Sunday Wine Tastings: Lush Wine and Spirits

March 04 2008 - 9:01 AM

For a while a friend of mine has tried to pursuade me to visit Lush Wine and Spirits.   Tucked away in Roscoe Village, it is a bit out of the way for me geographically so I never stumbled upon an opportunity to check it out.  Finally we met up for a free Sunday wine tasting. 

One of the first things that caught my attention was the vast
variety of wine and spirits–the place is a bit larger than some of my
favorite wine shops.  The second thing I noticed was the types of wines
they were letting customers sample for free.  It was a Pinot Noir
tasting, and they weren’t holding back on what people sampled.  The
first wine was a Bulgarian $10 bargain.  The second was a red Burgundy,
a 2000 Premier Cru Chambolle-Musigny from Ghislaine Barthod.   In
Burgundy, premier cru wines are one step down from the famous (and
extremely expensive) Grand Crus.   This went for $80 a bottle.  The
noise was exquisite, and it had the earthiness one would expect in a
very good Burgundy.    

Moving on there were numerous examples of Pinots ranging from $30 to
$75, from Tasmania to Calfornia, from over oaked and fruity to lean and
subtle.   The characteristics of many of the wines were beyond typical
cherry and plum flavors–some of these had mint, anise, and tobacco
flavors.  One of the wines sampled was jammy, whereas another had
characteristics like a syrah.

This place gets it–I spent a fair sum on wine, as did others.
Some places charge $35 a head for a wine tasting and don’t bother
opening anything for more than $30 bottle and you’re lucky if you get
enough bread and water. 

Lush’s staff are knowledgable, approachable, and really try to give
the customer good value for money.  The owners started out with the
biker barTwisted Spoke and Pie Hole, and they expanded their foray into
wine.  The original location is actually in University Village.    I
will not hesitate to go here again.

Lush Wine and Spirits
2232 W. Roscoe
773-281-8888

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