer of first class Cru Beaujolais in Moulin-à-Vent. Jerome’s father produced excellent wines from their 17.2 acres estate, Domaine Les Fines Graves.
Jerome, who also strives for quality and excellence, now has his own enterprise and is making a fantastic wine from his own Domaine des Vieilles Caves in the most northerly cru of Saint-Amour.
The Domaine des Vieilles Caves was passed down to Jerome from his grandfather, and is a plot with vines that range from 75 to 100 years old. The old vines can produce wines that are more rich and powerful than most Beaujolais.
Wines from Saint-Amour are among the lightest of the Beaujolais crus, often displaying spiced berry and stone-fruit characters with a marked minerality. Jerome’s Saint-Amour undergoes a semi-carbonic fermentation, hence the upfront candied cherry aromas. On the palate it’s light bodied and youthful, yet make no mistake, the low-yielding vines and granite soils of Domaine des Vieilles Caves also gives this wine the classic mineral quality and an elegant finish.
$14.00 BTL / $168.00 CASE

2015 Uriondo Bizkaiko Txakolina, Spain
Uriondo is a small family winery founded in 1987, located in the D.O. of Bizkaiko Txakolina. The small, 2.5-hectare vineyard is situated at an altitude of 175 meters with a southeasterly exposure.
Centered around Bilbao on Spain’s north coast, this wine region is as unique as the Basque culture that surrounds it. The native Hondarribi Zuri grape occupies 80 percent of the vineyards. Other varieties grown include Mune Mahatsa (aka Folle Blanche) and Txori Mahatsa (known to you as Sauvignon Blanc). Soils are sandy and loose alluvial over a clay and limestone base. Coastal vineyards are planted on steep slopes to shed the excess rainfall provided by the maritime climate.
This is a classic Txakolina – light and crisp, fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks and bottled with residual carbon to give it its signature natural spritz. Fresh green apple and citrus notes on the nose with a refreshing, almost salty note on the palate.
Get your porrón ready!
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
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2/17/17 – The 6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – $30 and under Edition

Hello & Happy Friday!
Just as a reminder Craig will be leaving for his annual trip to Portugal this Sunday, and will be gone for two weeks.
The store will be closed on the following Mondays and otherwise open for business during normal hours:

Monday, February 20th – CLOSED

Monday, February 27th – CLOSED

Jamie and Evie will be here to help you with any of your wine needs!


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 an absolutely incredible line-up of wines for you this month, including three wines that are making their United States debut on this very sampler.
Despite the Spring-like day today, we’ve kept the wine club at a mixture of 4 reds and 2 whites. Winter hasn’t gone away yet!
This month, we are featuring wines from France, Portugal, South Africa and Spain.
Don’t miss this one, it is certainly one of our best ever!
Have a great weekend,
Craig, Jamie & Evie

6 for “Everyday” Wine Club –
The $30 & under Edition
2016 Donovan Rall Cinsault
Darling, South Africa
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. In 2007 Donovan returned to Swartland and found his inspiration for Mediterranean varieties and the dream of making these unique and natural styled wines under his own label from these scattered old vineyards was born.
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.
We had the pleasure of hosting Donovan at the store back in October and during the tasting we also got to try his newest wine, a red made entirely of Cinsault. It was delicious, and complex, and not at all like the overripe versions found throughout the Mediterranean.
Beautifully balanced and layered with notes of red fruit and spice. We couldn’t wait for this to arrive and we’re excited to share them with you. We’re the first in the US to get our hands on it, only 800 bottles produced, and only 90 bottles imported!
$26.00 BTL / $312.00 CASE
2015 Tiago Teles “Raiz” Vinho Branco
Arcos de Valdevez, Portugal
By now most of you have seen (and maybe even tasted) both of Tiago’s red wines, Maria da Graça and Gilda. They are house favorites here at Perman Wine Selections. We are big fans of Tiago and his wines because he is a passionate and dedicated person, whose vision of fresh, naturally made wines that express their terroir shines through in the bottle.
This week we are excited to introduce you to Tiago’s newest wine, Raiz from Vinho Verde country, from vineyards in Arcos de Valdevez.

Tiago is a wine lover, first and foremost, and he decided to embark on a project in the Vinho Verde region because his mother grew up there, and has since returned. He spent time getting to know an old grower who would let him work the vineyards and thus built a small cellar on his mom’s property.

This is the first release of the “Raiz” branco in the country and we are thrilled that you will be the first to taste it! A

blend of white varieties mainly Loureiro, with some Trajadura and Padernã, the grapes were co-fermented and crushed in tanks before spending 10 months on the lees prior to bottling. It captures both the freshness of the region and the complexity nature, giving way to a genuinely atypical wine. The bottle holds a tale of connection to the roots in Alto Minho, celebrating the values of freedom, thought, will and creation.
One of the most complex, unique and delicious white wines you will try from the region.

$20.00 BTL / $240.00 CASE
2014 Vin des Fossiles “Font Grain” Pinot Noir
Saône-et-Loire, France
Jean-Claude Berthillot is a visionary, known for reclaiming an ancient viticultural area and showing its potential for greatness. We just tasted this and couldn’t pass it up for this set of six. His estate is located in an area called the Brionnais (the home of the famed Burgundian Charolais beef) at the southwestern extreme of Burgundy near the Loire River, in the Saône-et-Loire.
Jean-Claude bought a house in the region in the 1980s, seeking a place to settle in the country. Passionate about wine, and seeing potential in the area, he decided to get some training in viticulture, and quickly became the head of the local micro-coop (around 5 producers), honing his craft there. He built a cellar beneath his house and began making his own wine, following his vision of elegant, age-worthy, mineral-driven wines.
The “Font Grain” is sourced form 30-year-old Pinot Noir vines, half of which are de-stemmed. After fermentation in stainless steel the wine spends 9 months in old barrels. It definitely captures the mineral tones Jean-Claude was looking to highlight. Aromas of berries and mushrooms combine with gamey, savory notes, all underlined by an intense minerality. In the mouth there is solid grip provided by fine, elegant tannins.
This is an absolute steal for a Pinot Noir of this quality. Burgundy fans take note, and break out of your normal routine.
$25.00 BTL / $300.00 CASE
2014 Domaine Delalex “Marin” Vin de Savoie

The Delalex brothers, Samuel and Benoit, are among the very few trying to make wine at the highest level in the Chablais – a tiny region in the foothills of the Alps. The grape variety of the area is Chasselas, a generally uninspiring variety, which makes wines that are too often flabby and neutral. Yet these brothers are making something exceptional with Chasselas.
In a step away from tradition, the Delalex wines do not undergo malolactic fermentation and spend extensive time aging in the bottle before release. These wines do not tend to express themselves until they’ve spent at least a year in bottle, and the acidity retained in the winemaking process allows them to age gracefully – vintages going back a decade not only still hold up, but also still have a freshness and a vivacity to them
The estate consists of around 8 hectares in the Cru of Marin in Savoie, and the fruit for this cuvée comes from a number of small parcels scattered around the village of Marin.
The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks, then aged in tank for 9 months on fine lees before spending a minimum of one year in bottle before release. A fresh, precise acidity is the hallmark of this wine. In the mouth it is light-bodied yet structured, and a little saline. On the nose there are notes of stone fruit and some honeycomb, but the wine is also herbal and earthy, reminiscent of alpine meadows.
This is definitely a wine you can sip on during the few warm days we’ve got coming up, and will be an excellent match for fresh spring vegetables.
$21.00 BTL / $252.00 CASE
2006 Mencos Rioja Reserva, Spain
Mencos is a project by Íñigo Manso, who owns prestigious plots of old vines in Rioja Alta. His intention is to produce a classically styled Rioja from the oldest parcels near his village of Torremontalvo, where many of the vines pre-date phylloxera due to the sandy soils in the area.
Íñigo was trained at the University of Bordeaux in France and learned to respect balance and restraint over power and concentration. His philosophy at the estate is based on harvesting ripe grapes that are not overly mature.
Mencos comes from a beautiful parcel of vines the south side of the Ebro River in the village of Torremontalvo. This vineyard, with chalky clay over gravel, is well suited to the tempranillo grape. The idea behind these wines is to create a line of traditionally styled Rioja from Íñigo’s younger vineyards.
The wine is fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts and aged 16 months in old French and American oak barrels. Very fragrant spices mingling with violets and sandlewood. The palate is luxurious and rich with even tannins present beneath. A wine to watch evolve after you open a bottle.
$28.00 BTL / $336.00 CASE
2011 Lagar de Darei “Sem Abrigo” Dão Tinto
For those of you who don’t know the wines of Casa de Darei, a brief primer. Located in the Dão region of Northern Central Portugal, Darei, owned by the fantastic Ruivo family, is quietly making some of the regions best wines.
What makes the Dão such a fantastic region is two fold. The first part has to do with its geography and climate. Protected by mountains, its lack of influence from the sea makes it a warm region, particularly in the day and late afternoon. Its elevation, gives it a huge diurnal temperature shift, bringing cool air in the night, and allowing it to have that rare combination of richness and freshness. The second important part of the Dão, is its largely granite-based soil, which brings an mineral inflection to the wines.
We have shared many wines from Darei with you over the years, but this one is a first! New to the market and making its debut in the store is the “Sem Abrigo,” which means “homeless” in Portuguese. It is a blend of the same four grapes in both the Darei Tinto and the Reserva:

Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Jaen, Alfrocheiro.
Visitors to the winery were often given a taste of the Sem Abrigo, only to sadly discover that it wasn’t bottled for purchase. Carlos finally gave in, but had no idea where this wine should fall in the line up, hence the “homelessness” of it all.
It is a wine that hits the spot between being soft and fruity on the one hand, and structured on the other. The first sensation is a burst of fresh, bright, ripe, soft, dark, red fruit, making me think of plums, blackberries and more plums.

