Events Calendar Update – 2/10/10

I’m back and very excited to formally announce “A Taste of the Belgian Provinces” Beer dinner in conjunction with X-Marx!

For those of you new to the e-mail list, from time to time I have worked with a local team of Chef’s called X-Marx. We have collaborated to offer exciting food and wine dinners in the past. Now we are back after a brief hiatus with what promises to be a delicious, entertaining and educational beer dinner focusing on Belgian beers matched with a take on food from their provinces.

I also have included in this e-mail some upcoming tastings happening at the store. Some of these are filling up fast, but remember even if they do fill up, join the waiting list as cancellations do happen.

I really hope you can make an event in the future!


X-Marx and Perman Wine Selections announce
“A Taste of the Belgian Provinces” dinner

Saturday, March 13th
7:00 – 10:00 P.M.
$95 per person, excluding tip, inclusive of tax
20 spots available – This will go fast!
Secret location will be announced the week of the event to those attending

Beer enthusiasts sign up today for what will be a very special Belgian beer dinner. I am teaming up with X-Marx once again for this great evening.
We are honored to be joined by Don Feinberg and Wendy Littlefield of Vanberg & De Wulf. Two of the most authoritative figures on Belgian beer in the United States. Their import company brings some of Belgian’s best beers to our tables here in the United States.

It is no secret that Belgium has some of the most extraordinary cuisine in the world. Throughout the country regional dishes are paired with local beers. This evening is meant to explore the wonderful world of Belgian beers and their provincial pairings.

Six beers will be poured alongside six dishes specially created to match. Two of the beers have never been poured in Chicago, so this will be an evening of exciting new discoveries.

What are you waiting for, sign up today!


Southern Italy or Bust!
Thursday, February 25th
7:00 – 8:30 P.M.
9 spots available – RSVP today

A wave of improvement in wine quality in Italy has occurred in the last twenty years. Like that wave which starts at the top, the revolution began in Northern Italy and has now cascaded to Southern Italy. Regions like Campania, Puglia, and Sicily are loaded with interesting white and red wines from varietals like Aglianico, Negroamaro, and Nerello Mascalese. We will taste a small slice of some of the best wines from these areas.


Retrospective tasting – Châteauneuf-du-Pape grows old
Thursday, March 4th
7:00 – 8:30 P.M.
Sold Out – Get on the wait list today

One of the most famed appellations in all of France, Châteauneuf-du-Pape holds a dear place in many wine drinkers memories. One of the major problems with the wine of the region is that they taste so darn good young. Kind of difficult to keep your hands off! But when you can, the drinker is rewarded with aromatic fireworks and a symphony of flavors. This retrospective tasting will feature wines from Château de Beaucastel, Domaine de la Janasse, Charvin and more.


United Nations of Pinot Noir
Wednesday, March 24th
7:00 – 8:30 P.M.
9 spots available – RSVP today

Seemingly every corner of the world is producing and excelling at great Pinot Noir. At this tasting these Pinot’s unite for what should be a very interesting comparison tasting. There will be Pinot Noir from New Zealand, Australia, Burgundy, Austria, California, Oregon, Slovenia, Germany and Italy. I don’t think any convincing is necessary to get you to this one!


Retrospective tasting – Red Burgundy after 10
Wednesday, March 31st
7:00 – 9:00 P.M.
5 spots available – RSVP today

To the Pinot Noir fan, Burgundy is the holy grail for Pinot Noir to cellar. A carefully aged bottle from the famed region is not only a study in deliciousness, but also in the soil that it comes from. Burgundy and the notion of “terroir” are forever linked, but this really is present when those bottles hit age 10. At this retrospective tasting we will taste Burgundy, all 10 years or older. The focus will be on those from the ’95, ’96, ’97, and ’98 vintages. This is a special tasting, and should sell out quickly.


A Spanish Nightcap
Friday, April 9th
9:00 – 10:30 P.M.
2 spots available – RSVP today

Come join me for my first ever “late night” tasting. Spain is all about late night living. So why not celebrate one of my favorite wine countries by having a late night tasting? Here we will take a broad look at some of the most intriguing Spanish wines available. Expect Rioja, but also taste from regions like Ribeira Sacra, Jumilla, Valdeorras and more. Both white and red wines will be poured. Glow sticks will be provided for those going out to the clubs afterwards (that was a joke!).

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