My mom was in town this past weekend, and for her last evening in Chicago we went to dinner at Terragusto. Terragusto is a popular BYOB in Roscoe Village known for its fresh, seasonal, authentic Italian food. I had been once before, but quite a while ago, before I was–gasp!–really that into wine. My mom is becoming increasingly more open-minded and adventurous when it comes to wine, so I had pretty much free range for selecting a wine to go with dinner. I couldn’t help but choose a new favorite of mine: the 2006 Velonosi Vigna Solaria. Read the rest of this entry »
Working at LUSH, I have the unique opportunity to be exposed to a vast and ever-evolving array of wine. Everyday that I come in, I have my own personal harem of bottles — bottles of which I know and love the aromas, flavors, and stories. But, when I go home, my collection consists of a measly few bottles, looking very lonely in my small metal wine rack.
I soon plan to buy a wine refrigerator, and begin stocking it with bottles that I want to hold onto for a while. There is something very majestic and romantic to me about buying a bottle of wine that I don’t plan to drink immediately — an investment in my future wine-drinking happiness. So, I would like to begin a column where I profile two wines that I plan to hold onto for a bit and discuss their aging potential. As I am somewhat of a novice at predicting how wine will age, I welcome any feedback. Read the rest of this entry »
What up, yo? I am incredibly excited and still dizzy from the rush of the pig roast on Wednesday night with Freddy Noe of Jim Beam, one handsome and tasty pig, a foot stompin’ band, and plenty of lushes. The three classic bourbon and rye cocktails were delicious…I must admit it was tough to resist drinking the entire pitcher of maple julep that I was continuously refilling with fresh mint, maple syrup, and Beam Rye. Yum! We had a great crowd and a wildly good time! JOIN us next time…
Was BEAM your first taste or whiskey?! While Jim Beam remains madly popular, the Beam family has taken their love for making great bourbon to the next level…crafting a line of spectacular bourbons that make up the Small Batch Collection. As the 7th in a generation of bourbon distillers, Fred Noe is now in charge of carrying on the Beam family legacy and oversees the making of not only the Jim Beam bourbons, but Knob Creek, Booker’s, Basil Hayden’s and Bakers. LUSH has signed bottles available…and even a couple of the Master’s Collection, as well.
I won’t bury you in words…just wanted to share the pictures from the knee slappin’ good time at the Beam PIG ROAST. Read the rest of this entry »
Boy oh boy, have we got great things in store for our lovely Lushly customers! Check out the updates and new additions [in bold] to our calendar of events for the next two months:
August 20th: Jim Beam bourbon celebration and BBQ with Fred Noe, Booker’s son. FREE! 7-9 PM
August 23rd: Maryland-style Blue Crab Boil served family style with traditional sides and hand-selected pairings. Market Price, but between $50-100.
August 29th: Join Lush and Sonja from North Shore Distillery to sample their world-class, local spirits and their brand spankin’ new absinthe ‘Sirene’. FREE!
September 14th: Oysterbration. Buckets and buckets of ’em, with wine pairings to boot. Market price.
September 20th: PAX and Pig. A vertical of highly acclaimed wine with succulent swine. Price TBD.
September 26th: Sine Qua Non. Super super super rare vertical tasting. Do not miss this. Price TBD.
September 27th: Champagne and Fried Chicken. Don’t knock it til you’ve tried it–a miraculous pairing! Price TBD
Right now, that would be the Rogue Hazlenut Brown Ale. Wow. Perfect way to finish off my evening…watching the Olympics, chilling with the pup, and drinking a full bodied, sweet and nutty brown. Ah.
I also have a bottle of the new vintage, 2006, D’Arenber ‘Derelict’ Grenache from Australia. These kids found an old, derelict vineyard full of ancient, crochety vines. Thus followed a bit of pampering, coaxing, and convincing to produce a bit of fruit and juice to fit in a few bottles…and let me tell you, yum. Berries and spice and minerals, as well as that ‘old vine’ earthy taste that is just ethereal and tasty. The 2006 is already drinking beautifully, which is a bit surpising since I always except this bottle to be shy upon opening. The 2005 is rocking it out, too. Try one. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s a red wine, and it’s a really interesting one. It looks different in the glass, an odd shade of red that makes me think “nuclear” even though that doesn’t make any sense. It smells, well, it smells a LOT; the kind of smell that gets stuck in the back of your mouth where your nasal cavity meets your throat. When I put the glass to my lips, I imagine a lit Molotov cocktail wrapped in velvet and landing in a vat of raspberries. I like it, even though it’s not really my preferred style. It’s a spectacle, like the TMZ show or when my upstairs neighbors fight. It’s the Brochelle Syrah, and I’m trying to tell you what I experience when I drink it.
That art and wine come hand in hand is not often questioned: after all, what mental image of a gallery opening is complete without people schmoozing, admiring the artists’ works, glass in hand?
So, this and every second Friday, go check out the fantastic galleries just south of us on Halsted in the Pilsen Arts District. Then make your way back up and join us on the patio for a relaxing bottle or three. Cheers!