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    Winemaking Class

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    How many times have you been to Napa Valley or Sonoma County? Forget about those long flights and expensive trips because now, you can learn to make your very own wine, locally. During this class, learn all about the winemaking process, from selecting the proper grapes, all the way to bottling and labeling. In the first of this two session class, you will discover various approaches and techniques to this art form, as well as create 24-28 bottles of your very own wine. Once your wine ferments, you'll return and fine tune your product by balancing, stabilizing, and adjusting the tannin and sugar levels of your vino. Finally bottle, cork, and label your final product so that it's ready to break out at your next party and impress all your guests. Stop for a second and smell the roses -- or grapes -- because the next world-famous vino could be right under your nose.
    Winemaking Class

    10033 S Western Ave, Chicago

    • Learn about the fine art of winemaking
    • Discuss winemaking approaches, bottling techniques, and what to look for when tasting wine
    • Practice making your very own Chardonnay or Cabernet to take home and enjoy
    • No experience necessary
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    2 positive reviews
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    Lake Michigan Shore Wine Tour

    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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    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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    4 positive reviews
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    Fox River Valley Wine Getaway

    Is the work week getting you down? Are you ready for a break? How does the idea of wine and food sound? Join this one-of-a-kind tour and visit three beautiful tasting rooms, just a stone's throw from downtown Chicago. The tour leaves downtown Chicago for the Galena Cellars in Geneva and has a tasting at the Fox River Valley Winery. After lunch, you're headed to the Lynfred Winery and tasting room in Naperville. This is the best Chicago getaway you've probably never heard of.
    Fox River Valley Wine Getaway

    505 N Michigan Ave, Chicago

    • Visit three beautiful wine tasting rooms located just outside of Chicago
    • Taste the exquisite wines featured at the Fox River Valley Winery and the Lynfred Winery
    • Get away from city life and relax in the suburbs with a glass of wine in hand
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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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    Fox River Valley Wine Tasting Room Trail

    These aren't your parents wines! Step out into the scenic Fox River and the beautiful old towns that supported the economy based on river and rail transportation. While the days of steamboats and locomotives are in the distant past, you will find wonderful wine tasting rooms in these towns. Sample wine made from grapes grown in Illinois and around the Midwest. You'll experience flavor and aroma profiles that differ drastically from wines made in California and Europe. Visit three tasting rooms along the Fox River and indulge in a gourmet lunch along the way. You'll enjoy a day outside of the normal loop and see some sights off the beaten path. Break the mold and shock your folks by bringing back one of these bottles to the next family dinner.
    Fox River Valley Wine Tasting Room Trail

    Hotel on the Magnificent Mile, Magnificent Mile

    • Enjoy a scenic day exploring the wineries and vineyards of the Fox River Valley
    • Visit three tasting rooms and learn the different flavor profiles of the region
    • Indulge in a delicious lunch along the way
    • Spend a day drinking wine and learning the history that surrounds the area
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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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