jmdavidson


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I thought it might be a good idea to have a place where we could post interesting wine related events for the Chicago area. I saw this one and thought I'd post it. Just wish we were going to be in town to go.
Inspiration Vineyards Winemaker Dinner
April 28, 2014 (Mon) from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
at Bluegrass, 1636 Old Deerfield Road, Highland Park, IL 60035
Phone: (847) 831-0595
Cost: $65 ++
Join us for a five course dinner featuring wines from Inspiration Vineyards in Sonoma. Winemaker, and winery owner, Jon Phillips will be on hand to represent his latest vintages of very small production wines.

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Thanks JMD!

Next saturday is the Pinot Days Festival at Navy Pier...

http://www.pinotdays.com/festivals/Chicago.asp#&panel1-1

Saturday, April 26th, 2014.
Trade Tasting: Noon - 2pm.
Public Tasting: 2 - 5pm.
Price: $75 - Grand Festival. $125 VIP Tasting and Seminar.

Wine is bottled poetry - Robert Louis Stevenson

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HDH (Hart-Davis-Hart) Burgundy Auction & Winemaker Dinner

Announcing May Burgundy Auction and Winemaker Dinner
Special Event Friday, May 16 &
Burgundy-Only Auction Saturday, May 17th

HDH is excited to announce another auction devoted exclusively to the wines of Burgundy. This special sale, taking place on Saturday, May 17th, will feature wines from top domaines including DRC, Leroy, Dujac, Ponsot, Mugnier, Roumier, Rousseau, Coche-Dury and Leflaive. HDH is also thrilled to offer domaine-direct collections from Hudelot-Noëllat and Remoissenet, as well as an offering direct from the cellars of L’Hôtel de Beaune. Online bidding and catalogs will be available this Thursday, April 24th.

"We are very excited about this unique auction. We've built the sale by working closely with scores of top collectors, longtime friends and clients. As always, we are committed to offering well-stored, carefully inspected wines and meticulously annotated catalogs which accurately describe each lot." Paul Hart, CEO

A Celebration of Burgundy Dinner

With Special Guests
Chef Johan Bjorklund from Bistro de L’Hôtel de Beaune,
Pierre Rovani of Remoissenet Père et Fils &
Charles Van Canneyt of Hudelot-Noëllat

Join us for a casual evening of fantastic food,
amazing wine and a great party!

Friday, May 16, 2014 | 6:30pm
Ada St., 1664 N Ada St., Chicago, IL 60642

$395 per person

This will be a truly special BYOB evening featuring the exceptional wines and cuisine of Burgundy. Pierre-Antoine Rovani, former critic for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and current president of Remoissenet Père et Fils will join our party to share his insight and passion for Burgundy. In addition, winemaker Charles Van Canneyt, grandson of Alain Hudelot, will be on hand sharing his wines and knowledge.

The casual family style dinner will be a culinary collaboration between Chef Johan Bjorkland, award-winning Chef Michael Kornick and Chef Zoe Shor featuring Burgundian-inspired cuisine.

Guests are invited to bring wine(s) from their cellars to share. HDH will be opening a number of special wines, including magnums from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti as well as bottles from Domaines Leflaive, Ramonet, d’Auvenay and Mugnier.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact
Marc Smoler at 312.482.9766 or events@hdhwine.com.

jmdavidson


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karenhynes wrote:Thanks JMD!

Next saturday is the Pinot Days Festival at Navy Pier...

http://www.pinotdays.com/festivals/Chicago.asp#&panel1-1

Saturday, April 26th, 2014.
Trade Tasting: Noon - 2pm.
Public Tasting: 2 - 5pm.
Price: $75 - Grand Festival. $125 VIP Tasting and Seminar.



I will be out of town but if you are interested...
As a friend of Sojourn Cellars, you will receive a 15% savings when you purchase Pinot Days tickets using:
Promo Code: SJNCH14

karenhynes


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jmdavidson wrote:I will be out of town but if you are interested...
As a friend of Sojourn Cellars, you will receive a 15% savings when you purchase Pinot Days tickets using:
Promo Code: SJNCH14



Thanks!

I doubt I will make it to Pinot Days on Saturday since I will be attending this on Friday night:

http://whiskyadvocate.com/events/whiskyfest-chicago/

I don't want to completely mutilate my liver this weekend!

Wine is bottled poetry - Robert Louis Stevenson

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Hart Davis Hart’s
Annual Summer Champagne Tasting

Thursday, July 24, 2014
6:30-8:00pm

Studio Paris (Above Paris Club Bistro)
59 West Hubbard St., Chicago, IL 60607

$150 per person

Please join us for our annual summer Champagne tasting, which will feature over 30 exceptional Champagnes ranging from Blanc de Blancs, Rosé, and vintage Tête de Cuvée to small production artisanal Grower Champagne.

