1st Fridays | solo restaurant & wine bar, Elgin, IL
Dec. 13-14, 2014
Elgin Symphony Orchestra Wine Dinner
(Magical Holiday Concerts)
solo restaurant & wine bar, Elgin, IL
As CRU wine club enters our fourth month, we couldn’t be more thrilled about the excitement our members seem to have for our club! We have had some great events and very much enjoyed getting acquainted with everyone who has joined our journey. Fall is upon us and the holiday season will be here in a blink of an eye. There is no better time to create lifetime memories while sharing a great bottle of wine and the spirit of the season. Over the next few months, we’ll be presenting you with wines that are great for gift giving and holiday entertaining. CRU wine club is a great gift for any wine lover on your gift list this season.
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A Note From CRU
Champagne & Sparkling Wine
How Much Will Napa's Earthquake Cost? Wine Spectator | winespectator.com | Tim Fish
If you own a collection of bottles – don’t keep them standing up – this can cause the cork to dry, shrink and oxygen\air might get in the bottle. Always keep the bottles lying down (Unless its an artificial cork.)
2012 White Rhone Blend, Saint Roch, Roussillon
France | Roussillon
80% Grenache Gris | Roussanne | Marsanne
The 2012 Vieilles Vignes Blanc comes from 50-year-old vines planted in limestone and clay soils. A delightful bouquet of caramelized honeyed grapefruit, white currants and other assorted citrus jumps from the glass of this crisp, dry, medium-bodied white. With surprising length and power, it reminded me of a restrained, more laid-back top white Hermitage
Drink now or until 2018 | 54F to 58F
chicken | veal | halibut | soft cheeses
In the Agly Valley, near the village of Maury, the vineyards are planted right under the Cathar Castle of Queribus, 20 km form the Mediterranean Sea.
2007 Santa Duc “Vielles Vignes” Cotes du Rhone
France | Southern Rhone
70% Grenache | 25% Syrah | 5% Mourvedre
The 2007 Cotes du Rhone Vieilles Vignes (75% Grenache and the rest Syrah) is opulent, fleshy, and rich, with a dark ruby/purple color, medium to full body, and admirable flavor intensity.
Drink now | 64F to 68F
roasted pork | quail | pheasant | hard cheeses
Yves Gras of Domaine Santa Duc is a legendary producer of Gigondas. He lives in a section of Gigondas known as the garrigue. The garrigue is the arid, rocky section of vineyards that run north and south mid-slope between the Ouvéze and the Rhône Rivers. The roasted, dry soils are decomposed rock and the area is characterized by wild herbs, sage and cedar. The Vieilles Vignes is a blend of fruit from Gigondas’ neighboring villages of Vacqueyras (25%), Rasteau (25%), Seguret (25%) and Rouaix (25%). This wine is technically a Côtes du Rhône Villages, as it comes from the best designated villages in the appellation.
This Barbera d’Alba is definitely on the ripe side with chewy aromas of mature berry fruit. Acidity and firm structure kick in at the back and those ripe berry flavors last long over the wine’s thick, juicy finish.
Drink now | 60F to 64Fred meat l roasted pork | semi-hard cheeses
The Rivetti Massimo winery is situated in Neive, in Piedmont; its vineyards stretch on the sunny hills of the Lower Langa. Froi, which is in the commune of Neive is the business centre and it is property of the family since 1947. It has always been intended for the wine viticultural production and with its wine-cellar and the twelve hectare vineyards it is one of the oldest structures in the area (which were already mentioned on the military maps at the end of the XIX century).
fabulous fall flavors
fabulous fall flavors
fabulous fall flavors
How to Hold a Glass of Wine?
Wine glasses are beautifully shaped. They are also an example of form meeting function, where the glass itself is supposed to help enhance your wine-tasting experience. First, the bulb of the glass is shaped in such a way to help aerate the wine, enabling oxygen to interact with the living, breathing juice, thus release aromas that comprise a wine’s elegant set of scents, or the “nose” of the wine. Secondly, it has a stem for a reason. A stem not only looks elegant, but it serves two key functions: 1) It enables you to more easily swirl the glass and examine the wine’s color, key steps to take when wine tasting. 2) It provides you something to hold other than the bulb of the glass. Putting your hands on the bulb of the glass not only leaves ugly fingerprints but serves to heat the wine, which is undesirable for white and red wines alike. So when enjoying a glass of wine next, please avoid this wine faux pas and hold the stem, or even the base of the glass instead.
