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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 Tasting: Become a Connoisseur

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    Impress everyone at your next dinner party with your knowledge of fine wines and rich mahogany cupboards... well, maybe not so much the latter. Join Discovery Center for an exciting evening of wine and good times as you learn the delicate art of wine tasting. There's more than red vs. white or box vs. bottle. For budding wine enthusiasts, you'll cultivate your palate and expand your wine vocabulary, becoming the vino expert among your friends. Taste your way through exquisite wines and develop a taste of your own. You will also learn the nuances of terroir and the many viniculture techniques used to impact the aroma and taste of wine. No wine list shall intimidate you ever again!
    Wine Tasting: Become a Connoisseur

    4318 N Elston Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the delicate art of wine tasting by cultivating your palate and expanding your wine vocabulary
    • Taste several classical grape varietals of the world and discover their aromas and flavor profiles
    • Gain command of wine and food pairings, storage, and how to select wine at a restaurant or shop
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    4 positive reviews
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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

    9030 S. Hermitage 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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