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Chicago Pinot Days 2007: November 9-10, Chicago

pinot_days_logo.gifHey Chicago, listen up! If you live in the Windy City and you love wine -- you know who you are -- then there's someplace you better be on November 10th.

Once upon a time there were only a few big-time, high-quality wine events around the country, and they tended to cluster heavily on the two coasts. These days, however, we are in in the midst of a gold rush of sorts, as people figure out that there's both good money to be made in putting on large scale wine tastings, and plenty of people who love to go to them. Both of which are essentially the same thing. This means that wine lovers have more opportunities than ever to learn about wine and to enjoy their passion.

And now, thanks to the same phenomenon, wine lovers in Chicago are getting a taste of California Pinot Noir like they never have before. What started a couple of years ago as a San Francisco wine lover's answer to the long running ZAP Zinfandel Festival has now become a multi-city Pinot Noir tasting extravaganza that is exposing more wine lovers to more good Pinot than you can shake a stick at.

So on Saturday November 10th at 1:00 PM, if you call yourself a wine lover and have fifty bucks to your name, you should probably be standing outside the Lakeview Terrace at Navy Pier with a ticket in hand for Chicago Pinot Days. While the event is not as large as the one put on in San Francisco, it represents an opportunity for Illinois wine lovers to taste a lot of wines that they may not ordinarily have access to.

Of course, if you're a hardcore wine lover, you may want to participate in more than the Saturday Grand Tasting. Friday includes a winemakers' dinner at 312 Chicago among other things. Check out the event web site for more information on these and other activities.

Chicago Pinot Days 2007 Grand Tasting
Saturday November 10, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Lakeview Terrace, Navy Pier
600 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

Tickets are $50 per person and should be purchased online in advance.

My usual tips for large public tastings apply: get a good night's sleep; wear dark colors; drink lots of water; go with a full stomach; and spit so you can taste more than 5 or 10 wines and actually remember them.

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