MKE Wine Craze

Located at Clear, in the InterContinental Milwaukee Hotel

California Wine From North to South

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

Join us on a journey down the California coast as we explore some of the world's most famous winemaking regions. Golden State grapes are in full harvest, and we will reap the benefits in a glass every Wednesday in May.

June 1st

Wine Tasting Bieler Pere et Fils Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence ‘Sabine’ Rose, Provence, France

Made in the traditional Provencal way. The delicate balance between floral, herbal, red fruit and acid is tricky to hit but sensational. One of the more challenging tasting notes to write, as the aromas and flavors are all so finely knit together, from the more savory lavender and rosemary to rose petal to citrus, wild raspberry and tart cherry.

Wine Tasting Domaine Vinet Domaine de la Quilla Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie, Loire, France

Hails from the estate of Quilla in the village of La Haie-Fouassiere, where the famous wines of Muscadet originated. It is located in the region of Sevre et Maine, an area between two tributaries that flow to the Loire. From a harmonious blend of different terroirs of the La Haie-Fouassiere, the wine combines the balance and liveliness of Muscadet.

June 8th

Wine Tasting Scarbolo Pinot Grigio, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy

Aged on the noble lees in stainless steel for 6 months with frequent batonnage. The color is an intense golden yellow, and the aromas are that of golden delicious apples and honey, with an elegant mineral undertone that harmonizes with its generous structure and balance.

Wine Tasting Scarbolo Ramato XL Pinot Grigio, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy

Meticulous hand selection of ripe bunches from a single vineyard. The grapes are de-stemmed and placed in stainless steel tanks with large bases in order to promote extraction of color and sweet tannins through frequent punch downs. Aged in French oak barrels for 3 years. Notes of white pepper unfold to aromas of sweet plum jam and earthy spice.

June 15th

Wine Tasting Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough,
New Zealand

Ideal growing conditions for Sauvignon Blanc give this New Zealand beauty a color of light straw with yellow and green hues. An exuberant wine brimming with juicy acidity and fruit sweetness, providing a balanced flavour profile. Citrus and tropical fruits backed by characteristic herbaceous notes for which Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is renowned.

Wine Tasting Bonterra Vineyards Mendocino County - Lake County Sauvignon Blanc, North Coast, USA

Made from organic grapes of North Coast, CA. An initial impression of rich, buttery cream turns to aromas of honey and lightly toasted almonds, followed by tropical aromas of pineapple, citrusy lemon and crème brûlée. It is refreshing on the palate, with a minerality that is both bright and clean, drawing you into a vibrant tartness and lemon zest.

June 22nd

Wine Tasting Bianchi Winery Signature Selection Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County, USA

Tropical and citrus Santa Barbara fruit flavors, rich mouth-feel from sur lees aging with batonnage, the lovely vanilla spicy oak nuances of barrel fermentation and aging, as well as a delicious touch of butter via the malolactic fermentation.
All-in-all a holistic wonder for your imbibing pleasure.

Wine Tasting A to Z Wineworks ‘No Wood’ Chardonnay, Oregon, USA

The 2013 A to Z Chardonnay nose opens with bright fruit like kiwi, tangerine, pear and stone fruits then deepens to richer aromas of honey toast, rose and wet stones. On the palate, the wine is juicy and round with well-balanced freshness, minerality and structure. The zesty finish is crisp, clean and pure with a lingering mineral nose.

June 29th

Wine Tasting Victor Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi, USA

The Zinfandel vines are 35 to 112 years old. 85% Zinfandel, with 15% Petit Sirah blended in. Aged for 9 months in French oak. Rich, smooth, red and blackberry flavors with brambly spice, black pepper and hints of mocha. Harmonious and never over-the-top.

Wine Tasting Quivira Vineyards Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, USA

The rich hue leaves the impression that this will be a big powerful Zin, but you quickly discover the wine is well-behaved. A brambly, berry-driven Zinfandel that delivers not only classic Dry Creek flavors of raspberries, but also wonderful boysenberry and plum notes accented by a good dose of baking spices and just a touch of oak.