LUSH: Back to Basics

May 26, 2011 at 11:58 pm (BYOB, class, Current Events, Geek, Our Favorite Things, Special Events, What we are eating, What we are thinking, What we're drinking) (, , , , , , , , )

by Ms. Jessica Tessendorf

LUSH lingo leaving you a little bamboozled? Let’s get straight to the facts. An honest to
goodness list of everything your neighborhood LUSH can provide just for you.

1. FREE booze! If the lights are blinking, you’re drinking. 12-10, 7 days a week. Anything
we have opened is fair game.
2. FREE Scheduled tastings. 2-5 each and every Sunday afternoon. Check out the website
or call your local shop to see what the weekly theme is. Not a wine fan? 25% of our
scheduled tastings are either beer or spirits. We provide the topic, the booze, and some
tasting notes, you provide your face.
3. Personalized tastings. Pick a topic, or don’t. Have it blind, or not. Have some snacks
to pair, or drink your food. Set a date with Ms. Carrie (carrie@lushwineandspirits.com) at Roscoe Village, or Ms. Alica (alicia@lushwineandspirits.com) at West Town & University Village, get
some friends together, and have a more tailored tasting event. Read the rest of this entry »

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LUSH contacts

October 17, 2010 at 10:42 pm (Current Events) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Getting organized…
Ms. Kelly Cosgrove, Employee of the Years, is your brand spanking new Director of Snacks. Yes, do get excited. Very excited. More details coming soon. Mouthwatering details. Snacks at LUSH, private event catering, and delicious party platters! Keep in the loop for additional information. kelly@lushwineandspirits.com

Ms. Alica, is  your   Give her a holler to get your own private party shindig rolling, alicia@lushwineandspirits.com

Ms. Carrie is  your Event Coordinator, Roscoe Village. She’ll be in touch!  And, she will coordinate a kick ass event for you, customized LUSH style…carrie@lushwineandspirits.com. And, is now your direct line for warm fuzzies and do-goodin’. She is the Director of Charitable Donations for non-profits and local charities.

Ms. Rachael Thompson is your media contact for all the official details, copy, and such, give her a holler. thompson@lushwineandspirits.com.

For special orders, general information, events and all miscellaneous inquires, please email a store manager, Ms. Erin at University Village, erin@lushwineandspirits.com, Ms. Jane at Roscoe, jane@lushwineandspirits.com, or the GM at West Town, Ms. Rachel at rachel@lushwineandspirits.com.

Ms. Alicia, Events – alicia@lushwineandspirits.com
Ms. Carrie, Events  – carrie@lushwineandspirits.com
Ms. Kelly, Snacks – kelly@lushwineandspirits.com
Ms. Thompson, PR/Media – thompson@lushwineandspirits.com

Ms. Erin, Manager- erin@lushwineandspirits.com
Ms. Jane, Manager – jane@lushwineandspirits.com
Ms. Rachel, GM – rachel@lushwineandspirits.com

University Village / 1257 S. Halsted / 312.738.1900

West Town / 1412 W. Chicago / 312.666.6900

Roscoe Village / 2232 W.Roscoe / 773.281.8888

TWITTER: LushWine
WEBSITE: www.lushwineandspirits.com
BLOG: blog.lushwineandspirits.com
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Drinking at work: Raul Perez ‘SKETCH’

October 14, 2010 at 8:58 pm (Current Events, What we're drinking) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

2 weeks ago, the inbox floated up a message about this wine. A wine from Spain. A white wine from Spain. That was aged UNDER THE OCEAN.  So, of course, as Lush will do, we bought some. For all the shops.

And then, we had to open it.  During our official LUSH Snacks launch last night, tamer than you may imagine, we popped the cork.  Before the beautiful details, a bit of back story… Read the rest of this entry »

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LUSH: Snacks

September 30, 2010 at 10:12 am (Current Events, What we are eating) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

Ms. Kelly Cosgrove, Employee of the Years, has taken on a new title. That of Director of Snacks. Exciting news! Wine and food pairing, in the house of LUSH. We have been dreaming [yeah, food dreams] of this moment for quite some time and are thrilled to share with y’all!

