MKE Wine Craze

Located at Clear, in the InterContinental Milwaukee Hotel

Deliciously Dark

Dare to dream dark this August as we peer fearless into the depths of intense black grapes, from the shadowy to the obscure. We will explore the inspiration for these wines, some revered for their bittersweet intoxication, others loved for their timeless treasures. Join us as we shed light into the abyss, revealing styles that are rare, unique and bold.




August 5

Wine Tasting TRAVAGLINI GATTINARA • 2007, Travaglini Gattinara DOCG, Piemonte, Italy

Established in the 1920s, this winery is the most prolific producer in the Gattinara appellation. A new generation tends to the vines, where traditional varietals are expressed with exquisite beauty.

@WinesofRoero | @PalmBay_Wines

Wine Tasting PIO CESARE • 2012, Pio Cesare Barbera d’Alba, Piemonte, Italy

Built from old Roman ruins, the Pio Cesare family estate is a rare combination of timeless tradition and a modern vision of wine. Staying true to such Italian finesse is a challenge they all enjoy.

#PioCesare

August 12

Wine Tasting BODEGA RJ VIÑEDOS: REUNIÓN • 2012, Reunión, Tinto, Malbec-Bonarda, Agrelo, Argentina

In the Los Sauces region of the Uco Valley, the Andes Mountains stretch out in every direction. Here we find RJ Viñedos, owned
by Raul Joffre and his four daughters,
whom he calls his guiding stars.

@brazoswine | @Vinos_Joffre | #MendozaWine

Wine Tasting VIETTI • 2011, Vietti Dolcetto d’Alba Tre Vigne, Alba, Italy

Luca Currado ­— a prince of Piemonte — turns out an interesting array of wines. With a deep knowledge of grapes, he is the voice of Vietti, creating each bottle with its own passion
and personality.

@vietti_vino | #Vietti

August 19

Wine TastingWILD HOG • 2008, Wild Hog, ‘Saini Farms’ Carignane, Dry Creek Valley, USA

Daniel and Marion Schoenfeld run a winery that is exclusively hydro- and solar-powered, producing unique varieties of wine that are as rustic and impressive as the terrain where their grapes grow.

@Shiverick_Wines | #WildHogWine

Wine Tasting TERRA d’Oro • 2012, Montevina Winery Terra d’Oro, Petite Sirah, Amador County, USA

In this “land of gold,” former winemaker Jeff Meyers’ Zinfandel put the estate on the map. Now the general manager, Jeff passes the torch to Chris Leamy, who mines great success from Terra d’Oro.

Instagram: @cleamy
Twitter: @TerradOroWinery | @TDOWineryChris • #dragonflyvineyard

August 26

Wine TastingMASSERIA LI VELI • 2012, Masseria Li Veli, Rosso Passamante, Salento IGT, Puglia, Italy


In the center of Puglia — the “heel” of Italy — the Falvo family proudly maintains a hidden treasure of local varietals, even some thought to be lost to time.

#AlbertoFalvo | #MasseriaLiVeli @DallaTerraUSA

Wine TastingGiulio Cocchi • N.V., Giulio Cocchi Brachetto d’Acqui,
Piemonte, Italy


In the late 19th century, pastry chef Giulio Cocchi married the daughter of a local bar owner. That bar is still standing today, along with a family legacy that began with their famous sparkling wine.

@CocchiWinery | #CocchiVermouth #Brachetto