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.
Natural, Organic, Biodynamic, Sustainable | Thursday, October 31 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Good wine is made great by using more natural methods, right? One would hope so! We’ll explore the natural world with regards to growing and making wine. “Organic wine” by definition in the US must have no sulfites added, but there are much wider options. Biodynamics is a holistic way of farming started in the 1920’s; it’s the oldest anti-chemical, “green” movement, with planting, pruning, picking, and bottling timed to planetary, solar and lunar rhythms. Sustainable viticulture is equated to the French “lutte raisonnée” or ‘reasoned struggle’, with agrochemicals used only when absolutely necessary. We’ll explore this fascinating topic with wonderfully eclectic producers, including Raventós, one of the only Spanish estates that practices biodynamic viticulture exclusively, Arianna Occhipinti in Sicily, Cruse Wine Company in California, Maxime Magnon in Corbières, and Guy Breton of Beaujolais’ “Gang of Four” back-to-nature innovators. P.S. Though there is no deception or disguise permitted for the wines we are tasting, you are welcome to wear your Halloween costume tonight! Purchase tickets online.
Chardonnay – the Winter White | Thursday, November 7 l 6:30 to 8:00 pm | $20
Chardonnay produces some of the greatest wines on the planet. It’s the world’s most widely-grown fine white grape, and though it is enduring many a dismissive sneer these days, we must not lose respect for it! The grape’s adaptability to differing climates and winemaking approaches allows a range of styles, including rich and creamy, bold and toasty, and the seamless conjunction of grandeur and finesse. Tonight we’ll sample wines to remind us of these qualities, which can enhance winter’s hearty fare. Among our stellar selections look for Pahlmeyer and DuMol from California, Jean-Paul Droin and Chateau-Fuissé in Burgundy, South Africa’s Hamilton Russell, Australia’s Vasse Felix, and Catena in Argentina. Purchase tickets online.
The Enduring Icons of Vineyard Brands | Thursday, November 14 l 6:30 to 8:00 pm | $20
Vineyard Brands was founded in 1971 by the late and legendary Robert Haas who built a portfolio of more than 75 wineries from around the world. In 1989, Jean-Pierre Perrin and François Perrin of Château de Beaucastel in Châteauneuf-du-Pape collaborated with Haas, their US importer, to establish Tablas Creek Vineyard on California’s Central Coast, west of Paso Robles. We’ll try wines from an international selection of great producers, including Domaine Weinbach, Hamilton Russell, Warre’s, and, of course, Tablas Creek and Perrin. Purchase tickets online.
Sommeliers Make Great Wine! | Thursday, November 21 l 6:30 to 8:00 pm | $20
The once almost-unknown profession of Sommelier has now been glamorized and romanticized to a fare-thee-well. Though anyone with a serviette and a wine key who recommends wine in a restaurant can be called a sommelier, some have chosen to undergo rigorous studies to achieve a credential such as Certified, Advanced and Master Sommelier. Some of the most accomplished and curious also choose to expand their expertise to winemaking! Master Sommeliers Larry Stone, Greg Harrington, Richard Betts, Emmanuel Kamiji and Bobby Stuckey have projects in California, Oregon, Washington State, Italy and Australia. Rajat Parr, author of two books, also has properties in California and Oregon. Come taste applied knowledge and philosophy! Purchase tickets online.
Meet Michael Eddy, Director of Winemaking at Louis Martini Winery | Friday, November 22 | 6 to 8pm | Complimentary | The Wine Department
The Louis M. Martini winery first made Napa Cab in 1933, immediately post Prohibition! Louis Martini himself had an essential role in crafting Napa and Sonoma valleys as world class wine regions. Mike Martini still runs the operation, under the current ownership of the Gallos. Martini is sole owner of the extraordinary Monte Rosso Vineyard on Sonoma’s Moon Mountain, first planted in 1890. Michael Eddy, Director of Winemaking, will personally present 4 of his Cabernet Sauvignon bottlings: Sonoma, Alexander Valley and Napa cuvées, and the fabulous Monte Rosso. Bottles purchased at the store will be signed by Michael Eddy himself! This is a rare treat to meet the man behind some of the most classic California Cabernet Sauvignons.
Grower Champagnes from Terry Thiese | Sunday, November 24 l 6:30 to 8:00 pm | $25
Most Champagne producers use grapes from their own vineyards combined with fruit purchased from others. Grower Champagnes are made by the estate that owns the vineyards where the grapes are grown. Prior to importer Terry Theise’s introduction of these small, artisanal producers to the U.S. market, the term had rarely been used. Join us for this very special Sunday tasting featuring Pierre Gimonnet and Pierre Péters in the Côte des Blancs, and Marc Hébrart, L. Aubry Fils, Henri Billiot, Gaston Chiquet, Vilmart and Chartogne-Taillet in the Vallée de la Marne. Purchase tickets online.