That burst of fruit is backed up by structure, soft tannins, and a pretty lengthy finish.
$17.00 BTL / $204.00 CASE
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1/27/17 – 6 for “Everyday” the $15 and under Edition

Hello & Happy Friday!
We’d like to start by reminding everyone that our first tasting of 2017 will be on Thursday, February 2nd. Wines and grapes from dueling hot/cold climates, in honor of Groundhog Day. There are still a few spaces available…
Please read on for more information:
WHEN: Thursday, February 2nd @ 7:00PM
WHERE: Perman Wine Selections, 802 W Washington Blvd.
WHAT: Our first ever Groundhog Day Tasting!
COST: $60 per person
SIGN UP: Secure your spot by calling the store with your credit card. 312-666-4417
Playing off the Winter vs Spring theme, we decided this to be the perfect opportunity to discuss cool climate vs. warm climate. We will offer 5 flights of two wines, produced from the same grape, one coming from a cool climate and the other from a warm climate.
Ever wondered why Syrah could be so different depending on where it came from? How some people can be White Burgundy fans, but claim not to like Chardonnay? It’s all about the climate.
Not only will this be an educational tasting, you know when are going to open some great bottles!
Tickets are $60.00/Person. This is a seated tasting and limited to 14 people. Tickets are fully refundable with 72 hours notice (Monday January 30th). Tickets must be secured with a credit card. Please call the shop at 312-666-4417.
Finally, today’s newsletter announces the new release of “The 6 for ‘Everyday’ – $15 and Under Edition” wine club.
We have a diverse and delicious lineup this month. Keeping winter in mind (even though we did have a little “heat wave” last week) we have 4 red wines and 2 white wines. A great sampling from the Old World countries of France, Italy and Spain.
They are available for pick up, and as a reminder we do have delivery and shipping options available.
Have a great weekend,
Craig & Jamie

6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – the $15 & under Edition
2014 D. Ventura “Viña do Burato” 
Ribeira Sacra, Spain
It wasn’t that long ago that many of us in the wine business were just starting to hear about and discover the region of Ribeira Sacra. Located in the interior of Galcia of Northwest Spain, I can recall that much of the initial excitement revolved around the regions stockpile of old vines, and the unique way that the wines combined fruit, with earth notes and elegance.
Today, those that follow Spanish wine are well aware of Ribeira Sacra and its ability to produce complex and highly drinkable wines from the indigenous Mencía grape variety.
D. Ventura is one of the top producers of the region, yet one that doesn’t get the hype it deserves. The Losada family has been growing in Ribeira Sacra for generations. Their evolution as a producer has continued to evolve, with the wines gaining in complexity and drinkability in recent years.
D. Ventura produces three red wines, two from an area called Amandi along the Sil River. The other a vineyard called Viña do Burato, which lies along the Minho River, and provides alluvial soil that are very rich in nutrients. The vines in Burato are over 80-years-old.
Viña do Burato is the starting point in any tasting of D. Ventura. It is their fresh and juicy style of Mencía, yet it stills delivers complexity with its mixture between red fruit aromas, herbs and soft tannins.
Pair this as you would a good Cru Beaujolais, with roasted chicken, mushroom focused dishes or charcuterie.
We are excited to be able offer a special price on this wine for the wine club. It normally retails for around $20, and at that price points, it is still a steal. This is our way of making sure that we introduced Ribera Sacra to you.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
2015 Selvagrossa “Muschén” 
Le Marche, Italy
The name of our wine club is “6 for Everyday,” and no wine speaks to this concept more than this red from our good friends Alberto and Alessandro Taddei of Selvagrossa winery. With 4 hectares of vineyards, located just outside the town of Pesaro in the northern Marche, in just 15 years of wine production, they have established themselves as one of the top producers in the Marche.
The wines of Selvagrossa are both fun, delicious and playful while still being complex. The personality of the winemaker is on display in all of the wines.
Muschén is Sangiovese blended with a bit of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Bordeaux varieties aren’t natural to the Marche, yet the Taddei brothers believed in their ability to produce balanced examples that draw on the climate of the Adriatic and the cooling winds that arrive from the West.
In the dialect of Pesaro “Muschén” means little fly, one of Alberto’s nicknames from their grandfather. The playfulness of the name translates to a wine that is one of our favorites to drink on regular basis. It has red and dark fruit notes, soft tannins and great acidity for pairing with pasta dishes and slow cooked meats or stews.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
2015 Domaine des Champs Fleuris Saumur Blanc
Loire Valley, France 
This wine is no stranger to our store. Domaine des Champs Fleuris is one of our favorite producers out of the Loire Valley, and for a quaffable white wine, nothing beats their Saumur Blanc.

Many of you enjoyed the 2014 vintage and we are pleased to find the 2015 is also showing well, so we couldn’t resist having their Saumur Blanc make another appearance on our ‘6 for Everyday.’

I’m a big fan of Chenin Blanc, but you can’t always be sure what you are going to get. Chenin Blanc is a grape that is susceptible to botrytis, a fungus that punctures the skins and concentrates the sugars giving way to semi-sweet all the way to lusciously sweet wines. However the Chenin Blanc from Saumur produces wines that are much lighter and dryer. You can rest assured you are getting a refreshing, light and mouthwatering white wine experience.

This wine has the beautiful aromas of white flowers, citrus and lychee that I enjoy in a Chenin Blanc, while also displaying a round mouthfeel and crisp finish that would pair perfectly with seafood and many cheeses; you can’t go wrong!

$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
2015 Château l’Oiselinière de la Ramée Muscadet Sèvre et Maine, Loire Valley Franc
Producer Chereau Carre is actually a marriage of Bernard Chereau Senior, who owned Chateau de Chasseloir, and Edmonde Carre whose family owned Chateau l’Oiseliniere de la Ramee. Together they now own four properties and farm 135 hectares of vines. Work continues to be done by the family; now on the third generation producing unique and quality Muscadet wines.
The Château l’Oiseliniere is a single vineyard in the village of Vertou. It’s 10 hectares atop of a sunny hilltop at the confluence of the Sevre and Maine rivers and has belonged to the Chereau family since 1960.

The vines are 40 years old and planted on orthogneiss soil. This soil type and the old vines are ideal for age worthy Melon de Bourgogne. Match that with the southernly exposed hills and Chereau Carre is able to produce a great expression of Muscadet.

It spends 6 to 9 months on its lees which imparts structure and a slightly creamier mouthfeel, yet still has a decent amount of underlying minerality and freshness. On the nose there are aromas of grapefruit and lemon skin, with flavors of white flower and exotic fruit on the palate. The Chateau l’Oiseliniere de la Ramee is both a wine of complexity but also one that will disappear in a heartbeat, as any good Muscadet should.

$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE 

2014 Viña Zorzal old vine Garnacha 
Navarra, Spain
The story of the Viña Zorzal began in 1989 when, after a lifetime working in wine, Antonio Sanz fulfilled his dream of producing his own wines in Navarra. The hard work in the vineyards and attention to detail in the winery has since been passed down to his sons, who currently run the small, family-run estate.
They focus on showcasing the indigenous varieties of Spain and adhere to the philosophy that wine should be released only when it is ready to be consumed, and not a moment before.
Spanish wine law focuses squarely on this issue: the terms Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva are highly regulated indicators of the amount of time a wine has aged prior to its release. In Navarra, as well as Rioja and the Ribera del Duero, (which have the most stringent requirements) red Crianzas must be aged a minimum of two years; Reservas, at least three years; and Gran Reservas, five years. Of course, top producers will often age their wines far longer than they are required to – sometimes decades.
This wine is made from 100% old vine Garnacha with the complexities of age shining through in the glass. The result is a juicy and cheerful wine with high intensity aromas of red fruit such us raspberry, strawberry, red cheery, also black pepper and earthy notes. On the palate, soft tannins and medium body with more notes of red fruits, mineral hints and a long finish. that goes well with paella or stewed chicken.
$11.00 BTL / $132.00 CASE

2014 Domaine Rabasse Charavin Côtes du Rhône Rouge
Rabasse-Charavin is an estate we hold dear to our hearts and always get excited when our yearly shipment arrives. To reintroduce you, Domaine Rabasse-Charavin is a fantastic, small estate located in the appellation of Cairanne. Corinne Couturier and her daughter, Laure are the fourth and fifth generation to make wine at Rabasse-Charavin.  Their wines have a great reputation in France, classically structured, and traditionally styled.
This is a wine that proves that Côtes du Rhône is stylistically versatile. A classic blend of 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre from vines as old as 40 years. All the vines for this blend are from the middle and lower parts of the slope with a directly southern exposure to maximize ripeness. After pressing the wine begins fermentation in cement tanks.
This leaps out of the glass with aromas of fresh raspberry and strawberry, and hints of bakeshop spice and mineral that follow through on the palate. Balanced and restrained, this a great every day wine for practically any time of year.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
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1/20/17 – The 6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – $30 and under Edition

Hello & Happy Friday!
Lots to tell you about on today’s newsletter.

First, we wanted to inform you that this coming Monday, January 23rd, Perman Wine Selections will be CLOSED. Sorry for any inconvenience.

