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.
Summer Sparklers | Thursday July 25 | 6:30 to 8:00 PM | $20
We all love bubbles, and sparkling wine is especially refreshing in the summertime. We’ll try wines for every budget, from casual Prosecco to Pet-Nat to fancy Champagne, from many parts of the world, from California to South Africa to Tasmania! Names to look for include Roederer, Laurent-Perrier, Ferrari, Schramsberg, Segura Viudas, Gruet, and Jansz. Summer fun! Purchase tickets online.
Quaffable, Chill-able Summer Reds | Thursday August 1 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
It’s summertime, and we’re drinking lots of rosé and Sauvignon Blanc. But there’s no need to give up red wines altogether! Warm weather months can be a time to discover lighter-bodied reds, with a sleek texture, crisp acidity, lower tannins, and joyous fruitiness. Often this style of wine is served with a light chill and can be a wonderful companion to simple light fare and barbecued meats. Tonight we’re sampling eclectic international light reds, ideal for the gorgeous summer days coming our way. You’ll find Beaujolais, Pinot Noir and Barbera, as you might expect, but how about a carbonic-maceration Sangiovese or an easygoing Cinsault? Grenache from the mountains of Spain, Nebbiolo from Valle d’Aosta, Loire Valley Cabernet Franc…surprises await! Purchase tickets online.
Rosé Part Deux | Thursday August 8 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
As summer passes its midpoint, with the heat index on a vertical climb and our grills well-tempered and humming along, it’s high time for more great rosé! In this, our second pink tasting edition, we’ll feature long-awaited Bandol, Rosé of Cabernet Franc from Chinon, and selections from Austria, Corsica, Italy and the U.S. Look for Domaines Ott, Abbatucci, Bernard Baudry, Terre Nere, Schloss Gobelsburg, and – wait for it – Turley White Zinfandel! Too delectable… Purchase tickets online.
Italy’s Singular White Grapes | Thursday August 15 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
In a not too distant past, much Italian “bianco” was interchangeable and unmemorable. Not today! The boot expands 736 miles as the crow flies from north to south and the variation in climate and terroir among all 20 regions makes for a wide range of styles. From producers including Radikon in Friuli and Pieropan in the Veneto, to Mastroberardino in Campania and Graci on Mount Etna, there’s a wealth of exciting and individual white wines to experience. Vermentino, Pecorino, Friulano, Fiano! Garganega, Carricante, Arneis! Purchase tickets online.
The International Grandeur of Broadbent Selections | Thursday August 22 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Bartholomew Broadbent founded his import company in 1996 to represent, as he puts it, “wines that gratify not just the palate, but the soul”. Bartholomew is an expert on Port and Madeira, and has greatly expanded awareness and consumption of these wines in the U.S. His selection of topnotch, family owned wineries includes Lebanon’s iconic Chateau Musar, leading English sparkling producer Gusbourne, Tyrell’s in Australia’s Hunter Valley and Barboursville in Virginia, where Bartholomew makes his home. Broadbent Selections has been instrumental in bringing South Africa’s most cutting edge wines to the U.S., with Sadie Family, A.A. Badenhorst and Alheit heading up this exciting category. Don’t miss this range of world-class wines! Oh, yeah: Michael Broadbent, MW, famed wine critic, author and auctioneer, is Bartholomew’s dad. Purchase tickets online.
Blind Tasting Fun | Thursday August 29 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
It’s almost back to school time, so let’s dust off our practice, knowledge and intuition! Just for fun, we’ll put out an assortment of beautiful red and white wines, concealing their identities, and see who can deduce their type or grape variety. The wines will be very expressive examples and we’ll provide plenty of clues, with descriptions of what is typical of the wines being poured. It’ll be up to you to figure out which is which! Prizes will be awarded to the top three scorers. Guessing is very much encouraged. Purchase tickets online.