Happy face!

November 23, 2009 at 7:13 pm (Uncategorized)

LUSH West Town has been licensed.  Hells yeah.  We’ll be stocking the shelves and opening shortly.  Stay tuned, my friends.  And, get thirsty.  Eeeeeeee!!!

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November 19, 2009 at 2:26 pm (Geek, Our Favorite Things, What we're drinking) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Most of the world tends to think of boundaries in terms of nationality. I’m Portuguese. It’s from Germany. The fox is French. The wine world thinks in this way as well. Restaurant lists, wine stores, and importer’s portfolios are organized and separated by country.

Sometimes, though, these distinctions can be useless. Read the rest of this entry »

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Geek: Tocai, Tokay, Tokaji

November 12, 2009 at 10:18 am (Geek, Our Favorite Things, What we are thinking, What we're drinking) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

Tokaji, Tocai, Tokay

These all sound the same, so they must be the same, right?  Well, not so fast there.  While these wines are all pronounced relatively similar, they share hardly any similarities at all.
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Sad Face

November 11, 2009 at 11:36 pm (Current Events) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

LUSH West Town has been in the works for quite some time.  From the ground construction takes a bit of time, apparently, and contractors and carpenters, painters, plumbers, and such are a rowdy bunch and take some cajoling to meet deadlines.  Throwing booze at them only helps so much, and my super sad face just didn’t do it.  So, it’s been an intense, battling struggle to restrain our anxiety and overflowing joy to be opening a new shop.  We are nearly spilling over…just waiting for the dear city to bestow the ultimate gift, the golden ticket of a liquor license.  I will absolutely holler at the top of my virtual internet lungs the moment that our status progresses. Oh please, oh please, oh please.

However, in the meantime, alas, I must unfortunately call a halt to our raucous plans for Friday the 13th and kabosh the launch party until another date.  Do not fear, free wine, beer and snackies will be available when said party commences.  It will be a knee-slapping roof shaking good time.  We’ve got to break the new store in, of course.  So, NO go on the grand opening of Lush West Town this week.  If we do indeed procure said license, I will throw open the doors and welcome the thirsty, the seekers of knowledge and fun.

Please partake in the good times and show your support of our local little wine shop.  We are extremely thrilled to join the West Town neighborhood and the amazing local joints along the way…food, art, and a lively, smart drinking culture.  Pop in and say hi; get to know your Lushes.  And, we LOVE you.

For future reference, all pertinent details below…LUSH West Town, 1412 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL  60642.  312-666-6900.  Holler at rachel@lushwineandspirits.com with questions.

And, for an alternative party plan, join LUSH Roscoe 4-6pm for a vertical Goose Island Bourbon County Stout tasting (06, 07, 08, 09) with a little dash of Matilda and Sophie…good historical lesson, ya know…AND, 6-8pm for a wine tasting with Lagniappe founder Andrew Grossman.  We’ll be tasting the great Dexter Lake mustache clad wine, Forlorn Hope, and some Argentinian juice.

Savvy?  LUSH it up.

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LUSH hosts New Beligum Brewery

November 4, 2009 at 1:26 pm (Current Events, Special Events) (, , , , , , , )

LUSH University Village – 1257 South Halsted

Sunday, November 8th, 2009


LUSH is teaming up with the Sours projects from New Belgium Brewery for some sweet and sour shindigging. Join us this weekend to continue the celebration of the Barrel Aged Beer Festival. Jesse Katzman and Michael McAvena are joining in the fun, with some pork shoulder, homemade sauerkraut, and sausage to match the three sour beers hosted by the brewery…La Terrior, Fall Wild Ale, and the tart lychee brew. Last pig roast of the season…beer and pork, woot! Extra exclusive and absolutely, extremely, super fun! These three brews are brought in special for this event and are here and gone after this evening. $15 per person. RSVP necessary, good times promised. Open to the public, open to the industry.  Get it on.

Reserve your spot with erin@lushwineandspirits.com, or 312-738-1900.

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HUM has arrived.

November 4, 2009 at 1:21 pm (Current Events, Our Favorite Things) (, , , , , , , , , )


The newest local spirit to debut, HUM is the brilliant beverage concocted by Mr. Adam Seger. This spirit is incredibly versatile and extra delicious, bursting with flavor and quite tasty herbs, flowers, and fruits. HUM is essentially a botanical spirit, or, rather, a mingling of a strapping base of rum infused with hibiscus, cardamom, ginger, and kaffir lime. A spirit and a liqueur, HUM is lovely as a twist on classic cocktails, or can pump up your favorites with a burst of flavor. Or, if you like to be told what to do, Mr. Seger has developed an extensive list of tried and true tasty cocktails. Sip it neat, stir, shake, or share. Elegant, balanced, and vibrantly pink!  http://www.humspirits.com

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The odd coupling

November 4, 2009 at 1:17 pm (Geek, What we are eating, What we are thinking, What we're drinking) (, , , , , , , )

The odd couple…
My local European style grocery store pops up random deliciousness on a frequent basis, and last week, there was an overflowing pile of gloriously fresh shittake mushrooms.  Their pungent earthy aroma was so enticing, that I just couldn’t pass it up.  So, I grabbed a good bit of shrooms and scooted on home.  As for prep, I wanted to really focus on bringing out and highlighting the flavors of the shittake mushrooms without too much distraction.  Thus, I dusted them off, snapped the stems, and tossed them in lovely sweet cream butter.  And while the mushrooms sizzled away, the search for a proper wine pairing began.  Luckily, a super awesome closeout on some amazing wine had corresponded with my shroom discovery…and the Zmor Gewurztraminer from the Russian River Valley was already chilling in the fridge.
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