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8 Wine Events You Won't Want To Miss This December

By John Lenart in Food on Nov 30, 2016 10:00PM

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It’s that holiday time of year and with it comes bubbles, bubbles and more bubbles. If you’re a Champagne lover there are some great chances to taste through some great lineups this month. If you’re looking for something beyond bubbles, there are a few other great events coming up too.

Happy Holidays!

Thursday December 1

2016 Champagne Tastings
Vin Chicago
(See below for additional dates and locations)
Arrowhead Country Club, 26W151 Butterfield Rd., Wheaton
7:30 to 9:30 P.M.
$45 per person

Join Vin Chicago as they pop corks from some of the big boys like Dom Perignon, Krug, Bollinger as well as a selection of high quality grower estates. You’ll also be able to taste and compare bubbles from other wine regions of the world.

For tickets click here or call Jim or Dawn at 630-717-7800.

Saturday Dec. 3

Champagne Tasting
Webster’s Wine Bar

2601 N. Milwaukee Ave.
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $65

This is one of Chicago’s best annual wine events. Join Webster’s Wine Bar and taste two dozen top Champagnes. From Blanc de Blanc to Zero Dose, produced by mostly top grower estates, guests can explore a wide range of styles from the greatest sparkling wine producing area on earth.

For tickets click here.

2016 Champagne Tastings
Vin Chicago
(See above for a description of the event)
311 E Main St, Barrington
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
$35 per person
To reserve click here or call Jen, Jim or Jeff at 847-277-0033.

Tuesday Dec. 6

BonAnno Wine Dinner with guest winemaker Matt Bonanno
Summer House Santa Monica

1954 N. Halsted St.
6:00 p.m.
Cost $85 (plus tax and gratuity) per person

Join the Summer House Santa Monica team along with special guest Owner / Winemaker Matt Bonanno of BonAnno Wines in Napa, California. BonAnno produces high quality cabernet sauvignon and was named one of Napa Valley’s best value cabernets by Food and Wine Magazine. This four course meal will be paired with a variety of BonAnno wines and guests will have the opportunity to ask the winemaker questions about each.

To reserve call 773-634-4100 or email Katie at

Wednesday Dec. 7

Sommelier For a Day
III Forks

180 N. Field Blvd.
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Cost $20

Join III Forks sommelier Jessica Marshall-Bruckner as she takes guests through six bubbly wines from a variety of wine regions around the world. Guests vote on their favorites, one of which will become a special the next month.

Wines include:
Charles de Cazanove 1er Cru Brut, NV, Reims, France
Taittinger 'Brut La Française' NV, Reims, France
Adami Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Brut 'Bosco di Gica' NV Veneto, Italy
Raventós i Blanc 'L'Hereu' Reserva Brut 2012, Barcelona, Spain
Schramsberg 'Blanc de Blancs' Brut, 2012, North Coast, California
Gruet 'Blanc de Noirs' NV, New Mexico

To reserve call 312-938-4303.

Thursday Dec. 8

2016 Champagne Tastings
Vin Chicago
(See above for a description of the event)
1826 N. Elston Ave.
7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
$45 per person
To reserve click here or call Hunter, Jenna, Mike or Liz at 773-489-3454

Saturday Dec. 17

Round Table Tasting - Champagne Vincent Couche
Knightsbridge Wine Shoppe

824 Sunset Ridge Rd. Northbrook
12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Cost: Complimentary

Whether you’ve chosen the bubbly you’ll be celebrating the holidays with or not, this is a great chance to taste the Champagnes of one of France’s most dynamic grower Champagne producers, Vincent Couche. These wines are produced in the far southern reaches of the Champagne region on just 13 hectares (about 30 acres) of biodynamically farmed vineyards.

The following wines will be poured:

Vincent Couche "Elegance" Brut, NV
Vincent Couche, Rose Desir, NV
Vincent Couche, Millésime Brut, 2002
Vincent Couche, Chloe, Brut, NV

To reserve your spot click here.

Wednesday Dec. 21

Holiday Wine Pairing
Eataly Chicago

43 E. Ohio St.
6:00 to 7:30 P.M.
Cost: $95

Still looking for that perfect recipe and wine for your holiday meal? Well no problem, Bella! Eataly’s got you covered. Eataly’s wine experts will guide guests through six dishes and pair perfect wines with them. This is an entire meal, so come hungry, and it will come compete with recipes and wine tasting notes.

To reserve call 312-521-8696.