This is a fantastic opportunity to taste, compare, contrast and learn about these extraordinary wines and this special region. Take advantage of the chance to order many of these wines at a special discounted price. Wines will be available for pick-up or shipment the week following the event. The tasting will be held at Studio Paris (above Paris Club Bistro). Light hors d’oeuvres will be paired with the bubbles.

A Selection of Featured Champagnes
2006 Louis Roederer, Cristal
2004 Dom Pérignon Brut
2004 Veuve Clicquot, Brut La Grande Dame
2004 André Clouet, Millesime Brut Grand Cru
2004 Marguet Père et Fils
2004 Pol Roger, Brut
2004 Pol Roger, Brut Rosé
2003 Dom Pérignon Brut
2003 Krug, Brut
2002 Delamotte, Blanc de Blancs
2002 Saint-Chamant, Millesime Blanc de Blancs
2002 Ruinart, Dom Ruinart Brut Blancs de Blanc
1999 Alain Thénot, Blanc des Blancs, Cuvée Stanislas
1973 Laurent-Perrier, Grand Siècle

NV Ruinart, Brut Blanc de Blancs
NV Ruinart, Brut Rosé
MV Krug, Grand Cuvée
NV Louis Roederer, Brut Premier
NV Canard-Duchêne, Grand Cuvée Charles VII Rosé
NV Canard-Duchêne, Grand Cuvée Charles VII Blanc de Noirs
NV Michel Arnould, Brut Réserve, Grand Cru
NV André Clouet, Grand Réserve
NV Andre Clouet Silver Brut
NV André Clouet, Brut Rosé
NV Delamotte, Brut Rosé
NV Gonet-Médeville, Extra Brut Rosé, Premier Cru
NV Diebolt-Vallois, Prestige, Blanc de Blancs
NV Stéphane Coquillette Carte d'Or 1er Cru

*Wines subject to change. Please check hdhwine.com/e072414
for additions and updates.

For more information or to make reservations, please contact
Sam Luchsinger at events@hdhwine.com or call 312.854.0096.

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chipgreen wrote:Hart Davis Hart’s
Annual Summer Champagne Tasting

Thursday, July 24, 2014
6:30-8:00pm

Studio Paris (Above Paris Club Bistro)
59 West Hubbard St., Chicago, IL 60607

$150 per person

Please join us for our annual summer Champagne tasting, which will feature over 30 exceptional Champagnes ranging from Blanc de Blancs, Rosé, and vintage Tête de Cuvée to small production artisanal Grower Champagne.

This is a fantastic opportunity to taste, compare, contrast and learn about these extraordinary wines and this special region. Take advantage of the chance to order many of these wines at a special discounted price. Wines will be available for pick-up or shipment the week following the event. The tasting will be held at Studio Paris (above Paris Club Bistro). Light hors d’oeuvres will be paired with the bubbles.

A Selection of Featured Champagnes
2006 Louis Roederer, Cristal
2004 Dom Pérignon Brut
2004 Veuve Clicquot, Brut La Grande Dame
2004 André Clouet, Millesime Brut Grand Cru
2004 Marguet Père et Fils
2004 Pol Roger, Brut
2004 Pol Roger, Brut Rosé
2003 Dom Pérignon Brut
2003 Krug, Brut
2002 Delamotte, Blanc de Blancs
2002 Saint-Chamant, Millesime Blanc de Blancs
2002 Ruinart, Dom Ruinart Brut Blancs de Blanc
1999 Alain Thénot, Blanc des Blancs, Cuvée Stanislas
1973 Laurent-Perrier, Grand Siècle

NV Ruinart, Brut Blanc de Blancs
NV Ruinart, Brut Rosé
MV Krug, Grand Cuvée
NV Louis Roederer, Brut Premier
NV Canard-Duchêne, Grand Cuvée Charles VII Rosé
NV Canard-Duchêne, Grand Cuvée Charles VII Blanc de Noirs
NV Michel Arnould, Brut Réserve, Grand Cru
NV André Clouet, Grand Réserve
NV Andre Clouet Silver Brut
NV André Clouet, Brut Rosé
NV Delamotte, Brut Rosé
NV Gonet-Médeville, Extra Brut Rosé, Premier Cru
NV Diebolt-Vallois, Prestige, Blanc de Blancs
NV Stéphane Coquillette Carte d'Or 1er Cru

*Wines subject to change. Please check hdhwine.com/e072414
for additions and updates.

For more information or to make reservations, please contact
Sam Luchsinger at events@hdhwine.com or call 312.854.0096.



Oh man if I was in Chicago I would be all over this!

