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9 Wine Events You Shouldn't Miss This October

By John Lenart in Food on Sep 29, 2016 3:29PM

Picture courtesy of Lynfred Winery

The weather is cooling down, but wine events are heating up. Check out these awesome wine events coming in October.

October 1 and 2
Lynfred Winery Oktoberfest and Pig Roast

15 South Roselle Road, Roselle, IL
Saturday 3:00 to 9:00 P.M. Sunday Noon to 7:00 p.m.
$3, food and drink tickets sold on site

Ever want to stomp grapes for wine? Here's your chance at Lynfred Winery in Roselle. This annual event is over 20 years old for good reason. It offers two days of German music, grape stomping and roasted pig and a full range of activities for both adults and kids! Gemütlichkeit!

For more info click here.

October 5
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 Australian wine
Wines to be tasted include:

Brokenwood, Semillon 2013

Cape Mentelle, Sauvignon Blanc 2015

William Hardy, Chardonnay 2014

Yangarra, Grenache 2012

Penfolds "Bin 28" Shiraz 2013

Barossa Valley Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon 2104

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

October 11
Women of Wine and Food

Cafe Spiaggia
980 N. Michigan Ave.
6:00 P.M.
$105 per person

This charity event benefiting The Lynn Sage Foundation, a breast cancer research initiative, features an all-star lineup of Chicago's top sommeliers (all of whom happen to be women), who will pair wines with each course of this five course menu. The somms include Rachael Lowe (Spiaggia), Liz Martinez (The Purple Pig), Sian Ferguson (Alinea), Liz Mendez (Vera) and Rachel Driver Speckan (City Winery).

For tickets click here.

avec Corsican Wine Dinner
615 W. Randolph St.
5:30 to 11:00 P.M.
$60 for food, $55 for wine pairing

avec continues its Mediterranean wine dinner series this month featuring the exotic wines of Corsica paired with a five course meal.

The menu features:

Smoked Trout Rillettes with French Breakfast Radishes  Paired with 2014 Clos Canarelli, Vin de Corse-Figari Rose (sciaccarellu, niellucciu, grenache)  Fresh Figs with Farmer’s Cheese, Lavender Almonds and Bitter Greens  Paired with 2012 Antoine Arena “Haut de Carco”, Patrimonio Blanc (vermentinu)  Chestnut Polenta, Boudin Noir, Slow Roasted Wild Mushrooms and Tomme de Brebis  Paired with 2010 Yves Leccia “Domaine D’E Croce” Patrimonio Rogue (niellucciu, grenache)  Braised Wild Boar Shank with Olives and Pancetta  Paired with 2011 Domaine Maestracci “E Prove”, Vin de Corse-Calvi Rouge (grenache, syrah)  Castagnaccio with Roasted Apples and Chestnut Ice Cream  Paired with 2012 Domaine de Gioielli, Coteaux du Cap Corse (vermentinu)

For reservations call 312.377.2002

October 13-14
Eatalian Wine Passport

43 E. Ohio St.
5:00 P.M. Oct. 13 or 7:00 P.M. Oct. 14
$45 per person

Eataly Chicago is bringing back this popular wine event, and perhaps no country offers as vast a range of wines as Italy. Here, you can visit each by just wandering from table to table. Visit a table, taste the wine, sample the cuisine of the region and get your passport stamped. Collect stamps from all 20 regions and get 10 percent discount on all retail purchases that evening.

For tickets click here.

October 16 to 17

Grand Tasting
Fulton Market Kitchen
311 N. Sangamon St.

Perhaps the world's most prominent Sherry event comes to Chicago for 2016. The festival is made up of a number of seminars, tastings and dinners at various venues around Chicago, which include Vera, Table Donkey and Stick, Yusho and more. The centerpiece of Sherryfest is the Grand Tasting where you can sample a variety of styles from leading producers such as González Byass, Barbadillo, Bodegas Tradición, Delgado Zuleta, Rodriguez La-Cave, Francisco Yuste and more.

Don't miss this opportunity to attend one of the year’s biggest wine events!

For tickets click here.

October 20
Fontanafredda Barolo and White Truffle DInner

43 E. Ohio St.
6:30 to 8:30 P.M.
$140 per person

This one's real splurge. Enjoy wines from a variety of vintages produced by Fontanafredda, one of this classic region's most historic producers along with this four course menu. Each course will star white truffles from Piemonte.

Tickets available soon by clicking here.

October 21
Del Frisco's Somm Wars

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse
58 E Oak St.
7:00 to 10:00 PM
$225 per person

Check out this all out wine war fought on three fronts. Chicago, New York and Dallas. The top female Somms from each location will pair wines for each of the four courses held in each city. Guests won't know which wine was selected by which somm. You, along with a panel of wine experts (possibly including a certain wine writer you read) will be the judge and select which wine wins each course.

The menu includes:

Duck Prosciutto Toast Pumpernickel Toast, Whipped Goat Cheese, Currant-White Balsamic Jam

Gulf Grouper
Smoke Salmon Hash, Local Corn Chowder, Saffron Shiitake Confit

Butternut Squash Risotto
Mascarpone, Pancetta Lardons, Five Spice Pepitas

Simply Seared A-7 Wagyu Beef
Foie Gras-Charred Leek Ravioli, Rissole Potatoes, Mission Fig & Black Garlic Reduction

Pear Tart
Grilled Pears, Streusel, French Vanilla Gelato, Pomegranate-Port Glaze

It's going to take some big time wines to win this fight.

For reservations call 312-888-2499.

October 26
How To Pair Wine With Vegetarian & Vegan Cuisine

Bin 36
161 N. Jefferson St.
6:30 P.M.
$50 per person

Vegetarian and Vegan cuisine can be challenging to pair wine with. But with a few tips and a little know-how the wine experts at Bin 36 will have you pairing like a Master Somm. Guests will be guided through tastings to see what works and what doesn't, and they'll also receive 20 percent off retail purchases or dinner that evening.

For tickets click here.