6 for $60 Something- February 22nd, 2013

Hello and Happy Friday!

Today is a special day here at Perman Wine because it is Sheb’s birthday!

Whether you have had a chance to meet Sheb or not, you are invited to celebrate with her at tonight’s Routier tasting.

One of Sheb’s most favorite things in the world is Burgundy, and in celebration, tonight’s Routier will explore the region, with two white wines and one red being poured.

As usual, you can stop by any time between 5 and 8 pm, taste the flight of wine, have a little snack of cheese and almonds, all for only $25.

Some of you have heard of EU subsidies, while tonight’s Routier is a Perman subsidy, as we are going to be pouring some fancy stuff tonight.  Single vineyard Pouilly-Fuissé, Premier Cru Puligny-Montrachet, and a delicious ’06 Chambolle-Musigny.  Enough incentive?


Speaking of tastings, on Wednesday, March 6th I have a Wine Wednesday Tasting featuring the wines of Germany.  There are plenty of spots still available.

We will be exploring some of the exciting reds of Germany, as well as the white wine both dry and off-dry.  I will explain to those that attend why you are a sissy if you don’t drink sweet wine!

Seriously though, Germany is home to some of the world’s greatest wines, and wine drinkers do a disservice to themselves by largely ignoring the category.

You can find out more information on the tasting here.


We’re very excited to introduce our latest “6 for $60-Something” Sampler.

Never heard of this sampler and want to know what it’s about?

Six wines, hand-selected by us, that represent a range of styles – all hovering around the $10 price point. Each wine is available by the bottle or case, but as we often say, for maximum pleasure you should take the whole sampler.

The “6 for $60-Something” is highly recommended to those learning about wines, trying to stock their wine rack with affordable and tasty adult beverages, or wanting to bring a gift to someone hosting a party.

So how does this work? To order, simply e-mail me back and say “Hey Craig, hook me up.” To join the devoted legions of fans who receive them every month you can just say “and keep ’em coming!” Some people are challenged by some of the wines that we put in to my sampler. If you have an allergic reaction to Nero d’Avola or you only drink Chianti out of a wicker basket, then we will substitute and try to get the sampler as close to $60 as possible.

A suggestion to those folks trying to learn from this as well as get a buzz – print out a copy of the newsletter to keep with your sampler. That way, when you are in the mood for a bottle, you have your own mini-wine lesson on hand.  So what are you waiting for?  Order yours today!

The “6 for $60-Something” is in stock and ready to be picked up any time!


Craig & Sheb


6 for $60-Something 



2011 Fontaleoni Chianti Colli Senesi, Italy

We all want to live the Tuscan dream!  We go to restaurants that serve Tuscan-inspired cuisine.  We build houses in the style of those in the region.  To complete the loop, one must of course drink the wine!

Chianti is a name that almost every single wine lover knows.  The Chianti Classico area is most well-known, but other sub-zones exist, including Chianti Colli Senesi.

Fontaleoni produces great values in both white and red wines from their home base in Certaldo, located just north of San Gimignano.  As can be seek quite often throughout the region, the Troiani family owns a restaurant and B & B, while also making their own wine.  This is a long way from the many amateurish wines you can find at other B & B/ restaurant / wineries.  Serious work is done in the vineyard, and the winery was completely overhauled in the 90’s to bring it up to date and allow them to make clean, delicious wines that are typical of the area.

The 2011 Chianti Colli Senesi is a truly authentic wine, one that you would find on the tables of Trattoria’s in San Gimignano.  It is composed of 95% Sangiovese and 5% Canaiolo.  Vinification takes place in stainless steel and cement vats, and it is left to age in tank for 8 months.

This even has some serious street cred – with the following 90 Point review from Ian d’Agata of the International Wine Cellar.

“Bright ruby-red. Intense aromas of red cherry, flinty plum and aromatic herbs on the captivating nose. Juicy and suave, with crunchy raspberry and redcurrant flavors. The red berry flavors resound on the long finish. This delicious wine really improves with air, so I suggest decanting it an hour ahead. 90 points”

Don’t miss this tremendous value!
$12.00 BTL. / $144.00 CASE





2010 “La Grange de Piaugier” Côtes du Rhone, France

Jean-Marc & Sophie Autran tend 30ha of vines in the villages of Sablet & Gigondas. They produce a modest range of wines, and we have been struck by their work for years now. The wines are always clean, correct, expressive of their place and strike a nice balance between generous and restrained.

La Grange is what is known as an ‘entry’ level wine, their most basic (and affordable) cuveé. Despite its lowly status on the totem pole, it is made with grapes that average 45 years old and planted on coveted limestone and clay soils. The blend is composed of Grenache, Carignan, Cinsault & Syrah, all de-stemmed. The result is a lush and ample wine redolent of pie cherries, ripe raspberries and plenty of black pepper to spice things up on the finish.

