MKE Wine Craze

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Wednesdays 5:30-8:30 PM

September brings relief from the summer heat, brought on by the winds of change and a crescendo of colorful foliage. Experience the sensuous intensity of the gold, copper and crimson in your glass during this month's Wine Craze.

Which will you prefer? $5 for a Tasting


September 3

Wine Tasting 2011, Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir, Marlborough, NZ

The brand is synonymous with Sauvignon Blanc, despite its rise under the leadership of Senior Winemaker Tim Heath, who still remains humble in true Kiwi fashion. He emphasizes that the direction is not a formula; rather, it is a creative freedom that is supposed to break the mold and blow away expectations. The Pinot Noir, created by winemaker Nick Blampied-Lane, is a perfect example of this. Nick helps usher people into new experiences every year with the Pinot at Cloudy Bay event, now in its 15th year. After sampling this signature Pinot, you may find yourself needing a ticket to this year’s event on Sept. 6.

@cloudybay | @wineryNick | #pinotatCloudyBay | Pinot at Cloudy Bay | Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir


Wine Tasting 2013, Leeuwin Estate, Artist Label Riseling, Margaret River, AUS

Few names in Australia carry the prestige of Leeuwin Estate, having made a rise to the limelight since its inception in 1974. By bringing together a harmony of talented people – adept in both wine and the arts – Leeuwin Estate has crafted the ultimate collaborative pursuit of excellence. This is evident in their impressive art gallery – the Frogs in Riesling series by the brilliant Australian abstract artist John Olsen – as well as the concert series they put on at the end of every summer.

leeuwinestate | #leeuwinestate | #artseries | Concert Series

September 10

Wine Tasting 2011, Domaine de la Quilla, Muscadet sur Lie de Sèvre & Maine, Loire, FR

Tucked away in the small village of La Haie-Fouassière in Loire, one may find the Vinet brothers and their Domaine. Laurence manages the day-to-day, Daniel tends the vineyards, and vinification is controlled by Gerard, his younger brother. With the Atlantic influence, the harvest generally begins in early September. The yields are small and all the fruit is harvested by hand. The real key to the wines from Domaine de la Quilla is that the Vinets keep the wines sur lie for eight months before bottling at the end of May, unlike most in this appellation who bottle in March. The Vinet family works proudly to produce this impeccably intense and unique expression.

@kermitlynchwine | #WineryWednesday

Wine Tasting 2010, Domaine Charles Joguet, Chinon Cuvee de la Cure, Loire, FR

The wines of Chinon have long heard praise as far back as the 1500s. However, it was during the 1960s that Charles Joguet – the contemporary King of Cab Franc – took over the family business to take risks, experiment, and create something the likes of which people had never seen in Chinon. One should be wary, as the soulful expression that many find from this Domaine is immensely seductive and second to none.

@kermitlynchwine | #chinon | #WineryWednesday | @charlesJoguet | Limestone Caves

September 17

Wine Tasting 2011, Johan Estate, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, OR

The vineyard was named for the ancient Viking luxury ship, and in homage to the lineage of owners Dag and Nils Sundby. Origin aside, what forms the beating heart of the vineyard is the unique area where the grapes grow in the Van Duzer corridor. Temperatures fluctuate wildly, but the crop stays safe in this curious climate. Dan Rinke, the vineyard manager and winemaker, crafts the soul of the wines. Originally from Milwaukee, he has had many influences craft his path to success, from Brett Favre and his steakhouse in the ‘90s to Michel Chapoutier.

@johan_vineyards | Dan Rinke Interview

Wine Tasting 2012, Francis Tannahill, Dragonfly Vineyard, Gewurztraminer, Columbia Valley, OR

Cheryl Francis and Sam Tannahill are the new up-and-coming winemakers in Oregon. You may already be familiar with a Sam-influenced creation – A to Z Pinot Noir, known for its great quality and fantastic price. This husband and wife team has begun this new venture to continue producing varietals they are passionate about in the cooler Oregon climate, while still giving the consumer the ability to easily approach the fantastic quality. Currently, production is small, but with this couple’s formidable talent, each bottle is a jewel of its own.

@rexhillvyds | @AtoZwineworks | Sam Tannahill & A-Z Wineworks Interview

September 24

Wine Tasting 2012, Scarbolo, Pinot Grigio, Friuli, ITA

Travel one hour northeast of Venice to find the town of Lauzacco, home of Valter Scarbolo. Valter first began making wine with his father Gino at a very young, and to this day is appreciative of the gift he inherited. Valter may just be one of the most committed winemakers to the craft of Pinot Grigio. Friuli Is the mecca of Pinot Grigio, as it is situated perfectly, getting cool mistral winds from the Adriatic Sea.

#orangewine | #scarbolo | #pinotgrigio | @scarbolowines | Scarbolo Interview

Wine Tasting 2010, Scarbolo, RAMATO XL, Friuli, ITA

This Friulian varietal dates back to the Roman Empire. In that time, making wine was as simple as throwing squashed grapes in a clay pot, burying it, and digging it up several months later. Since then, many modern winemaking techniques have been adopted. Ultimately, this place became the hotbed of the orange wine movement. Moreover, it is more technique than category, a true test of a winemaker’s skill, as all components need to achieve a perfect harmony of texture and flavor to create a brand new experience of sensory excellence.

#orangewine | #scarbolo | Scarbolo Interview