What contemptible scoundrel stole the cork from my lunch? ~ W. C. Fields

“Freedom is something that dies unless it's used” Hunter S Thompson




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Here's another one for the high rollers....

Domaine Leflaive Wine Dinner at Tanta

Friday, September 19, 2014
6:30pm

Tanta
118 W. Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60654

$1,000 per person (all inclusive)

Please join us for an evening as we celebrate one of Burgundy’s greatest domaines. For decades, the wines of Domaine Leflaive have seduced collectors and critics alike with their consistently bright acidity and perfect expressions of terroir. Over the course of the evening, we will have the opportunity to taste and compare Leflaive’s classic whites from many 1er and grand cru vineyard sites from multiple vintages. In addition, we look forward to sharing Anne-Claude Leflaive’s newly released Anjou red wines which have quickly become an HDH favorite.

The wines will be served alongside a specially prepared multi-course dinner at the highly acclaimed Tanta restaurant. Chef Gaston Acurio is known for being a pioneer of Peruvian haute cuisine; along with chef de cuisine Jesus Delgado, Acurio has developed a menu of delicate fish dishes and refined versions of Peruvian classics. An outstanding pairing for these exceptional wines!

Featured Wines:
2004 Puligny-Montrachet, Clavoillon, Domaine Leflaive
2002 Puligny-Montrachet, Clavoillon, Domaine Leflaive

2011 Puligny-Montrachet, Les Pucelles, Domaine Leflaive (mag)
1985 Puligny-Montrachet, Les Pucelles, Domaine Leflaive

2006 Chevalier Montrachet, Domaine Leflaive
2000 Chevalier Montrachet, Domaine Leflaive

2002 Bâtard-Montrachet, Domaine Leflaive
2002 Montrachet, Domaine Leflaive

2011 Anjou Rouge, Grolleau, Clau de Nell - Anne-Claude Leflaive (mag)
2011 Anjou Cabernet Franc, Clau de Nell - Anne-Claude Leflaive (mag)

For more information or to make reservations, please contact events@hdhwine.com or call 312.482.9996.

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Annual Comparative Bordeaux Tasting
Vintages 2009 and 2010


Thursday, October 30, 2014
6:30-8:30pm

The Peninsula
Avenues Ballroom
108 East Superior St., Chicago, IL 60611

$800 per person

Please join us for our annual Comparative Bordeaux Tasting as we compare the truly outstanding 2009 and 2010 vintages. The tasting will feature 20 top Châteaux including La Mission Haut-Brion, Pétrus, and all five First Growths. In total, 21 of the 42 wines have earned the elusive 100-point score.

The 2009 and 2010 vintage Bordeaux have generated excitement from critics ever since they were tasted from barrel, and both are sure to be remembered as classic vintages. Robert Parker claims that the 2009 is “unquestionably the greatest Bordeaux vintage I have ever tasted,” but it’s been fiercely debated as to whether the 2010 vintage will surpass it after aging. This is your opportunity to decide for yourself whether you prefer the ripe, rich 2009 Bordeaux or the structured and firm wines of 2010.

The evening will include wines from:
Château Beauséjour (Duffau-Lagarrosse)
Château Clinet
Château Cos d’Estournel
Château Ducru-Beaucaillou
Château Haut-Brion
Château La Mission Haut-Brion
Château Lafite Rothschild
Château Latour
Château Léoville Poyferré
Château Léoville-Las-Cases
Château Lynch-Bages
Château Margaux
Château Montrose
Château Mouton Rothschild
Château Pape Clement
Château Pavie
Château Pétrus
Château Pichon-Longueville, Baron
Château Pichon-Longueville, Lalande
Château Pontet-Canet
Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte Rouge

*Wines subject to change.

For more information or to make reservations, please contact events@hdhwine.com or call 312.854.0096.

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chipgreen wrote:Annual Comparative Bordeaux Tasting
Vintages 2009 and 2010


Thursday, October 30, 2014
6:30-8:30pm

The Peninsula
Avenues Ballroom
108 East Superior St., Chicago, IL 60611

$800 per person

Please join us for our annual Comparative Bordeaux Tasting as we compare the truly outstanding 2009 and 2010 vintages. The tasting will feature 20 top Châteaux including La Mission Haut-Brion, Pétrus, and all five First Growths. In total, 21 of the 42 wines have earned the elusive 100-point score.

The 2009 and 2010 vintage Bordeaux have generated excitement from critics ever since they were tasted from barrel, and both are sure to be remembered as classic vintages. Robert Parker claims that the 2009 is “unquestionably the greatest Bordeaux vintage I have ever tasted,” but it’s been fiercely debated as to whether the 2010 vintage will surpass it after aging. This is your opportunity to decide for yourself whether you prefer the ripe, rich 2009 Bordeaux or the structured and firm wines of 2010.