It’s nice to know again that yes, a reliable and tasty Côtes du Rhone does exist.

$12.00 BTL. / $144.00 CASE





2011 “The Curator” Red, Swartland, South Africa

We’ve come a long way in the world of South African wines.  10 years ago if you walked into a wine shop and asked for a $10 or under South African wine you would be handed a bottle with a Giraffe illustrated on the label.  Let me tell you, more work would have gone into the packaging than what was inside the bottle.

Luckily today the real South African story is beginning to be told.  The tale includes an incredible ability to produce world-class Rhône varietal wines from a Mediterranean climate.

One producer telling that story is Adi Badenhorst of A.A. Badenhorst.  His value brand called “The Curator” delivers lip-smacking deliciousness in every single sip.

The red is a blend of 82% Shiraz, 16% Mourvèdre and 1% each of Cinsaut and Viognier.  The fruit comes from the Swartland, and area that provides grapes for many a Bag-in-Box wine.  Badenhorst believes that if produced correctly, the region can excel at high quality $10 bottles.  He proves it with this wine.

Pretty aromatics of wild strawberry, red pepper and herbs lead into a medium-bodied mouthfeel with a good balance between fruit, spice and acidity.  Easy to drink on its own, it will pair nicely with leg of lamb.

This is a terrific value!


$9.00 BTL. / $108.00 CASE





2010 Donnafugata “Sedàra” Rosso, Sicily, Italy

This past week at the store we hosted a tasting on the wines of Sicily.  This diverse island, produces an incredible range of white, red, and fortified wines.  It was clear from the tasting that Team Sicily is really firing on all cylinders.

Donnafugata is one of the names to know in Sicily.

They are not small by any means, but their work to promote sustainability in the vineyards, and to preserve and promote their culture and traditions is admirable.  Most importantly though, they make a wide range of very delicious wines from three separate estates and 14 different grape varietals.

“Sedàra” is a blend, Nero d’Avola dominates, but Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah are also present.  The fruit is sourced from estate vineyards at their Contessa Entellina Estate, as well as some nearby vineyards.  Fermentation is in stainless steel, and after malolactic it is moved to cement tanks to rest for 9 months.

The 2010 vintage of “Sedàra” is absolutely delicious as it offers a really fresh style, while still having plenty of intensity.  Bright notes of cherry and wild strawberry are balanced with hints of licorice and soft tannins.  A nice match for pasta with a meat sauce, it also drinks well on its own.


$12.00 BTL. / $144.00 CASE




2011 Cave Des Vignerons de Saumur ‘Les Plantegenêts’ Saumur Blanc, Loire Valley France

The sub-region of Saumur produces several kinds of wine; most notable red wine from cabernet Franc, a little rose, sparkling and white, like the one we are offering on this month’s sampler, made from Chenin Blanc. Chardonnay and sauvignon Blanc are also allowed in the making of white Saumur, however, they are being phased out. By 2016, the only allowed grape will be Chenin Blanc.

Chenin Blanc was born in the Loire Valley, in Anjou, where it was first referred to as ‘Plant D’Anjou’. It thrives in the Loire Valley and also is responsible for the famous wine zones of Vouvray & Savenières, and well as dessert wines from Bonnezeaux and Quarts de Chaume.

Here we have a simple and direct expression of dry Chenin Blanc; a plethora of apples, crunchy acidity and a lovely salinity that cries out for a plate of crustaceans, or barring that maybe even the remains of a fish stick your toddler left his the plate. However fancy, or desperate you are, the Caves Des Vignerons Saumur Blanc will stand beside you loyally, fulfilling a thirst you didn’t even know you had.


$10.00 BTL. / $120.00 CASE




2011 Zestos Garnacha ‘Old Vines’ Vinos de Madrid, Spain

The D.O. Vinos de Madrid covers the 8000 hectares of vines that surround Spain’s capital, Madrid. White, red and rosé wines are allowed, and honestly, it is mainly wine for everyday consumption and not too much to get all in a huff about.


We were a little excited though, when presented with this old vines Garnacha Grenache) from Zestos (not related at all to Keebler’s imposter brand of Saltine cracker).


The vines are between 40&50 years old and dry-farmed, and as a result the yields are much lower than some of the other wines produced in this warm, Mediterranean region.


There is a surprising amount of complexity and depth, and although the back label recommends this with pepperoni pizza, we don’t recall having any of that during our travels in Spain.


Nonetheless, you can try the combination and phone us up to let us know how it went.


$9.00 BTL. / $108.00 CASE

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