MKE Wine Craze

Located at Clear, in the InterContinental Milwaukee Hotel

Love Potions Uncorked

Wednesdays 5:30-8:30pm | at CLEAR $5 PER TASTING

This month we’re smitten with wines that woo the senses and tantalize the taste buds. Join us every Wednesday and fall in love with our favorite varietals.

February 1

Wine Tasting Louis M. Martini Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon, California, USA

This vintage had a long, calm growing season, helping create elevated and concentrated flavors that include wild berries, plum, licorice and mocha. The full-bodied and mouth-coating feel on the palate leads to a long, graceful finish with tones of intense fruit, dried herbs and cedar inside firm structure.

Wine Tasting Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, USA

This vintage is very aromatic, fruit forward, loaded with aromas of lemon and lime, and accented with nougat, green apple, spices, pear and touches of wet stone minerality. Crisp and zesty flavors of lemon drop, green apple, white peach and lychee are accented with a nice barrel spice and persistent lime.

February 8

Wine Tasting Ernie Els Merlot, Stellenbosch, South Africa

The wine abounds with ripe plums, figs and cherry. It is soft and juicy on the entry with a delicate floral expression that follows from nose to palate. Medium bodied and fine, an earthy complexity adds depth, while notes of Swiss chocolate give a luxurious feel. The firm tannins are balanced by a red-berry crunch and a long savoury finish.

Wine Tasting Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand

Pale straw green in colour with brilliant clarity. A zesty and aromatic wine with lots of lively fruit characters. A concentration of assertive passion fruit and tropical fruit flavours with an abundant bouquet, it is a wine that is always crisp, elegant and refreshing.

February 15

Wine Tasting Bianchi Heritage Selection Syrah, Paso Robles, USA

These grapes grow on the estate in the warm days and cool nights of Paso Robles’ central upper bench-lands; an excellent mesoclimate for flavor and color development, while maintaining fruit flavors and a modicum of acid balance. With the recent fine-tuning of the Paso Robles appellation, the estate falls within the Paso Robles Geneseo District.

Wine Tasting Pascal Jolivet Attitude Sauvignon Blanc, IGP Val de Loire, France

Brilliant, pale straw gold color and a translucent rim. The wine is fresh, clean and youthful with delicate nuances of lime, grapefruit, green apple and kiwi. On the palate it has a soft entry leading to a polished, supple texture with gentle, well-integrated acidity; medium bodied with lingering citrus-apple aromatic notes in the finish.

February 22

Wine Tasting Eberle Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, USA

The palate is full of rich dark fruit flavors of cassis and black cherry with hints of chocolate mint and a long finish. 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 a blue cheese sauce.

Wine Tasting Cambria Estates Catherine’s Vineyard Chardonnay, California

This Chardonnay has aromas of fresh mango, white peach, citrus, vanilla bean and spice. The same fruit characters are on the palate and are accentuated by a bright, balanced acidity and subtle oak spice. The finish is lingering, clean and crisp.