The evening will include wines from:
Château Beauséjour (Duffau-Lagarrosse)
Château Clinet
Château Cos d’Estournel
Château Ducru-Beaucaillou
Château Haut-Brion
Château La Mission Haut-Brion
Château Lafite Rothschild
Château Latour
Château Léoville Poyferré
Château Léoville-Las-Cases
Château Lynch-Bages
Château Margaux
Château Montrose
Château Mouton Rothschild
Château Pape Clement
Château Pavie
Château Pétrus
Château Pichon-Longueville, Baron
Château Pichon-Longueville, Lalande
Château Pontet-Canet
Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte Rouge

*Wines subject to change.

For more information or to make reservations, please contact events@hdhwine.com or call 312.854.0096.



What are you waiting for?? If you just take 3 weeks off of your normal purchases you will be able to taste through some of the greatest wines in the world

What contemptible scoundrel stole the cork from my lunch? ~ W. C. Fields

“Freedom is something that dies unless it's used” Hunter S Thompson




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tytiger58 wrote:What are you waiting for?? If you just take 3 weeks off of your normal purchases you will be able to taste through some of the greatest wines in the world



And still have money to spare. HaHa. Chip always posts these expensive tastings. Makes me wonder what mailing lists he's on to get these announcements.

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jmdavidson wrote:And still have money to spare. HaHa. Chip always posts these expensive tastings. Makes me wonder what mailing lists he's on to get these announcements.



It's Hart Davis Hart Wine. I used to be on their mailing list but stopped it a while ago. I was afraid I'd accidentally sign up for something!!

Wine is bottled poetry - Robert Louis Stevenson

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karenhynes wrote:It's Hart Davis Hart Wine. I used to be on their mailing list but stopped it a while ago. I was afraid I'd accidentally sign up for something!!


Yes, it's HDH. I buy some wine from their retail sales division but they are the biggest auction house in the US now. Since I live over 6 hours away in Ohio, it's not hard for me to resist the $800 tastings but tytiger has a good point.

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Short notice but a lot more affordable than the HDH events....

"A Year in Champagne" VIP Screening
March 4, 2015, Chicago, Trump International Hotel & Tower

Hosted in the downtown Chicago hotel’s Skyline Room, guests will enjoy a first-look at the highly anticipated film, A Year in Champagne, along with gourmet popcorn and – the star of the night – pours of Champagne. Screening and reception start at 8 pm. Guests can also partake in an exclusive pre-screening dinner at Sixteen, the hotel’s two-star Michelin-rated restaurant featuring the modern American cuisine of Executive Chef Thomas Lents. Tickets for screening with Champagne pours $50 per person. Reserve your ticket. Reservations for dinner at Sixteen to be made directly with the restaurant’s reservations desk.

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2015 Wine & Food Gala
March 22, 2015 (Sun) from 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
VIP 11:30-1 pm
General 1-4:00 pm

Over 250 wines will be showcased including area restaurants and catering services

Event located at William Tell Holiday Inn 6201 Joliet Road, Countryside. Featuring the finest restaurants and catering companies.

Large Format Wines & Restaurant Gift Certificates will be raffled.

15% discount on all wines purchased from the tasting, THIS DAY ONLY !

Event destination: William Tell Holiday Inn, 6201 Joliet Rd., Countryside, IL

$35 VIP for Wine Club Members

$20 General Admission Members;

$40 General Admission Non-Members

Become a member today-recieve a 10% discount off every non-sale wine purchased throughout the year.

VIP MEMBERS ONLY 11:30-1:00pm

Attendees taste unique, highly allocated wines for 1 1/2 hours before the general public is admitted. This year will be focused on warm weather wines to celebrate Spring!

$35 per person. Members Only ! VIP is Limited to the first 100 people!

I will not be attending this year due to family commitments, but this is a fun event to attend for all of the Chicago wine wooters.

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8th Annual Pinot Days Grand Festival...March 21, 2015 (Sat) from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Navy Pier, Lakeview Terrace Room
600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL
$75, but you can find discount codes out there.

Saturday's Grand Tasting will showcase over 40 phenomenal producers of pinot noir. Consumers will be able to sample over 100 pinots from every important domestic pinot noir region, from the Russian River Valley to Oregon, Carneros to the Santa Lucia Highlands, the Anderson Valley to the Sonoma Coast. Come taste the highly acclaimed wines, and talk with the gifted winemakers who create them. This is your chance to taste pinots one does not have the opportunity to taste outside the west coast.
Visit Event Website: www.pinotdays.com

karenhynes


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jmdavidson wrote:2015 Wine & Food Gala
March 22, 2015 (Sun) from 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
VIP 11:30-1 pm
General 1-4:00 pm

Over 250 wines will be showcased including area restaurants and catering services

Event located at William Tell Holiday Inn 6201 Joliet Road, Countryside. Featuring the finest restaurants and catering companies.

