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.


Spanish Wine 101 | Thursday April 27 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
No other European nation offers wider wine diversity within terrific price/value than Spain.  Thanks to persistent, visionary importers, the American wine consumer has begun to recognize Spanish native varietals – Garnacha, Tempranillo, Monastrell, Albariño, Verdejo – as stylish alternatives to the usual suspects (Cab, Chard…).  We’ll cover the growing regions of Rías Baixas and Rueda for fresh white wines and Campo de Borja, Montsant, Rioja, Jumilla, and La Mancha for reds, spicy and deep.  Selections are drawn from the quality leaders Jorge Ordoñez Group, Gil Family Estates and Bodegas Muga. Purchase Tickets Online


Brianne Day of Day Wines | Saturday, April 29 | 1 to 3pm| Plum Market Wine Department | Complimentary
In just a few years, young winemaker Brianne has become a star of the Oregon wine world. Her single vineyard Pinot Noirs and interesting blends are made organically and using natural winemaking techniques of minimal sulphites and intervention. Come taste her gorgeous wines and meet their charming creator. This is a special treat – we’ll taste Brianne’s Vin de Days white and red (a stylish Pinot Noir, and a white Rhône blend), 2014 Hock & Deuce Syrah/Viognier from the Applegate Valley in southern Oregon, and the “Crowley Station Vineyard” Pinot Noir from the Eola-Amity Hills of the Willamette Valley. Purchase Tickets Online


The Italian Wines of Marc DeGrazia With Special Guest Stefano Tonelli, of Villa Ligi in the Marche | Thursday, May 4 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Fine Italian wines from small growers were virtually unknown in 1980 when Marco de Grazia first offered a handful of estates from Tuscany and Piedmont. Today, DeGrazia and his imports have achieved the strongest reputation for quality and integrity. Anthony Minne, Plum Market’s Chicago Wine Buyer, travelled with the DeGrazia group through Italy, sourcing many new fantastic finds. Come taste Dei Vino Nobile di Montalcino (a dead ringer for Brunello, at half the price!), elegant Nerellos from Sicily’s Terre Nere on Mount Etna, rich Aglianico from Molettieri, serious whites (Verdicchio, Fiano, Greco), and beautiful dry Prosecco from Bortolotti. Stefano Tonelli – proprietor and winemaker of Villa Ligi in the Marche region of Italy – will be our guest of honor. We will taste his beautiful organic wines based on the indigenous Aleatico grape (Fiore Rosato 2016, Grifoglietto 2013,Vernaculum 2015, Albaspino Bianchello di Mataura 2016).  Purchase Tickets Online


Châteauneuf-du-Pape Tasting! Meet the Owner of Château de la Font du Loup | Saturday, May 6 |1 to 4pm | Plum Market Wine Department | Complimentary
Located in the heart of the appellation “Chateauneuf du Pape”, between Avignon and Orange dans le village provençal de Courthézon, ville d’histoire et de spectacle,in the Provencal village of Courthézon, le château de la Font du Loup est un domaine familial dont le nom figurait déjà au cadastre Napoléonien.Château de la Font du Loup is a family domaine run by Anne-Charlotte Bachas and her husband Laurent. Font du Loup’s vineyards are unique in Châteauneuf-du-Pape as they are at a very high elevation for the commune and planted on sandy soils, a contrast to the rockier sites commonly found. We have been huge fans of these wines and are proud to host Anne-Charlotte on a return visit here at Plum Market. Stop by the wine department to meet this most charming winemaker and sample the 2013 vintage. Purchase Tickets Online


Cider Fest | Thursday, May 11 | 6:30 to 8pm | $10
Join us in exploring classic and innovative expressions of American, French, and Spanish ciders. This grand walk-around tasting will feature representatives from the following cideries (and more), to provide fun facts and background history. We’ll taste some of the best ciders available from Virtue Cider (Michigan), Starcut (Michigan), Stem (Denver), Finn River(Washington), Right Bee (Chicago), Maeloc (Galicia, Spain), & classic French ciders of Normany from Eric Bordelet and Daufresne. Paired with pizza, cheese, and charcuterie from the Plum Market kitchen, this is a great deal for $10!   Purchase Tickets Online


Hey! Hey! It’s All Rosé! Part One | Thursday, May 18 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
These refreshingly dry pink wines come in a range of styles and shades from around the world. We will be unveiling our rosé selections for the season – from the classic rosés of Provence and France to modern domestic versions from California, Spain, Greece, and Italy we’ll show them all! Many are very limited, pre-ordered months ago. You’ll sample dry rosés from Red Car from the Sonoma Coast, Triennes and Puech Haut from the Languedoc, Gros Noré from Bandol, Zoe from Greece, Marquiliani and Abbatucci from Corsica, Villa Ligi from Central Italy, and more. Purchase Tickets Online


Deep Rhône Exploration | Thursday, May 25 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
The Rhône River is the dominating feature of dozens of distinct wine appellations, making its way through the length of France to empty into the Mediterranean. Wine styles vary wildly, with rich, complex Syrah-based reds in the north and zesty, versatile Grenache-based reds in the south. Not to miss are the rare white wines from Roussanne, Marsanne and (if you’re lucky) Viognier. The sons and daughters of traditional producers are injecting fresh innovation into all styles and price points. Selections will include Saint Joseph from Saint-Cosme, Châteauneuf-du-Pape from Mont Olivet, and Crozes-Hermitage from Chevalier. We’ll cover the classic Côte Rôtie from Guigal, Gigondas from Gour de Chaulé and, yes, Condrieu. Join us in exploring the region most beloved by wine professionals for its sheer diversity, quality and value! Purchase Tickets Online