Events Calendar Update – June 19th, 2009

Hello and happy Friday!

I am proud to announce the highly anticipated July calendar of tastings.  This upcoming month will be a blast with everything from an “underground” tailgater and baseball game at U.S. Cellular, to a chance to sit down with famed winemaker Greg La Follette of Tandem Wine Company, and more!

Please don’t hesitate to e-mail with questions, hope you can make one or all!

Have a great weekend,
Craig

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PLAY HOOKY WITH PERMAN WINE SELECTIONS & X-MARX AS WE TAKE UNDERGROUND DINING TO THE BALLPARK!

COME BE PART OF THE ULTIMATE TAILGATE PARTY OF THE SUMMER AND THEN GO WATCH THE CHICAGO WHITE SOX BEAT UP ON THE DEVIL RAYS!

WHEN? – Thursday, July 23rd – Tailgate start time : 11:30a.m. – Game time :1:05 p.m.

WHERE? – Start in the parking lot at U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, then head into the stadium to watch the White Sox play the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

HOW MUCH? – $115 per person all-inclusive package, features the amazing food of the X-Marx underground dining group, the bad-ass wine and beer selections of Perman Wine Selections, and a 100-level ticket to the game which begins at 1:05 P.M.

RESERVATIONS? – Yes, to reserve your spot e-mail or call me as soon as possible.  Only 35 spots at the tailgater are available, and I expect demand to be high!  Make sure you’re sure, because we have to enforce a strict no cancellation policy.

NOW WHAT ARE YOU UP TO, PERMAN?
– As many of my out-of town friends have liked to point out, in Chicago we live most of the year in a “Siberian” climate.  So summer – time means fun – time!

Nothing can be more fun in the summer than taking off a day of work to eat some great food, drink some great wine and beer and watch some baseball!

As many of my customers know, I have teamed up with a great group of chefs who do underground dinners.  Things just got a little more interesting because the X-Marx team is now mobile!  They have purchased a 21-foot kitchen on wheels and are going to break it in for this tailgate party.

On game day a text message will be sent to your cell phone disclosing location of the tailgater. Other arrangements will be made for those without cell phones (but really is this anyone?).

The informal tailgater will feature a gathering period where you will get your taste buds wet with some inspired snacks from the X-marx team.  With those, I will offer tastes of two beers, a rosé, a white wine, and a red wine.

Then the X-marx team will really fill our bellies with three “main” dishes, including a fish course, poultry course, and meat course.  With each of these dishes I will pair a different wine.  The menu planning is in the preliminary stages, if you need to know the menu before you sign up, contact me and I can give you the basics.

The tailgater will conclude upon game time, and you will be sent off with a little dessert bag of the world’s greatest peanut brittle made by X-Marx.  Seriously, I’m a connoisseur and this stuff is sheer genius.

During the game we will be the loudest, most fun section ever assembled at U.S. Cellular! So get ready to have an awesome day!

QUESTIONS ANSWERED:

Is this a formal, sit down meal? – Heck no, this is a tailgater, come ready to stand, mingle and relive your old college days.  Oh, except for the fact that we will have some tables to stand around, and will be enjoying the best food and wine ever assembled at the ballpark!

What if I have food allergies or don’t eat certain food? – Let us know ahead of time, we can try and accommodate your dietary restrictions.

$115, really what am I paying for?
– Good question.  First off, the face value of the ticket will be around $40, and I am charging you exactly what I get charged.  Ask anyone who has been to an X-Marx event or Perman Wine Selections tasting, and you will realize that we know how to throw a party!  X-Marx uses amazingly fresh and sustainable ingredients.  I don’t skimp on my wine selections, and you will get every dollar worth.

Hate to be a pessimist, but what if it rains? – Well I’m an optimist, and say the weather will be perfectly sunny and hot.  If it does rain, you bring the poncho; I bring the slip and slide.  Meaning, its still on, lets have some fun! If there happens to be a monsoon and the game gets cancelled, we will reschedule or figure it out accordingly.

How do I get there? – Use public transit!  The red line is great, and the Halsted St. bus is a short distance.  If you drive, parking is not included. There will be enough alcohol flowing that you should probably leave the wheels at home.

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THE NEW PORTUGAL
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The new Portugal: come discover the Portuguese wine world other than Port!
Wednesday, July 8th
7 P.M. – 9 P.M.

$50 per person
14 seats available…rsvp by e-mail or phone

Fourteen spots available at the table for what promises to be a really fun tasting focusing on the dry white and red wines of Portugal.  The world knows of the greatness of Port, but is just starting to now discover a whole new Portugal when it comes to their other wines. This tasting will feature 10 wines both white and red, alongside some cheeses from Pastoral.  Don’t miss it!

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A SPECIAL WINEMAKER TASTING WITH GREG LA FOLLETTE OF TANDEM WINE COMPANY
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Taste and learn all about the great wines of Tandem Wine Company with owner/winemaker Greg La Follette
Thursday, July 16th
7 P.M. – 9 P.M.

$55 per person
14 seats available…rsvp by e-mail or phone

When it comes to producing top-notch California Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, very few have as much passion and success as Greg La Follette of Tandem Wine Company.  His resume is amazing, having  worked with famed winemakers like André Tchelistcheff and John Kongsgaard.

His wine talents led him to become the general manager and winemaker of Flowers.  I’m sure many of you know that name, and under his direction he succeeded in making this one of the most sought after producers of Pinot Noir in California.

His current project, Tandem Wine Company, works with a variety of Northern California’s best vineyards to make cool climate styles of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.  These are seriously impressive wines and on this night we will taste through a line up of eight wines.

This will be a serious, focused tasting, and if it is your goal to really learn about these finicky varietals you will have a chance to hear about it from one of the best.  Hope to see you there!

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ITALIAN WHITE WINE MADNESS!
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Take a tour of Italy as we highlight some of my favorite white wines from every corner of the country.
Thursday, July 30th     
7 P.M. – 9 P.M.

$45 per person
14 seats available…rsvp by e-mail or phone

Over the last two decades there has been a white wine renaissance all throughout Italy. Soave is no longer jug wine, Ligurian varietals like Pigato make it to the U.S., technology in Umbria makes for vibrant examples of Orvieto, even Cistercian nuns are pushing the envelope of white wine greatness!  I think you get the point that I am very excited to do an all white wine, all Italy tasting.  In the heat of late July, this tasting is guaranteed to quench your taste buds. As always, expect 8 or 9 wines, and some appropriate cheese pairings!


Craig Perman
Perman Wine Selections
802 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone 312-666-4417
Fax 312-666-4487
craig@permanwine.com

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