“'What are your desert island wines?' seems be a routine question posed to those in the wine business,” says Craig Perman, proprietor of Perman Wine Selections. “But in Chicago, as we’re gearing up fro the holidays and winter, it seems more appropriate to ask, ‘what are your Polar Vortex wines?”
At his shop, Perman fills the shelves with only with the wines he likes to drink and has effectively gotten the entire West Loop on board by talking with everyone who walks through the doors. He also hosts excellent classes in the shop. The next one, on November 6th, will cover wines from Piedmont, most certainly wines for cold weather. And when Perman’s not in the shop, he’s running the Portugal-focused wine program for Chicago’s incredibly popular southeast-Asia-meets-Portugal-restaurant Fat Rice.
We asked Perman to give us his list for a case of wines to stock up on before the snow starts falling and the wind start whipping us in the face with ice crystals. Here’s his perfect dozen, all available in his store: