Events Calendar Update – October 1st, 2009


Introducing two upcoming wine dinners that you won’t want to miss, not to mention a great informal tasting here at the store!

I hope you can make one or all!



A dinner with Classical Wines, the pioneering importer of Spanish wines in the US, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2009. Owners Steve Metzler and Almudena de Llaguno will be in attendance.

WHEN: Thursday, October 8th, 2009 at 7 P.M.

WHERE: Terzo Piano, located in the Modern Wing of The Art Institute of Chicago.

COST: $100 per person all-inclusive

RESERVATIONS: Please call Terzo Piano at 312-443-8650.  Tell them you would like to reserve a spot for the dinner under the name of Perman Wine Selections.

I have long been a supporter of Classical Wines, a prominent importer of great Spanish wine.  In celebrating their 25th anniversary, owners Steve Metzler and Almudena de Llaguno will present some of their terrific selections in a wine dinner format.

A five-course set menu of Tony Mantuano’s elegant and rustic food has been chosen to compliment six wines.

This should be a very nice evening of food and wine in a beautiful setting.

Only 15 spots available.  Please contact me if you have any questions.


Perman Wine Selections and X-Marx Present An Underground Winemaker Dinner with famed Slovenian winemaker Aleš Kristančič of Movia and Giusto Occhipinti, co-owner of the superstar Sicilian wine estate Azienda Agricola Cos.

WHEN: Friday, October 16th, 2009  @ 7 P.M.

WHERE: Held at a secret location, all attendees will leave from Perman Wine Selections via cab to the destination at 6:45 P.M.

COST: $160 per person, all-inclusive

THE STORY: X-Marx is Chicago’s premier alternative dining experience. Take a group of trained chefs, add a theme, secret location, and 24 food-loving guests and you have the recipe for a one of a kind evening of great dining.

Last year I was introduced to the X-Marx team through a mutual customer.  After initially tasting their fabulous food, I knew that I had to put together a series of food and wine dinners with them.

So far we have done wine dinners focused on the regional cuisine of Spain, the amazing flavors of Southeast Asia, and even pulled off the first of its kind culinary tailgater, wine and baseball event at U.S. Cellular Field.  Did I mention we saw a “perfect game?”

Now the adventure continues….

THE EVENT: Today I announce news of my first ever winemaker “underground” dinner!

Famed Slovenian winemaker Aleš Kristančič of Movia and Giusto Occhipinti, co-owner of the superstar Sicilian wine estate Azienda Agricola Cos will be on hand to present their wines with specifically paired dishes prepared by X-Marx.

A seven-course menu will be presented alongside 5 wines from Movia and four wines from Cos.

HOW IT WORKS: All guest will arrive at Perman Wine Selections first, and then will be transported via taxi to a secret location.  Upon arrival Aleš  will pour his sparkling wine called “Puro” while an hors d’oeuvre is passed.  You will then be seated at one of two long communal tables that holds 24 people.

While each course is being prepared by a team of chefs, we will pour each wine pairing and the winemakers will explain a bit about the wine.  Plan for the dinner to be long and leisurely.  Also plan on making friends because you will be seated together.

RESERVATIONS: Because this is an “underground” dinner some special instructions must be followed to secure your spot.

1.  Please contact Craig Perman by e-mail at or by calling 312-666-4417.  Your credit card and billing information will be taken for the event and charged accordingly.

2. On the night of the event, arrive at Perman Wine Selections, 802 W. Washington Blvd., between 6:30 -6:45 pm. We will leave promptly at 6:45 pm via taxi.

I anticipate this event selling out quickly.  If for some reason you signed up and have to cancel, we must receive your cancellation 48 hours in advance of the event to refund your money.

CLOSING ARGUMENTS: I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited in hosting an event as this one!

I’m honored to be hosting Aleš and Giusto for a dinner.  These are some of the most progressive, unique and delicious wines be made in all of Italy and Slovenia.  These guys are coming a long way to tell you about what makes their wines so special.

I’m also very excited any time I get to eat the food of X-marx.  You know me, I’m picky, and I think this group of chefs is incredibly talented and should have their own restaurant. Since they don’t,  you will be one of the few to know how good they are!

The “underground” alternative dining experience is a great way to enjoy fine dining but in more comfortable surroundings.

Yet it is not for everyone!  If you don’t like to sit down for long periods for dinner then this is not for you.  If you tend to be a picky eater then you may also want to skip this (food allergies will be accommodated).

I certainly hope you can make the dinner, this is going to be great!  Please call or e-mail me if you have any questions about the event, or how to make reservations.


An informal, drop in event featuring 9 of my “current” favorite wines

Thursday, October 22nd
Stop in anytime between 6 P.M. – 8:30 P.M
$20 per person
36 tickets available…you must rsvp by e-mail or phone

Aside from my horrible dressing abilities, I tend to be kind of a formal guy. Take my tastings for instance, typically they tend to be small sit-down tastings.  While the formality of that is something I love, I thought it would be fun to spread the wealth and get a few more people than usual to a tasting.

Reserve your spot today, for what promises to be a fun way to discover some new favorite wines.  9 wines from around the globe will be open to taste for those that attend.

You can stop by any time between 6 P.M. and 8:30 P.M. to enjoy.

You must rsvp in advance for this tasting, as I will be capping the amount of people in attendance at 36.

Hope you can make it!

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

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