MKE Wine Craze

Located at Clear, in the InterContinental Milwaukee Hotel

France VS Italy

Wednesdays | 5:30- 8:30PM | $5 Per Tasting

Two countries known for their lush vineyards and exceptional winemaking capabilities face off in the first Wine Craze of the New Year, Join the competition between contries and taste your way to Europe as you crown your own winner, France or Italy.

January 4th

Wine Tasting Jean-Luc Colombo La Redone Côtes du Rhône Blanc. Rhone, France

Bright straw in color. Fresh melon and peach aromas are complicated by suggestions of chalk and jasmine. Juice, penetrating honeydew and orange flavors show a refreshing spiciness and put on weight with air. The nicely focused finish shows lingering florality and a touch of anise

Wine Tasting Dolcetto D'alba. Vietti, Italy

Purple-red color with a light blue hue, the Dolcetto has aromas of black cherry, raspbberry and hit of blueberries and minerals. An unoaked wine, this meduim-bodied red has soft tannins, moderate acidity and good balance.

January 11th

Wine TastingDomaine Des Hauts De Sanziers Saumur Blanc. Loire, France

Fairly deep straw color for a wine this young, Lanolin, white currants, peach, reglisse and quince on the nose. A rich palate, this wine is meduim to full-bodied. Acids are bright without being steely or tart.

Wine Tasting Masseria Li Veli Passamante Negroamaro Salento Igt. Puglia, Italy

Dense ruby red with a purpleish rim, tihs wine is immediately intense on the nose with marked aromas of ripe and fleshy red fruits, notably cherries followed by spicy notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. In the mouth it is full, powerful, smooth and very long, with a well-defined acid streak making it fresh and pleasing

January 18th

Wine Tasting Chateau La Riviere. Sauternes, France.

Sauvignon Blanc Semillon is a classic, versatile white wine blend that is typically made into crisp, dry wines, but is also the blend of choice for the world's most prestigious sweet wine style, Sauternes. The blend is endowed with vibrant acidity and grassy aromas by Sauvignon Blanc, and its structure and mouthfeel from Semillon.

Wine Tasting Corte Alla Flora Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano Docg. Tuscany, Italy

Soft and velvety at first, the acidity is well balanced and in harmony with the alcohol and the tannis, which are present but not aggressive. A wine of substantial body and structure, it has great character and is highly suitable for ageing.

January 25th

Wine Tasting Chateau Gromel Bel Air. Bordeaux Superieur, France.

This wine has juicy notes of blackberry, black cherry and cassis with a softening finish of creamy vamilla to round it out. Nice complexity for an inexpensive Bordeaux.

Wine Tasting Feudi Di San Gergorio Sannio Falanghina

Pale gold with green nuances. Elegant aromas of apple, banana and pineapple. Medium bodied, with a lingering aftertaste of citrus and minerals.