Things I heart, take 6

January 26, 2010 at 10:13 am (Our Favorite Things, What we are thinking, What we're drinking) (, , , , , , , , , )

Posted by Kelly

Wow, only take 6, huh?  Sorry everyone, there are plenty of things that I’ve hearted in the past few months, I just haven’t written about them I suppose.  Either way, here I am, falling madly in love with this wine.  It’s the 2006 Melusine Lyra Gruner Veltliner from winemaker Marion Ebner.  I mean, really, this is gruner?  Heck yeah!

Let’s being with the story of the winemaker Marion Ebner.  She grew up in Vienna and knew early on that she was interested in winemaking.  She enrolled in school just for that – which I should mention is not that common.  Most winemakers in Austria are born in in to the wine business…and most are guys.  When she was 16, she landed an internship with a great winery in Austria and worked under winemaker Fritz Wieninger (whose wines are also delicious, may I add). She went on to work in a wine shop (awesome) and the the marketing side of wine while gathering some resources.  She made a deal to cultivate some grapes in the Kamptal region and began producing the first small amount of the wonderful Melusine.  The Melusine is not like other Gruner Veltliners – it’s a lot fuller bodied and has so much complexity, you’ll probably be thinking about it still 45 minutes after you taste it.  The press quickly caught on to this small production wine, and with each vintage she gained more and more respect.

Now I’m sitting here drinking, er, tasting, the ’06 which is just utterly fantastic.  As I mentioned before, it’s a fuller bodied gruner that sees some oak (French).  I could just smell this wine all day long.  If Melusine was made in to a perfume, that would be my scent. The nose is full of pineapple, citrus and white stone fruit (sweet apples anyone?).  The palate is lush and complex with fresh fruit and a creaminess that is balanced by a beautiful acidity.

Only 222 bottles were brought in to the US and if I had the funds, I’d be buying a lot of this.  However, lucky for you, we still have a little left…and if you get to West Town in the next day or so, we’ll still have some open to taste.

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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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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

5-8pm

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) (, , , , , , , , , )

FEATURE SPIRIT: HUM


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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Dinners with Lush: A Summer Patio Series

July 9, 2008 at 7:05 pm (Special Events) (, , )

 

 

Please mark your calendars and tell your friends…

The Lush in University Village has a rocking patio that is just itching to be used every single day.  And, what better way to utilize the short Chicago summer than to sip away the afternoon and EAT!  The Lushies have been whipping up a full summer of food and wine events, so please join us for a lovely evening…or jump in on them all!

PATIO EVENTS: LUSH, 1257 South Halsted, Chicago, IL 60607

Each event is open to 25 people.  Groups are welcome and encouraged.  Reservations are required.  We expect to serve 4 courses and pour you 2-4 glasses of wine.  The cost will flucuate between $50-100 depending upon the event.  More details to come.  The cost is non-refundable. 

Call 312.738.1900 to reserve a seat.  You may also reach us by email at lance@lushwineandspirits.com, rachel@lushwineandspirits.com, or erin@lushwineandspirits.com.  EAT, DRINK, be MERRY and CELEBRATE with us!

 

 

 

*Saturday, August 16th: BBQ ribs, corn, slaw, salad, potato salad watermelon and ZIN/Rosé, $50

 

*Saturday, August 23rd: Maryland Blue Crab Boil, corn, white wines

 

*Sunday, September 14th: Oysters

 

*Saturday, September 20th: PAX vertical and Pig

 

*Friday, September 26th: SQN vertical wine tasting

 

*Saturday, September 27th: Fried Chicken and Vintage Champagne

 

Cheers,

LUSH

 

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