Archive for February, 2009

Drink THAT Bottle Night: February 28th

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

an inquiry by Ms. Rachel

Tonight is the 10th anniversary of the international phenomenon quipped ‘Drink That Bottle Night’.  Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher, of the Wall Street Journal created this ‘holiday’ to emphasize the need to enjoy wine today, a good bottle doesn’t need an celebration or a special moment, just people to thoroughly enjoy sipping.  A bit cheesy, yes, but the idea is solid.  The special bottle doesn’t need to be spendy or rare or fancy, just grab that bottle you have been saving…the one that holds special signficance…Pop it.  Share it.  Sneak it.  Just Drink it!

*Disclaimer – don’t open that bottle you’ve been saving for your daughter’s wedding or your retirement or to welcome home that special someone…don’t open your ‘cellaring’ bottles of 2005 Bordeaux or any of the 2006 Burgundy.  Leave that alone and wait.  Pop the cork on a wine that will be lovely and accessible right now.

Local restaurants are offering to waive corkage fees or otherwise promoting this glorious concept, and individuals are hosting parties to imbibe in grand scale…I am just curious what YOU are opening.  Care to share?

cheers, rd.

Restocking my cabinet.

Friday, February 27th, 2009

I have been thinking a lot lately about something very, very sad: my liquor cabinet. I have fallen into a rut, and it’s been a few weeks since I’ve made some hefty purchases to keep myself in good spirits [tee hee!] back at the ol’ apartment. Now, I know that I spend most of my days in the world’s best walk-in wine cave [aka 1257 South Halsted], but when I need a glass of Nero d’Avola at two in the morning, I can’t full well come to LUSH and get my fix. Not without getting stopped by the police for trespassing, anyway.


LUSH Interview: 10 Questions with Rachel Driver

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

LUSH Interview
10 Questions with…

General Manager LUSH Wine and Spirits


Leading lady of LUSH Wine and Spirits and apparently, the ‘Queen of all Potent Potables in Chicago,’ Rachel is thoroughly dedicated to being the ultimate wine geek. An integral component of the company since the inception, Rachel has made LUSH the fun, nerdy, enterprising place it is today. With a special place in her heart for dusty Italian reds, lush and stony Savennieres, and funky American microbrews, Rachel keeps the shelves of LUSH stocked with the best and brightest. Also a cultural anthropologist by training, a Ultimate Frisbee fanatic athlete, and eco-warrior, she is on a mission to research and taste all things fermented and share the love and knowledge with fellow wine lovers. As the GM of LUSH, Rachel is incessantly drinking wine, talking about drinking, encouraging others to drink, teaching about drinking, writing about drinking and eating adventures, drinking, tasting, researching, and talking about drinking. Beer and mixology are captivating subjects that Rachel likes to experiment with, but her true love is super weird, eclectic, traditional and yet innovative wines. Stop in to say ‘hi’ to her at LUSH on Roscoe, keep a look out for her spunky pup, Tucker, and anticipate a late spring debut at the newest, up and coming LUSH on Chicago Avenue.

This is gonna be long discussion, so sit down, grab a glass, and get comfy.


LUSH Reads: Making Sense of Wine

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

This past Monday, we had our first ever session of LUSH Reads!, our new book club. Thank you everyone who attended!

Matt Kramer's 'Making Sense of Wine'

Matt Kramer's 'Making Sense of Wine'

The book that we chose was Making Sense of Wine by Matt Kramer, a free-lance wine writer and regular contributor to Wine Spectator magazine. This book, in my opinion, provides a good philosophical and practical introduction to wine, splitting itself into two sections: “Thinking About Wine” and “Drinking Wine” (both things we love to do here at LUSH).


Ode to Lance

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Our fearless leader of Lush Halsted, gasp!, has packed the truck and moved back to the ranch in Texas. Before you become too alarmed, he will be in touch and be a lush for life. Lance and his fiance, Elizabeth, are heading to warmer shores, the land of pickup trucks, high school football, and belt buckles the size of my head. We are, ‘tear’, heartbroken…good thing we have a glass of wine and beer ready to go. Read on for the staff shout outs to the man…send your own toast to Lance by commenting on this post.


LUSH Interview: 10 Questions with David Garland

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Ten Questions With…

David Garland

Publisher, TimeOut Chicago

TimeOut Chicago

247 South State Street, 17th floor
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: 312-924-9555


David, an old timer at TimeOut Chicago, is an integral component of the irreverently hilarious, informative, and edgy magazine and online resource. Keeping you in the know and on the up and up with all the ‘cool’ events and happenings in Chicago, TimeOut balances intelligent articles with wild editorial pieces, reviews, and an extensive, very helpful listing of current theater, music, and restaurant information, as well as sex ed and interviews with interesting characters.  TimeOut also features focus pieces on current, relevant local personalities is food and drink, as well as honest reviews of local establishments and shows.  Word.  Read it.


Birthday Brewing at BevArt in Beverly.

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

by Ms. Rachel Driver, Manager of LUSH

Way back in November, I set up a beer brewing class for Michael’s birthday down at Bev Art in the Beverly neighborhood of Chicago. Bev Art is the fantasically grassroots, hands-on project of Mr. Greg Fischer. The shop is a jumble of wine and beer making supplies, as well as grapes from California, and bottling equipment. Across the street, on the ‘wet’ side of Beverly, Mr. Fischer has a classroom setup for the actually brewing of wine, beer, and mead. He has been homebrewing and tinkering with winemaking since he was quite young…and has been teaching the process for at least 15 years. Greg is lively and eccentric…just the type of guy I want to get educated by.

BEV ART, 10033 South Western, Chicago, IL 60643. (773) 233-7579.


LUSH Interview: 10 Questions with Adam Seger

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

10 Questions with…


Nacional 27

Mixologist, Sommelier, and General Manger

325 West Huron
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 664-2727


Notorious on the Chicago scene as a wild brandisher of swords, a thrower of fullly adorned Christmas trees, and the instigator behind many feasts comprised of the ultimate pairing of vintage Champagne and fried chicken, Adam Seger is a mover and shaker (of cocktails). At Nacional 27, Mr. Seger approaches mixology and wine pairing as a chef, focused on the elements of each cocktail playing in tandem with each ingredient to create a culinary-mixology fusion, seamlessly intertwining components of the bar and the kitchen. If you care for accolades and achievements, Mr. Seger is also a Certified Culinary Professional (CCP) and has passed the Advanced Exam of the Court of Master Sommeliers. No surprise that he tinkers in the kitchen to hand-craft custom liqueurs and uses primarily boutique, authentic, hard to track down spirits…he has a serious ingredient obsession. He makes his own maraschino cherries! Mr. Seger is dabbling in boldness of flavor that is deftly balanced and elegant to boot, while wowing the palate.


Drinking in New York. Sigh.

Monday, February 9th, 2009

by Jane Lopes, on New York City

It’s no secret. I love New York City. It is such a magical and surreal place. A place constantly buzzing and vibrating, literally teeming with energy and action. Things happen in New York that have no place in the repetoire of my normal, day to day life; when I leave I feel like it’s been a dream.


Chocolate and Wine Pairing at LUSH

Friday, February 6th, 2009

Join LUSH for an in-store wine and chocolate pairing seminar and tasting for Valentine’s Day.  We have invited Ms. Katherine Anne to be our chocolate expert.

LUSH on Halsted, 1257 South Halsted: Saturday, February 14th,  4-6pm

LUSH on Roscoe, 2232 West Roscoe: Sunday, February 15th, 2-4pm (more…)