Events Calendar – Wednesday, March 24th


The last time I put out an events calendar, you responded in droves. Every event sold out so quickly that I never had to send out a follow–up newsletter.

Today, I am excited to announce my next wave of tastings and dinners.

Putting together events takes quite a bit of time and work. Because my events are often small, each seat and every seat is important to its success. This year I’ve had to be a little tougher on last–minute event cancellations. A strict 48–hour cancellation policy is in effect for my tastings. If I can’t fill your spots with people on the waiting list, I have to charge you. I hope this isn’t a deterrent to signing up; it’s just a measure I have to put in place.

On another note, my June 3 tasting will represent the only tasting of that month. I will be traveling from Sunday June 6 through Monday June 28. The store will be open a limited number of hours while I am gone. I plan on visiting over 40 producers in three different countries on this trip. This is the best way for me to offer even more knowledgeable service, and to keep current on what is going on in the wine world. I am paying for this trip out of my pocket, and could use all of your help to support my business while I am gone.

Thanks again for all that you do for Perman Wine.

Best Wishes,


A Winemaker Dinner at Spring featuring López de Heredia and Buil & Giné

Wednesday, April 21st @ 7 P.M.

Spring Restaurant: 2039 West North Avenue, Chicago

$150 per person, all inclusive

16 spots available

For reservations please call Spring directly at (773) 395–7100

My heart is always in Spain, and I couldn’t be more excited to announce a collaborative dinner with Spring Restaurant, and our two featured Spanish winemakers. María José López de Heredia of Bodega R. López de Heredia and Xavi Buil of Buil & Giné will be in town to present their amazing wines with a specially paired dinner from the James Beard award winning chef, Shawn McClain.

Bodega R. López de Heredia is one of Spain’s most iconic wineries. Tradition is a word that María José will speak of a lot during the dinner, because the focus of the winery is the same as it was when Don Rafael López de Heredia founded it in 1877. The soulfulness of these wines is undeniable – and I can’t wait for those who attend to meet, hear and taste with María José.

Xavi Buil and his family have dedicated their lives to wine and food in Catalunya. 1996 marked a return to the wine world for the Buil & Giné family, as they built a winery to focus on regional wines from areas like Priorat, Montsant, Rueda and Toro. The results of their efforts are an impressive array of wines that capture the magical charm of these regions’ local varieties.

Chef McClain has put together an outstanding looking menu: six–courses, paired with six different wines in total, three each from Bodega R. López de Heredia and Buil & Giné.

Limited space exists, so act fast to join us for what promises to be a memorable evening.


Focus on Ribera del Duero

Thursday, April 29th

7:00 – 8:30 P.M.


14 spots available – RSVP today

Since I’ve pretty much declared April to be “Spanish Wine Month” at Perman Wine, I thought why not explore one of the most beloved regions in all the country, Ribera del Duero.

What a difference 30 years make! Virtually no one paid attention to this region until 1982 when it was given Denominación de Origen status. By the time 2008 rolled around, it was granted Denominación de Origen Calificada status, and by this point hundreds of wineries had sprouted up.

Tinto Fino is the local name for Tempranillo, and the regional interpretation is so much different than any other part of Spain. At this tasting will we compare some of the top producers and try to gain some understanding to what makes the region so special.


Cabernet – Merlot–Syrah – Washington State style

Thursday, May 6th

7:00 – 8:30 P.M.


14 spots available – RSVP today

Time for this Oregonian at heart to throw some love to his neighbor up north, Washington State. I’ve said it for a long time: Washington State can produce world class Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Throw the recent success of Syrah into the mix, and you have a wine state to be reckoned with!

On this night, we will taste a broad overview of what the state has to offer. Look to see some of the stalwart names like Woodward Canyon and Andrew Will, not to mention a couple other newer names on the scene. Oh, and let’s not forget that a white varietal is actually the state’s most planted grape, so expect to try some of the clear stuff! This is going to be a lot of fun.


The Mezcal master is in the house! – An exclusive tasting with Ron Cooper from Del Maguey

Wednesday, May 12th

7:00 – 8:30 P.M.


14 spots available – RSVP today

Mezcal is quite possibly the most unique and handcrafted spirit in the entire world. Derived from the Maguey of Oaxaca, it bears some similarity to Tequila, but its production methods and place of origin makes it so unique.

Ron Cooper is simply the most authoritative English speaker on the subject of Mezcal. His line of Mezcal from different single villages in Oaxaca are eye–opening experiences.

Come join us as we taste through the line–up, including the introduction of a new Mezcal from Del Maguey that is a blend from various villages. Some nibbles will be provided. For a Mezcal enthusiast like myself, this doesn’t get any more exciting!


A Basque transformation – Txakoli night returns to Perman Wine!

Friday, May 14th

6:00 – 9:00 P.M. – Stop in any time during this time

$35 – Cash only at the door

45 spots available

I’m back with my second annual Basque night, right here at Perman Wine!
Like last year, I will turn the store into a traditional Basque Pintxos “bar.” The X–Marx team will be in the house to provide a few Pintxos that match well with the different Txakoli and Sidra that I will be pour from high above my head into an eagerly awaiting tumbler below.

If I’m speaking a different language to you, let me explain. Pinxto is a word used in the Basque language to describe some finger food, usually no more than a couple bites in size. On an average Friday night in villages like San Sebastian and Bilbao, many folks start their night by wandering from bar to bar, enjoying these tiny bites with the local wine called Txakoli. This lightly spritzy, very fresh, and utterly delicious white wine is a perfect compliment to Pinxto’s.

I’m bringing the tradition to Chicago, and trust me, you will want to make this part of your evening that Friday night! Sign up today, and then on May 14th, anytime between 6–9 pm, come in for a half–hour and enjoy the food and wine, on your way to your next stop. This is an informal, fun event. If you have any questions, please contact me for further explanation.

There is a reason why this is becoming an annual tradition, it is one of the most fun events I do all year!


Chile – Complexity and Value: a rarity in the wine world

Thursday, May 20th

7:00 – 8:30 P.M.


14 spots available – RSVP today

I have an official apology to offer to Chile: I’m sorry for giving you such limited space in my store.

The fact is, I truly believe that Chile offers some of the best wine values on the face of the earth. It also offers wines at other price points that can compete on the world stage for the best of their varietal. I look forward to pouring an array of white and red wines that are sure to impress.


Late Night Tasting – Argentina

Friday, May 28th

9:00 – 10:30 P.M.


14 spots available – RSVP today

It’s official, the world loves the wine of Argentina! Every third customer that comes into the store asks for a Malbec , and they are not talking about one from Cahors!

So I’m back with another late night tasting that focuses on the wines of Argentina. We will taste a little white wine, but focus mainly on the delicious examples of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon that have caught the attention of the wine world. Bring your toothbrush if you are going out to the club afterwards.


A White Wine Party – Chardonnay & Sauvignon Blanc – you are NOT invited!

Thursday, June 3rd

7:00 – 8:30 P.M.


14 spots available – RSVP today

I hate to be one of those guys, but to my friends Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, I’m having a party and you aren’t invited!

Ok, so it is a little mean, but the world has so many terrific white wine varietals, why are we so fixated on these two? Let’s break that and try some off–the–beaten–path whites varietals that will make us forget we ever met, well, you know who.

Not sure who I will be introducing to you yet, but it will probably be friends like Assyrtiko, Inzolia, Treixadura–you get the point.

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