We are very excited to release news on a couple of upcoming events. The first, our first ever Groundhog Day tasting. The second, an exciting Chinese New Year’s dinner at Fat Rice!
Please read on for more information.
WHEN: Thursday, February 2nd @ 7:00PM
WHERE: Perman Wine Selections, 802 W Washington Blvd.
WHAT: Our first ever Groundhog Day Tasting!
COST: $60 per person
SIGN UP: Secure your spot by calling the store with your credit card. 312-666-4417
At Perman Wine we are channeling our inner Punxsutawney Phil. In case you are a little like Craig who had to ask “what is Groundhog Day again?” One of the legends says that on Groundhog Day, our little furry friend Phil pops out of his burrow. If it is a cloudy day, then it is a sign that Spring will arrive early. Conversely, if its a sunny day, Phil will see his shadow, and go back into his “home” and sadly, winter weather will continue for six more weeks.
We love a good legend, and wanted to pay homage to Phil’s story by offering a Groundhog Day Tasting.
Playing off the Winter vs Spring theme, we decided this to be the perfect opportunity to discuss cool climate vs. warm climate. We will offer 5 flights of two wines, produced from the same grape, one coming from a cool climate and the other from a warm climate.
Ever wondered why Syrah could be so different depending on where it came from? How some people can be White Burgundy fans, but claim not to like Chardonnay? It’s all about the climate.
Not only will this be an educational tasting, you know when are going to open some great bottles!
Tickets are $60.00/Person. This is a seated tasting and limited to 14 people. Tickets are fully refundable with 72 hours notice (Monday January 30th). Tickets must be secured with a credit card. Please call the shop at 312-666-4417.
WHEN: Wednesday, February 8th @ 7PM
WHERE: Fat Rice, 2957 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago
WHAT: Come celebrate Chinese New Year’s and the year of the Rooster with a specially prepared dinner from Chef Abraham Conlon, and Portuguese wine pairings from Craig Perman of Perman Wine Selections
COST: $75 per person, excluding tax and gratuity
SIGN UP: By visiting this link.
It’s the Year of the Rooster! To celebrate we are teaming up with Fat Rice restaurant for a very special multi-course Chinese New Year’s dinner.
The Galo de Barcelos (Rooster of Barcelos) is the national symbol of Portugal and a tale that every child in Portugal learns growing up.
What better place to celebrate the Year of the Rooster than at a restaurant who’s symbol is also the Galo de Barcelos.
Chef Abraham Conlon will prepare a very special multi-course tasting menu, and Craig Perman will pair some some of the top Portuguese producers alongside.
Don’t miss this great dinner and tasting!
Finally, today’s newsletter announces the new release of “The 6 for ‘Everyday’ – $30 and Under Edition” wine club.
We have an incredible line-up this month. Keeping winter in mind we have 4 red wines and 2 white wines. We will travel around the world this month featuring wines from the Unite States, France, Italy, Portugal and Chile. It’s a stellar line-up!
They are available for pick up, and as a reminder we do have delivery and shipping options available.
Have a great weekend,
Craig & Jamie

6 for “Everyday” Wine Club –
The $30 & under Edition
2014 Quinta Vale D. Maria “VVV” Douro Tinto, Portugal
We are very excited to release for the first time in Illinois, a new wine from one of the top produces of the Douro region in Portugal.
We love the wines of Quinta Vale D. Maria. This is a family run business, led by Cristiano Van Zeller. The Van Zeller family has over 200 years in the Port business. Until 1993, they were the owners of Quinta do Noval, and Cristian was at the helm.
In 1996, Cristiano began the Quinta Vale D. Maria project, a beautiful Quinta, that belonged to his wife’s family. Since that time they have established themselves as one of the great producers of dry table wine in the Douro. Wines like the flagship Quinta Vale D. Maria Tinto, CV, Vinho do Rio and Vinha da Francisca have received an immense amount of attention, as they are world-class wines. They come at a price, do to low yielding old-vines and an immense amount of labor in the vineyard.
2013 marked the first vintage of a new label for the family. At the time, they made a great value red and white wine called “Rufo” which we routinely carry at the store and sells for $15. Their next wine was the flagship Quinta Vale D. Maria which costs around $60 retail.
The Van Zellers wanted to create a wine that like the rest of the wines, over delivered for the price, but that like Rufo could be consumed on an “everyday” basis.
The name “Three Valleys” is in reference to the Pinhão Valley, Douro Valley and Torto Valley that makes up the Douro, and places where the Van Zellers have worked and sourced grapes from for many years. It also has a double meaning, as “VVV” was a symbol used by the family denoting the “highest quality.” At Quinta do Noval, the barrels were marked with a “V,” “VV,” and “VVV,” with the later showing the best barrels destined for the vintage Port.
This is a wine that offers more richness and intensity than “Rufo,” and it offers even more accessibility than the Quinta Vale D. Maria Tinto, or the single vineyard wines.
Speaking with Francisca Van Zeller on her last visit to Chicago, she kept signaling that 2014 was a vintage she adored, and tasting the “VVV” I can understand why!
Beautiful aromas, violets, blackberry, cocoa, and spice emerge from the glass.  Full-bodied, with incredible texture and length for the price point. If you taste enough Douro wines like I do, you really come to appreciate how the Van Zellers are able to put together such well-balanced yet full-bodied wines. This will appeal to old world and new world drinkers alike.
PLEASE NOTE – we are offering this at a special price through the  duration of this month’s sampler. It’s our way to make sure we introduce you to this wine. It will go back to its normal retail price, so stock up now!
2013 Fattoria Alois “Settimo,” Campania, Italy
If you could drink wine from only one country, which would it be? For me (Craig), the answer is pretty clear: Italy.
The why, is a simple answer. Diversity.
I never get tired of Italian wine because there are always new discoveries. Within this small country you have a crazy amount of diversity in terroir, climate, and of course all of those fun and funky indigenous grape varieties.
We haven’t featured many wines from Campania in recent newsletters, and there is something about winter, and the foods that we eat, that make me crave wines from this region.
Michele Alois and his son, Massimo, of Fattoria Alois, makes fantastic white and red wines from their beautiful estate in Pontelatone, just north of Caserta within the Campania region.
The Alois family is one of, if not the most prestigious producer of silk cloth, and you can see it on display in the White House, the Louvre, and more.
It was Michele Alois’ desire to open a winery, and not because they needed another business, but because his is passionate about wine, Campania, and specifically wanted to preserve and educate wine lovers worldwide on the indigenous grapes of his below region.
While most fans of the region know grapes like Aglianico and Falanghina, Alois has focused on even more obscure varieties such as Casavecchia and Pallagrello Nero.
“Settimo” is a blend of those two grapes, and an excellent value. Meant for early term consumption, it is fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks, putting the purity of the fruit first. Aromatic notes of dark cherry and baking spices. Medium-bodied, but well balanced, with fruit and mineral flavors.
Enjoy this alongside braised short ribs or other braised meats.
$22.00 BTL. / $264.00 CASE
2014 Torre dei Beati “Bianchi Grilli” Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, Abruzzo, Italy
I’ve long been a believer in the wines of Fausto Albanesi, a producer located in Loreto Aprutino in the Northern part of the Abruzzo region. Situated about 25 kilometers off the cost, and in view of the Gran Sasso Mountains, this is an ideal place for vineyards.
I was first introduced to the wines of Fausto back when I was living in Oregon. His Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo was, and still is, one of my all-time favorite Rosé.
That’s why we were so excited to hear that Fausto’s wines have returned to Chicago!
Abruzzo is famous for its white grape variety called Trebbiano. Discuss it with a wine professional, and you will get a lot of different opinions. There is a TON of innocuous, over-cropped Trebbiano in Abruzzo. Yet, if you have had the experience of tasting a great version, you know it can be a noble grape variety.
The 2014 “Bianchi Grilli” is one such example. Having recently been awarded the “3 Bicchieri” designation from Italian wine guide Gambero Rosso, its not just me that feels this is one of the best Trebbiano you can buy.
It is a gastronomic wine, not a simple light quaffer. It offers beautiful floral, lemon, honey and mineral notes on the nose. It is a medium-bodied white, with savory spice and citrus notes repeating on the long finish.
This will work with whole roasted fish, but also can stand up to roasted pork tenderloin.
$28.00 BTL. / $336.00 CASE
2009 O. Fournier “Centauri” Red Blend, Maule Valley, Chile
Here at Perman Wine Selections we want to offer wines that are new and unique, yet remain something that we think our customers will love. We know the 2009 “Centauri” is just that. It’s not too often you will see a Chilean wine on our ‘6 for Everyday’ but we think it’s a wine that represents the Maule Valley region of Chile well, and is an incredible value.
The Maule Valley is one of the oldest and most desirable vineyard sites in Chile which has just begun gaining popularity. O. Fournier however took hold of this gem long ago and currently has vineyards ranging from 65 to 120 years old. In fact O. Fournier is the only winery in Chile that produces wines exclusively from old-vines.
The Centauri 2009 is a blend of 45% Cabernet Franc, 25% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Carignan, with the Cabernet Franc being planted as far back as the 1890s. All the grapes are hand harvested and spend 12 months in French oak barrels, completley unfined and unfiltered.
The old vines and low yields produce grapes that give this wine both complexity and balance. And with the care that goes into the vineyards and the little intervention in the winery, it really allows the purity of flavors from these grapes shine through. This is truly a terroir focused wine and one we are happy to make part of our ‘6 for Everyday’ selection.
$20.00 BTL. / $240.00 CASE
2015 Ryme Cellars “Hers” Vermentino, Carneros, Sonoma County, California
Ryan and Megan Glaab are the duo behind Rhyme Cellars who have a very similar philosophy to our own when it comes to wine; they only represent wines that they love themselves and drink often. The husband and wife team began their collaboration in 2007 with varietals you don’t see too often in Sonoma, including Vermentino.
Ryan and Megan both agreed on their desire to work with this varietal, however they disagreed with exactly how they wanted to express it. The “His” & “Hers” Vermentino wines are a perfect example of comprise within a relationship! Instead of making an orange style wine as the “His,” Megan chose to produce a bright, clean, aromatic example of Vermentino, similar to the wines in the Ligurian coast. To achieve this style the grapes were whole cluster pressed and bottled early.
The grapes for this wine come from the Las Brisas vineyard which has sandy silt and gravel soils just off San Pablo Bay which gives a cooling effect to the vineyard and gives way to beautifully aromatic white wines. With all of their wines at Rhyme Cellars they only use grapes grown from conscientiously farmed organic or sustainable vineyards. They try to minimize any artificial intervention (no cultured yeast, no temperature control, no enzymes or other adulterants), they let the grapes speak for themselves.
The 2015 “Hers” Vermentino shows on the palate a bracing ginger snap note with some zip, yet has a bit of depth and texture due to spontaneous partial malolactic fermentation. There are also plenty of aromatics of jasmine, quince and lemon zest on the nose. The wine certainly achieves the mouthwatering and refreshing style Megan Glaab was after!
$28.00 BTL. / $336.00 CASE
2014 Devevey Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Beaune Rouge, Burgundy, France
Remember back when people used to drink Red Burgundy as a kind off everyday thing? There were bottles that offered all the simple joy that Pinot Noir from the Motherland could offer, and we enjoyed it without any pretense?
If you miss those days like I do, than you will be happy to know that joyous, delicious, slurpable Red Burgundy does exist. Albeit in very small quantities.
As you know well by now, we love the wines of Jean-Yves Devevey, and while we focus on his white wines more we do look forward to receiving our annual shipment of this lovely, pure expression of Pinot Noir from the Hautes Côtes de Beaune.
The 2014 is mighty delicious, having everything you would want. Pretty aromatics of cherry and wild strawberry. Bright and fresh on the palate with a little grippy herbs and mineral components.
Its worth dusting off that classic Coq au Vin recipe, and enjoying it with this bottle.
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12/30/16 – 6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – the $15 & under Edition

Hello and Happy Friday!
It is difficult to believe that 2016 is almost in the books.

