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.



Beaujolais is the New Burgundy – from Kermit Lynch Imports | Thursday, April 6 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Beaujolais is far better than ever! In recent years, this region of southern Burgundy has pulled itself out of mediocrity into a renaissance of quality and innovation. The region has shifted its focus from the mass-produced, light and fruity nouveau style to serious, even age-worthy wines that are competing with the Pinot Noirs from Burgundy proper further north. Since the 1980’s, importer Kermit Lynch has led the pack, championing his visionary producers. He coined the term “Gang of Four,” referring to   trailblazers from the Cru village of Morgon. We’ll taste all of Kermit’s iconic Beaujolais on this very special night: Morgon from the Gang’s Lapierre, Foillard, Breton, and Thevenet; Côte de Brouilly from Château Thivin and Nicole Chanrion; Chignard’s Fleurie, Dichon’s Moulin-á-Vent, and Dupeuble’s beautiful basic Beaujolais.  Purchase Tickets Online


Cabernet Sauvignon from Around the World | Thursday April 13 | 6:30 to 8pm| $20 
It’s no secret that America loves Cabernet.  And California certainly makes some of the world’s very best examples. But what about other famous places for Cabernet like the Columbia Valley of Washington State, the Margaret River in Western Australia, the Maipo Valley in Chile, Mendoza in Argentina.  And, of course, the ancestral home of Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux’s Médoc region. For this great tasting we will show the the many faces of  Cab – From Napa icons like Chateau Montelena to other global superstars like Vasse Felix (Margaret River), Angulo Innocenti (Mendoza), Seven Hills (Washington State) and much more! If you love Cabernet, but can’t seem to wander outside of California, this tasting is for you. Purchase Tickets Online


Blind Tasting Game | Thursday April 20 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Back by popular demand, the Blind Tasting Game returns! Last time we hosted this tasting, we had a 5-way tie for first place and some delicious bottles were given out as prizes. “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.  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 social gathering.  Cool prizes will be awarded to the best deductive tasters and lucky guessers. Purchase Tickets Online



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