Hello and Happy Friday!
Just a reminder that we are back with another edition of Routier tonight! Stop in any time between 5 and 8 pm to try a flight of three wines along with a nibble of cheese and crackers for only $25 per person.
Tonight’s theme focuses on white wines for springtime weather. Inspired by a warming in the weather (finally!!!), we will pour three white wines that will slake your spring thirst and make you hopeful for sunny days to come.
2012 Gorronda Txakoli Basque Country, Spain
2010 Ottella Lugana ‘Le Creete’ Veneto, Italy
2011 T. Labaille Sancerre ‘L’Authentique’ Loire Valley, France
In other news, Craig will be leaving for Portugal this Sundayand Sheb will be again “holding down the fort”. We will be keeping regular hours EXCEPT for Monday May 13th & Monday May 20th. We will be closed on both those Mondays.
Get your smelling salts at the ready, because today’s FridayFeature focuses on California Wines. (We will give you time here to pass out, then revive yourselves with the aforementioned smelling salts). It’s no secret that we here at PWS have a great affinity for the old world; it is what we buy and drink for ourselves. But sometimes it is easy to get tunnel vision and we must remind ourselves to drink with open hearts and wide awake eyes.
The 1980s and 1990s were a time of big hair, big Cabs and big scores and as a result, the California wine industry slumped into a boring period of homogeneity. If there was a time to be turned off of California wine, this was it. Hyper efficient yeasts designed around Robert Parker’s monolithic palate, lots of new oak barrels, and ultra ripe fruit dominated the wine scene. Many of us in search for something ethereal, light or nuanced were forced out of our own country, because there was no wine being made in this manner.
The times they are a changing though, and today we feature one new Napa Valley winemaker and two venerable estates in the Santa Cruz Mountains. All three producers give us hope for the future of American wine, and cause us to remember that a great terroir and singular vision of quality can transcend through the years.
Have a great weekend,
Craig & Sheb
802 W Washington Blvd
Chicago, IL 60607
312 666 4417
Mon-Fri 12-8, Sat 11-7
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