MKE Wine Craze

Located at Clear, in the InterContinental Milwaukee Hotel

ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE | Wednesdays 5:30-8:30 PM

A continental cool lingers in the fresh air this May. We invite you to taste the bright, intense and racy expressions of hearty grapes that survive cold winters in a diversity of cool climates around the world.

May 6 | #flxwine

Wine Tasting2012, Red Tail Ridge Winery, Estate Grown Dry Riesling, Finger Lakes, USA

This small winery proves that wine isn’t the only good thing that comes from the earth: It’s the first LEED Gold-Certified sustainable winery powered by geothermal energy in Finger Lakes, New York. Husband and wife Mike Schnelle and Nancy Irelan named the winery for the two nesting hawks that live near the vineyard, and they’ve proved the sky’s the limit as they achieve great success showcasing varieties for their cool climate. They continue to expand and experiment with obscure wine varieties from Germany, Austria, Hungary and Trentino, Italy, to add diversity and be on the forefront of what is possible from the Finger Lakes AVA.

Learn more about Red Tail Ridge and their sustainability initiatives
View a harvest

Wine Tasting2012, Boundary Breaks, CLONE No. 239, Dry Riesling, Finger Lakes, USA

Welcome to the “banana belt” of the Finger Lakes AVA, where the site slopes along the eastern side break. The driving force behind Boundary Breaks is Bruce Murray, new to the winemaking arena, who is spearheading this exciting new project. Founded in 2008, Boundary Breaks focuses on producing fantastic expressions of Riesling using single clones: Geisenheim 98, 110 and 239; and Clone 90 from Neustadt. To highlight the unique features of each clone, the wine is often fermented in barrel, allowing a small amount of oxygen to reach it. The resulting wine is often expressive with an uproar of intensity and vast differences from one wine to the next.

See the vineyard
Why dry Riesling is right for you

May 13

Wine Tasting2011, Domaine de la Quilla, Muscadet sur Lie de Sèvre & Maine, Loire, France

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.

@vinsdeloire #WineryWednesday

Wine Tasting2012, Charles Bove, Vouvray, Loire, France

– Picture it’s the 19th Century in Montrichard in the Loire Valley, and you come upon a vast quarry, mined for rocks for building châteaus in the region. This abandoned quarry is now home to a great spectacle, a network of 15 kilometers of underground chalky limestone tunnels used to store thousands of bottles of fermented delights. The Charles Bove company uses the best selections that the region’s vineyards offer in order to craft its expressions of Chenin Blanc.

#Vouvray | #TouraineWine| #vintage59imports
Inside the Limestone Tunnels

May 20

Wine Tasting2012 Weingut Nigl, Kremser ‘Freiheit’ Gruner Veltliner, Kremstal, Austria

In Kremstal, Austria, the fortress of Senftenberg casts its shadow across a small valley to the Weingut Nigl winery, where Martin Nigl (NiēἯ-Hil) is the first member of his family to farm the land and make wine. Hot days and cold nights test the range of the grapes and extend the harvest, which can take as long as six weeks to fully harvest every ripe grape. Martin uses sustainable organic practices to maintain a sense of purity in the wine and create some of the most transcendent, yet whimsical, reflections of what this region can produce.

@SkurnikWines #NIGL
The Senftenberg Ruins (1)
The Senftenberg Ruins (2)
The Homestead Senftenberg

Wine Tasting2012, Francis Tannahill, Dragonfly Vineyard, Gewürztraminer, Columbia Valley, Oregon

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.

@AtoZwineworks #dragonflyvineyard
An interview with Sam Tannahill

May 27

Wine Tasting2012, Dr. Hermann, From the Slate Riesling Off-Dry, Mosel, Germany

Wine Tasting2012, Dr. Hermann, ‘Erdener Treppchen’ Riesling Kabinett, Mosel, Germany

This vineyard is located in the town of Ürzig in Mosel, one of the most renowned winemaking regions in the world. Here, winemaking has been a family tradition for hundreds of years. The estate was founded in the late 1960s when Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben’s property was divided and inherited by Rudi Hermann, who runs the winery with his son Christian. Now the vineyard combines the best elements of diverse sites and vines up to 100 years old to culminate in premium wines that earn consistent accolades.

The Hermann Estate (1)
The Hermann Estate (2) Christian Hermann pouring a glass of wine