Large Format Wines & Restaurant Gift Certificates will be raffled.

15% discount on all wines purchased from the tasting, THIS DAY ONLY !

Event destination: William Tell Holiday Inn, 6201 Joliet Rd., Countryside, IL

$35 VIP for Wine Club Members

$20 General Admission Members;

$40 General Admission Non-Members

Become a member today-recieve a 10% discount off every non-sale wine purchased throughout the year.

VIP MEMBERS ONLY 11:30-1:00pm

Attendees taste unique, highly allocated wines for 1 1/2 hours before the general public is admitted. This year will be focused on warm weather wines to celebrate Spring!

$35 per person. Members Only ! VIP is Limited to the first 100 people!
I will not be attending this year due to family commitments, but this is a fun event to attend for all of the Chicago wine wooters.



Hey JMD...are you guys going tomorrow?

Wine is bottled poetry - Robert Louis Stevenson

jmdavidson


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karenhynes wrote:Hey JMD...are you guys going tomorrow?


Sorry for the late reply. Hope you saw in the original posting that I had a family commitment that day. However, the Mrs. and I are going to the DiCarlo bash.
2015 DiCarlo Spring Wine, Food & Craft Beer Festival. Saturday, May 2nd – 12p.m. - 4p.m.
Doubletree Hotel (510 E IL Route 83, Mundelein). Special room rate available for those that don't think they will be able to drive (which includes me).

If you recall, that was the event that preceded the other big tastings some years ago when it was usually held in Darien and then Oak Brook. It was always my favorite, due to the great selections of wines and the outstanding food.

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jmdavidson wrote:Sorry for the late reply. Hope you saw in the original posting that I had a family commitment that day. However, the Mrs. and I are going to the DiCarlo bash.



Ooops! I missed that in your original post (obviously).

I'll have to see if any of my friends are interested in the DiCarlo event....though that date rings a bell in my head for something else, I'm just not sure what.

The Mainstreet event was nice, as always.
I bought more wine (which I have no space for), as always.
I won a Magnum of Champagne! (door prize)

Wine is bottled poetry - Robert Louis Stevenson

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Same day as the DiCarlo Wine Tasting, there is this event in Chicago:
Rioja Wine & Tapas Festival at Union Station
May 2, 2015 (Sat) from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
South Riverside Plaza, Chicago, IL

Celebrating Spain's most famous wine region and culinary culture, the inaugural Rioja Wine & Tapas Festival will feature over 40 top winemakers and 25 notable U.S. chefs. Come experience everything Rioja has to offer, including creative tapas, a gallery of jamones, morcilla from top chefs, a cheese cave, reserve wine tastings, seminars, and more. Rioja - always vibrant.

The festival is all-inclusive. Ages 21 and over only.
Tickets: $65 (plus 3.95 service fee)
Website: www.riojawineandtapasfestival.com
Visit Event Website: www.riojawineandtapasfestival.com/buying_tickets_chicago
Sometimes you can find discount codes for this event. If I wasn't already going to the DiCarlo event, I would check out this one.

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Chicago area people should really consider the two events happening on May 2nd. If I could be in two places at one time, I would go to both. (See my two previous postings for details.)

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jmdavidson wrote:Chicago area people should really consider the two events happening on May 2nd. If I could be in two places at one time, I would go to both. (See my two previous postings for details.)


Are there any wine wooters from Chicago attending either of these two events on Saturday?

karenhynes


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jmdavidson wrote:Are there any wine wooters from Chicago attending either of these two events on Saturday?



Unfortunately, I can't make it to either. Please report back on your experience...I'd love to hear about it.

Wine is bottled poetry - Robert Louis Stevenson

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karenhynes wrote:Unfortunately, I can't make it to either. Please report back on your experience...I'd love to hear about it.


I posted our favorites of the tasting on the forum, What are You Drinking. This tasting was dominated by lower priced wines and the one's I posted. Not much in between. But, I will say that the one's I posted were really, really good.

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Posting this since this winery appears on WW and is a fave of many.
Winemakers Dinner - Inspiration Vineyards: June 9, 2015 (Tue) from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Beelow's Northshore, 1850 Second Street, Highland Park, IL 60035
Phone: 847-780-3300
$75++
Join Beelow's for this winemakers dinner featuring Jon Phillips of Inspiration Vineyards. This Sonoma County winery, located on six acres in the famed Russian River appellation, has been producing wine since 1999. Your five-course dinner will incllude Coconut Curry Soup, Serano Ham, Copper River Salmon, Beelow's farm raised filet of beef and house-made chocolate espresso cake expertly paired with Inspirations small-batch wines. Reservations required.

