Events at the Wine Bar Old Town


Wine & Beer Tastings in Chicago
Join the Plum Market Wine Team for a fun and informative wine tasting event. The Wine Team and the team will provide a light-hearted exploration of the newest and best beverages available. Reservations are necessary when noted. All tastings commence at 6:30 pm and end at 8:00 pm, unless otherwise stated. Products will be available for purchase on site. For premium WineBar tastings, a link for on-line ticket sales is provided. The price per event does not include tax. The WineBar is Located in the Lounge of Plum Market Old Town Chicago.


thurs30Louis Dressner Imports – Extreme Terroir | Thursday, August 30 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Louis/Dressner Selections is an importing company founded in the 1990’s by the late, great Joe Dressner and his wife Denyse Louis.  Joe and Denyse were visionaries, never interested in scores, never interested in wines with “gobs of fruit,” and never interested in highly paid wine consultants.  They were passionate about low-impact, organic farming methods which produce elegant wines, especially from the Loire Valley and Beaujolais.  Dressner was exploring these regions at a time when few others were.  Many of the producers in their portfolio are terroir-driven standards now: Domaine de la Pépière (Muscadet), Bernard Baudry and Olga Raffault (Chinon), François Pinon (Vouvray), Jean-Paul Brun of Terres Dorées (Morgon), Occhipinti (Sicily) and Foradori (Trentino/Dolomites). The company remains in the able hands of Denyse, her son Jules and partner Kevin McKenna. Purchase Tickets Online.


thurs6Blind Tasting Game | Thursday, September 6 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
It’s back to school time, so let’s dust off our knowledge and intuition! Just for fun, we’ll put out an assortment of red and white wines and see who can identify their type or grape variety. We’ll provide clues, with descriptions of what is typical of the wines being poured. It’ll be up to you to figure out which is which! Prizes will be awarded to the top three scorers. Purchase Tickets Online. 


thurs13Champagne Laurent-Perrier | Thursday, September 13 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Founded in 1812, Champagne Laurent-Perrier is a family-owned House renowned for melding tradition with innovation. It survived the World War thanks to Bernard de Nonancourt, who was part of the French Resistance; his daughters Alexandra and Stéphanie run the company today. In the 1950s, Laurent-Perrier was among the first in the region to implement stainless steel fermentation tanks and in 1968, the House revived the non-vintage rosé category with the launch of their ‘Cuvée Rosé’, in a uniquely-shaped bottle. The winery’s introduction of their Ultra Brut in 1981 single-handedly resurrected non-dosage Champagne, a very important category in today’s sophisticated market. Laurent-Perrier’s Champagnes reflect an unwavering style of freshness and finesse. We’ll experience this across the entire range, tasting Brut Non-Vintage, Demi-Sec, Ultra Brut, Cuvée Rosé, Grand Siècle, and Brut Millésimé. Purchase Tickets Online. 


thurs20Cabernet Franc from Near, Far, and Loire | Thursday, September 20 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Cabernet Franc, the quiet parent grape of flashy Cabernet Sauvignon, deserves far more attention than it gets. Often described as the feminine side of Cabernet Sauvignon, it is subtly fragrant and gently flirtatious rather than massively muscular and tough in youth.  Although often grown for blending (think Bordeaux), it is also vinified alone.  Join us as we venture into various Cabernet Franc producing regions of the world.  From France’s Loire to Argentina, Friuli, and California (with a few surprise stops in between!), you will not want to miss our exploration of the “other” Cabernet. Purchase Tickets Online. 


thurs27The Sorting Table’s Extraordinary Estate Wines | Thursday, September 27 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
“We search for growers who own and tend their vineyards, farm using sustainable, organic or biodynamic practices, are passionate in their zeal to make the best wines they can and are considered to be exemplary producers in the wine region they call home. It is their stories we want to tell.” Join us to learn, and taste these stories from Castello di Ama in Tuscany, Snowden in Napa, J. Adam in Alsace, St. Michael Eppan in Südtirol, Seresin in New Zealand. Storyteller Steve Morgan from The Sorting Table will be on hand to share his great knowledge and enthusiasm! Purchase Tickets Online. 


thurs25Luxury Tasting | Thursday, October 25 | 6:30 to 8pm | the Herbarium at Bad Hunter | $50
Join us on Thursday, October 25th, for our second annual Luxury Tasting in the Herbarium at Bad Hunter! We’ll be pouring over 50 fabulous wines! Start with Champagne poured from magnum bottles. Preview exciting new releases of 2015 Bordeaux, 2016 Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and 2016 Port – all attracting raves from the press. Look for top California offerings from great producers like Pahlmeyer, Ridge, Flowers, Paul Hobbs and Shafer. Sample Barolo and Brunello, Burgundy, Priorat and more! Accompanied by an array of small bites prepared by Bad Hunter.
10% discount on wines purchased the night of the tasting. Purchase Tickets Online.