We wanted to take the opportunity to thank each and every one of our customers for your business in 2016.

We know you have a lot of choices and places to buy adult beverages.

Your support means a lot to us!

We promise to keep fighting for you, providing you with the best choices in wine, spirits and beer, and trying to give you the best customer service possible.

Thank you!


2017 promises to be an exciting year at Perman Wine Selections.

Many of you have already heard, but I wanted to formally announce that Perman Wine will be opening a new location in 2017.

We will be opening on the ground floor of the Xavier apartment building at 625 W Division. Our address will officially be 1167 N Howe, just off the corner of Division & Howe.

The new store will offer even more selections, more cooler space for beer, more spirits, and of course space to continue our tastings and events.

We hope to be open in June, but you know how construction goes!

In the meantime, we will continue in the West Loop at our first location, 802 W Washington Blvd.

Stay tuned for more information on store happenings as we have it.


A brief note on upcoming store hours:

Friday, December 30th – Noon till 8 PM

Saturday, December 31st – 11 AM till 5 PM
Sunday, January 1st – CLOSED
Monday, January 2nd – CLOSED

Today’s Friday Feature announces the new arrival of the “6 for Everyday Wine Club – $15 and under edition.”

We’ve saved our best for last!

This month’s wine club will feature a lot of familiar names, We are excited to have the new vintages from producers such as Selvagrossa, Champs Fleuris and Casa de Saima.

We always select our choices for the wine club with season in mind. As we are in the heart of winter, we’ve included four reds and two white wines this month.

We are proud of our wine club. We offer real wine, from real producers, all of whom are considered good, conscientious producers in their respective regions.

We don’t think you are going to find a better six bottles for the money.

These are in stock and available for pick up or delivery.

Happy New Year,
Craig & Jamie


6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – the $15 & under Edition
2015 Domaine des Champs Fleuris “Les Tufolies” 
Saumur Champigny
Domaine des Champs Fleuris is the labor of love of four friends who decided to commit their lives and financial resources to 44 hectares of vines. The vineyards have good exposure and sit on the classic soils of the region called tuffeau, a porous, sedimentary rock that is prevalent in this region.
Last week’s newsletter introduced the latest release of Crémant from Domaine des Champs Fleuris as part of our “6 for Everyday $30 & Under” wine club. This week we highlight their delicious Cabernet Franc from Saumur Champigny.
We opened up a bottle yesterday to sip on for newsletter inspiration – it is such a terrific example of what Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley should be. And it’s not shy in the aromatics department – notes of red berries, sandalwood and peppercorns jump out of the glass. Tannins are soft and balanced with the bright acidity to make this an excellent sipping wine, but even more spectacular with a grilled piece of lean red meat or a hearty winter stew.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
2015 Selvagrossa “Cuchén” 
Le Marche, Italy

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.

Brothers Alberto and Alessandro Taddei inherited the Estate in 2002 from their grandparents, and the first Selvagrossa wine was made that same year from an old-vine Sangiovese vineyard planted in the early 1970’s by Alberto and Alessandro’s father and grandfather.

Though their Sangiovese is full of character and truly representative of the terrior, equally impressive is their 2015 Cuchén made from the Verdicchio grape. Verdicchio happens to be one of Craig’s favorite varietals and the Cuchén is a beautiful expression of it.

This Verdicchio wine has a youthful orange blossom on the nose with plenty of minerality and mouth-watering acidity on the palate. Though refreshing and youthful, Cuchén has a round mouth feel and is an exceptionally well-balanced wine.

We believe that Le Marche is the last of the great and undiscovered regions of Italy, and the wines of Selvagrossa are a prime example. They are wines that are meant to be enjoyed again and again, and offer great value for the quality, this is why we couldn’t resist adding it to our 6 for Everyday!

$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
2013 Rocca dei Mori “Briacò” Primitivo Salento
Puglia, Italy
The Apollonio Wine Company has a long and deep-rooted history, and is now awarded with the title of ‘Impresa Storica d’Italia’ (historic company of Italy). This four-generation history – always evolving yet remaining faithful to itself – began in 1870, when Noè Apollonio started his adventure, followed by his son Marcello, who would later modernize the small firm. After World War II, Marcello’s son, Salvatore, took over production and management.
In the warm region of Salento, Apollonio’s sun-kissed vineyards give their sweet, must-scented fruits according to the rhythm of nature. In the wine cellar, red grapes – once gathered and selected – are fermented at a controlled temperature in Slavonian oak vats.

Made from 100% Primitivo from low yielding, old bush vines producing high quality fruit. Benefiting from 12 months in American oak, the wine is full and rich on the nose, black cherries, plum and a sweeter seam of something more balsamic and vanilla like. There’s plenty of flavor on a structured and rich palate, great length and fine tannins. A rich, smooth red of great quality with real character.

$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
2012 Lupinc Terrano
Carso, Italy
Craig first visited the small Lupinc family estate back in 2011. Young, talented winemaker Matej Lupinc is the current generation and proprietor of a cellar that dates back to 1913.
The appellation of Carso D.O.C. (Karst) is located in the broader region of Friuli Venezia Giulia.  The Lupinc family resides in the village of Prepotto, about a 25 minute drive from Trieste.
Carso is a unique appellation.  To plant vineyards, dynamite is often used to break into the hard limestone/clay soil.  It is a luminous region, offering great warmth, but with its proximity to the sea plenty of cool breezes.  It is often so windy that producers will shield the vines, with its most resistant and strongest vine, Vitovska.
Lupinc works with the classic native varieties of Carso – Vitovska, Malvasia Istriana, and Terrano.  In 1970, they were one of the first to estate bottle. This is a very hands on winery with owner and winemaker Matej Lupinc taking on the majority of the work in both the vineyard and the winery.  In total, average production is around 20,000 bottles per year.
Today, we re-feature the current vintage of the Carso red variety, Terrano.
You’ve seen this wine on the newsletter before, but as a special for the new year and because we really want to introduce you to Terrano, we’ve reduced the price way lower than normal.
This is a unique wine. Terrano has particularly high acidity, and is mostly dark and densely colored with violet and grassy aromas. Flavors of dark peppery spices, tart blackberries and plums abound on the palate. A bit of direction is needed with this wine! It likes oxygen and HAS to go with food. Decant this for an hour and pair it with rich meat dishes like braised pork chops or Peking duck – this absolutely sings.

2015 Casa de Saima “Colheita” Branco
Bairrada, Portugal
We believe that there may not be a better $13 bottle of white wine out there.

Casa de Saima is a small producer, family run, and very passionate about their home region of Bairrada. This small region is well-known for producing excellent sparkling wine and red wines from the Baga grape, but their white wines are equally if not more impressive.

This Bairrada white is blend of 70% Bical and 30% Maria Gomes which makes for a beautifully complexed and balanced wine. The grapes for this wine were meticulously selected and allowed to ferment from naturally yeasts. Some time on the lees also adds to the complexity of this wine.

This Colheita Branco has a similar orange blossom note on the nose as the Cuchén described above, yet with a strong flint note and stoney minerality. This wine offers such complexity and a long finish, 2015 may be there best vintage to date. Do not miss this excellent value!

$13.00 BTL / $156.00 CASE

2010 Château Lestrille Bordeaux Supérieur
Bordeaux is a funny thing. It seems like most of the attention is given to the top tier wines, and a lot of “everyday” drinking wines are overlooked entirely. We are always on the lookout for a great value wine from the region that showcases balance, quality and flavor.
At Chateau Lestrille, Estelle and Jean Louis Roumage make wines that are modern in style and fruit-driven. Because they believe the essence of winemaking lies in the vineyard itself, they use sustainable growing practices.
Classic fermentation, temperature controlled with frequent stirring. Bottled after 12 months ageing in stainless steel.
This is easy-drinking and accessible claret which offers excellent value for money.  Lovely plum fruit and violet blossoms from this 100% Merlot.  An excellent everyday red.
$14.00 BTL. / $168.00 CASE
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12/23/16 6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – The $30 & under Edition

In other news, today’s newsletter announces the new release of “The 6 for ‘Everyday’ – $30 and Under Edition” wine club.
This month’s edition features somethings new and somethings old. We are always excited to get new releases from favorite producers, and three of this month’s offerings does just that. We also are continually searching for new features, and we have you covered with three new offerings.
This month’s $30 and Under Edition features four reds, 1 white and 1 sparkling. This will be the perfect holiday pack, with everything you need for your Christmas or New Year’s dinner.
Also keep these in mind as a gift to friends, family or clients. It is a great way to thank someone for everything in 2016.
They are available for pick up, and as a reminder we do have delivery and shipping options available.

