Friday Feature 04/25/14: The New 6 for $60 Something Sampler-The Return of Spanish Immersion Therapy.

Hello and Happy Friday!

Hope you had a great week!


In Perman Wine news, Craig has returned from France, an epic trip that included much Champagne, Grand Cru Burgundy and a Scarlett Johansson sighting!


That means Perman Wine will be back open for business this Monday. However, he is off on quick business trip for a few days. So we have some strange hours this week:

Monday & Tuesday 12-8pm

Wednesday: CLOSED

Thursday & Friday: 12-8pm


Sunday: CLOSED


We appreciate your patience as we continue to juggle these relentless travel schedules.



If you haven’t heard – we are declaring May the month of Portugal!

Not only did our two Portuguese tastings sell out quickly, but we just found out some amazing news.
Francisca Van Zeller of Quinta Vale D. Maria – one of the Douro regions top estates will be in Chicago!  To celebrate we are throwing her a party / tasting.
When: Tuesday May 20th, 2014
What Time: Stop in anytime between 5pm & 7:30PM
Cost: $35 Per Person
RSVP – You must RSVP, only 30 spots available. Please call the shop with a credit card to reserve your space. 312-666-4417
Details: The Van Zellers have been associated with Port and the Douro for well over 200 years.  After selling the famed Port house Quinta do Noval in 1993, Cristiano Van Zeller soon purchased the historic estate of Quinta Vale D. Maria.  The Douro, so rich in history for Port production, was starting a new chapter at the time, one where dry red wines would be made in the Valley, in this case from a single Quinta or property.
In just a short time, the wines of Quinta Vale D. Maria have become known around the world for their quality.  We are excited to present a wide range of wines from the estate.  We will of course have Ports, three different kinds.  But even more exciting are the reds we will taste, from their inexpensive “Rufo,” to their flagship Quinta Vale D. Maria, and even three super-rare, world class reds, C.V., and the two single vineyards, Vinha da Francisca and Vinha do Río.  The production of these wines is absolutely tiny, and it is very rare to get to taste them.
This is going to be an epic tasting, and we are so thrilled to have Francisca here.  Hope you can make it!




It is the last Friday of the month, and that means time to unveil another Six for $60-Something sampler!


The 6 for $60-Something is Chicago (and the world’s) best monthly value wine sampler!


This month, we are returning to an all Spanish theme. About a year ago we did a sampler we called “Spanish Immersion Therapy” and it was a huge hit. So we are doing it again.


All of these selections are available by the bottle and the case, but there is no better way to learn wine than by trying a variety of new wines.


If interested in a sampler, simply stop by the store, or send us an email and we can coordinate delivery or shipping.


Craig & Sheb




6 for $60-Something Sampler



2013 Avinyó “Vi d’Agulla” Petillant- Penedès, Spain

Absolutely nothing says Spring and Summer like this wine, which I count as one of the most refreshing wines on Planet Earth! Every year we look forward to its release.

Avinyó is one of the top purveyors of artisanal Cava, the sparkling wine of Spain.  From their home called Can Fontanals in the Alt Penedès region of Catalonia, the Esteve Nadal family not only focus on traditional Cava.  They also produce this fun wine, meant for Sunday lunches, picnics and virtually any outdoor activity.

Made from 80% Petit Grain Muscat and 20% Macabeu, the wine undergoes a secondary fermentation in tank which gives it that light spritz.

Served cold, this wine entices with floral aromatics, all the while providing thirst-quenching crisp flavors of melon, citrus and peach.

$13.00/BTL.-$156.00/CASE OF 12


2013 Luberri “Orlegi” Rioja-La Rioja, Spain

Luberri is a fantastic producer in the sub-region of Alavesa in Rioja, and one we have heralded for many years.

Most of us are familiar with cask aged Rioja and the use of American and French oak there, but there is an old-fashioned style of Rioja that was made for everyday drinking that many producers have abandoned. This involved whole-cluster, semi-carbonic fermentations, similar to what is standard practice in the region of Beaujolais. This method produces a fruity, soft and imminently drinkable style of wine.