LUSH Wine Bar, 1412 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642.  312.666.6900.  [Tuesday-Saturday, 5-10pm]. lushwineandspirits.com

LUSH West Town has launched the wine bar portion of the shop, and now has simple but delicious small plates available to nibble. Cured pig parts and fermented milk products are the focal point of the menu, along with indulgently delicious small bites of pork rilletes, duckfat popcorn, fried chickpeas with truffle oil, a daily sandwich, hummus, and other seasonal options.  Owner Mitch Einhorn and Director of Snacks, Ms. Kelly Cosgrove, crafted a menu based on much research and tasting and personal experience. Edited. Tasty.  Ms. Kelly will keep the menu fresh and popping with flavor, while following the seasons and fresh market produce.

Small plate prices range from $2 to $16. Perfect for sharing. Or all for you!

And, for the moment, the wine bar is BYOB.  Thus, you are welcome to grab a bottle of wine or beer from the LUSH shop and come on over to snack and sip.  As we move forward with licensing, the wine bar will have a small by the glass selection of wines and six brews on tap.  Wine and beer menu will rotate along with the snack menu.

We have 8 bar seats, a communal table for 12, and couches and leather chairs for an additional 10 seats.  Yummy and fun. So, now, in addition to interactive, fun & free wine tastings on Chicago Avenue, you can crack your very own bottle and stay for snackies!

Ms. Heather Sperling of the Tasting Table popped in for an exclusive interview to get things kicked off.  Check out her initial impressions…http://tastingtable.com/ecs/3886.htm.  Please contact kelly@lushwineandspirits for any press or media inquiries. Or call 312.666.6900.

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School of LUSH: Summer courses

July 23, 2010 at 10:15 am (class, Current Events, Our Favorite Things, What we are thinking) (, , , , , , , , , , )

RSVP to kelly@lushwineandspirits.com

SCHOOL OF LUSH:
Class is in session. Get schooled, LUSH style. Our classes are firing up, so check out our course offerings below for a good schoolin’. Plaid skirts are NOT required, but an open mind and palate is. Stay after class for extra tutoring and chat with the geeky squad of Lush lecturers. Come on in to see how Lush does school, a no-nonsense, down to earth wine course that is perfect for those who enjoy drinking wine, eating delicious food, and talking about it. We will taste through a carefully chosen selection of hand-crafted wines designed to demonstrate the simplicity of understanding vino while breaking it down Lush style. Come to our class and find out what wine is all about! Please email or call Kelly (kelly@lushwineandspirits.com, 312.666.6900) to ask questions or reserve your seat in class by credit card. All classes are 6:30-8pm, unless otherwise noted. All classes will be taught at our WEST TOWN location (1412 W. Chicago), unless otherwise noted. *Read the fine type or suffer the consequences! The class in non-refundable, so go all in or not at all. CLASS costs $35. MINIMUM of 10 students.

THE WIDE WORLD OF SAKE — rescheduled, stay tuned!
We are excited to welcome guest lecturer Mason Horowitz to LUSH to talk about all things sake! Mason works for Joto Sake, one of the premier sake importers to the United States. Joto is Japanese for ‘highest level’ and it quite aptly describes Joto’s producers as well as their aspirations as their importer. Joto’s breweries could also be described as jizake, or ‘local.’ They are located in different regions of Japan, produce their sake in small batches and primarily use locally raised rice. They have unique stories and contrasting flavors and styles. Joto makes a point to not only select the finest breweries, but also put an emphasis on educating the public on the oft-misunderstood sake. Join us as Mason takes us through the ins and outs of this delicious rice beverage and snag a bottle or two for your next BYO sushi excursion.

AUSTRALIAN WINE 101 — Sunday, August 1st

There is more to Australian wine than meets the eye. Between the mass-produced world of Yellow Tail and the cult-status stylings of Penfolds and Ben Glaetzer lies a whole world of terroir-specific, hand-crafted, artisinal wines that you don’t hear much about. Shiraz is the big name grape, but Australia also puts out some of the finest New World riesling, cabernet, chardonnay, grenache, and semillon. Australia is also a treasure-trove of experimentation: you’ll find such grapes as zinfandel, albarino, verdelho, pinot gris, and gamay being planted. There is much to know in terms of regions too: Barossa Valley might be the most famous, but the regions of Australia offer a case study in different climates and landscapes. From Hunter Valley to Margaret River, Adelaide to McClaren Vale, there are distinct regional differences around the country. The wines of Australia have gotten a reputation as being flashy and chock full of alcohol and fruit, but they can also display finesse, elegance, and a distinct expression of place and variety.

