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Don't Miss These September Wine Events

By John Lenart in Food on Aug 31, 2016 4:00PM

Photo Courtesy of Chicago Gourmet

As the weather cools down, the wine events heat up. Here are our favorites for September.

Sept. 1

Rhône Terroirs of the Perrin Family
Plum Market
1233 N. Wells St.
6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $20

The Perrin family is one of the Rhône’s classic producers. At this tasting guests will sample the 2013 wines from Château de Beaucastel, “Les Sinards” Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc and Rouge, Coudoulet de Beaucastel, Miraval’s Côtes de Provence Rosé and Crozes-Hermitage, as well as others from this amazing growing area.

For tickets click here.

Sept. 7

Sommelier For a Day
III Forks
180 N. Field Blvd.
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Cost $20

This month III Forks' wine specialist, Jessica Marshall-Bruckner, explores Spain.
Wines to be tasted include:

Poema Cava Brut NV, Cava Spain

Torres Verdeo 2013, Rueda Spain

Faustino VII Blanco 2012, Rioja Spain

La Atalya Garnacha 2011, Almansa Spain

Conde Valdemar Crianza 2011, Rioja Spain

Montecillo Reserva 2011, Rioja Spain

Guests vote on their favorite wine, which will be featured for the rest of the month.

Sept. 9 and 10

Windy City Wine Festival
Buckingham Fountain
Sept. 9 4:30 to 10:00 p.m.
Sept. 10 2:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35 to $50

Our favorite time of year to be outside in Chicago is September. Why not spend an evening around Buckingham Fountain sipping your favorite wines? Each guest receives a souvenir wine glass and 12 tasting tickets. Sip while you sample bites from local restaurants and enjoy live music.

For tickets, click here.

Sept. 12

Col d'Orcia Brunello Wine Dinner
RPM Italian
52 W. Illinois St.
6:30 p.m.
Cost: $165 plus tax and gratuity

As summer turns to fall, it's time to start drinking big red wines again. RPM Italian welcomes Count Marone Cinzano of Col d'Orcia, for a Brunello di Montalcino wine dinner. Take this rare opportunity to talk with the Count about these iconic wines and share in some great past vintages, dating back to 1978. Dinner will include dishes like “Braised Oxtail Cannoli” and “Whole Roasted Rack of Boar.”

To Reserve call: 312-955-1413 or email

Sept. 16

Meet the Winemaker
Appellation Wine Bar and Restaurant
5212 N. Clark St.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Andrew Jones, wine maker of Field Recordings, Alloy Wine Works and Neverland, will be at Appellation to pour his wines and discuss them with you. Jones is known as a master of finding up and coming growing sites in California's central coast. Not only are his wines delicious, they also represent a great value.

Fall Rosé Tasting Party

City Winery
1200 W. Randolph St.
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Cost $45

Rosé, it's not just for summer anymore. Come to City Winery and sample some delicious pink wines perfect for fall.

For tickets, click here.

Sept. 19

Friulian Wine Dinner
il Porcellino
59 W. Hubbard St.
6:00 p.m.
Cost: $55 per person plus tax and gratuity

High in northwestern Italy along the border of Austria and Croatia sits Friuli. This growing region is known for wines of high quality that express a unique terroir. Join il Porcellino as it welcomes Massimo Furlan of Cantina Le Monde in Friuli to taste his wines paired with dinner from Chef Craig Degel.

For reservations call: 312-595-0800 or email

Sept. 24 and 25

Chicago Gourmet
Millennium Park
12:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Prices Vary

Yes, we know this is billed as a food and wine festival, but food lines can be long and bites small. If you look carefully, what you'll find is perhaps Chicago's biggest wine tasting. Don't miss the chance to attend the Grand Cru tasting (extra fee) to sample some rare and expensive wines and be sure to check out one of the seminars led by legendary Master Sommeliers like Fred Dame, Alpana Singh and Larry Stone.

For tickets click here.

Sept. 26

Owen Roe Wine Dinner
Summer House Santa Monica
1954 N. Halsted St.
6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $85 plus tax and gratuity

Join one of the Pacific northwest's most interesting winemakers David O'Reilly of Owen Roe for dinner paired with his minimal interventionist wines from Oregon and Washington. Riesling, pinot noir and cabernet franc will be poured along with a menu of “Papaya Salad with Grilled Pacific Prawns, Wild Salmon with grain mustard and braised red cabbage and Slow-Cooked Lamb Shoulder with herb chimichurri, squash and tomatoes. For dessert enjoy Ash-Baked Apple and cinnamon ice cream”

For tickets call 773-634-4100 or email Katie at