All day, every day, the Lushes have been searching and exploring…challenging our palates to expand as we try new grapes, regions, producers, and styles. We have discovered what we adore, what we LOVE and what do not care for. And, we discovered that our tastes have evolved, twisted, turned, and ended up in new places, the same places, and places we never imagined we would go. As a staff, we have a very eclectic, bizarre, and sometimes frightening taste in all things fermented.
Set to task, dedicated to choosing our very most favoritest wines, we set a very strict set of criteria…we want outrageous quality for the cash, of course, but we also require craft winemaking, juice that speaks of where it comes from and that inexplicable, intangible, expression of something extraordinary.Our staff picks of the year are titillating, intellectual stimulating, and definitely remarkable…unforgettable, even. So, we are memorializing our favorites of the year in this year end rewind.
So, without further ado, the LUSH Wines of the Year, 2011. Ha. No, silly, you have to come to the tasting to get a sneak peek and a secret sip…
Rock the vote…
LUSH has been nominated as one of the best wine shops in the city. Please excuse us while we fan ourselves and try to remain calm…eeeeee! So exciting. Please share your love and support of all things LUSH by voting. The TimeOut Chicago 2010 EatOut Awards are about indulging in the good stuff...food and booze, with a close pulse on the city and what is brand spanking new or established and still performing wonders peddling deliciousness. Vote your most bestest favorite restaurant, chefs, bartender, blogger…and wine shop! We heart you! http://chicago.timeout.com/
Next course offering, Classic Cocktails will be held TONIGHT, Thursday, February 25th from 7-8:30pm at LUSH in West Town. Ms. Jane will be slingin’ cocktails and preaching the gospel of good booze, classic flavor combinations and technique. Y’all don’t wanna miss this one. Y’all can STILL sign up…just CALL 312.666.6900 immediately. Right now.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.