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Forlorn Hope Wines

Posted August 06, 2009 in Chicago, Wine, Wine Everywhere, Winemakers

Matthew Rorick has developed a small run of rather unique wines, from California Torrontes to Alvarelhao. He looks at each wine as if it is a lost cause, or “forlorn hope.” We look at each as a exciting, vibrate pleasure to drink! We met Matthew several years ago when tasting the Elizabeth Spencer wines, for whom he is also the winemaker. We mentioned the style of wine we were looking for but not finding from California. Two years later, we got a call out of the blue form Matthew. Would we be interested in tasting his new project. Unique, small production, and off-the-beaten- path wines that would fit the very definition of unique. Several samples later we arranged for Matthew to meet with a new distributor in our area who was also looking for exciting, unique wines from California. Starting in mid-August, the Chicago Intercontinental location will be featuring a flight of Forlorn Hope wines. If you have never had an Alvarelhao, you absolutely must come in. Think the earthy aroma or Pinot Noir, but the body of a grenache/syrah blend. Stunning. Try something unique and exciting. Napa Cabs are a dime a dozen, but don’t quite cost only a dime. �


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