Happy Holidays!
Craig & Jamie


6 for “Everyday” Wine Club –
The $30 & under Edition
NV Domaine des Champs Fleuris Crémant de Loire
Loire Valley, France
The Loire Valley is known for its crisp Sauvignon Blanc and earthy Cabernet Franc, but here’s a fact you might not know: it also produces over two million gallons of Champagne Method sparkling wine under the appellation “Crémant de Loire”.
Domaine des Champs Fleuris is the labor of love of four friends who decided to commit their lives and financial resources to these 44 hectares of vines. The winery is small and clean, and adjoining is a modern tasting room. The vineyards have good exposure and sit on the classic soils of the region called tuffeau, a porous, sedimentary rock that is prevalent in this region. Most of this Crémant production comes out of the Saumur appellation, which is where our producer, Domaine des Champs Fleuris is located. Many of you have tried their delicious Cabernet Francs, which we have been offering over the last several months.
Champs Fleuris make their fines bulles (aka bubbles) at the estate which is a relatively rare practice in the region. Many producers send their base wine to another winery who then completes the secondary fermentation, sending the finished Crémant back to the producer. Champs Fleruis is able to over see all steps of their Crémant process which insures a great product.
The wines is fresh and racy, and is super crowd pleasing. We forecast some smoked fish and Champs Fleuris Crémant in our near future!
$20.00 BTL / $240.00 CASE
2014 Domaine Vincent Paris “les Côtes” Saint-Joseph
Rhône Valley, France
Vincent Paris is a young and passionate winemaker, farming 6 hectares of land in Cornas & Saint-Joseph in the Rhône Valley. A native of Cornas, his first vintage was in 1997 after having purchased, from his uncle, a very coveted plot in the famous climate of Reynard. He is as shy as his wines are bold. He works with a lovely parity that balances the region’s propensity for overly rustic wines with a clean but not overtly polished sheen.
As his name has grown in reputation, so has his ability to forge relationships outside the tiny hamlet of Cornas.
When we first tasted Paris’ wines, we fell hard for his clean winemaking and light touch. Craig, who often complains about how hard it is to sell wines from the northern Rhône, kept buying more and more of Vincent’s stuff. We are true fans.
Vincent inherited most of his own vines from his grandfather (some of which are 90 years old) and has also rented some vines from his uncle. These steep slopes offer quintessential northern Rhone Syrah character in spades.  As real estate has run out of room in more heralded appellations such as Cornas, many producers are flocking here as a new frontier of untapped potential.
This Saint-Joseph is absolutely delicious; it has at once a lusciousness and great vibrancy and energy.  Vincent says that this bottle is dangerously drinkable; open bottles disappear surprisingly fast (where did it all go?).  On our short list of greatest values in northern Rhone Syrah.
A mineral-accented bouquet evokes fresh boysenberry, potpourri, olive and allspice. Lively and focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry and blackberry flavors and a subtly sweet violet pastille nuance. The floral quality builds with air and lingers on the persistent finish, which features supple tannins and a touch of smoky minerals.
An ideal everyday gourmand red.
$25.00 BTL / $300.00 CASE 
2012 Dominio de Atauta “Parada”
Ribera del Duero, Spain
Ribera del Duero, although less omnipresent than Rioja, still retains its reputation as one of Spain’s best wine regions. Partly due to the pre-eminence of the renowned ‘Vega Sicilia’ but also because of the rise of a host of more modern estates. The Duero is the same river that flows through Portugal (as the Douro), on the banks of which all the great Port wines are grown. Atauta actually refers to a small valley of its own, in the sub-region of Soria, on the eastern side of the district, at 1,000 metres (meaning cool nights, important for retaining freshness).
Parada de Atauta is the new entry-level wine from Dominio de Atauta in Ribera de Duero. Established in1999 by Miguel Sanchez, a Madrid wine merchant who realised the potential of some ancient vineyards, many pre-phylloxera, in a neglected part of the Ribera del Duero. Winemaker is the young, glamorous and talented Almudena Alberca.
These wines buck the current trend of extraction and heavy oak that is still dominate in the region, offering a fresh, terroir-driven style. Intense red fruit, a bit sweet, touch of spice, approachable tannins, but with that freshness that vineyards planted at over 3000 ft will give you. The fruit intensity comes from old vines…there are no vineyards less than 60 years old at the winery.
It would be great with any red meats or any roasted meats, poultry or vegetables. At 13.5% alcohol and with only 12 months in French oak, it’s a lot more food friendly than some of the heavier, more oaky wines from Ribera.
$26.00 BTL /$312.00 CASE 
2012 Selvagrossa “Trimpilin” Rosso
Le Marche, Italy
Selvagrossa, located on Pesaro’s foothills facing the Adriatic coast of Le Marche, is a very small estate with only five hectares of vineyards where Sangiovese, the area’s predominant vine, along with select international varietals, find a terroir favorable to the production of great wines with character.
Brothers Alberto and Alessandro Taddei inherited the Estate  in 2002 from their grandparents, and the first Selvagrossa wine was made that same year from an old-vine Sangiovese vineyard planted in the early 1970’s by Alberto and Alessandro’s father and grandfather.
We here at Perman Wine Selections believe that the Marche is the last of the great and undiscovered regions of Italy.  The wines of Selvagrossa are a prime example.  They are wines that bring great pleasure, and like the greatest Italian wines, are really great partners for the table.
This new release of Selvagrossa “Trimpilin” needs no introduction.  It is Sangiovese – one of Italy’s most well-liked grape varieties, having achieved great fame in appellations such as Chianti Classico and Brunello di Montalcino
Sangiovese from Selvagrossa is a completely different experience. This does display some of those classic cherry notes, a hallmark of the varietal, but if offers savory notes, suggestions of mint, licorice and mineral.
Yet our favorite reason, the one that makes us really love this wine is that it will appeal to many palates.  It has structure and body, appealing to those that love a good Brunello, but it also offers freshness and finesse and makes you come back for a taste, again and again.
The food of the Marche is amazing, and this would be flexible enough to pair with classic regional dishes like squab or a fattier fish with tomato sauce.
Really an outstanding value given its quality.
$26.00 BTL /$312.00 CASE
2012 Celler Pardas Xarel.lo
Penedès, Spain
Pardas Xarel.lo is a wine I’m proud to represent in my store.  Not just because I’m the only store in the city that has it, but rather because it represents so well what the younger generation of Spanish winemakers is trying to achieve.  Take some of Spain’s greatest natural resources, their indigenous varietals, and produce it in a fashion that is respectful of where it comes from.
So much of Spanish wine reaching the US market is driven by marketing, labels, and produced in such a style to meet what a certain importer thinks to be our “palate.”
Celler Pardas produces authentic wine.  They speak of a place, and most importantly they are unique and delicious.
The flagship grape varietal of the winery is Xarel.lo, a grape commonly used as part of a blend to produce Cava, Spain’s sparkling wine.
Winemaker Ramón Parera and vineyard manager Jordi Aman believe that Xarel.lo is a noble variety, with the ability to make complex and age-worthy STILL wines.  Indeed they have proven it with this truly fantastic white wine.
Xarel.lo has it all, richness, freshness, mineral notes as well as the many distinctive aromas and flavors that speak of a Mediterranean climate.
In the hands of Celler Pardas, they produce a Xarel.lo that reminds me of Spain’s version of White Burgundy. Our affection for Ramon & Jordi at Celler Pardas is no secret, and we believe they are making some of the best, if not THE best still wines in all of Catalonia. Xarel.lo is a high quality white grape used in Cava production, but when on it’s own is weighty yet delicate, with great texture, orchard fruit and mineral.
$29.00 BTL / $174.00 SIX PACK CASE
2013 Belle Pente Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Belle Pente means “beautiful slope” – a perfect description for the 70 acre hillside vineyard & winery site in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Located on a historic 1840s farmstead two miles east of the town of Carlton in the Yamhill-Carlton American Viticultural Area, the first vineyard was planted in 1994, and now includes over 16 acres of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay.
This small estate in Yamhill-Carlton quietly produces some of the most age-worthy, balanced Pinots in all of Oregon. We look forward every year to their new releases. Jill & Brian O’Donnell continue to impress with their Burgundian inspired winemaking and meticulous vineyard practices.
Their little “entry level” Pinot from 2013 includes almost 2/3 estate grown grapes from our Belle Pente vineyard, complimented with 1/4 from Bella Vida and about 12% from Murto Vineyard, both in the Dundee Hills.  This combination of 2/3 Yamhill-Carlton sedimentary soils merged with 1/3 Dundee Hills volcanics creates a Willamette Valley blend that proudly professes it’s elite appellation pedigree.
The blend of volcanic and sedimentary soils creates a wine that leads with bright red fruit aromatics backed with darker, riper fruit on the palate. The moderate use of new oak and low alcohol provides a fresh, focused, elegant Pinot intended for early enjoyment.
$27.00 BTL / $324.00 CASE
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11/25/16 The 6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – the $15 & under Edition

6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – the $15 & under Edition
2015 Heitlinger Pinot Meunier
Baden, Germany
Baden, situated in the far south of Germany, just over the Rhine from Alsace, is the warmest wine region in Germany. It is home to grape varieties such as Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Wines from Baden are dry, full-bodied and sometimes with a touch of oak; they provide a unique experience of the Alsatian grapes made in Germany.
Weingut Heitlinger, regarded as one of the leading wineries in Baden, was founded in 1960 by Albert Heitlinger and now managed by winemaker Claus Burmeister since 2009. This innovative estate was certified organic in 2010, and became a member of the VDP in 2012.
Heitlinger wines are full bodied and with strong characters and expression in this warm region. They all maintain an impressive purity of fruit, intense mineral flavors, and tons complexity.
The Pinot Meunier isn’t even part of their lineup. On a recent visit, one of the partners of Robert Houde Wines tasted it straight out of the barrel and begged them to bottle a couple hundred cases for him as a single varietal wine.
He loved it because it drinks very much like a Pinot Noir and it’s rather unique, since varietal Pinot Meunier is rarely made into still red wine – we drink plenty of it in our Champagne, and now you’ll see why it’s such a special grape.
Fermented in a combination of steel and 1000 liter casks, it displays notes of dark cherries and sappy red fruits, forest floor, spices, and cinnamon. There is good oak integration in which combines well with the elegance, power, and varietal characteristics.
$14.00 BTL / $168.00 CASE
2014 Espaço Rural “Bojador” Tinto
Alentejo, Portugal

Month after month, our wine club features new wines from all over the world. Sometimes certain wines are so popular with our customers that we take notice and make sure to offer the next great vintage.

