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.
Dynamic New South Africa | Thursday, June 6 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
South Africa is “the most dynamic New World wine producing country,” according to Neal Martin of Vinous. Arguably the most beautiful wine country on earth, its range and quality of wines is impressive, straddling the New and Old Worlds stylistically. The improvement in quality of South African wine since the end of apartheid in 1994 has been exponential. There is a broad community of producers embracing sustainable agriculture and ethical practices in working conditions. Can’t make the 14 hour plane trip?? We’re covering the subject with our resident expert, Joanna Breslin, and Jim Clarke from Wines of South Africa. Join us to explore the wines, from classic Stellenbosch Cabernet to avant-garde Chenin-based blends and elegant Cinsault. Adi Badenhorst, Eben Sadie, Donovan Rall, Chris and Andrea Mullineux, Pieter Welser, Chris Alheit and Bruwer Raats will all be represented, and their wines will amaze you. Promise! Purchase tickets online.
Alsace –Give It Some Love! | Thursday, June 13 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Alsace, France’s smallest region, makes wonderful wines, often overlooked. It’s isolated by the Vosges Mountains forming its western border, with the Rhine River to the east. Alsace has been buffeted back and forth between Germany and France through centuries of war, and its regal, distinctive wines have struggled to assert their export identity. 90% of its wine production is white, in a world that gives more of its attention to reds. Its greatest wine is Riesling done in a dry, powerful, singular style. So, wake up and smell the Gewürztraminer and dry Muscat, try unctuous Alsace Pinot Gris! We’ll throw in Pinot Noir, the only red grape allowable, but this tasting will undoubtedly change your view of white wine. Prominently featured will be the great Domaine Weinbach, founded in 1612 by the Order of Capuchin monks, alongside Zind-Humbrecht, Trimbach, Marcel Deiss, and Hugel. Classic leaders all. Purchase tickets online.
Women Winemakers of Austria and Germany | Wednesday, June 19 | 6:30 to 8pm | $25
We are honored to host eight German and Austrian pre-eminent women winemakers. This very special tasting will introduce you to a broad spectrum of wines, and the people who bring them forth. You’ll meet Hannah Selbach of Selbach-Oster, whose Mosel wines exemplify the classic regional style, and Theresa Breuer from the Rheingau, whose father Bernhard was instrumental in promoting dry Riesling in the 1980’s. Laura Schneider’s Nahe estate possesses 52 different soil types, mostly on slate and volcanic rock, and Caroline Diel of Nahe’s Schlossgut Diel produces wines from several Grosses Gewächs sites. You’ll taste minimal-intervention wines from Heiki Darting of the Pfalz. Austria’s Schloss Gobelsburg, represented by export manager Barbara Koller, is on the site of the Zwettl Monastery, founded in 1074. Burgenland innovator Heidi Schrock and Wachau biodynamic pioneer Anna Nikolaihof will join us too. You’ll want to show up for this one – a rare and extraordinary opportunity indeed! Purchase tickets online.
Wines of France, from Michael Corso Selections | Thursday, June 27 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Michael Corso Selections is the culmination of Michael’s wine career, which began across the street in 1972, at the House of Glunz. After experiencing every aspect of wine sales, he founded his import company in 2008, and is focused on French wines and spirits. We admire his deep knowledge and exquisite taste, reflected in this thoughtful portfolio. Midwest Regional manager Zach Zilm will be on hand to present excellent wines from small producers who deliver great value for the high quality they have achieved. Domaine Vigneau-Chevreau and Domaine Dyckerhoff in the Loire Valley, Gilles Noblet in the Maconnais, Raspail-Ay in Gigondas, and Domaine Marcel Lapierre in Beaujolais are some of our favorites. Purchase tickets online.