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27 Awesome March Wine Events Coming Soon

By John Lenart in Food on Mar 1, 2016 6:00PM

Photo Credit John Lenart

March is filled with so many great events, even we're amazed. Whatever type of wine you're into, there's an event this month that you're sure to love.

March 2

Vignobles De Larose Wine Dinner
The Glunz Tavern
1202 N. Wells Street
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
$79/person including tax and gratuity
Call 312-642-3000 for tickets

A five course dinner accompanying the Haut-Medoc wines produced by Vignobles De Larose. Winemaker Franck Bijon will discuss his wines. Menu includes:

Chateau Villa Bel Air 2013, Graves with Amuse Bouche
Chateau Larose-Trintaudon 2009, Haut-Médoc with Escargots in Herbed Mushroom Caps OR Spinach Crepe Gratinée
Chateau Arnauld 2010, Haut-Médoc with Confit de Canard, Oven-Browned Potatoes, Haricots Verts, Lingonberry Garnish
Chateau Larose Pergonson 2009, Haut-Médoc with Sélection des Fromages
Mousse au Chocolat

Domaine Bernard Moreau Wine Dinner
The Bristol
2152 N. Damen Ave.
6:30pm to 10:30pm
For tickets click here.

Join Alex Moreau of Domaine Bernard Moreau with Knightsbridge Wine Shoppe and the cuisine of Chef Sean Pharr for a dinner centered on Alex's red and white Burgundies.
Chef Pharr and Sommelier Charles Ford have created a custom five-course menu based around these exciting wines.

Blancs 2013 Bourgogne Blanc 2013 Chassagne Montrachet 2013 Chassagne Champs Gains 2013 Chassagne Chenvottes 2012 Chassagne Maltroie 2013 Chassagne Maltroie 2008 Chassagne Grandes Ruchottes  2009 Chassagne Grandes Ruchottes  2013 Chassagne Grandes Ruchottes   Rouges 2009 Volnay Clos de Chenes  2010 Volnay Clos de Chenes   2012 Chassagne Montrachet Rouge VV

Tenuta Olim Bauda tasting with Gianni Bertolini
Osteria Langhe
2824 W. Armitage Ave.
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

“Tenuta Olim Bauda is to me one of the best representations for Gavi, as well as other wines such as Barbera, Grignolino from the Nizza Monferrato area,” says Osteria Langhe owner Aldo Zaninotto. This is a great occasion to meet one of the well-respected wine producers of this area and taste his wines.

March 3

Guided tasting of Italian Wine
Eataly Chicago
43 East Ohio Street
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Cost: $40 per person
Call 312-521-8696 for tickets

Would you like to learn more about the world of Italian wine? In this guided tasting, Eataly's beverage manager will provide a crash course in the classic wines produced in the Tuscan hilltop towns of Montalcino and Montepulciano. Montepulciano’s most well-known wine is Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, while Montalcino’s is Brunello, which is considered one of the most distinguished wines in all of Italy. Guests will sample these two reds alongside a Rosso di Montalcino, paired with complementary antipasti.

Kermit Lynch French Winemaker Tour

The WineBar located in the Lounge of Plum Market
1233 N. Wells St.
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $20.00
For tickets click here.

Join Plum Market for a special tasting with three French winemakers from the Kermit Lynch portfolio: Jean and Agnes Foillard of Morgon, Paul Breton of Bourgueil, and Valentin Montanet from Domaine de la Cadette. Foillard has a cult following and is widely known as a great producer of French wine. We’ll get to taste the debut of the much anticipated Foillard 2014 Morgon “Côte de Py.” Paul Breton is known for the purest organically grown Cabernet Franc in the Loire Valley. Montanet’s Domaine de la Cadette is known for its beautiful red and white Burgundies that are shockingly affordable.

Sommelier for a Day
III Forks
180 N. Field Blvd.
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
$20 per person. 
Call: 312-938-4303 to reserve

III Forks' Sommelier Chris McFall will lead guests through a sampling of six different wines from the Pacific Northwest, paired with an array of hors d'oeuvres by Executive Chef Billy Caruso. Guests taste each wine then vote on their favorites, which will be featured for the month.