Such is the case with the Esaço Rural wines. Last month’s “6 for Everyday” featured the new vintage of white “Bojador” and this month we’re happy to show off its tasty red counterpart!

As a refresher, Espaço Rural is a winery located in the Alentejo region of Southern Portugal. Let by husband and wife team, Pedro Ribeiro and Catarina Vieira, they produce four wines from local Portuguese varieties.

Alentejo is a large wine region, that is sub-divided into 8 different sub zones. Espaço Rural works in one of the Southernmost sub-regions called Vidigueira. There is no doubt that this is a hot region, in fact most produces irrigate because of the lack of rainfall. Espaço Rural dry farms their vines, which are located on limestone and sandy soil. Dry-farming promotes deep roots, which in turn gives wines more energy and complexity.

When we first tasted the Bojador Tinto, we each tried a little glass, and put the cork back in the bottle to try later.  And later we did.  Our second try was on the second day, our third a few days later, and even after a week and a half of being open, this was still unoxidized and fresh.  Really amazing!  We doubt you will repeat this, as the wine really is so good that you will drink it all on day one!
The Bojador Tinto is a blend of Aragonez, Trincadeira, Touriga Nacional, and yes a little bit of Syrah.  Fermentation is done in stainless steel tanks, and aging in neutral, older French oak for nine months.
Big notes of dark cherry and blackberry on the nose lead into a textured, fruit-driven wine on the palate. Very well balanced, its richness never comes across as “jammy” and its freshness keeps you coming back for more.  A great wine for the grill.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
2012 “Seis” de Luberri Cosecha
Rioja Alavesa, Spain
Owned by Florentino Martínez Monje, Luberri is located in the heart of Rioja Alavesa. Florentino farms 35 hectares of old vines located principally between the villages of Elciego and La- guardia and in considered to be one of the best producers in the entire region of Rioja.
A farmer at heart, Florentino was the original winemaker at the prestigious winery Artadi before establishing his own winery in 1992. He made a name for himself and his estate by resurrecting the traditional style of semi-carbonic maceration of Rioja wine of Rioja.
Florentino is very hands-on at the winery, participating in all aspects of production, but his true love is working in the vineyards. All the plots are farmed with minimal treatment of the soils and vines. Yields are intentionally kept low, which allows Florentino to harvest grapes with great concentration and flavor.
This wine, named “Seis” for the six months that it spends in barrel, is made from 100% Tempranillo grown around the town of Elciego in Rioja Alavesa. It is fermented in stainless steel and then aged in a combination of French and American oak barrels for six months.
Balanced and complex, with a nose full of bright cherry fruit surrounded by spices. Rich mouthfeel full of sweet round fruit and complementary spicy undertones. A fantastic crowd-pleaser and great with hearty cold weather dishes!
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
2013 Vale da Capucha “Fossil” Branco
Lisboa, Portugal
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 Val de Capucha.
Pedro Marques 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.
“Fossil” is a blend of indigenous grapes Arinto, Gouveio & Fernão Pires, harvested and fermented together. The grapes are left to hang out with their skins for 8 hours.  Typically in white wine making, the skins are immediately pressed away, so barely any color is imparted. The first thing you may notice about the wine is the deep golden color, which comes from this contact. The next thing you might notice is the rich, tropical fruit quality of the nose (also thanks to the skin contact). The mouth is mineral driven, but also there is a sense of great texture, that harken to the skin of just ripe fruits.
This new vintage is complex and unqiue – a wine that benefits from oxygen and a bit of warmth. This is a GREAT choice for Indian food, especially the vegetarian cuisines of Southern India.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE

2015 Az. Agr. F.lli Cigliuti Dolcetto d’Alba
Piemonte, Italy
By now, you are not strangers to the wines of Claudia Cigliuti and her family, as we’ve featured various bottlings from the winery in our last two newsletters. She was also in town a few weeks ago and poured some of the new wines for us to try.
It’s a small, family-run production – the history of this winery extends back 4 generations, and today Renato, his wife Dina, and daughters Claudia and Silvia run this winery with great precision.  The vineyards are top-notch and include two of Barbaresco’s most famous Crus, Serraboella and Bricco di Neive.  To keep the essence of the terroir, only natural yeasts are used, fermentation is in stainless steel and aging is done in large oak barrels, except for this Dolcetto which stays in tank.
The Dolcetto d’Alba hails from 20+ year-old vines in the Serraboella vineyard.  This gives us everything we love about the variety: the freshness, the mixture of red and black fruits, the integrated herbal notes, and the ability to work with virtually everything at the table.
We so often are on a search for authenticity in wine, and very few wines speak to it more than this. Delicious Dolcetto! It’s normally $16.99 a bottle, but we’re putting in on special through the end of the year so we can feature it as part of the “everyday” wines.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE

2015 Cave de Saumur “Les Pouches”
Loire Valley, France
The Cave de Saumur, founded in 1956 by 40 growers, is a co-operative in the Loire Valley region of France. It now handles fruit from 160 growers from the region.
The Cave has put an emphasis on sustainable viticulture and all its members have signed up to a plan of action aimed at the conservation of water resources, air quality and biodiversity. They also own a labyrinth of subterranean cellars, some 10 km of them, cut into the soft, pale tufa rock so typical of the Loire, that complements their modern winery built in 2000. Red and rosé wines are made from cabernet franc grapes and whites from chenin blanc.

The “Les Pouches” is a fantastic example of dry Chenin Blanc from Saumur. The grapes come from a small vineyard of sandy, silty, clay over limestone, which delivers intense aromas and flavors of white orchard fruit, white flowers, and lemon/lime zest.

Mouthwatering but very generous, it finishes with a hint of lemon, green peach, and dusty mineral. Great with any roasted fish dishes, chicken, or anything with fall root vegetables, squash or mushrooms!

$13.00 BTL. / $156.00 CASE
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The 6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – $30 and under Edition


Hello & Happy Friday!
We begin today’s newsletter with a new tasting to introduce. A first-ever type of tasting, which you won’t want to miss.

Japanese Whiskey Tasting featuring the Whiskey of Tokiwa Imports

There are only 14 spots available to this fantastic tasting of Japanese Whiskey led by co-owner of Tokiwa Imports, Eric Swanson. This will be an incredibly educational tasting, so if you ever wanted to learn more about Japanese Whiskey, come to this!

WHEN: Thursday, December 15th
WHAT: Eric Swanson, co-owner of Tokiwa Imports will guide a tasting from his portfolio of fantastic Japanese Whiskey. He represents White Oak, Mars Shinshu, and Chichibu Distilleries. These are amongst the very best distilleries in Japan right now, and have helped reshape the Whiskey business, giving these Japanese malts the hype and fame they deserve. We will taste at minimum 5 Whiskey selections from his portfolio.
TIME: 7:00PM – 8:30 PM
 *SIT-DOWN tasting: This will be a more traditional Perman Wine tasting, where we sit down and taste through the Whisky, and learn from Eric.
COST: $50
*space is limited to 14 people for this event

With Thanksgiving upon us, please note the following hours next week:
Monday, November 21st – Noon till 8 PM
Tuesday, November 22nd – Noon till 8 PM
Wednesday, November 23rd – Noon till 8 PM
Thursday, November 24th – CLOSED
Friday, November 25th – Noon till 8 PM
Saturday, November 26th – 11 am till 7 PM
In other news, today’s newsletter announces the new release of “The 6 for ‘Everyday’ – $30 and Under Edition” wine club.

We have been getting rave reviews of our new wine club, and this month will not disappoint.

Our goal is to provide you with 6 different bottles of wine from around the world, all from some of the best producers in their respective regions. These are great “everyday” wines that you can drink on a nightly basis.

As we head into Fall we’ve shifted our focus to red wines. This month you have 4 red wines and 2 white wines. It’s an incredible line-up, filled with discovery.

They are available for pick up, and as a reminder we do have delivery and shipping options available.

Enjoy the weekend!
Craig & Jamie


6 for “Everyday” Wine Club –
The $30 & under Edition
2013 Andrew Will “Flâneurs” 
Columbia Valley, Washington
If you’re wondering what a “flâneur” is, we’ve got you covered: a 19th century French literary term associated with the man of leisure, the idler, the urban explorer and the connoisseur of the street.
And for the connoisseur of wine, it is this limited edition red blend from Andrew Will. Owner Chris Camarda has been able to tap into some of the best vineyard sites in the Columbia Valley, including Champoux, Ciel du Coeval and Sorella, which are usually tough to get your hands on.
If you love balanced, full-bodied reds, the “Flâneurs” will deliver all of the spectacular flavors and quality synonymous with Andrew Will, but at a more “everyday” price point.
When I was in college and grad school in Seattle, the wine scene in the Columbia Valley was still painfully searching for an identity and there was a lot of attention on Merlot. It was trying to be just like it’s successful Napa version and failing miserably.
Thankfully, many producers, including Andrew Will, have found ways to make Merlot the hero. Blended with Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, the “Flâneurs” showcases the best of what Merlot had to say in 2013: notes of cedar, cigar wrapper, red cherry, raspberry, and hints of leather. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied with pronounced tannins.
$30.00 BTL / $360.00 CASE
2014 Jean-Yves Devevey Bourgogne Blanc
Burgundy, France
Last week we wrote an inspired introduction into the fantastic white wines from Jean-Yves Devevey in Burgundy. But we left something out, sneaky, we know.

We held back from announcing that there is yet another white wine from Jean-Yves that we haven’t offered before, his delicious Bourgogne Blanc.

A beautiful expression of Chardonnay, the fruit comes from a hillside vineyard in the commune of Nantoux, which is located just Northwest of the villages of Pommard and Volnay.

As usual, Devevey works as naturally as possible in the vineyards and winery. The grapes are gently pressed, using a pneumatic press. His Bourgogne Blanc is fermented and aged in old oak barrels.

