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Taste over 250 Wines at Wine Riot - and Remember Them with an App

By Anthony Todd in Food on May 11, 2011 8:20PM

2011_5_11WineRiot.jpg If you're a wine lover (or a lush) an event is coming next week that you can't pass up. Wine Riot , a tasting event held in the Great Hall at Union Station, is visiting Chicago on May 21! After stops in Los Angeles and Boston, Wine Riot will offer Chicagoans a chance to taste over 250 wines of all varietals and from all over the globe. "Crash Courses" will help teach you about wine in free, 20-minute bursts and, if you're in the mood for some grooves to go with your wine, a DJ will help you get in the mood. The price is just $50 per person.

The event is being put on by Second Glass, a small startup with offices in Boston and Los Angeles. Their goal is to help people encounter new wines, through shows like Wine Riot and through online and mobile tools for wine lovers. The event will have its own app, developed for the iPhone, and the organizers have loaded in every single wine at the event. All you have to do is push a button, and you can save the name of the wine for later, along with how much you liked it. We absolutely love this idea, since we've been to far too many large tasting conventions (*cough* Chicago Gourmet) where we couldn't keep track of what we'd drunk after the 5th glass. Buy your tickets, download the app and start getting ready for the Riot.