Friday Feature 08/02/13: A Very New Place For Chenin!

Hello and Happy Friday!

We begin this Friday Feature with some exciting news!


Perman Wine Selections now has two parking spaces directly behind the store in the alley between the State Farm and the Green Spa.  The spaces are clearly marked with our business name.


All of us Chicagoans know that parking in the city can been difficult (and expensive) at times.  We’ve are working hard to make sure that your trips to Perman Wine are as convenient as possible.


In addition to the parking spaces in back, we offer a three car15-minute loading zone directly in front.


It also should be noted that if you call in advance with an order, have your payment information on file, then you can simply call from your car and we can run it out.  It doesn’t get any easier than curbside service.


Please let us know if you have any questions, and remember that shopping at Perman Wine has never been easier!




In other news, Routier is on strike again!


We hope to return next Friday with another in our Friday night tastings.  Look for an update on the next Friday newsletter




Finally, on Wednesday, August 14th we are presenting The White Album: A Tasting of White Wines from France.


7 spots are still available for the tasting


If you have never been to a Wine Wednesday tasting, you are missing out!


A great way to learn more about wine, we will taste 9 different wines, learning about the region and producer along the way.


Not only is it educational, but also a great way to taste before you buy.


The cost is $50 per person, and it will begin at 7:15 pm. Reservations are required.


This is going to be a great tasting, so sign up today!


We hope you have a great weekend.



Craig & Sheb



Friday Feature  


2011 Lieu Dit Chenin Blanc, Santa Ynez Valley


What if I told you that you could only eat three different types of food for the rest of your life?  Even if the food is great, wouldn’t that be boring?


California is really known for three “food groups:” Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.  All fantastic varietals, but quite frankly, boring if that is all one consumes.


So in my opinion, the greatest thing that is happening in the Californian wine scene today, is a move towards diversity for both white and red grape varietals.


While Justin Willett, winemaker of Tyler Winery in Lompoc, is focused on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from vineyards in Santa Rita Hills, Santa Maria Valley and Santa Barbara County, he also makes wines in collaboration with some other folks, based on other varieties.


The Lieu Dit label is a joint venture between Justin and Eric Railsback, the former sommelier at RN74 in San Francisco.


I was truly impressed and inspired by this terrific Chenin Blanc, a varietal made famous in the Loire Valley appellation of Vouvray.  The fruit for this Chenin comes from a vineyard in Foxen Canyon, in the Northwestern side of Santa Ynez Valley.


It possesses everything I look for in a great Chenin, a balance between citrus fruit and mineral, between texture and freshness.  It is a pure, delicious and complex example of Chenin Blanc.  It makes me want to have glass after glass, and that is the best compliment I could give.


A lot of times when you have an American interpretation of a favorite French varietal, you start comparing prices and wonder what that could get you back in France for the same price.  Not once did I do that with this wine.  It is worth every penny of it’s $28.99 price tag.


Thank you to Justin and Eric for giving us variety in the often uniform world of the wines of California.



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