Classic White Burgundy aromas of citrus peel, toasted hazelnut and mineral. Medium weight, with great precision and length. This really gets the salivary glands going, a workout in itself!

A great example of the spectacular 2014 offerings from Jean-Yves.  Hurry before we drink it all ourselves!

$29.00 BTL / $348.00 CASE 
2014 Az. Agr. F.lli Cigliuti “Campass” Barbera d’Alba
Piemonte, Italy

Last week we also introduced you to the new wines from Cigliuti – and again, we left something special out of that line up.

We kept the “Campass” Barbera d’Alba a secret so that we could use it in the “6 for Everyday” sampler. If you were in attendance for the “All Things Piemonte” tastings last week, you had the opportunity to explore this delicious wine with us.
Made from older Barbera vines that are nestled within the Serraboella Barbaresco vineyard, this is a special, dark, layered and complex version of the “everyday” red in Piemonte.
Fuller than the Serraboella Barbera d’Alba, the “Campass” is fleshy, fruity and full of dark ripe berry notes, spices and toasted oak with some interesting notes of caramel and spice in its aromas and flavors. You don’t have to share it if you don’t want to!

$30.00 BTL /$360.00 CASE 
2014 Anthill Farms Syrah
Sonoma Coast, California

On my recent trip to California, the Anthill Farms wines were amongst the most exciting I tasted. Among Pinot Noir fans, Anthill Farms has become a well known name, despite their small production. The winery began in 2004, and is a partnership between three winemakers who met while working at Williams-Selyem. They are the perfect example of what is so exciting about California today, young “négociants” working closely with top vineyards, aiming to making wines of elegance, balance and complexity.

Going in to my visit, I had no idea that Anthill Farms also produced a little Syrah? It turns out they personally love the varietal, and make small amounts of 3 different Syrah. Their 2014 Sonoma Coast Syrah that I’m featuring today is without a doubt the best value in California Syrah I’ve ever tried. As soon as I tasted it, I said to the local distributor, this was a must purchase. Due to its popularity, and great price point, they only had 4 cases left, and they are available exclusively in Illinois in this sampler.

Beautiful blue / black fruit aromas, with classic notes of white pepper on the nose. Medium weight, with pure fruit flavors, and underlying spice and earth notes on the palate. This is balanced, delicious, and keeps coming you back for another glass. Cali fans, you need to introduce yourself to these wines from Anthill Farms if you haven’t already done so, they are special.

2011 Celler Pardas Negre Franc
Penedès, Spain
Penedés is a region that is known for a largely commercial pursuit of inexpensive sparkling wine produced by the millions. However, as we’ve come to discover, there exists a great potential for still wines in this often generalized D.O.
We have acquainted you with Celler Pardas many times in the past – a small producer that shines as an example of going against the grain to make great still wines alongside the industrial Cava giants.
This month we’re excited to introduce you to the new vintage of Negre Franc – easily our most beloved red from Pardas. The Cabernet Franc and Sumoll vineyards for this wine are situated in an old river valley and produce wines of complexity, intrigue and approachability.
Truly gorgeous, with young aromatics of cherries, currants, and licorice spice. Medium-bodied yet wonderfully balanced, with a dark and red fruits on the palate and Mediterranean spices and herbs. A truly complex bottle that keeps getting better sip after sip.
$24.00 BTL / $144.00 SIX PACK CASE
2014 Aphros “Ten” Loureiro
Vinho Verde, Portugal
In last month’s newsletter we introduced you to Vasco Croft, who has become well-known for his forward thinking wines from the Vinho Verde region of Portugal, and specifically the sub-region of Ponte de Lima.
He is one of a handful of producers who eschew the “traditional” and often innocuous lightly spritzy, over-cropped versions of Vinho Verde that dot the supermarket shelves.
Instead, he is a farmer first, managing his farm and winemaking practices according to the biodynamic principles.
As I mentioned in last month’s newsletter, I had the opportunity to taste a line-up from Vasco last February. In addition to the Pét-Nat on last month’s sampler, I am also very excited to introduce you to his “Ten” – a different expression of the Loureiro grape.
This is a delicious fall white and will make an excellent addition to the Thanksgiving feast if you’re still in need of wine for the big day. Bright yellow color with aromas of tree fruit and flowers. Background notes of pineapple and rose petals with subtle mineralogy and well-balanced acidity. Must be the traditional food-treading that brings out all the flavor.
$19.00 BTL / $228.00 CASE



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6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – the $15 & under Edition

Hello and Happy Friday!
We still have spaces available for this coming Thursday’s tasting with Donovan Rall, one of the leading young winemakers of South Africa!
This will be a fantastic tasting! Details below:

Donovan Rall & Friends tasting at Perman Wine Selections

On Thursday, November 3rd, we are thrilled to welcome all the way from South Africa, Donovan Rall. As many of you know I had a chance to travel to South Africa in January, and my visit with Donovan confirmed what is widely acknowledged, he is one of the best winemaking talents in all of the country.

Donovan will be in-house to guide us through his two flagship wines, and will also be bringing samples of two brand new wines, never tasted before in the US.

Since Donovan is a small producer, with a limited range, we also wanted to pour a couple of his friends wines. We will also taste 2 wines a piece from two fantastic producers, Vuurberg and Richard Kershaw. Jim Clark, owner of Blue Crane Imports will present these wines.

It is such a special treat to have Donovan in the store, and we hope you can make it!

WHEN: Thursday, November 3rd
WHAT: Taste some of the great wines of South Africa, featuring the wines of Donovan Rall, who will be in attendance to present. Total tasting of 8 wines from Donovan and friends.
TIME: 7:00PM – 8:30 PM
*SIT-DOWN tasting: This will be a more traditional Perman Wine tasting, where we sit down and taste through 4 flights of wines.
COST: $35
*space is limited to 14 people for this event


The Halloween weekend is always the kick off to the holiday season here at Perman Wine Selections.

Please be on the look out for our upcoming Thanksgiving Suggestions Newsletter, as well as other newsletters with wines that will make for delicious drinking around the season.

We also want to begin to remind our customers that we are happy to provide support with your holiday gift giving. Whether your friend, spouse or client lives in Illinois or elsewhere we are happy to help pick out the perfect gift for them. Please keep us in mind this Holiday season!

Have a fantastic weekend,
Craig & Jamie

6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – the $15 & under Edition
2013 Bodegas de Santo Tomás “Misión 13”
Baja, Mexico

With the election season in full swing, its our civic duty to alert you to something pouring across the Mexican border in record amounts.


As a bipartisan shop, we feel that this is something we can all agree is a good thing.

Despite my self-proclaimed title of “Head of the Mexican Wine Department” back when I worked at Sam’s Wine & Spirits, I really in no way could be called an expert on the subject.

What I do know is that Mexico is the longest wine growing country in the Americas. In fact this wine today comes from a producer whose history dates back to 1888, although the Jesuit priests were active in wine growing in the region since 1791.

With its long history we decided to taste this wine amongst 10 other wines of Mexico. This, in our opinion, was the clear winner. Bodega de Santo Tomás is located in Baja, Mexico.

This wine, the “Misión” Tinto is a blend of Carignan and Tempranillo as well as the Mision grape. The Spanish brought grape vines such as Carignan and Tempranillo to Mexico in the 16th century.

The wine is a medium-bodied, easy drinking red that will remind drinkers of a wine from Montsant or the Southern Rhône Valley. It’s fruit is nicely balanced, and it finishes with good spice and length.

We consistently get requests for wines to pair with tacos, and now its official, the back label says its good with tacos. Look out Taco Tuesdays, we’ve found your match.

$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
2015 Espaço Rural “Bojador” Branco
Alentejo, Portugal

Month after month, our wine club features new wines from all over the world. Sometimes certain wines are so popular with our customers that we take notice and make sure to offer the next great vintage.

Such is the case with the Esaço Rural wines. Over the next two months we are excited to release the new vintages of their white and red wines called “Bojador.”

As a refresher, Espaço Rural is a winery located in the Alentejo region of Southern Portugal. Let by husband and wife team, Pedro Ribeiro and Catarina Vieira, they produce four wines from local Portuguese varieties.

Alentejo is a large wine region, that is sub-divided into 8 different sub zones. Espaço Rural works in one of the Southernmost sub-regions called Vidigueira. There is no doubt that this is a hot region, in fact most produces irrigate because of the lack of rainfall. Espaço Rural dry farms their vines, which are located on limestone and sandy soil. Dry-farming promotes deep roots, which in turn gives wines more energy and complexity.

Tasting the “Bojador” Branco “blind,” it would be difficult to pinpoint this as a warm climate wine. This white wine is a blend of 50% Antão Vaz, 30% Arinto and 20% Alvarinho. It is co-fermented with indigenous yeast and aged in vat.

It offers beautiful aromatics hinting at both tropical and citrus fruit. It’s palate presence is both refreshing, yet also slightly textural. There is a minerality to go along with the fruit, making this over deliver for the price point.

This can work with so many foods, whether it be fish, pork or even turkey.

$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
2013 Vignobles Brunier “Le Pigeoulet en Provence”
Vaucluse, France
Recently we had the honor of hosting Daniel Brunier, legendary co-owner of Vieux Telegraphe. If you are not familiar, this is one of the iconic producers of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape region of France. That evening we tasted the fantastic 2012 vintage from that property. We also tasted a wine, that was one of the hits of the tasting, a fantastic value from the Brunier family from the Vaucluse.

Vin de Pays de Vaucluse is the giant “catch-all” appellation that you sometimes find on a label when a producer decides to blend from a couple different appellations. In this case, the Brunier clan has dedicated themselves to offering value wines. Their “Le Pigeoulet en Provence” Rouge label combines from from both the Côtes du Rhône appellation and Ventoux.

The 2013 vintage is a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and 5% each of Carignan and Cinsault. Vinification occurs in cement tanks, and aging is done in a combination of cement and foudre (large oak barrels).

