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.



Beaujolais – Way Beyond Nouveau | Thursday, April 25 | 6:30 to 8pm| $20
Plum’s wine team has long been enamored of Beaujolais, southern Burgundy’s highly agreeable and versatile reds made from Gamay, with an occasional version of Chardonnay. These wines are often overlooked because the frivolous Beaujolais Nouveau is the only example many have tried. But the best of these wines offer deliciousness that can reward keeping, and provide a welcome respite from the scarcity and ever-climbing prices of their Pinot Noir neighbors to the North. From basic Beaujolais to village crus like Morgon, Fleurie, and Moulin-à-Vent, we’ll sample wines from leading producers Louis Jadot, Guy Breton, Marcel Lapierre, and Nicole Chanrion, among others. Purchase tickets online.

thurs2Skurnik Wines – a Family Business | Thursday, May 2 |  $20
Sommeliers love Skurnik! Skurnik Wines is a family business, founded in 1987 in New York City by Michael Skurnik. His brother Harmon and sister Rita soon joined him, followed by other family members. Today, the company represents over 500 wine estates, including the Terry Theise portfolios of grower Champagnes, German and Austrian wines, as well as many sought-after Burgundy producers. The quality of Skurnik’s selections is undeniable.  We’ll taste a very wide variety of wines, from France, Austria, Germany, Spain and South Africa. Among the stellar producers represented: Taille aux Loups, Heidi Schrock, Dönnhoff, Raul Perez and Mullineux. Purchase Tickets Online.

thurs9Cider Celebration | Thursday, May 9 | 6:30 to 8pm | $10
The drinking choice of our founding fathers, hard cider is now a modern staple for those looking for racy and dry to deliciously sweet alternatives to wine and beer. And, cider is naturally gluten free! Independent craft companies are producing high quality ciders with complexity and higher expressions of fruit. By using only locally sourced apples and fruit, companies such as Virtue Cider and Vandermill from Michigan provide ciders with no added preservatives. Stem Cider has some of the driest ciders, and innovative flavored ones. Imported cider is also coming on strong, with traditional producers like Mayador from Spain and Le Brun from France showing how cider can take on complex flavors. Join us in exploring classic and innovative expressions of American, French, and Spanish ciders that will have you wanting more! This grand walk-around tasting will feature representatives from these cideries to provide facts and history. Purchase tickets online.

thurs16Spring Wine Extravaganza | Thursday, May 16 | 6:30pm-8:00pm | $40
At The Herbarium at Bad Hunter 802 W Randolph St Chicago, IL 60607
Please join us for our second annual Spring Wine Tasting Extravaganza with over 40 premium selections from around the world, with a focus on the best dry roses, fresh white and subtle reds to welcome the warmer weather. Be ready to taste through a gorgeous array of the brand new 2018 roses from around the world, high quality white wines from the Old and the New Worlds, and refreshing yet complex grower’s Champagne. Light snacks will be provided by Bad Hunter, all in the modern vintage setting of The Herbarium room in the West Loop. Purchase tickets online.

thurs23Hey! Hey! It’s All Rosé! Part One | Thursday, May 23 l 6:30 to 8pm l $20
These refreshing, dry pink wines come in a range of styles and shades around the world. From the classic rosés of Provence to versions from California, Spain, and Italy, we will be unveiling the first tier of our expansive rosé selections for the season. Perennial favorites including Fontsainte and ‘Provençal’, Rubentis Txakolina, and Babycheeks will be joined by new discoveries. Get the jump on summer at this lighthearted, fun tasting! Purchase tickets online.

thurs30Madeline’s Adventures in Australia | Thursday, May 30 l 6:30 to 8pm l $35 l Seated tasting
Early April found our own Madeline Triffon in South Australia and Victoria, exploring the exciting wines of ‘The New Australia’.  With sommelier friends, she trolled beautiful Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, Yarra Valley and Macedon Ranges.  Every day was flooded with sunshine, ideal for taking gorgeous vineyard shots. “I can’t wait to share a slew of pictures from the trip, the stunning landscapes and smiling faces behind the wines.  I’m excited to share stories of the winegrowers, and the meals we shared together.  We’ll taste several of my very favorite wines from the trip, including:

  • Old vine Grenache – the big revelation! Elegant, ageworthy, delish
  • Cool climate Shiraz – tender and seductively fragrant
  • Dry Riesling – poignant and shockingly beautiful
  • Pinot Noir & Chardonnay – sophisticated as any Burgundy
  • Italian varietals – Fiano, Sangiovese & Nebbiolo, who knew!
  • Natural wines – from thoughtful young producers, keep things clean and pretty

 Producers will include iconic names as well as labels new to the U.S. This tasting is limited to 30 guests, please purchase advance tickets on line. Purchase tickets online.