Archive for January, 2009

Surviving Epic Tastings: A Field Guide

Friday, January 30th, 2009

I recently attended the tasting for the 2006 vintage of Bordeaux, put on by the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux at the very historic and beautiful Palmer House Hilton. I went with Ms Jane Lopes of Roscoe Village Lush fame, and I am glad I had her company, because these events are always just this side of insane. (more…)

BYOB: Irazu

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

by Jane Lopes, on the Pleasures of Real Grenache

My first venture to Irazu, a Costa Rican BYOB in Bucktown, was indeed a success. The food was delicious: plentiful and hearty, perfect for the sub-zero night my friend Jesse and I chose to go. The atmosphere was casual and congenial. The service was friendly without being overbearing (pet peeve: when servers tell me their names and how they’ll be “taking care” of me this evening). But what am I really writing to rave about? Yes, the wine. (I’m so predictable!) (more…)

LUSH Interview: 10 Questions with Michael Nagrant

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

10 Questions With…

Michael Nagrant, Chicago-based food writer

BIO:

Apparently, Mr. Nagrant likes to eat…and talk about it.  Michael Nagrant never met an organ meat he didn’t like. He hopes to meet many more. In the meantime he writes regularly about food and drink for Newcity, CS, Chicago Sun Times, and Time Out. If you are sniffing about, you may catch an article or two at Serious Eats, www.seriouseats.com He’s also the founder/editor of  Hungry magazine www.hungrymag.com.

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LUSH Interview: 10 Questions with Ms. Will

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

10 Questions With…

JULIANNE WILL

Chicago Freelance Wine Writer

BIO:

Julianne Will rocks…and is one hot mama.  She blogs.  She eats and drinks, travels, and has an insatiable thirst for knowledge.  And wine.  Did I mention wine? Buckets of creativity, a quest for perfection and a belief in the sanctity of deadlines–all part of Julianne Will’s professional writing, editing, proofing and marketing services. See juliannewill.com.

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Things I heart, take 1

Monday, January 19th, 2009

For those that don’t know Dogfish Head, they are a brewery out in Delaware that does “off-centered stuff for off-centered people.” Sam Calagoine is the founder and President of this great brewery and is brain behind all the eccentric brews they come up with – with the help of everyone else on staff of course. They have become known for crazy and intense beers with something new always popping up. Whether it be a take on IPA or an ancient recipe that they decided to try, you can always expect something unexpected.

The Midas Touch is defiantly my favorite of these great beers. It’s named after King Midas and his golden touch, as the recipe calls for barley, white muscat grapes, honey and saffron – which happen to be ingredients that were found in the drinking vessels of his tomb. When I first saw this beer, the thought “holy crap, a beer with muscat grapes? Yes!” came to my mind. And it did not disappoint. Smooth, honey goodness with such cool fruit notes, yet not really sweet. It’s a great pick for those days when I can’t decide if I want wine or beer, it satisfies both wants all in one glass. But beware, the 9% alcohol sneaks up on you, especially when you don’t realize that it’s a 9%abv beer and wonder why you’re so loopy after 1 glass, not that that’s happened before! But just a heads up.

This beer is released in limited quantities, so my advice is to try it before we’re out – till the next batch. Unfortunately it’s only at the University Village location, 1257 South Halsted, but oh well.

I hope you all enjoy this beer as much as I do! Cheers!

On Favorites

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

by Ms. Rachel Driver, LUSH Manager

So, as a good little Lush, and as a complete geek in life and in wine, I often blog hop and read what other people are thinking and writing about wine, beer, spirits, and food…and sometimes anthropology or other fun tangents.  And, I came across this quote in the Wine Enthusiast blog…

‘As a literature lover, I often bristle when asked to name my “favorite author” or “favorite book of all time.” While I have a clear and consistent idea of what constitutes solid writing, a good plot and interesting characters, I’ve found over the years that my taste for stories and tone is dynamic and certainly influenced by events and people in my life at that given time. While as a romantic teenager I devoured the poet Shelley and all of the breathless effusion he offered, today I turn to the worldliness of Miller, the caustic wit of Plath, the blunt magic of Marquez. And while sinking into a dense, head-bending session of Dostoyevsky makes perfect sense in the dead of winter, it’s not what I want in my hand when I’m kicking back on a beach in the tropics (think Marquez). I love them all, but to choose just one to encompass everything I was, am and might be, is pretty much impossible.’

‘Telling the Tale of the Soul…with Wine’

Monday, January 5th, 2009 at 5:31:57 PM
by Susan Kostrzewa (more…)

LUSH Interview: 10 Questions with Mitch Einhorn.

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

10 Questions with…

MITCH EINHORN

LUSH Wine and Spirits

Owner, Head LUSH

BIO:

Mitch Einhorn, a local boy with a penchant for incredibly irreverent humor, yummy food, wine, beer, and bourbon, is the catalyst to making LUSH happen.  He loves good wine and wants to share.  He cooks…gourmet chef style, with big knives, and loads of local, or at least gourmet, ingredients.  He has a couple awesome kids that inherited the precocious tendency to entertain.  The Einhorns have been involved in several local Chicago projects, including Bone Daddy, Pie Hole, and the Twisted Spoke…um, Smut and Eggs anyone?  Mitch is a serious wine drinker…and likes to spread the love for all things fermented.  Hence, each and every day wine, beer, and spirits are OPEN and available to sample.  LUSH strives to offer hand-crafted, eclectic, boutique bottles.  Any budget is welcome, just make sure you are ready for an adventure.  Open your palate and step into Lush.

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I mead some lovin’, honey

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

by Ms. Lynn

Feeling amorous? No? Maybe you need some inspiration, what with V-day fast approaching and all.

Ugh, Valentine’s Day. I’m sorry, but it’s gross – I prefer it when people slobber all over each other in their homes, not next to me at a restaurant. Anyway, returning to the point…

If you’re feeling a little empty and cold this season, you might just need a kick start from the inside. Take this opportunity to opt for something less intense than your usual winter spirit of choice. How about mead?

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Lance's resolution report

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

Hello fellow drinkers!  I have finally recovered from my New Years celebrations enough to partake in one of  my favorite annual traditions: measuring the success of last year’s resolutions and dreaming up some new ones.  My personal resolutions went pretty well.  I managed to get engaged but didn’t get the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff position I hoped for, so I’ll consider that category a wash.  Here are the results of 2008’s three major professional resolutions. (more…)

Lance’s resolution report

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

Hello fellow drinkers!  I have finally recovered from my New Years celebrations enough to partake in one of  my favorite annual traditions: measuring the success of last year’s resolutions and dreaming up some new ones.  My personal resolutions went pretty well.  I managed to get engaged but didn’t get the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff position I hoped for, so I’ll consider that category a wash.  Here are the results of 2008’s three major professional resolutions. (more…)