Events at the Wine Bar Old Town


Wine & Beer Tastings in Chicago
Join the Plum Market Wine Team for a fun and informative wine tasting event. Anthony Minne and the team will provide a light-hearted exploration of the newest and best beverages available. Reservations are necessary when noted. All tastings commence at 6:30 pm and end at 8:00 pm, unless otherwise stated. Products will be available for purchase on site. For premium WineBar tastings, a link for on-line ticket sales is provided. The price per event does not include tax. The WineBar is Located in the Lounge of Plum Market Old Town Chicago.




Blind Tasting Game | Thursday August 3 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20|

Welcome to our favorite tasting game!  “Blind Tasting” means assessing a glass of wine without knowing anything about it, not the price, growing region, varietal, vintage, nothing.  Why blind taste?  Because it’s the most effective, fair way to determine quality in a wine.  It hones your skill in assessing wine just like the pros do, and it’s fun!  We’ll give you the flavor profiles of typical examples of key grape varietals and let you match them up to wines you feel best represent them. You’ll get plenty of hints and helpful tips that will make for interesting discussion at your next home or office party.  Cool prizes will be awarded to the best lucky guessers. Purchase Tickets Online


Belgian Beer Explored | Thursday, August 10 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
No other country’s beer culture is as diverse and as rich as Belgium’s. Even when you think you have tasted all of the styles they produce, you are just scratching the surface of diversity! This tasting is a great way to experience and learn about the major styles of Belgium’s beer. We will taste 10 beers in total, ranging from Trappist and Abbey style ales to lesser known styles such as Saison, Gueuze, and Flemish sour ales. We will discuss the history and culture of the country and also learn about different brewing and production methods. You will learn in the best way possible- by having fun, and drinking terrific beer.  Our delicious pizza, artisan cheese, and charcuterie will be served. Purchase Tickets Online


Northeastern Italy | Thursday, August 17 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20

Italy’s northeastern region is one of its largest wine zones, producing a plethora of styles. We’ll explore the alpine Trentino-Alto-Adige, known for the full-bodied red Teroldego, and high-quality whites from the spectacular co-op winery Terlan.  We’ll move to the Veneto, famous for the Valpolicella region near Verona, as well as the sumptuous appassimento (raisined) style of Amarone and Ripasso, and noble whites from the Soave region. Sparkling wines are equally as famous here – think Prosecco! This ubiquitous bubbly is going through an exciting revitalization, with a focus on premium single vineyard wines. Friuli is a very interesting region on the Slovenian border, where Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio reach new heights along with regional specialties like Friulano. The following excellent producers will be represented: Foradori (Teroldego), Terlan, Allegrini (Amarone), Bisol (Prosecco), Suavia (Soave), I Clivi (Friuli Colli Orientali), and more. Purchase Tickets Online


Totally Sake, the Other White Wine! With Special Guest Jonathan Edwards, Sake Specialist | Thursday, August 24 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20

We’ll explore this mysterious, intriguing beverage that shares characteristics of both beer and wine.  An alcoholic beverage made from fermented rice, Sake is every bit as much as sophisticated and complex a subject.  Our friend Jonathan Edwards, CSP (Certified Sake Professional) who has spent time touring breweries in Japan, will lead us through a comprehensive range of Sake styles.  He’ll educate us on how Sake is made (much more involved than wine), what foods best pair best with Sake (way beyond sushi) and plenty of local lore.  We’ll explore the different quality designations, including Junmai, rich Honjozo, ethereal Ginjo, and ultra-premium Daiginjo.  You’ll also taste some specialty Sake such as Namazake (unpasteurized), Nigori (unfiltered), and Jizake (from a small brewery). Purchase Tickets Online.


Labor Day Weekend Kick-Off, Staff Picks | Thursday August 31 |  6:30 to 8pm | $20

Labor Day weekend is a sign of the approaching season change and our last opportunity to enjoy summer before school is back in session. Come hang out, relax, and indulge in our knowledgeable staff’s favorite wines of the moment. We promise to impress and show you all things new and exciting! Purchase Tickets Online


thurs26Luxury Fall Tasting | Thursday, October 26 | 6:30 to 8pm | $50 | the Herbarium @ Bad Hunter: 150 N. Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60661

 Please join us for our inaugural Luxury Fall Wine Tasting with over 50 premium selections from around the world!  Iconic Champagne labels you can look forward to seeing – Krug, Moët, Bereche, Pierre Peters, Gaston Chiquet, and a Special Club offering.  Stellar French wines will include, Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape and “Gang of Four” Cru Beaujolais from Kermit Lynch, along with beautiful white Burgundies. ​Italian wines from Tuscany will include stars from Tuscany such as Altesino Brunello and Felsina Riserva, and Piedmontese reds from Scavino and Produttori.  You’ll taste Austrian standouts from Prager and Schloss Gobelsburg and see top West Coast producers such as Shafer, Flowers, Ramey, Cristom, and much more!  We look forward to sharing our favorite wines, and to your company.  Purchase of Ticket goes towards any Purchase of $200 or more. Purchase Tickets Online Now.