I am exited about our annual wine plan with Perman Wine – each month we’ll get to pick few bottles from his stylish wine store in West Loop. Owner, Craig Perman has recently expanded his modest place and added handsome tasting room. Checkout his Calendar of Tastings – he tends to bring in the real people of the wine world and often pairs the wines with great food. The guy may be funny but he is not kidding around when it comes to wine.
Today, we went there for the first time to come up with a plan of attack for our monthly wine club. Wine drinking to me means partaking in a rich history, art, and science of wine and I want to learn more about it. We decided to split our 12- month journey into regions and started with Burgundy. Craig quickly demystified the secret of French labeling system, broke down the basic rules of wine growing in the region, and walked us through the map from the Wine Atlas – all fascinating stuff. I am far from being a wine buff but exited to discover what’s in my glass. We brought home three bottles- two reds and one white- only to find a lonely white Burgundy left behind from our last year’s wine club. So the taste of Burgundy begins with four wines: Chateau de La Greffiere 2005 Macon La Roche, Chateau Vaux Sous Targe 2005 Macon – Villages, Domaine Humbert Freres, and a bottle of Domaine Des Moirots from Givry.
I’ll keep track of my wine notes right here, which could be fun should some serious wino stumble upon my blog and challenge my sophomore musings. I am also on the lookout for a used copy of World Atlas of Wine so I can learn about the climate, soil, history, and people who made that delicious glass of wine I am sipping right now!