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jmdavidson wrote:Posting this since this winery appears on WW and is a fave of many.
Winemakers Dinner - Inspiration Vineyards: June 9, 2015 (Tue) from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Beelow's Northshore, 1850 Second Street, Highland Park, IL 60035
Phone: 847-780-3300
$75++
Join Beelow's for this winemakers dinner featuring Jon Phillips of Inspiration Vineyards. This Sonoma County winery, located on six acres in the famed Russian River appellation, has been producing wine since 1999. Your five-course dinner will incllude Coconut Curry Soup, Serano Ham, Copper River Salmon, Beelow's farm raised filet of beef and house-made chocolate espresso cake expertly paired with Inspirations small-batch wines. Reservations required.



Tuesday = Fail. I would have actually taken this under consideration if it was a weekend.

My CT
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jmdavidson wrote:Posting this since this winery appears on WW and is a fave of many.
Winemakers Dinner - Inspiration Vineyards: June 9, 2015 (Tue) from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Beelow's Northshore, 1850 Second Street, Highland Park, IL 60035
Phone: 847-780-3300
$75++
Join Beelow's for this winemakers dinner featuring Jon Phillips of Inspiration Vineyards. This Sonoma County winery, located on six acres in the famed Russian River appellation, has been producing wine since 1999. Your five-course dinner will incllude Coconut Curry Soup, Serano Ham, Copper River Salmon, Beelow's farm raised filet of beef and house-made chocolate espresso cake expertly paired with Inspirations small-batch wines. Reservations required.



Are you planning to attend??

Wine is bottled poetry - Robert Louis Stevenson

jmdavidson


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karenhynes wrote:Are you planning to attend??


Undecided. What about you and your entourage?

karenhynes


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jmdavidson wrote:Undecided. What about you and your entourage?



Generally, weeknights are hard...but that's not too far from work. One of my work pals and her hubby are considering it. I'll go if they do. Though, that sets me up for a long drive home afterwards. Thinking.....

Edit: I reserved myself a spot....

Wine is bottled poetry - Robert Louis Stevenson

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2 Related events coming up:
Winemaker Dinners
City Winery will feature a winemaker dinner (see below). Other individual winery events during the week surrounding the Grand Tasting will be posted as they are confirmed.

Tuesday, June 2, 7 - 9 p.m.

City Winery Chicago
1200 W Randolph Street, Chicago
Participating Wineries - Adelaida Cellars ♦ Cass Winery ♦ Epoch Estate Wines ♦ J.Lohr Vineyards & Wines ♦ JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery ♦ Le Vigne Winery ♦ Peachy Canyon Winery ♦ Tablas Creek Vineyard ♦ Treana and Hope Family Wines

Four Course Dinner
$100 per person
312.733.9463 ext. 5992

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
City Winery Chicago
1200 W Randolph Street, Chicago

Come experience a taste of Paso Robles Wine Country in Chicago's hub for wine centric culinary and cultural experiences, City Winery. More than 25 wineries from Paso Robles will showcase what sets this world class wine region apart. Cheese and charcuterie will be presented by City Winery to complement this Paso Robles wine experience. Join us for this unique tasting where the winemakers and principals will be on hand pouring their award-winning and nationally acclaimed wines.

Public Tasting
Walk-around tasting: 6 - 9 p.m.
City Winery Chicago will feature cheese and charcuterrie as well as passed small plates to complement the wines of Paso Robles.

Ticket Price: $50 per person
Participating Wineries

Adelaida Cellars ♦ Ancient Peaks Winery ♦ Broken Earth Winery ♦ Cass Winery ♦ Clayhouse Wines ♦ Cypher Winery ♦ DAOU Vineyards ♦ Eberle Winery ♦ Epoch Estate Wines ♦ EOS Winery ♦ J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines ♦ JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery ♦ Law Estate Wines ♦ Le Vigne Winery ♦ Niner Wine Estates ♦ ONX Wines ♦ Opolo Vineyards ♦ Peachy Canyon Winery ♦ Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery ♦ Robert Hall Winery ♦ Tablas Creek Vineyard ♦ Treana / Hope Family Wines ♦ Villa San Juliette ♦ Vina Robles

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jmdavidson wrote:2 Related events coming up:
Winemaker Dinners
City Winery will feature a winemaker dinner (see below). Other individual winery events during the week surrounding the Grand Tasting will be posted as they are confirmed.

Tuesday, June 2, 7 - 9 p.m.

