Perman Wine Selections Newsletter – February 3rd, 2010

The 10 Wines Under $25 Newsletter in Six Sentences or Less!


Super Bowl weekend is on its way and whether you care about the results of the game or not, it’s time to party.

Perman Wine has got you covered on all your beer and wine needs!

Eight new exciting beers just arrived at Perman Wines today, so stock up on some exciting new Belgian and American Craft beers.

On a wine note, I’ve decided to do a little something different on today’s newsletter. I’m focusing on value with 10 wines, each description written in six sentences or less. Everything is under $25 dollars, and all of these are terrific wines to share with friends and family this coming weekend!

Enjoy the read and order your wine today so you can stock up before the big day!




David Croix is one of Burgundy’s most exciting young winemakers.

2006 is a rocking good vintage, with classic and pure wines.

You won’t find another Bourgogne Rouge this delicious for under $25.

Pinot Noir fruit mainly from Beaune and Savigny-lès-Beaune, aged in old oak.

Crystal clear flavors, with hints at raspberry, strawberry and mineral.

This will fly out the door, so secure your today!

$21.99 BTL. / $263.88 CASE – NORMALLY $25.99 BTL.



100% Mencía from the region of Bierzo, located in the northwest of Spain.

60 year-old + vines, very low yields, from calcareous clay and slate soil.

Aged one year in French oak.

Crazy, opulent flavors, with hints at blueberry, blackberry, spice, and fine tannin.

Delicious with virtually any slab of dead red meat, make sure it’s dead!

Really complex Spanish juice for the money!

$19.99 BTL. / $239.88 CASE



Tannat is a grape varietal, most famous in the appellation of Madiran in France.

This comes from the Las Violetas area about 25 miles outside of the capital of Uruguay, Montevideo.

This family owned winery, is a recognized quality leader in Uruguay.

Fermented in tank and barrel and aged in French oak for 14 months.

Hard to find truly tannic wines these days, but this has medium tannins, along with hints at plums and spice.

A must try Uruguayan Tannat.

$15.99 BTL. / $191.88 CASE



One of my favorite examples of Valpolicella, the famed region of Northeast Italy that blends Corvinone, Rondinella and Molinara.

We are pretty lucky here in Chicago as we are one of only a few markets in the United States that receive the wines from this small producer.

Partial dried fruit that is added in “Il Ruffiano” gives this great depth of flavor.

A savory and rich wine with classic dried cherry, baking spices and herbs.

A terrific red to pair with braised meats and stews.

$22.99 BTL. / $275.88 CASE



Without exception, the most well received Malbec that I have offered in my store!

Walter Bressia is a long time winemaker in Argentina, and his own winery is a family affair.

All Malbec from high-density vineyards in Tupungato and Agrelo.

Aged in a combination of French and American oak for 18 months.

Deep, rich and inky with hints at black cherry, raspberry, cocoa, and nutmeg.

$23.99 BTL. / $143.94 SIX-PACK CASE



Rueda is a name you should remember when looking for fresh and vibrant white wines from Spain.

Martínsancho is one of the iconic wines of the region, and for me Ángel Rodríguez makes the best wine of the appellation.

The super gravelly soils owned by Rodríguez, along with the super cool nights of the region give this its acidic backbone and great minerality.

Another very important reason for quality is the fact that the vineyards are dry farmed, which leads to vines that dig deep into the soil for maximum complexity.

Citrus notes of white grapefruit, along with pear, mineral and fine herbs are all present, finishing with great acidity.

If you make ceviche and you don’t pair this wine with it, you should be ashamed of yourself!

$16.99 BTL. / $203.88 CASE



Speaking of Spain, its most notable white grape varietal is that of Albariño.

You will not find a better example of Albariño for under $15, you just won’t!

Legado del Conde is from the folks that do the Morgadío Albariño.

91 Point review from Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, not bad for $13.99 a bottle!

Enjoy this for its vibrant notes of kiwi, citrus, stone fruit, mineral and refreshing finish.

Fish is king in Galicia where this hails from, and you can enjoy this with virtually any seafood.

$13.99 BTL. / $167.88 CASE



Delicious American Syrah for under $20, you almost need a magician to make that happen.

Husband and wife team Peter Hunken and Amy Christine make this delicious Syrah, remember that Genuine Risk Cabernet I featured a couple weeks ago?

Predominantly Syrah from the Dierberg-Starlane Vineyard in Santa Ynez Valley.

They only make 500 cases, and if you like Cali Syrah, you should drink one of them.

Rich and delicious and perfect with BBQ.

$16.99 BTL. / $203.88 CASE



I know you are saying in your head “o.k. Perman, white wine from Lebanon, now you’re pushing it!”

Château Musar is perhaps Lebanon’s most famous producer, located in the Bekka Valley.

The vineyards sit at an altitude of over 3,000 feet, which means that even in the warm climate of Lebanon,  both the whites and reds retain freshness.

“Cuvée Blanc” is an excellent value made from the local grape called Obeideh, which some relate to Chardonnay.

Aromatically this has plenty of fresh citrus notes, but also shows hints of earthiness.

A good pairing would be a simply prepared whole roasted fish dressed with olive oil, lemon, olives, and fresh herbs like oregano.

$17.99 BTL. / $215.88 CASE



Don’t let the name fool you; L’Oustal Blanc specializes in red wines, and hearty Minervois at that!

Minervois is a region in the Western Languedoc that uses grapes like Carignan, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre for their blends

This is a blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 15% Carignan.

Full-bodied, rich and seductive red that combines red and dark fruit, pepper spice, and a long finish.

Perfect with roasted leg of lamb or duck confit.

Being offered at a reduced price, that makes this a flat out steal!

$16.99 BTL. / $203.88 CASE

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