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. The Wine Team 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.



thurs28Mystical Burgundy | Thursday, February 28 | 6:30 to 8pm | $25
Perhaps the most treasured and sought-after French wines are those from Burgundy, a.k.a ‘Bourgogne’. They provoke our curiosity and acquisitiveness for their often transcendent quality and their elusiveness. Made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the production of many wines is tiny, given the small vineyard holdings of most producers. Over the centuries, vignerons have precisely delineated their terroir, down to the row. Additionally, recent vintages have given unusually small yields due to hail and other natural threats. We will present an overview of the region, covering the subject with both white and red wines, from Chablis in the North to the Mâconnais to the South, stopping in the Cote d’Or along the way.  We’ll include visits to Leroy, Louis Jadot, Blain-Gagnard, Pierre Guillemot, Château Fuissé and much more. As an additional treat, we’ll be joined by Plum’s First Lady of Wine, the ever-delightful Madeline Triffon MS! Purchase tickets online.

thurs7Sonoma County’s Wide-Ranging Diversity | Thursday, March 7 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Northern California’s Sonoma County stretches from the Pacific Ocean to the Mayacamas Mountains, and encompasses 18 AVAs. From the cool, foggy true Sonoma Coast, to Knight’s Valley, the warmest of the regions, just about every wine style finds a home. We won’t be able to get to all of them! But we’ll sample Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, ocean-influenced Pinot Noir, Knight’s Valley Cabernet, Russian River Pinot Noir, and plenty more. Names to expect include Joseph Swan, Ravenswood, Arrowood, and Wayfarer by Pahlmeyer. Purchase tickets online.

thurs11Meet Laurent Lignier of Domaine Hubert Lignier in Burgundy’s Morey-Saint-Denis | Monday, March 11 | 6:30 Reception, 7pm Seated Seminar | $40
Morey-Saint-Denis wines are among the greatest in Burgundy. This commune hosts five of the most sought-after Grands Crus with Clos de Tart, Bonnes Mares, Clos de la Roche, Clos Saint-Denis and Clos des Lambrays. Morey-Saint-Denis wines express great Pinot Noir concentration and earthiness, structured to last for decades while remaining ethereal. A reference in this prestigious appellation, Domaine Hubert Lignier dates back to the late 19th century. Now the fifth generation, Laurent Lignier, will give us the immense pleasure of presenting his 2015’s as well as the current 2016 vintage. He’ll personally guide us through a tasting of several of his Morey-Saint-Denis wines, as well as his Bourgogne “Grand Chaliot”, and a Gevrey-Chambertin. Laurent’s wines are generous, dense, complex and intensely aromatic. This is a unique opportunity to meet the farmer, the winemaker, and the descendant of a long winemaking tradition. Purchase tickets online.

thurs14Sicily – An Offer You Can’t Refuse! | Thursday, March 14 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Sicily, including active volcano Mt. Etna, is making some of Italy’s most exciting wines these days. Long known for almost-forgotten Marsala and nondescript bulk wines, the island has erupted (ha ha) into a source of fascinating wines made from indigenous grapes such as Carricante, Nerello Mascalese, Frappato, and the widely-planted Nero d’Avola. We’ll explore the stunning, barren beauty of Etna (an active volcano!) with the top producers Tenuta delle Terre Nere, Benanti, and Graci. Fresh innovation will come from the wines of COS, Occhipinti and Centonze. Purchase tickets online.

thurs21Only the Rhônely | Thursday, March 21 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
The Rhône Valley, north and south, has introduced us to such wonderful grapes as Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Viognier, as well as intriguing blends involving these and others. We are finding more and more good wine made outside of France from the Rhône panoply of grape varieties.  Of course we’ll have Aussie Shiraz and GSM, and examples from throughout our West Coast – California, Oregon, Washington State – and South Africa too. Henschke, Jim Barry, Orin Swift, Tablas Creek and Boekenhoutskloof will be represented, among several others. Purchase tickets online.

thurs28The Spain You Don’t Know | Thursday, March 28 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Spain lags just behind Italy and France in the ranks of world wine production, and the sheer quality outside of the best-known regions is on the fast rise. Tonight we’ll venture beyond our familiar friends Rioja, and Albariño from Rias Baixas to explore less familiar territory.  We’ll travel to Calalunya’s Priorat and Montsant in the northeast, Castilla y Leon’s Ribera del Duero and Bierzo, Jumilla in the torrid southeast, and beyond. Producers will include Emilio Moro, Juan Gil, Raul Perez, and Alvaro Palacios, just to name a few. Purchase tickets online.