AMERICAN WHISKEY — Sunday, August 22nd
Scotch has certainly earned its spot at the top of the whisk(e)y hierarchy, with centuries of distillation and tradition, but American whiskey is nipping at its heels. Right now, if you haven’t noticed, there is a bit of an aged American whiskey shortage. No one knew ten — or even five — years ago that these spirits would be so popular! Bourbon and Rye are taking center stage in the American cocktail Renaissance, along with being many connoisseurs’ sippers of choice. We are also seeing incredible innovation — ‘single malts’ from Oregon and Colorado, wheat whiskey from Kentucky, and small batch ‘four grain’ bourbon from upstate New York, among others. It is an exciting time to be making and drinking American Whiskey, and there is much to know. We’ll go through the history of our homegrown spirits, how they’re made, and how best to drink them (this will be the most fun part!). Jump on the bandwagon, and discover what all the fuss is about.

VINOS DE JEREZ — Thursday, August 26th
The ultimate wine geek wine, Sherry — aka ‘Vinos de Jerez’ — is one of the most (if not THE most) misunderstood beverages on the planet. When I say Sherry, you think of something that Grandma drank or Mom added to her cooking. But there’s another side to these wines that the Spanish cognoscenti has been trying to tell us about for years. In the multitude of sherry types and styles lays a plethora of mind-blowing, meal-matching, and palate-pleasing wines. Slightly fortified, with varying degrees of oxidation caused by the mysterious and elusive yeast film called flor, vinos de Jerez are perhaps the most unique and site-specific wines made. Trust us on this one. This class will open you up to a whole world of wines you never knew existed.

*CUSTOMIZE your own class. Bring some friends…pick a date and a course topic. Email kelly@lushwineandspirits.com to find out more details.

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West Town Tavern ‘Esporao Wine Dinner’

May 7, 2010 at 3:03 pm (Current Events, Our Favorite Things, What we are eating, What we're drinking) (, , , , , , , )

HERADO DO ESPORÃO WINE DINNER AT WEST TOWN TAVERN
Sunday, May 23, 2010

For more information click here

Join West Town Tavern and Wine-O-Rama for an exclusive dinner featuring the wines of Herade do Esporão in Portugal.  Located in the heart of Alentjo region, 180 Km east of Lisbon, in Reguengos de Monsaraz, the Herdade do Esporão produces high quality wines and olive oils. West Town Tavern is proud to welcome a special guest from the winery for a five course dinner featuring creations from Chef Susan Goss carefully matched to the wines of Herado do Esporão.

Ms. Rachel at LUSH is a serious supporter of Esporao wines and will be rocking it out with the West Town Tavern crew and winery folk.  All wines will be available to purchase at LUSH West Town. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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Field Trip: New York City

January 21, 2010 at 11:15 am (Current Events, Our Favorite Things, What we are thinking, What we're drinking) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

[Sometimes, us Lushes do some serious R&D…working super hard and all.  This lovely piece of writing was crafted over Manhattans at the Twisted Spoke.  Erin and Kelly busted ass while Shawn mixed up the cocktails.  Enjoy!]

Wine Geek: Field Trip!

New York…what a wonderfully interesting place to be, be seen, and most importantly, to eat and drink! So many exciting places and things to try, I could hardly manage 5 days there. I will try my best to recount the best things that I ate and drank while there, but time went by in a New york minute – and please excuse my brain for any fuzziness, it just means I was having fun!

Day 1: After traveling, I really just wanted a nice beer to celebrate the trip, so my friend and I stopped in a brewpub in Union Square called Heartland Brewry. It’s a fun place to stop and have some brews not found here in the great midwest. The oatmeal stout was a touch too sweet for my taste, but the Bavarian black lagar was just what I wanted. Medium bodied with a nice coffee note, malty but not too sweet…hello New York! Read the rest of this entry »

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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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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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