Friday feature 12/27/13: The New 6 for $60-Something Sampler,with Schwag Bag!

Hello and Happy Friday!

 

A very Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to all of our wonderful customers!

 

Many of you are preparing to host or attend New Year’s Eve parties.  We are happy to help you pair dishes, or just stock your wine rack and bar in general for the festivities.

 

Here are our holiday hours during the upcoming days:

 

Friday, December 27th – Noon till 8 PM

 

Saturday, December 28th – 11 AM till 7 PM

 

Sunday, December 29th- Closed

Monday, December 30th – Noon till 8 PM

 

Tuesday, December 31st – Noon till 5 PM

 

Wednesday, January 1st – Closed

 

Look forward to seeing you in the coming days!

 

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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!

 

We take great pride in sorting through all the terrible $10-ish dollar bottles of wine, to find you the good stuff.  It’s hard work but someone has to do it!

 

We think seasonally around these parts – and so during these cold winter months you will find mainly red wine samplers.

 

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.

 

PLEASE NOTE – As a thank you to our loyal 6 for $60-Something fans, each order will come with a complimentary Perman Wine tote bag.  It only took us six years before we finally got a little schwag (I’m not talking about the stuff you smoke either).

 

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Lastly, since this is the last newsletter we will write this year – we owe each an every one of our customers a big THANK YOU!

 

We recognize the amount of choices that you have as a consumer, and we are greatly appreciative of your business and strive to do better for you each and every day.

 

Perman Wine Selections is truly a small business, and your support has had a great impact on our families’ lives.  Thank you for going out of your way to shop here.

 

We will continue to bring you the best wines from all over the world!

 

Happy New Year!

 

Craig & Sheb

 

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6 for $60-Something Sampler
2011 Falchini Chianti Colli Senesi  “Titolato Colombaia”-Tuscany, Italy

Over 16 years in the business, Craig has seen a lot of trends.  When he first started, Tuscan wines, in particular those from Chianti Classico and Chianti Colli Senesi were very popular, not just in restaurants but also at home.

That has changed over the years, as he has seen a reduction in customers asking for the wines in a retail setting.

Yet Sangiovese is slowly making a come back as the consumer is experiencing lots of great choices, many at great prices.

This month we wanted to reintroduce you with this great value from Falchini, a producer located just outside of the walled city of San Gimignano.  Almost 50 years old, the Falchini family purchased the Casale-Falchini, and began production of both white and red wine.

Today Michael and Christopher Falchini are assisted by famed consultant Giacomo Tachis who also works with wines such as Tignanello, Sassicaia, and Ornellaia, to name a few.

While those wines are far more expensive, this delicious $13 red comes from the Colombaia estate, and is primarily Sangiovese with a little Merlot, Colorino and Canaiolo blended in.  Fermented in stainless steel and aged a short period in old oak barrels, this is the type of red you want on the dinner table for your traditional Italian pasta nights.

A classic Colli Senesi, with bright rd fruit tones, and hints and savory herbs.  It finishes with surprising body, but avoids and tannins.  One person we know referred to it as a slurpable red, and we couldn’t agree more.

$13.00 BTL. / $156.00 CASE

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2010 Cueva de las Manos Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva- Patagonia, Argentina

We get it.

Sometimes you just want a nice glass of Cabernet Sauvignon.

How can we offer that, when we need to keep the price down?  You would think that may be possible from somewhere like California?  While it is a lot closer to Illinois than South America, unfortunately Cab values like that almost don’t exist in the Sunshine State.

Yet if we go thousands of miles away to the land of Argentina like we are doing today, it is possible to find some exceptional bargains.

We found one in this tremendous value from Cueva de las Manos.  Named after a UNESCO World Heritage site in Southern Patagonia, that holds caves painted at least 9,000 years ago, this is an excellent wine that will remind you of the great values that can be achieved in Argentina.

The fruit comes from 35 year-old vines, harvested by hand and fermented in stainless steel tanks.  The wine is aged for a year in French oak barrels, and sits in bottle for six months before it is released.

It offers nice rich dark berry, cassis, chocolate and spice notes on the nose and palate.  The fruit is really seamless, and the tannins are soft and well integrated into the wine.

While this certainly is a red meat type wine, many of you will find this pleasing to just come home and sip on all by itself.

$11.50 BTL. / $138.00 CASE

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2011 Cave des Vins Bourgueil “Beauregard” Bourgueil- Loire Valley, France

This is yet another selection of classic Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley, this time from the village of Bourgueil (Boor-goy).

