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. Anthony Minne 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.


thurs1 Old World, New World – What’s the “Tell?” | Thursday, March 1 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Love white Burgundy, but not so keen on California Chardonnay? Adore Russian River Pinot, but just don’t “get” Burgundy? It’s astonishing how the same grape varietals can taste so very different depending on where they’re grown and made. Taste your way through the many faces of noble grapes and their famous birth places throughout the world. We’ll juxtapose Cabernet Sauvignon from California, France, and South Africa; Chardonnay from California, France, and Australia; Pinot Noir from California, France, and New Zealand; Pinot Gris/Grigio from Italy, France and Oregon. You’ll learn the key factors that influence a varietal’s expression, like climate, geographic location, winemaking practices, and culture. Oh yes – you’ll have the fun of tasting all these wines “blind”, meaning we’ll reveal the producers and growing regions at the end. Purchase Tickets Online.



Join us for a tasting of wines from legendary Ridge Vineyards! | Thursday, March 8 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Located 50 miles south of San Francisco in the Santa Cruz Mountains, the Ridge property was first purchased in 1885, and produced its first vintage in 1892. Abandoned at the start of Prohibition in 1920, the property was resurrected in 1959. In 1969, Paul Draper came aboard as winemaker, retiring in 2016, and along the way amassing accolades too numerous to mention. Come experience Monte Bello Cabernet and a bevy of current releases, including Zins from Sonoma and Paso Robles, Chardonnay, Petite Sirah and Carignane. This very special event will sell out. Reserve your ticket online now. Purchase Tickets Online.


thurs15Everybody Loves Tuscany! Importer Dalla Terra & Special Guest Gianlorenzo Neri of Casanova di Neri | Thursday, March 15 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20 
Come meet Gianlorenzo Neri, whose 2012 Brunello di Montalcino was #4 on The Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list for 2017!  He’ll be joined by Kristen Milles from Dalla Terra, who will present additional Tuscan selections from Aia del Vecchio, Poliziano, Selavapiana, and Badia a Coltibuono. You’ll taste Vermentino and Super Tuscans from the coast, classic Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Chianti, and dip biscotti into delectable Vin Santo. What makes Dalla Terra (“Of the Earth”) a special importer is their unique, winery direct business model that results in consumer friendly pricing for fine Italian estate wines. Purchase Tickets Online. 


thurs22The Loire, River of Diversity | Thursday, March 22 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
The longest river in France flows over 600 miles, northward from the Massif Central through Sancerre towards Orleans, where it turns westward and continues to the Atlantic Ocean. What other growing region offers such a wide range of stellar options – sparkling, rosé, dry whites, dessert wine, light and rich reds, you name it! We’ll taste Muscadet, dry, sweet and sparkling Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre and Reuilly, Cabernet Franc from Bourgueil and Chinon, Sancerre Rouge (Pinot Noir) – everything notable that we can get our hands on. Take a trip through the prettiest growing region in France, the land of chateaux! Purchase Tickets Online. 


thurs29Rhône on the Range: New World Meets the Rhône Valley | Thursday, March 29 | 6:30 to 8pm | $20
Back in the 80’s, adventurous California wineries experimenting with Rhone grape varieties, such as Syrah and Viognier were informally dubbed “The Rhone Rangers”. Their unofficial leader was Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon, who graced the cover of the Wine Spectator complete with black mask, white hat and white horse. Since then, these grapes have found homes in many regions. We’ll try examples from pioneers like Tablas Creek and Bonny Doon in California, great producers including Pride Mountain, Neyers, and Stolpman, and far-flung adventurers in Australia, Chile, and South Africa. Purchase Tickets Online.