Before the wind starts to blow cold off the lake and your eyeballs want to crack and fall out of your head from cold, Chicago has a lovely fall with temperate days and exciting, dramatic thunderstorms. Perfect weather, if you ask me, for drinking wine and eating great food (if only to store up some fat for the winter that will soon fall like a cinderblock on the fragile and unprepared). Just in time, then, arrives the Chicago Wine and Food Festival, a three day extravaganza of top chefs, excellent wines, and a nice mix of celebration and education.
Taking place over the weekend of October 21st, the festivities include a Dom Perignon Champagne reception and Gala dinner; a very high end reserve wine tasting of some of Napa's top Cabernet producers; and a day of food and wine tasting with cooking demonstrations and VIP wine tasting seminars.
To my knowledge this is the biggest wine and food event in the Windy City, and should be a pretty great event if it measures up to its billing (I'm not going and have never been, so if it sucks I hope someone will tell me). Regardless, like many events of this type, the proceeds go to worthy causes -- in this case the Greater Chicago Food Bank and Pediatric Aids Chicago.
Chicago Wine & Food Festival
October 21, 22, and 23
Times vary by day. See the schedule for details.
The Peninsula Hotel and Kendall College
Tickets vary in price, but the main public event on Sunday will run you $80. See the official web site for complete information and pricing.
A wine book like no other. Photographs, essays, and wine recommendations. Learn more.
Vinography Unboxed: Week of October 5, 2014 Another Idiotic California Law Screws Wineries Vinography Images: Vineyard Reflections The Fake Tongue Illusion and Wine Tasting 2014 Wine & Spirits Top 100 Tasting: October 21, San Francisco Cool Beauty: Tasting the Wines of the Western Sonoma Coast Vinography Images: Shaggy Companions 2014 Pinot on the River Tasting: October 26, Healdsburg Vinography Unboxed: Week of September 21, 2014 The Essence of Wine is Ready to Buy!
Masuizumi Junmai Daiginjo, Toyama Prefecture Wine.Com Gives Retailers (and Consumers) the Finger 1961 Hospices de Beaune Emile Chandesais, Burgundy Wine Over Time The Better Half of My Palate 1999 KirÃ¡lyudvar "Lapis" Tokaji Furmint, Hungary What's Allowed in Your Wine and Winemaking Why Community Tasting Notes Sites Will Fail Appreciating Wine in Context The Soul vs. The Market 1989 Fiorano Botte 48 Semillion,Italy