2009 Vacqueyras, Domaine Duvernay, Southern Rhone
France | Southern Rhone | Vacqueyras
65% Grenache | 20% Syrah | 15% Mourvedre Medium + body
The nose has a sweet bouquet of ripe fruit, black cherries and kernels with jus a hint of liquorice. The palate is full bodied, round and robust. Offers a delicious balance between freshness, fruit and spices.
Drink now or hold until 2021 | 62F to 66F
lamb | grilled meat | wild birds | harder cheeses
More than a century and still the will to write a new page of its history… The family company is born in 1904 in a small city east of France. The marketing of wines were intended at first regionally : selling wines to cafes, hotels and restaurants. Then in 1998 Roland Duvernay and his son Romain, both oenologists decided to create a new activity in Chateauneuf du Pape – the heart of Rhone Valley Wine…Our goals : respect soils, men and winemaking in order to satisfy more consumers…
Medium body | Very complex, delivering lemon, pineapple and chamomile notes… the palate is a few steps ahead… distinctive; already very noble, deep, harmonious and racy, perfectly balanced, with a perfect oak harmony
Drink now or until 2018 | 54F to 58F
rabbit | chicken | seafood | soft cheeses
Pouilly and Fuissé are two distinct villages in the Mâconnais. The large wine area actually covers 4 villages to produce a good white wine sold under the name of Pouilly Fuissé. Lying on a foundation of fossiliferous limestone identical to those found further north in the Côte-d'Or, the Bajocien escarpments of Solutré and Vergisson owe their dramatic profile to the presence of hard fossil corals which have resisted erosion.
2012 Guy Amiot, Bernard Moreau, Burgundy
France | Burgundy
Chardonnay | Medium body +
This wine offers up a very pretty and vibrant nose of apple, white peach, spring flowers, a nice base of soil and a topnote of orange zest. On the palate, the wine is deep, full- bodied, crisp and wide open in personality, with fine focus and depth at the core, bright acids and good length.
Drink now | 54F TO 58F
chicken | rabbit | white cream sauce | softer cheeses
This fine domaine is based in Chassagne-Montrachet, and its roots go back to 1809 when Guy Amiot built its’ first cellar. Of the domaine’s 14 hectares, 9 are owned and five are farmed.
Colour : Clear garnet red with orange reflections Nose ; Characteristic,with hints of vanilla , heavenly , pleasing and intense . Taste: Dry full , noble velvety and harmonious.
Drink now or hold until 2018 | 62F to 66F
Ribeye steak | venison | wild boar | hard cheeses
Barbaresco is one of the great wines of the Piedmont region in north-western Italy. Historically it was called Nebbiolo di Barbaresco (Nebbiolo being the grape it's made from) and was used by the Austrian General Melas to celebrate his victory over the French in 1799. Only in the middle of the 19th century was the wine we know today vinified into a dry style.
2011 Gigondas, Santa Duc “Aux Lieux Dits” Southern Rhone
France | Southern Rhone | Gigondas | Aux Lieux Dits Vineyard
Grenache | Syrah | Mourvedre | Cinsault
Medium body +
The 2011 Domaine Santa Duc ‘Aux Lieux-Dits’ delivers aromas of blackberry, mulberry, spices, chocolate, licorice, smoky ash and fresh lavender, which are just some of the nuances that come together in the glass. Full-bodied and well-structured, backed by underlying acidity that carries all the way into the finish.
After a minimum of 18 months on the lees, the bottle is riddled to concentrate the sediment against the temporary cap, then disgorged and packaged. Our Franciacorta Brut displays a delicate, subtle bouquet that is still crisp and fruity, and quite long lasting; in the mouth it is attractively dry, with a velvety texture and exceptionally fine balance. The bead boasts dense, pin-point bubbles, with a foamy mousse seems almost endless.
Drink now | 44F to 48F
In the heart of Franciacorta, in Camignone, lies the historic villa with its 16th-century wine cellars and surrounding properties that offers eloquent testimony to the venerable winemaking patrimony that the Barboglio family inherited in 1836.