We were impressed by the balance and drinkability of this wine. It has the typical fruit and spice you would expect out of a Grenache based wine from the region, yet it does it in an elegant way.

This is a workhorse at the table, lending itself to pairing anything from chicken friccassée to grilled pork chops.

$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
2014 Quintay “Clava” Reserve Pinot Noir
Valle de Casablanca, Chile
For great “everyday” wines, the Casablanca Valley is a place to keep your eye on – a mirror image of the Central Coast region of California, it produces excellent cool climate wines with complexity, fruit and balanced acidity.
The winery “Quintay” gets its name from the native Mapudungún language, which honors the zone’s original inhabitants and means “Go with the Flow”. Winemaker Paula Cárdenas does everything but that when it comes to her wines.
Formerly the winemaker at Errázuriz, Paula travels the globe to explore techniques in other wine regions. What she learns abroad makes her wines so unique. She creates the optimal balance in each wine and takes a more restrained approach to winemaking to highlight the purity of the grapes.

The “Clava” Pinot Noir comes from some of the best vineyard sites in the valley, revealing ripe raspberry, chocolate and cedar notes with subtle wild herbs on the finish.

$14.00 BTL / $168.00 CASE

2014 Rafael Palacios “Bolo” Godello
Valdeorras, Spain
The Palacios family made its name in Rioja, but Rafael headed to the green northwest Atlantic vines of the DO of Valdeorras, which is located near the norther border Portugal.
The jewel in Valdeorras is the white variety Godello, which is now achieving recognition similar to that of Albarino and Verdejo. Jancis Robinson once wrote that the “obvious nobility of this grape variety combines the structure of white burgundy with the finesse of a juicy mineral grape.”
Godello is capable of making complex wines that improve with age. Grown in higher elevation vineyards that Rafael has pieced together over time, the land is terraced and very difficult to farm, but well worth the effort.
While the older vines go into the As Sortes bottling, the younger vines produce Bolo – a perfumed white with round texture and notes of lemongrass, citrus and saline minerality.
$14.00 BTL / $168.00 CASE

2010 Aveleda “Follies” Touriga Nacional
Beiras, Portugal
If you’ve ever come into the store looking for a great steak wine, this is it. “Misión” Tinto for your tacos, Touriga Nacional for your steak. It’s a delicious alternative to the usual Cabernet Sauvignon pairing. Off the beaten path, but worth a try.
Touriga Nacional is Portugal’s answer to the world’s love affair with Cabernet Sauvignon. Both varieties display bold dark-fruit flavors, often with hints of spice, leather and violet. Like Cabernet, Touriga Nacional has firm tannins and shows great aging potential on its own. It also works well in blends, as is typically the case in Portugal.
The “Follies” bottling from Aveleda is concentrated and powerful, this is a rich and intense black-fruited wine. Notes of spice, herb and dark chocolate mingle with the flavors of black plums and firm, dry tannins.
It’s also a fantastic pairing for dishes with goat, lamb or dark chocolate (or all by itself…).
$13.00 BTL. / $156.00 CASE
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6 for Everyday – $30 and under Edition 10/21/16

Today’s newsletter announces the new release of “The 6 for ‘Everyday’ – $30 and Under Edition” wine club.
As a reminder we recently made some changes to our wine club. We renamed them “6 for Everyday.” There are two version of this. The “$30 and Under Edition” and the “$15 and Under Edition.”
Our goal is to provide you with 6 different bottles of wine from around the world, all from some of the best producers in their respective regions. These are great “everyday” wines that you can drink on a nightly basis.
As we head into Fall we’ve shifted our focus to red wines. This month you have 4 red wines, 1 white wine, and a Pét-Nat (bubbly to the layperson). It’s an incredible line-up, filled with discovery.
They are available for pick up, and as a reminder we do have delivery and shipping options available.
Enjoy the weekend!
Craig & Jamie

6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – The $30 & under Edition
2012 Domaine de Marcoux “La Lorentine” Lirac
Rhône Valley, France
Let’s face it, we all love a good deal.
So if you are a fan of wines from the deservedly-so famous appellation of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, you know deals can be tough to come by these days.
Luckily for us, we have wines like this. Domaine de Marcoux is one of the Southern Rhône’s best, run by the Armenier sisters. They are most well-know for their two incredible red Châteauneuf-du-Pape, but this wine from just across the river in Lirac offers great wine at a great price.
Lirac is a relatively new offering from Marcoux, having purchased a neglected parcel, and nursing it back to health using Biodynamic principles. The vineyard is planted to Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, and the soil is a mixture of sand, limestone and gravelly red clay.
The 2012 Lirac is a gorgeous Rhône red. Aromatics and flavors of raspberry, herbs, and cracked black pepper. Typical to the style of Marcoux, this has intensity, but at the same time displays great balance. Perfect with a roasted leg of lamb.
$23.00 BTL / $276.00 CASE
2013 Domaine Chignard “Les Moriers” Fleurie
Beaujolais, France
How do we prepare to write a newsletter?
Research and Development, of course.
In this case, we cracked open a bottle of the Chignard “Les Moriers” Fleurie, a wine we have tasted on several occasions before.
Each time we open a bottle of this fantastic Cru Beaujolais from 5th generation winemaker Cédric Chignard it evokes an emotional response.
We wonder why more people don’t revere Beaujolais as one of the world’s great wines? We also wonder why consumption of this wine is often relegated only to drinking around Thanksgiving.
In our minds this beautiful Fleurie, from a single parcel called “Les Moriers” is so delicious, so simple and complex at the same time, that we want to drink it all the time.
This is Gamay at its best. Perfumed, with hints of cherry, wild strawberry, and mineral. It is ethereal and silky on the palate, with a weightlessness that is rarely achieved from other grapes. Its place at the dinner table is never in question as it can pair alongside a wealth of food, from all kinds of vegetables, to salmon, to poultry, to pork.
We encourage you to buy a few extra bottles of this wine. Its delicious now, but you can drink it over the next 5+ years as it will gain in complexity. A great Beaujolais from Chignard!
$27.00 BTL / $324.00 CASE 
2015 Aphros “Phaunus” Pét-Nat  
Vinho Verde, Portugal
Vasco Croft has become well-known for his forward thinking wines from the Vinho Verde region of Portugal, and specifically the sub-region of Ponte de Lima.
He is one of a handful of producers who eschew the “traditional” and often innocuous lightly spritzy, over-cropped versions of Vinho Verde that dot the supermarket shelves.
Instead, he is a farmer first, managing his farm and winemaking practices according to the biodynamic principles.
This past February, I had the opportunity to taste a line-up from Vasco, including some newly introduced wines.
One of the absolutely highlights of the tasting was this “gluggable” Pét-Nat made entirely of Loureiro. Pétillant-Naturel is a style of wine produced when a primary fermentation is finished in a bottle under a crown cap. This is sparkling wine, different than the traditional Champagne method bubbles that you are used to, but certainly as refreshing as a style.
In a phrase, “thirst-quenching” is a perfect description of the “Phaunus” Pét-Nat.” Incredibly aromatic, almost like smelling fresh crushed grapes, along with hints of white flowers and jasmine. Crisp, fruit forward, and dangerously drinkable!
Only 48 bottles were brought into Illinois, and we are excited to introduce this to our customers. – CP
$30.00 BTL /$180.00 SIX-PACK CASE – 34 bottles available
2013 Kangarilla Road Shiraz
McLaren Vale, Australia
When Kevin and Helen O’Brien bought the old Cambria Vineyard site, they knew they had a lot of work ahead of them. They set out to create a small winery that would have strong ties to the land – a stark contrast to the massive wine giants already so prevalent in Australia.
Their first task was to rename the property Kangarilla Road – “Kangarilla” from an aboriginal word used to describe a place with abundant resources able to nurture. “Road” simply to mark the journey Kevin and Helen were beginning.
The grapes for Kangarilla Road ripen later than other regions in Australia, which gives us something with balanced alcohol and more accessibility to food pairings.
The 2013 Shiraz is an excellent example of what the McLaren Vale region is all about: pepper and sweet red berry on the nose. Layers of currants, black cherries, macerated strawberries and nasturtiums when you sip. Pairs well with traditional roast beef dishes or barbecue. -JK
$20.00 BTL / $240.00 CASE
2012 Mamete Prevostini Grumello Superiore
Valtellina, Italy
If you have a weakness for great Barolo but wish you could find something priced more for “everyday” drinking, you don’t want to miss this.
Think of it as a sort of poor man’s Barolo – 100% Nebbiolo, and like its more northern cousin, it has that appealing dichotomy of stern power and soft elegance.
The Prevostini family has been producing wine on the terraced slopes of Grumello since the mid-1940s. Grumello is one of the five designated sub-zones of Valtellina, sitting up to 670 metres above sea level in the terraced alpine mountains of Lombardia along the Swiss Border.
Wines from Prevostini focus on grapes from the cru of Sassella to best capture the perfumed, silky texture of Nebbiolo. Their wines have a very complex nose of blackberry, blackcurrant and hazelnut.
It’s off the beaten path, but completely worth it! -JK
$26.00 BTL / $312.00 CASE
2014 Neudorf Chardonnay
Nelson, New Zealand
For anyone who thinks making wine is easy, Tim and Judy Finn are here to remind us that, “Making wine is scary.”
They bought their land for Neudorf Winery back in 1978 when the fine wine industry in New Zealand was almost non existent.
Early in their 30 year span they had four mortgages and three jobs each. The old house at Neudorf had electricity in two rooms, an inefficient wood stove and no hot water.
They were products of the “Back to the Land” movement of the 60’s, and take a simplistic approach to winemaking: native yeasts, no fining, minimal intervention. They believe that great wines carry a unique fingerprint of the place they come from and as winemakers they try to preserve that in the bottle.
Their first Chardonnay vintage was in 1981 and still today captures the uniqueness of place. Rich stone fruit, mineral notes from the gravel clay soils, hints of raw cashew and toasted cereal. Even wine drinkers who scoff at Chardonnay will appreciate this one. -JK
$27.00 BTL / $324.00 CASE
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