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A Week of Free Wine with Lunch at Coco Pazzo

By Roger Kamholz in Food on Jan 19, 2012 7:20PM

2012_01_19_coco_pazzo.jpgTo help celebrate its 20th anniversary and in honor of Italian Wine Week, Coco Pazzo will be generously dipping into its impressive collection of vino with free table-side pours of select wines during lunch service next week, January 23 to 27. On top of that, all bottles on Coco Pazzo's wine list will be 20 percent off their regular price during both lunch and dinner.

Here's the scoop from the restaurant's wine director, Tamra Weiss: everyday during lunch, wine stewards will come to your table (if you want to participate) and offer samples of six different Italian wines from the Coco Pazzo wine list at no cost. The list of free wines to sample will change each day. Weiss and Chef Chris Macchia have also collaborated on special wine pairings for the seasonal menu, as well as specials.

Weiss passed along a tentative "schedule"—subject to change—of which wines will available for tastings on which days:

Monday, January 23, 2012
Prosecco Foss Marai, Veneto
Bianchetta Genovese Bisson Golfo del Tigullio, Liguria 2010
Chardonnay De Forville, Piemonte 2010
Saracco Pinot Noir, Piemonte 2008
Barbaresco Pallazina Montaribaldi Piemonte 2006
Carpineto Farnito Cabernet Sauvignon, Toscana 2006
Brunello di Montalcino Caparzo 2006

Tuesday, January 24
Chardonnay Bramito Antinori, Toscana 2010
Peppoli, Chianti Classico 2007
Il Brusciato Tenuta Guado Al Tasso -Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Syrah IGT Toscana 2009
Guado al Tasso Tenuta Belvedere Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Syrah IGT Toscana 2007
Primitivo Torcioda, Tormaresca, Puglia 2008

Wednesday, January 25
Ca' del Bosco Brut NV Franciacorta, Lombardia
Sauvignon Blanc Sanct Vlentin St. Michael Eppan, Alto Adige 2010
Greco di Tufo Terradora Dipaolo, Campania 2010
Argiano Non Confunditur Cabernet/Merlot/Syrah/Sangiovese, Montalcino 2008
Cesanese del Piglio Corte dei Papi Lazio 2008
Castello di Ama Chianti Classico 2007

Thursday, January 26
Bella vista Brut NV Franciacorta Lombardia
Soave Pieropan
Ribolla Gialla Vinnae, Jermann
Pancrazi Pinot Noir
Dolcetto Einaudi
Poggio Argenteria Morellino di Scansano, Maremma, Toscana 2010

Friday, January 27
Allegrini Palazzo della Torre IGT Veronese Fattoria Le Pupille Morellino di Scansano DOCG 2009
Maculan Palazzotto 2008
Argiolas Costamolino Vermentino di Sardegna DOC 2010

Reservations are encouraged for lunch and dinner during Italian Wine Week. More information about Coco Pazzo's 20th anniversary festivities is available on the Special Events page of the restaurant's website, including details on the gala benefit it's hosting to support the Lyric Opera of Chicago, slated to take place on February 2.

Coco Pazzo is located at 300 West Hubbard Street.