1)Lini dal 910 Lambrusco Rosso Secco IGT. If you only know of Lambrusco via Cantine Riunite (on ice, that’s nice, remember??/), you are missing the point. Artisan Lambrusco is Secco (dry) and the secondary fermentation occurs in the bottle (rather than a giant tank). It’s dry, heady, tannic and fizzy all at once. Grab a plate of sausages, some pecorino cheese and you have a party.
2) Domaine Louis Carillon & Fils Puligny-Montrachet 2009. Louis is retiring, and the fils (his sons) will take over, under two new Domaines starting in 2010, but this pitch-perfect example of Cote du Beaune Chardonnay is heartbreakingly correct and impeccably delicious.
3)Failla Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 2010. Younger vines from Hirsch & Keefer Ranch vineyards, this little cherry bomb is all pleasure and drinks like a dream.
4)Telegraph Wine Bar.
Unflinchingly and unapologetically old-world, sommelier Jeremy Quinn has put together a list of dazzling obscurities from such unknown ports as the Jura, Lombardia & the Aube, to name a few. In the heart of Logan Square, in a room crafted from re-purposed, Wisconsin barn wood, I keep pinching myself, because it seems like a utopian ideal, yet always feels like home. Drink the COS Pithos Bianco, Sicilia, Italy, at 2 in the morning, until the sun has almost risen, because you can.
5)Ricard Anisette Liquor, with water and ice, in a mason jar. Transport yourself to the sunny, Mediterranean heart of Provence, in the eyes of winter, and lose yourself in the alcoholic, fennel-driven reverie of the planet’s most simple cocktail. see photo
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