Wines to be poured include:

Brooks 'Ara' Riesling Willamette Valley, Oregon 2011

Cristom Viognier Willamette Valley, Oregon 2013

Big Table Farm Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, Oregon 2013

Gamine 'Mae's Vineyard Applegate Valley, Oregon 2013

Waters 'Loess' Syrah Walla Walla, Washington 2011 

Gramercy Cellars 'The Third Man' Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre Washington 2012 

March 5

Sparkling Wine from Around the Globe at Spiaggia
980 N. Michigan Ave
1:00 p.m.
Cost: $78
For tickets click here.

Explore bubbles from around the world with Spiaggia Sommelier Rachael Lowe and compare a range of wines from Champagne to Franciacorta and from Prosecco to Cremate. Taste through and discuss the different techniques, grapes and regions where sparkling wines are made as well as discuss food pairing ideas. Light appetizers from Chef de Cuisine Joe Flamm will be served.

March 6

Riedel Wine Glass Seminar and Tasting
City Winery
1200 W. Randolph
3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $90 includes tasting and three-glass set - Pinot Noir / Syrah / Cabernet Sauvignon - of Veritas stems for each guest (Retail value: $103.50)
For tickets click here.

Attention glass snobs! Join City Winery for an exclusive evening of wine tasting and education with Maximilian Riedel. Riedel, the world’s premier wine glass maker, knows that the pleasure of consuming wine starts with the glass. In this seminar, learn by doing comparisons of how the shape of a glass can profoundly affect a wine’s bouquet and flavor. Featuring pieces of stemware from Riedel's Veritas series, the maker will guide guests through an entertaining and informative seminar. Each glass will be paired with a well-known cult or reserve wine. Riedel will also demonstrate how to use two of his complex hand blown decanters.

March 9

Lynfred Spring Winemaker-Dinner
15 S. Roselle Rd. Roselle IL
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 
Cost: $125 pp 
To reserve click here.

Dine in the Lynfred Cellar as winemakers Andres Basso and Rodrigo Gonzalez guide you through wines to pair with dinner. 

1st Course
Prawn & Tarragon
fennel, tomato water
2nd Course
Oxtail Ragu
fresh pasta, pecorino, horseradish country bread 

3rd Course
Maple Leaf Duck
roasted cauliflower puree, cherry gastrique
4th Course
Artisanal Cheese
5th course
Dark Chocolate Mille-Feuille 
mocha creme, strawberry, passionfruit

March 10

Italian Icon Tasting with Master Sommelier Jesse Becker
The WineBar located in the Lounge of Plum Market
1233 N. Wells St.
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $45.00
For tickets click here.

Leonardo LoCascio has long imported many of Italy’s most celebrated producers. Jesse Becker, Master Sommelier and Brand Manager for Leonardo LoCascio Selections, will guide guests through Italy’s diversity in a seated tasting. The seminar will showcase comparative styles from the established regions of Piedmont and Tuscany, as well as from Campania and Sicily. Producers will include Altesino’s Brunello Montosoli, Castellare di Castellina’s I Sodi San Nicolo, Ceretto’s Barolo Brunate, Castello di Neive’s Barbaresco Riserva, Mastroberardino’s Radici, and Passopisciaro’s Etna Rosso.

March 15

Wine & Dine to benefit Girl Scouts
1023 W. Lake
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $150 per person
To reserve click here.

Taylored Wines and Vera present a dinner with paired wines from female winemakers to benefit Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana. Dinner wraps up with a special dessert featuring Girl Scout Cookies created by Chef Mark Mendez.

Photo Credit John Lenart

March 16 

Paint Your Glass Off
15 S. Roselle Rd. Roselle IL
5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
Cost: $50pp - pre-payment required for online tickets. Includes wine, cheese, wine glasses to paint, paint and instruction.
For tickets click here.

Lynfred Winery believes that wine inspires creativity so they’ve paired up with Bottle and Bottega to host an art and wine class. Join Lynfred winery in their cellar for wine, cheese and art. Paint wine glasses to take home and enjoy a fun evening.

