LUSH: Staff Picks 2009, the Newbies!

December 31, 2009 at 7:12 pm (Current Events, Geek, Our Favorite Things) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Get your GEEK on: LUSH Staff Picks – The Newbies
Our favorite wines of the year are a moment captured by a sip, a sigh, a wisp of pure delight…these wines are what we crave, what excites us right now. In an ever evolving world of imbibing, this is the snapshot of the best hits of 2009.

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LUSH: Staff Picks 2009, Veterans

December 23, 2009 at 10:53 am (Current Events, Geek, Our Favorite Things) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Get your GEEK on: LUSH Staff Picks – The Veterans
Our favorite wines of the year are a moment captured by a sip, a sigh, a wisp of pure delight…these wines are what we crave, what excites us right now. In an ever evolving world of imbibing, this is the snapshot of the best hits of 2009. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pucker Up: Sour Ales

December 17, 2009 at 11:07 am (Beer, Geek, Our Favorite Things) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Sour Ales
Ah, the world of beer…so interesting, so fun, so crazy!  Over the past year, I have to say that I’ve taken way more of an interest in beer.  Just like wine, it’s amazing what those brewers can do.  Probably one of my most favorite discoveries this year – along with many other people – was discovering how much I enjoyed sour ales.  My mouth is watering just thinking about it.  From the slight funky tartness all the way to feeling like you just sucked a sour patch kid raw, I love it all!  And it seems I’m not the only one, more and more sours are popping up from all over, which makes my taste buds do a little dance of joy. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Wonderful World of Sherry

December 10, 2009 at 10:25 am (Geek, What we are thinking, What we're drinking) (, , , , , , , , , )

Ah, sherry. So delicious. So diverse. So misunderstood.

A lot of times people want to jump in, and start talking about sherry in terms of the different styles. We’ll get to that. But the first thing that needs to be discussed — the thing that is the basis for all sherry — is the solera system. Sherry wine (‘Vinos de Jerez’) is believed to have the unique property of taking on the characteristics of older wine when blended. In a solera system, older barrels of wine are topped with young wine to create a consistent flavor profile. It usually takes at least 4 years for wine in the solera system to reach the profile of the house style, at which point it can be bottled. Read the rest of this entry »

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LUSH: West Town Launch PARTY

December 3, 2009 at 1:53 pm (Current Events, Our Favorite Things, Special Events, What we are eating, What we're drinking) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

LUSH WEST TOWN
1412 West Chicago Avenue
312-666-6900

Launch Party
Friday, December 4th
6-9pm

LUSH West Town was licensed and we cranked it up, whipped that shop into some sort of presentable shape, and are OPEN. Doors are open everyday at noon until 10pm. Now, mind you, this is Lush in the raw…partially stocked, lacking our signature rolling carts, mounted wall art, and some supplies…but WITH open bottles, very excited Lushies, and lots of super geeky bottles and two, yeah, count ’em, two!, beer coolers.

CELEBRATE our launch, the holidays, or just for the hell of it. Please join in the wild and raucous celebration THIS FRIDAY, December 4th, 6-9pm, as we open to the holiday and revel in the sweet sweetness of having a shiny, brand spanking new play thing. This is absolutely a LUSH style shindig with many bottles open and flowing…wine, beer, and perhaps a bit of HUM and bubbly, too…small nibbles and a very warm welcome to neighbors, friends, and lushes all. Yeehaw, it’s a party.

YOU are invited.  And you.  And all your friends.

P.S. Ms Kelly is celebrating her birthday, as well.  Make sure to wish her a happy celebration!

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Stocking the shelves…

December 3, 2009 at 1:42 pm (Current Events, Our Favorite Things, What we are thinking) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

Get your GEEK on: Stocking a shop
Although quite a bit less geeky than usual in the intellectual sense, this topic is geeky in the most particular wine geeky slant of detailing the minutia of selecting wine and stocking the Lush shelves. In the interest of imbibing honesty and being open to the new neighborhood and the gorgeous expanse of space at the brand spanking new LUSH West Town, this little note is a window into the collective workings of a lush…
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