City Winery Chicago
1200 W Randolph Street, Chicago
Participating Wineries - Adelaida Cellars ♦ Cass Winery ♦ Epoch Estate Wines ♦ J.Lohr Vineyards & Wines ♦ JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery ♦ Le Vigne Winery ♦ Peachy Canyon Winery ♦ Tablas Creek Vineyard ♦ Treana and Hope Family Wines

Four Course Dinner
$100 per person
312.733.9463 ext. 5992

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
City Winery Chicago
1200 W Randolph Street, Chicago

Come experience a taste of Paso Robles Wine Country in Chicago's hub for wine centric culinary and cultural experiences, City Winery. More than 25 wineries from Paso Robles will showcase what sets this world class wine region apart. Cheese and charcuterie will be presented by City Winery to complement this Paso Robles wine experience. Join us for this unique tasting where the winemakers and principals will be on hand pouring their award-winning and nationally acclaimed wines.

Public Tasting
Walk-around tasting: 6 - 9 p.m.
City Winery Chicago will feature cheese and charcuterrie as well as passed small plates to complement the wines of Paso Robles.

Ticket Price: $50 per person
Participating Wineries

Adelaida Cellars ♦ Ancient Peaks Winery ♦ Broken Earth Winery ♦ Cass Winery ♦ Clayhouse Wines ♦ Cypher Winery ♦ DAOU Vineyards ♦ Eberle Winery ♦ Epoch Estate Wines ♦ EOS Winery ♦ J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines ♦ JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery ♦ Law Estate Wines ♦ Le Vigne Winery ♦ Niner Wine Estates ♦ ONX Wines ♦ Opolo Vineyards ♦ Peachy Canyon Winery ♦ Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery ♦ Robert Hall Winery ♦ Tablas Creek Vineyard ♦ Treana / Hope Family Wines ♦ Villa San Juliette ♦ Vina Robles



JMD....have you been to City Winery? Reviews?

Wine is bottled poetry - Robert Louis Stevenson

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karenhynes wrote:JMD....have you been to City Winery? Reviews?


I was there a couple of years ago for a Tasting of Spain. Small venue. Appetizers were adequate. Trying to convince +1 that we should go to this event and the Inspiration event. Keep you posted. No news from FB.

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jmdavidson wrote:Posting this since this winery appears on WW and is a fave of many.
Winemakers Dinner - Inspiration Vineyards: June 9, 2015 (Tue) from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Beelow's Northshore, 1850 Second Street, Highland Park, IL 60035
Phone: 847-780-3300
$75++
Join Beelow's for this winemakers dinner featuring Jon Phillips of Inspiration Vineyards. This Sonoma County winery, located on six acres in the famed Russian River appellation, has been producing wine since 1999. Your five-course dinner will incllude Coconut Curry Soup, Serano Ham, Copper River Salmon, Beelow's farm raised filet of beef and house-made chocolate espresso cake expertly paired with Inspirations small-batch wines. Reservations required.



Yum!!! Will try to post some notes tomorrow or over the weekend.

Wine is bottled poetry - Robert Louis Stevenson

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karenhynes wrote:Yum!!! Will try to post some notes tomorrow or over the weekend.


Looking forward to your notes to see what I missed.

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Coconut & Curry Soup with Lump Crabmeat (flavors of lemongrass and chili oil) - served with 2010 Viognier, Russian River Valley

Mini Serrano Ham & Manchego Cheese Sandwich (drizzled with basil oil), truffled potato chips - served with 2012 Grenache, Sonoma Valley

Wild Copper River King Salmon (with heirloom tomato and ginger chutney) - served with 2010 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

Filet Mignon (with creamy corn polenta and Syrah reduced veal semi glace) - served with 2012 Syrah, Dry Creek Valley

Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake (with fresh raspberry coulis and anisette infused whipped cream - served with 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley

Everything was delicious. The wines all paired beautifully with the food. Unfortunately, I left my notes behind (on the table) so the rest is from memory.

The Viognier (for me) seemed not to have a lot of the floral/stone fruit character I usually associate with Viognier. I picked up a bit more minerality. It has that lovely Viognier body and great acidity. It paired beautifully with the soup, which was rich and had a nice kick of spiciness.

The Grenache was quite lovely. It's light (almost the color you'd get from a good Rosé of Cabernet). Nice bright fruity nose (strawberry). This would be a great summer sipper on the porch or deck.

The Pinot Noir (insert dreamy eyes and goofy smile). This was my favorite wine of the evening. I drink a fair amount of pinot and would put this among the best I've had in the past few years. It's smooth and silky, fruity (dark cherry) and earthy. Beautifully balanced. It was perfect with the salmon, but I'd be perfectly content to drink it alone, or with just about anything. (Yes, I bought some)

The Syrah was deep and inky, with a bit of sediment. Lots of dark fruit, a hint of cocoa, some earth and spice. Definitely a food wine.