March 20

Enoversity: North Coast AVA
Eno Wine Room
505 N. Michigan Ave.
3:00 p.m.
Cost: $55
For tickets click here.

Join Eno and explore the wines of the North Coast AVA. This area encompasses so many prime growing sites, one could spend a whole year tasting thru these wines. Eno picks out wines from Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino to taste. Enoversity is an intimate setting, so each class is limited to ten people.

March 19, 2016

Heavy Hitters of Tuscany
Webster's Wine Bar
2601 N. Milwaukee Ave.
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $50 per person
For tickets click here.

In remembrance of the day that Julius Caesar’s blood was shed as he was betrayed and assassinated, Webster's Wine Bar will open up some of the more notable wines of Italy. From Chianti Classico and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano to Brunello di Montelcino, Sangiovese is king here. Guests explore the many different clones and expressions of this noble grape. There will be around 20 wines, largely Sangiovese, with a few treats thrown in for good measure. The price of entry includes hors d’oeuvres.

March 22 and 23

Easter Cooking Class
15 S. Roselle Rd. Roselle IL
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $50 per person - pre-payment required for online tickets 
For tickets for March 22, click here.
For tickets for March 23, click here.

The Lynfred Winery chefs will be cooking up Easter inspired dishes in the winery kitchen.
The winery chefs teach cooking methods while Lynfred's sommelier pairs up wine suggestions. Guests enjoy wine, lots of food samples and education.

March 23

Stonestreet Wine Dinner
The Bristol
2152 N. Damen Ave.
6:30 p.m.
Cost: $125 per person inclusive
For tickets click here.

Join Stonestreet Winemaker Lisa Valtenbergs at the Bristol for an evening of expertly paired wine & food.

A reception of wine and passed appetizers, is followed by a sit-down, four-course dinner created by Chef Sean Pharr. Chef Pharr's dishes will be made specifically to accompany Stonestreet's high-elevation, single-vineyard Sauvignon Blancs, Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignons. 

This will be a small event with just 20 or so guests in Bristol's private event space. Special vintages and bottlings will also make an appearance.

Weekly events:

Terroir Tuesdays
Table, Donkey and Stick
2728 W. Armitage Ave.

Each Tuesday, Table, Donkey and Stick features glass pours of rare and older vintage wine poured at their cost.

March 1: Katherine Astrip of Nervi and Simone Grimaldi of Bruna Grimaldi. Vertical tasting of wines from Gattinara and Barolo. Selections will include the 2002 and 2008 Gattinara as well as the 2006 Gattinara Molsino from Nervi, the Bruna Grimaldi Barolo 'Badarina' from 2010 and 2011, and Nervi's rare, sparkling "Jefferson Cuvee" made from Nebbiolo (or Spanna as its known in Gattinara).

March 8: Featuring a range of the rarely seen, exceptional wines of Yarra Yering, including 2006 Pinot Noir, 2006 Dry Red No. 1, 2002 Dry Red No. 1, 2002 Underhill Shiraz.

March 15: Meet the legendary Jo Landron for a night celebrating his incredible Muscadet.

March 22 Dominique Belluard produces a tiny amount of distinctive wines of great character and purity. This will be an extremely rare opportunity to taste through his range, including the Mont Blanc Brut Zero, Altesse 'Grandes Jorasses,' Gringet 'Les Alpes,' and Gringet 'Le Feu.'

March 29: Master Sommelier and Austrian wine expert Jesse Becker joins us to present a lineup of top Austrian wines and schnapps.

Three Liter Thursdays
18 S. Michigan Ave.

Each Thursday, Acanto pulls the cork on a three liter bottle and pours it by the glass.

March 3: Duval Leroy Brut Prestige & Rosé Champagne featuring Alexis Vaernewyck

March 10: Botromagno 'Pier delle Vigne' - Basilicata featuring owner Benjamin d'Agostino

March 17: St. Patrick's Day - Concannon 'Founders' Cabernet Sauvignon - Paso Robles (1st American winery founded by an Irish immigrant)

March 24: Badia a Coltibuono 'Sangioveto di Toscana' 2009 - Tuscany

March 31: Brugnano 'Honoris Causa' Nero d'Avola/Syrah 2012 - Sicilia