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    Conquering the Restaurant Wine List

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    Do you pronounce Bordeaux as "bordoox" and Syrah as "Shee-ra?" Then you'll agree that staring at that restaurant wine list is a bit like reading Ancient Greek, particularly when you've got a table full of friends and a smug waiter expecting you to make a selection. Learn the lingo to help you navigate the wine world thanks to this workshop! You'll learn about popular pairing choices, etiquette, how to order, how to discern a label, and when and when not to bring your own bottle. Along the way you'll get to taste some of the most common wines, and finally figure out how to master those pesky pronunciations.
    Conquering the Restaurant Wine List

    702 Main St, Chicago

    • Learn to successfully navigate a restaurant wine list
    • Expand your wine knowledge while enjoying a variety of common styles
    • Find out about the ins-and-outs of wine pairing and ordering etiquette
    • Give your taste buds the thrill ride of their life
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    Chicago West Loop Tasting Trail

    Take an expertly guided walking tour to 3 of the best tasting rooms in Chicago’s West Loop area. Your tastings will include wines from the Midwest and across the world! Enjoy the scene of one of Chicago’s most vibrant neighborhoods and enjoy small food plates along the way. By the end of the tour, you’ll know the difference between a Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel, and Champagne and Cava. The tasting rooms are selected by experts who are themselves winemakers of a private label wine brand and members of the Michigan Wine Council and the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association.
    Chicago West Loop Tasting Trail

    1200 W Randolph St, Chicago

    • Discover the hidden treasure of the Midwest - WINE!
    • Selections are expertly curated from Illinois, Indiana, Southwest Michigan and around the world
    • Indulge in food plates along the way
    • Enjoy 3 tastings in 3 hours in downtown Chicago
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    Wine and Dine (Merchandise Mart)

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    Bring out your inner chef and have a great time as you learn to whip up a delicious menu from a professional instructor. In this all-levels class, you'll practice techniques ranging from proper selection of produce and meat to stirring up pan sauces and preparing cake batter from scratch. You'll break off into small groups and make such mouthwatering dishes as sautéed beef tenderloin with crumbled blue cheese and red wine reduction, spinach salad with dried cranberries and candied pecans, smashed potatoes, and chocolate whoopie pies with marshmallow filling. Sip as you learn with 2 complimentary glasses of beer or wine for each student.
    Wine and Dine (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn to cook up a delicious dinner, from fresh starter salads to desserts
    • Cook up dishes like sautéed beef tenderloin with crumbled blue cheese and red wine reduction
    • Enjoy two complimentary glasses of wine or beer
    • Gain new culinary skills while having a blast
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    Lake Michigan Shore Wine Tour

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    Forget California. Forget France and Germany. There are some wonderful wines produced right here in the Midwestern states of Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Join an adventure through the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail, settled on the Eastern shores of Lake Michigan - a terrain that hosts numerous microclimates which make the region's wine diverse and unique. You'll visit 3 wineries sprinkled throughout the area on this eight-hour tour. Experience the lush countryside, home to over 10,000 acres of grapes. If you like wine, which you obviously do, then taste the best of the Midwest.
    Lake Michigan Shore Wine Tour

    505 N Michigan Ave, Chicago

    • Discover a variety of wines found right in the Midwest
    • Visit three wineries sprinkled throughout the city and uncover the region's diverse and unique wine characteristics
    • Explore the lush countryside that houses over 10,000 acres of grapes
    • Taste your way through the one-of-a-kind flavors of Midwest wines
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    Midwest Wine Tasting with 2-Course Lunch

    The Midwest is famous for their casseroles and freezing winters, but who ever heard of Midwestern wine? You have now that you have been on this tasty tasting. Start your day with a pickup from your central Chicago hotel. Take part in a departure toast, then head out to visit three wineries for your day in wine country. As the day progresses, your guide will explain to you how grapes that have been cultivated for cold climates have a special character that cannot be found in other parts of the world. In between tastings, you will have the chance to enjoy a delicious 2-course lunch, paired with wine of course. You'll be dropped off at your accommodations tipsy, tired, and content.
    Midwest Wine Tasting with 2-Course Lunch

    Central Chicago hotels, Chicago

    • Explore what the Midwest has to offer and surprise yourself with wines that are food friendly and quite different than what you can get in California or France
    • Take a private tour perfect for those who have recently had their interest in wine sparked
    • Enjoy this beginner's wine tasting tour, filled with knowledge, wine tastings, and a delicious lunch
    • Discover the little-known world of midwestern wine and the pleasant surprises within it
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    Duneland Wine Tasting Tour

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    Fast paced city life got you stressed? Slow down and take a trip to the countryside to regain some strength and composure. You'll depart from downtown Chicago and drive past scenic Duneland on your way to visit wonderful artisan wineries. These wineries cater to locals who appreciate wines made from grapes grown in Indiana and other states in the Midwest. Stop at three wineries and enjoy tastings while learning about the wines from the winemakers who made it. You'll also will enjoy a gourmet lunch made from local Midwest farm ingredients. Enjoy a nice day in the country and a wonderful gourmet lunch in Chesterton, in the heart of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Feel better? You knew you would.
    Duneland Wine Tasting Tour

    505 N Michigan Ave, Chicago

    • Experience the Indiana wine scene on a relaxing and informative tour
    • Visit three tasting rooms and learn the different flavor profiles of the region
    • Take in the beautiful Duneland wilderness and local culture
    • Spend a day drinking wine and learning the history that surrounds the area
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