MKE Wine Craze

Located at Clear, in the InterContinental Milwaukee Hotel

A Vintage Expedition

Join us on a journey through time as we kick the tires and contrast some of history’s best expressions. The old world of wine offers styles that still survive, and they are the engines that drive many of today’s modern vintages. This November, we will explore tradition, all the while setting our sights forward on an unpaved path.

November 4

Wine TastingMichel Chapoutier • 2012, Hermitage, La Petite Ruche, Rhône, FR

What is terroir? This Rhône warrior will tell you, whether you want him to or not. After taking over his family estate at the humble age of 26, Michel Chapoutier made a meteoric rise to success. His ventures now stretch across 28 sites, pioneering new partnerships and innovative practices all over the world along the way. In fact, his winery was the first to print braille on its wine labels. With all of Michel's accomplishments, there is a great deal of respect for his origins, his region and those that are special in his life, new friends and old. His perseverance has been a beacon for winemakers looking to follow in his footsteps. "Le vin naît du ciel et de la terre... de l'amour qu'on lui porte" (Wine is born from the sky and the earth... and the love one carries for it.) - Chapoutier

Wine TastingDomaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz • 2012, Viognier, Central Victoria, Australia

Twitter: @M_Chapoutier | @TerlatoMedia | #VINSUD
Instagram: @MaisonChapoutier | @TerlatoWines

November 11

Wine TastingBodegas Riglos • 2011, Riglos, Gran Cabernet Franc, Tupungato, Argentina

Bodegas Riglos, also known as Finca Las Divas – “Estate of the Goddesses” – commands the attention of the pristine nature surrounding the Valle de Uco. Here, the grapes are larger than life and claim this realm like a mythical creature. Yet they also represent the spirit of childhood friends and owners Dario Werthein and Fabián Suffern, whose dreams and respect for Argentina, Mendoza and the grapes have inspired international acclaim since the vineyard’s inception in 2002. Paul Hobbs, a wine entrepreneur of mythical proportions, and CEO Rafael Calderón, a guru with 20 years of wine expertise, have also helped the Bodegas achieve its legendary status.

Twitter: @BodegaRiglos | #MendozaWine
Tour Bodegas Riglos
See the Diva | See the Diva

Wine TastingDomaine Charles Joguet • 2010, Chinon Cuvée Terroir, Loire, FR

The wines of Chinon have long heard praise as far back as the 1500s. However, it was during the 1960s that Charles Joguet – the contemporary King of Cab Franc – took over the family business to take risks, experiment, and create something the likes of which people had never seen in Chinon. One should be wary, as the soulful expression that many find from this Domaine is immensely seductive and second to none.

Twitter: @KermitLynchWine | #Chinon #WineryWednesday
Instagram: @KermitLynchWine
Limestone Caves

November 18

Wine TastingBodega RJ Viñedos: Reunión • 2012, 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, a small, family-owned winery run by founder Raul Joffre and his four daughters – his “guiding stars” – who drive his passion for wine and life. Along with winemaker Mariano Cignoli, they produce the unique Reunión, a boutique line of wine that is the perfect introduction to Joffre’s passion. Cignoli believes in letting the grapes have their own voice, and looks for purity of fruit with little intervention.

@BrazosWine | @Vinos_Joffre | #MendozaWine

Wine TastingChâteau Noziѐres • 2010, Chateau Nozières, Ambroise de l’Her, Cahors, France

Cahors is a mosaic of land in the southwest of France, very close to the well-known region of Bordeaux. Bienvenue au Château Nozières! This is a family estate in the town of Vire-sur-Lot, home to some of the area's finest vineyards. In 1955, Peter and Paulette Maradenne began their wine venture as a small farm and produced their first bottles in the early 70s. Now three generations later, the family continues to work on the ancestral identity of Malbec also known as Côt or Auxerrois. The Maradenne-Guitard family are "vignerons indépendants” – true wine artisans who develop with great care, from grape growing to packaging.

#CahorsWine | #Malbec | #ChateauNozieres

November 25

Wine TastingFeudi di San Gregorio • 2011, Feudi di San Gregorio, Primitivo di Manduria, Puglia, Italy

In the tiny village of Sorbo Serpico in Campania’s Irpinia region, one hour north of Naples, this highly acclaimed estate was established by the Capaldo and Ercolino families in 1986. Over the past 29 years, Feudi di San Gregorio has become a major success story in a region that, for many years, was stagnant. They have made radical changes to help bring back ancient varietals, helped along by Campania’s unique terroir. With the iconic Mount Vesuvius as a backdrop in the region’s rolling landscape, they have taken quality grapes such as Fiano di Avellino, Greco di Tufo and Aglianico, and delivered them with a more modern interpretation. Feudi di San Gregorio has truly been able to capture the origins of the grapes with their wine, which they refer to as wild and emotional, because those who taste it can perceive the heat of the earth, as well as the life growing around it.

@FeudiDSGregorio | @PalmBay_Wines | #Capaldo
See Feudi

Wine TastingBianchi Winery • 2010, Bianchi Winery, Zinfandel, Heritage Selection, Paso Robles, CA

Quickly growing into a guiding light for the industry, Glenn Bianchi and father Joseph began in 1974, and have been expanding their operations ever since. Bianchi Winery is a true embodiment of everything Paso Robles has to offer, its proficiency due in large part to winemaker Tom Lane. A veteran of 25 years, Tom is best known for his work with Concannon Vineyard, having garnered many prestigious accolades, including the Dan Berger Winemaker of the Year award and the Jerry Mead Winemaker of the Year award.

Twitter: @BianchiWinery | @PasoRoblesWine
Instagram: @BianchiWinery
Facebook: Bianchi Winery