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13 Great Chicago Wine Events To Catch This July

By John Lenart in Food on Jul 6, 2016 12:00PM

Photo Credit John Lenart

Summer is here, and with it comes some exciting wine events.

July 6

Sommelier for a Day
III Forks
180 N. Field Blvd.
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
$20 per person. 

III Forks' wine specialist Jessica Marshall-Bruckner will lead guests through a sampling of six different wines from France paired with an array of hors d'oeuvres by Executive Chef Cedric Harden. Guests taste each wine, then vote on their favorites, which will be featured for the month.

Taittinger 'Brut La Française', Champagne, NV, à Reims, France Domaine Fouassier 'Clos Paradis', Sauvignon Blanc, 2012, Sancerre, Loire Valley Albert Bichot, Chardonnay, 2012, Bourgogne, Burgundy Domaine des Croix, Beaune AOP, Pinot Noir, 2010, Beaune, Cote de Beaune Domaine Jamet IGP Collines Rhodaniennes, Syrah, 2012, Rhone Denis Lattard, Gamay, 2013, Vin de France-Ardèche, Rhone  Call: 312-938-4303 to reserve

City Winery Wine School - Summer Series - Island Wine - Corsica & Madeira
City Winery
1200 W. Randolph St.
7:00 p.m.
$60 per person

Explore, taste and discuss the wines of Corsica and Madeira. Rich reds and unique whites from each region will be poured. For tickets click here.

July 10

Lakeview East Wine and Sweets Stroll
3164 N. Broadway
3:00 p.m.
Cost: $25

Wine distributors will pour samples inside retail businesses throughout Lakeview East. Sweets shops in the neighborhood will also be sampling sweets along the routes. 

Two routes are featured, North and South. Want to do both routes? Tickets are $40.

North Route - wineHouse, Laugh Factory, Unabridged Bookstore, Stan's Donuts (Broadway), Cafe L'Appetito, Windy City Sweets, GAP, Pies-N-Cones, CRAM Fashion, Leigh Gallery, Paried Wine & Co., Treasure Island

South Route - wineHouse, Lakeview Kitchen & Market, Wells Street Popcorn, Bobtail Ice Cream, Stan's Donuts (Clark St.), The Colette Collection, Pastoral Artisan Bread, Cheese & Wine, Foursided (Broadway), Spare Parts, Art De Triumph, Contacts & Specs, Reckless Records

For tickets click here.

July 16

City Winery Wine School - Wine 101 Bootcamp
City Winery
1200 W. Randolph
1:00 p.m.
$25 per person

New to wine? Want to learn the basics in a down-to-earth, no nonsense setting at a real winery with a real sommelier? The City Winery bootcamp offers guests a clear, concise education. The course includes six wines, course materials and some crusty bread.

Course Objectives - An introduction on the following topics:
How to Taste. How to Talk: Introduction on wine vocabulary and communicating your preferences to a sommelier. Culture, history, geography, grapes, vintage, the winemaker and more.

For tickets click here.

July 17

Enoversity: Spain and Portugal
ENO Wine Room
505 N. Michigan Ave
3:00p.m. or 6:00 p.m.
$57.92 per person (includes service fee)

In these 10-person classes, guests will explore the wines from the Iberian Peninsula. From crisp albariño to rich sherry and port, there are a lot of wines to cover. Guests are also served a selection of cheese, charcuterie and chocolate throughout the class.

For tickets click here.

July 23

Round Table Tasting - Michael Corso Selections Burgundy Tasting
Knightsbridge Wine Shoppe
824 Sunset Ridge Rd., Northbrook
12:00 p.m.

Michael Corso is a Chicago native with over 25 years of experience importing French wines from family owned properties.
With a special connection to the wines of Burgundy, Mike will be your guide through the world’s most notable examples of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Domaine producers including:
Guy Amiot et Fils
Jean-Marie Bouzereau
Marc Colin
Jacques Girardin
Rene LeClerc
For tickets click here.

July 29

Bites, Blooms & Bordeaux at Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 N. Clark St.
6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $79, $69 for Zoo Members, VIP tickets $110

Stroll the zoo's gardens while sipping on Bordeaux and sampling gourmet bites.

For tickets click here.

July 30

Midwest Style German-American Grill Out
Webster's Wine Bar
2601 N. Milwaukee Ave.
4:00 p.m.
Free to attend, price based on consumption.

A celebration of the strong German heritage in the Midwest and an excuse to revel in riesling, which is perfect for the summertime. Sheboygan brats on Sheboygan hard rolls with German potato salad and house-made sauerkraut for $12 and select German rieslings like they’re going out of style for $7 a glass. There will be a raffle with prizes and instead of face painting, temporary 'Riesling' knuckle tattoos.

Weekly Events

Three Liter Thursdays
18 S. Michigan Ave.
Each Thursday, Acanto pulls the cork on a three liter bottle and pours it by the glass.

June 7 - Ridge 'Lytton Springs' Zinfandel 2011 - Dry Creek Valley, California

June14 - Adriano Marco e Vittorio 'Basarin' Barbaresco 2010 - Piemonte, Italy

June 21 - Scarbolo Ramato of Pinot Grigio XL 2010 - Venezia Giulia IGT, Italy

June 28 - Château Margüi Rosé 2015 - Coteaux Varios en Provence, France

Terroir Tuesdays

Table, Donkey and Stick
2728 W. Armitage Ave.
Each Tuesday, Table, Donkey and Stick features glass pours of rare and older vintage wines poured at their cost.