The Cabernet was delicious. The nose was all dark berry, a hint of chocolate/cocoa, and a smidge of anise (or something similar). Paired wonderfully with the flourless chocolate cake (not usually one of my favorite desserts, but this was creamy and delicious).


I think I have the years (and valleys) correct on all of the wines.

Wine and food aside...it was a lovely evening. There were about 20 of us total. One of my friends from work and her husband joined me. Jon toured tables several times and talked about the wines, his life, California....anything we wanted to talk about. He is a lovely host. I'd go to one of his dinners again in a heartbeat. He actually did another dinner tonight near UIC/Pilsen. If I'd known sooner, I may have gone to that one too. I yhinkbitcwas going to include 6 "new releases". He comes to town twice a year. We should definitely try to make it to a dinner again sometime. I think he is coming again in November. It seems most of the places he goes are in the northern burbs though....not exactly convenient for us south suburbanites.

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karenhynes wrote:Coconut releases".


Great review. Sorry I missed the dinner.

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HART DAVIS HART WINE CO. PRESENTS
Annual Summer
Champagne Tasting
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
6:30-8:00pm
City Winery
1200 W Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60607
Cost: $150 per person

Please join us for our annual summer Champagne tasting, which will feature over 30 exceptional Champagnes ranging from the Blanc de Blancs, Rosé, and vintage Tête de Cuvée of celebrated Houses to small production artisanal Grower Champagne.
This is a fantastic opportunity to taste, compare, contrast and learn about these extraordinary wines and this special region. Take advantage of the chance to order many of these wines at a special discounted price. Wines will be available for pick-up or shipment the week following the event. The tasting will be held at City Winery. Light hors d’oeuvres will be paired with the bubbles.

For more information or to make reservations, please contact us at events@hdhwine.com or 312.667.1161.

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Hart Davis Hart Wine Co. Presents
Annual Summer Champagne Tasting

Thursday, August 4, 2016
6:30-8:00pm

The Ivy Room Courtyard
12 E Ohio St. #100
Chicago, IL 60611

$150 per person

Join us for our annual summer Champagne tasting, which will feature over 30 exceptional Champagnes ranging from the Tête de Cuvées from celebrated houses to small production Grower Champagnes.

This is a fantastic opportunity to taste, compare, contrast and learn about these extraordinary wines and this special region. Take advantage of the chance to order many of these Champagnes at a special discounted price. Wines will be available for pick-up or shipment the week following the event. The tasting will be held at The Ivy Room Courtyard. Light hors d’oeuvres will be paired with the bubbles.

Highlights of the tasting include:

Vintage
1995 Charles Heidsieck, Blanc des Millénaires
1998 Dom Pérignon Brut, P2
2000 Charles Heidsieck, Brut
2000 Maurice Vessell, Brut Grand Cru, Millésime
2002 Piper-Heidsieck, Brut Cuvée Rare
2004 Delamotte Blanc de Blancs
2004 Dom Ruinart, Brut Blanc de Blancs
2005 Philipponnat, Clos des Goisses
2006 Piper-Heidsieck, Brut
2006 Taittinger, Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs
2006 Veuve Clicquot, La Grande Dame Brut
2009 Thierry Fluteau, Cuvée Prestige, Côte des Bar

Non-Vintage
NV André Clouet, Grand Réserve Brut Grand Cru
NV Armand de Brignac, Brut Gold
NV Billecart-Salmon, Brut Rosé
NV Bollinger, Rosé
NV Canard-Duchêne Charles VIII, Blanc de Noirs
NV Charles Heidsieck, Brut Réserve
NV Krug, Rosé
NV Michel Arnould Brut Réserve, Grand Cru
NV Paul Bara, Brut Réserve Grand Cru
NV Paul Déthune, Bru Rosé Grand Cru
NV Pierre Gimonet & Fils, Blanc de Blancs Brut, 1er Cru
NV Piper-Heidsieck, Brut
NV R. Pouillon & Fils, Blanc de Blancs Brut
NV Ruinart, Brut Blanc de Blancs
NV Taittinger, Prélude Grands Crus
NV Thiénot, Rosé

*Wines are subject to change

For more information or to make reservations, please contact us at events@hdhwine.com or call 312.667.1161.

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The annual (except for last year due to us being in Italy), Wine & Appetizers event will take place on Friday, September 9th. All Wine Wooters are welcome to attend. Send me a PM.

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jmdavidson wrote:The annual (except for last year due to us being in Italy), Wine & Appetizers event will take place on Friday, September 9th. All Wine Wooters are welcome to attend. Send me a PM.


Only 2 weeks from Friday for the annual event. There is still time to put this on your calendar.