We recommend putting a slight chill on this and having copious amounts at hand ready for picnics, beach time or poolside imbibing. And while it will not give you the structure and flavors that oak aging would impart, aren’t there times when you crave something other than a bunch of heady wood flavors?

$11.00/BTL.-$132.00/CASE OF 12



2012 Juan Gil “Honoro Vera” Monastrell-Jumilla, Spain

In the spirit of keeping the sampler balanced, we try to represent as many different styles of wine that we can. The Honoro Vera Monastrell falls under the “phat and juicy” category.

As you may already know, Monastrell is the Spanish word for Mourvèdre, a dark-skinned, heat-loving varietal that flourishes in Mediterranean enclaves like Bandol. This is why it does so well in Jumilla, whose summers tend to be hot and arid.

Juan Gil is a Monastrell specialist, and farms about 350 hectares of the stuff. The grapes for Honore Vera are grown 2300 feet above sea level, in a site called La Aragona. The vines are all 25+ years old and farmed organically.

$9.00/BTL.-$108.00/CASE OF 12




2013 Ostatu Rosado- Rioja, Spain

The story of Ostatu is an inspiring one.

Located in the village of Samaniego, in a mountainous and somewhat remote part of the sub-region of Alavesa. Historically, the wines made by the family were made in a fresh style for local consumption only, very similar in nature to the “Orlegi” we are offering above.

A famous Bordeaux producer on holiday, who saw the estate, noticed the exposition and knew immediately how great the site was. He convinced the family that their vineyards could be capable producing world-class Rioja.

This is the second vintage of Rosado for the estate. The grapes used are older vines (60-70 years old) grown  at a relatively high altitude (600 meters above sea level). It is a blend of Tempranillo, Grenache & Viura.

Fresh, clean, and in possession of a beautiful light, ruby hue, this years’ Ostatu is refreshing and shows a bit more richness than 2012 did.

We can guarantee you that it will be sold out by the time it gets really hot, so stock up now!

$13.00/ BTL.-$156.00/CASE OF 12



2012 Viña Reboreda Ribeiro-Galicia, Spain

If you haven’t noticed, we are big fans of the wine zone Ribeiro, a tiny, nearly forgotten, coastal hamlet in the far southwestern part of Galicia. The vineyards here were first planted by the Romans and white wine is the main focus of production. Several years ago, there was nary a Ribeiro to be had in the market, but slowly that is changing as we collectively keep buying and drinking these delicious wines.

Reboreda’s version is composed of 65% Treixadura & 35% Torrontés. Treixadura is an Iberian grape called Trajadura in Portugal, and offers to the blend orchard fruit and citrus. Torrontés is known as Ferñao Pires in Portugal and tends to be less floral than the clones grown in Argentina. The soils in Ribeiro are stony with large deposits of sand, and very highly terraced. The wines show great minerality, yet levity but with depth of concentration.

$10.50/BTL.-$126.00/CASE OF 12



2012 Viña Alarba Garnacha “Old Vines” Calatayud, Spain

In terms of value, Spanish Garnacha is hard to beat. We feature Garnacha often enough in our 6 for $60 Something sampler that sometimes we joke around here that we should rename the sampler the  “Garnacha of the Month Club”.

This month’s featured Granacha comes from Calatayud, from the autonomous province of Aragon. This was once a Roman/Celtic/Iberian kingdom thrumming with life. And although Aragon boasts a higher than average GDP in Spain, the region is now sparsely populated. Mountains, rivers and challengingly graded terrain leave little appeal for a dense urban sprawl.

In Calatayud, in the southwestern corner of Aragon, the land is mainly populated by old vines Garnacha, low, scraggly bush vines that happily ripen in the Mediterranean sun.

These grapes, grown in relatively high altitude, on terraces composed of slate and quartz, have unusually low yields; about one ton per acre. Fermentation is in stainless steel tanks and there is 2 months is aging in used barrels before bottling.

Baked red fruits, especially raspberry, cocoa and vanilla extract abound.

$11.00/BTL.-$132.00/CASE OF 12
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