MKE Wine Craze

Located at Clear, in the InterContinental Milwaukee Hotel

I’m Dreaming of a Wine Christmas

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

Forget milk & cookies. We all know what really gets us through the holiday season. Join us for our most joyous Wine Craze to date - a festive presentation of the best winter wines, with suggested pairings for your favorite Christmas foods.

December 7 - Meat & Cheese Appetizers

Wine Tasting Corte alla Flora Podere del Giuggiolo Bianco Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy

Faded yellow straw color, with light greenish tints. Fresh and fruity fragrance. Notes of citrus, particularly lemon and grapefruit. Persistent aromatic presence and great balance. The beginning is fresh and soft, and continues toward a light acidity. A young wine with great potential.

Pairs well with appetizers and fish.

Wine Tasting Feudi di San Gregorio, Primitivo di Manduria, Puglia, Italy

Deep ruby red with violet reflections. Complex, powerful, spicy hints of clove and black pepper with woodsy undertones; suggestions of wild cherry and prune. Taste is soft, consistent, with excellent balance of acidity and tannins; velvety smooth; closes with lingering sensations of cocoa and coffee.

Pair with red meats, rich pastas and risottos, casseroles, stews, and hard and semi-hard cheeses.

December 14 - Christmas Meats – Chef’s Whim

Wine Tasting Bianchi Heritage Selection Syrah, Paso Robles, USA

On Bianchi’s scale of heartiness, the Syrah comes in heavier than Pinot Noir and lighter than Petite Sirah. It is enjoyed with a variety of meaty food pairings, namely braised pork belly marinated in soy sauce.

Wine Tasting Gérard Bertrand Cotes du Roussillon, Les Aspres Reserve, France

This cuvee boasts a lovely garnet-red color with brick tints. The bouquet is complex and spicy and develops aromas of cloves and nutmeg. On the palate this is a supple wine with silky, mineral, licorice-tinged tannins.

December 21 - Christmas Meats – Chef’s Whim, Part II

Wine Tasting Domaine Charles Joguet Chinon, Les Petites Roches, Loire, France

This great Chinon pairs classically with rillettes (potted meat), crackling, poultry or fresh goat cheese.

Wine Tasting Eberle Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, USA

The lush qualities of this wine, combined with its velvety tannins, make it a perfect wine to pair with herb-crusted prime rib, grilled lamb chops, or beef tenderloin with blue cheese sauce.

December 28 - New Year’s Eve Sweets

Wine Tasting NV Bouvet-Ladubay Saumur, Bouvet Brut, Loire, France

Deep yellow color with golden reflexes. Elegant aromatic structure of white flowers. Pleasing mousse, good length on the palate.

Wine Tasting Mestres 1312 Brut Nature, Cupatge Cava, Catalonia, Spain

Pale straw yellow in color with visible green highlights and fine, elegant bubbles. A clear reflection of the vintage: delicate finesse with intense aromas of white fruit, flowers and fresh-cut herbs. On the palate it is fresh, revealing a great balance of sweetness and acidity. Pleasant and easy to drink.