This will be a new one for us, but being self-proclaimed wine aficionados, we are excited to check out the Windy City Wine Festival coming up September 10th and 11th.
For $25 in advance, you receive an acrylic souvenir wine glass, ten tastings of your choice (each tasting is a one ounce sample), festival program, food & wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, musical entertainment, and the opportunity to purchase wine at a discount.
Ten additional tasting coupons may be purchased at the festival for $5.00. I can’t imagine either of us being able to get through more than 20 ounces of wine so we’ll probably pass on the additional coupons.
There will be some local restaurants selling their specialties at the festival (Aria, Caoba, Cyrano’s, Markethouse, Palermo’s, Sullivan’s, etc.) but we plan on ending Friday evening with a walk and picnic dinner, further north in Grant Park.
We’ve just decided personally to keep the evening within budget and a bit more on the private side. So we probably won’t be hitting the Wine Discount Center tent, but if you’re in the market there’s a 25% discount on cases.
Live music, good wine, beautiful surroundings for about $50; what could make for a better Date Night?
Details after the requisite Buckingham Fountain photo…
Friday, September 10th from 4:00PM to 10:00PM
Ticket sales end at 8:30PM, alcohol sampling and sales end at 9:30PM.
Saturday, September 11th from 3:00PM to 9:00PM
Ticket sales end at 7:30PM, alcohol sampling and sales end at 8:30PM.
Tickets are $35 at the door so we recommend buying your tickets online in advance. Note that there is a $4 transaction fee on top.
Featuring wines from: Banfi Vintners, Black Box Wines, Constellation Wines, Constellation Wines, Easley Winery, Treasury Wine Estates, The Hess Collection Winery, Hope Family Wines, Mionetto USA, Old Bridge Cellars, Redwood Creek Winery, E. & J. Gallo Winery, Underdog Wine Merchants, Gekkeikan Sake, Michael-David Winery, The Naked Grape, Tenzing Wine & Spirits, Tenzing Wine & Spirits, Ironstone Estates, Shaw Ross Imports, ENYE Distribution Group, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, Click Wine Group, and St. James Winery
Please be responsible, use public transportation, take a cab or use a sober driver.