Bourgueil and Chinon sit at the western edge of the sub-region of Touraine, across the river from one another. These two appellations are ground zero for Cabernet Franc production; Bourgueil especially, as no white wine is allowed in the appellation, only red and rosé made from Cabernet Franc ( well, ok if you want to get technical up to 10% Cabernet Sauvignon is allowed). The soils here are predominantly sand and limestone.

Cave des Vins de Bourgueil is a co-op, founded in 1931. Co-ops are a good way to pool  meager resources, and certainly in 1931, the year the co-op was founded, this was a smart way to go. The co-op managed to survive through all these years and currently is responsible for nearly 1/3 of all wine produced in Bourgueil!

With all this experience, these guys certainly know how to make a dependable bottle of Cabernet Franc.

The bottle we are featuring today is from a single vineyard called “Beauregard” which is composed of sand and gravel. Beauregard is a small vineyard located in Restigné, with an average vine age of 40 years. The alcohol is a modest (by today’s standards anyway) 12.5%, a perfect companion for dining, or drinking alone.

$11.00-BTL./$132.00 CASE

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2011 Château La Galante- Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux is a strange place; so many unattainable, pricey, trophy wines produced there, and yet so many delicious, everyday wines too: a true dichotomy.

A river and its tributaries divide geographically this economic disparity, and for the purposes of our 6 for $60-Something Sampler, we stick to what is known as the “right bank”. The right bank is a sea of wine, dominated by the the oft maligned variety, Merlot.

For those of you who drank wine in the years before the movie “Sideways”, you will remember the golden years of Merlot. This was before everyone loved Pinot Noir. For Bordeaux’s right bank though, Merlot never went out of style. No movie, no matter how popular, would have convinced the Bordelaise to rip out their beloved Merlot and re-plant with a more popular grape. Perhaps they are a more stubborn, stuck-in-their-ways kind of people, but secretly they know that with all that lovely clay to keep naturally vigorous Merlot in check, there is no reason to change.

Château La Galante is a 38 hectare estate in the heart of the Libournais. This is what is known as a classic Petit Château, a small estate that makes wine for daily consumption, nothing too fancy or expensive. Their basic Bordeaux is  composed of 70% Merlot & 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a classic steak wine, something to pair with a well-seasoned New York strip, garnished perhaps, with a small nub of blue cheese butter.

$12.00-BTL./$144.00-CASE

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2012 Elena Walch Schiava- Alto Adige, Italy

Ever feel like you are in a “grape” rut? Like you are drinking the same old thing night after night? Don’t panic, at Perman Wines we exist to liberate you from pedestrian and safe wine choices. Enter Schiava!

Schiava is part of an odd little family of grapes that grow in the mountainous region of Trentino & Alto-Adige, in northeastern Italy. It, along with Teroldego, are the parents to Lagrein. These three are grapes truly suited for the Alpine climate in which they grow, and have not really been successfully cultivated elsewhere.

The Elena Walch estate is named for the dynamic woman who runs the show there, along with husband Werner, and produces a range of great wines based on the fascinating varieties that grow in their hillside vineyards.

Schiava is a light-bodied red, fragrant and fruity, with nuances of mountain herbs and orange peel. The acidity is nice and zippy, and it is very light in color. There is a savory character to the wine, which makes it appropriate for dishes that involve soy sauce or nam pla (aka fermented fish sauce).

$11.00-BTL/ $132.00-CASE

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2011 Domaine Pierre de La Grange Muscadet Sèvre & Maine- Loire Valley, France

We are currently featuring a Muscadet on our 6 for $120-Something Sampler, and wanted to make sure there was ample opportunity for everyone to drink Muscadet. We also wanted to take this opportunity to recap what it is exactly you are getting yourself into:

  1. MUSCADET IS A DRY WINE AND HAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH SWEET MUSCAT OR MOSCATO, WHICH IS SOMETHING ELSE ENTIRELY.
  2. The lone grape employed for the region is called “Melon de Bourgogne” a lonely outcast that made its way north, from the Burgundy region, after it was outlawed there a few hundred years ago.
  3. As white Burgundy prices continue to soar, Muscadet is becoming, more and more , the “poor man’s (or woman’s)” Chablis. Light bodied, and DID WE MENTION DRY AS HECK, the soaring acidity and citric qualities can remind of a nice Petit, or sometimes even Village Chablis.
  4. WE ARE SORRY ABOUT YELLING AGAIN!

Domaine Pierre de La Grange (aka Luneau-Papin) makes one wine. It comes from old vines parcels of Melon situated on gneiss and schistous soils. The grapes are harvested by hand (still relatively rare for the area) and the wine is kept on its lees for 7 months, to impart richness.

We also want again to mention that a world-wide Muscadet shortage is looming (we kid you not). So get yours while you can.

$10.50-BTL./$126.00 CASE

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