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Sat, March 14, 2020
9:30 AM to
1:00 PM

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Date(s) Sat, March 14, 2020
Start Time 9:30 AM
End Time 1:00 PM
Location On Cannon Drive at Fullerton Pkwy
2410 N Cannon Dr
Chicago IL

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Tasting Tickets & Session Times

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS

Session Times
Friday: 5pm to 7pm; 8pm to 10pm
Saturday: 11am to 1pm; 2pm to 4pm; 5pm to 7pm; 8pm to 10pm
Sunday: 11am to 1pm; 2pm to 4pm; 5pm to 7pm

General Admission - $40 in advance, At the Door $50
Limited to 600 people per session.
- (12) standard tastings
- Stemmed commemorative wine glass
- Tasting access

VIP Admission - $99

CLICK HERE -- these are sold exclusive through Bucker Listers!
Limited to 100 people per session.
- (15) standard tasting + (5) additional specialty wine tastings
- Stemmed commemorative wine glass
- Extended Tasting access

Proceeds benefit the Wrightwood Neighbors Conversation Program including care of Jonquil Park.

*** Must be 21 years of age or older with a valid ID to enter. All sales are final (rain or shine). Admission and tickets are DAY AND SESSION SPECIFIC, and are non-refundable or transferable. Tickets may not be shared. Unused tickets may not be returned. ***

Wines We're Tasting

Note:  Each brand is sampling multiple varietals!  

VIP:

General Admission:

Entertainment

FRIDAY
7:00pm - The Beatelles

SATURDAY
2:00pm - Simply Sound
6:00pm - Bree & Liz

SUNDAY
2:00pm - BMR4
6:00pm - Sam Fazio

Take Public Transportation

Jonquil Park - 1001 W Wrightwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60614. Public Transportation is encouraged. The park is easily accessible by the #8, #11, #74 bus lines or by Brown Line stop at Diversey, two blocks north of Jonquil Park, or the Red, Brown and Purple line stop at Fullerton located near DePaul University. Jonquil Park is located three blocks north of Fullerton on Sheffield. Please do not drink and drive. Uber/Lyft/Rideshare is encouraged. Click here to plan your route!

Impress Your Pals! Become a Wine Snob

Use these terms the next time you're describing your glass of wine.  We guarantee your pals will be impressed!

WHITE WINE

White Wine Evaluation Terms

  • Floral: honeysuckle, jasmine, peach blossoms
  • Body: compare light to medium to heavy, as if skim milk to whole milk to heavy cream
  • Acid: pleasant = crisp, high = mild heart burn, lacking = “blah”
  • Tree Fruit: apple, pear, apricot, peach
  • Citrus Fruit: lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange, tangerine
  • Tropical Fruit: pineapple, kiwi, melon, star fruit, banana, coconut
  • Oak Flavors: toast, smoke, spice, vanilla, butterscotch, caramel, nuts
  • Other: yeasty, mineral, herbs, white pepper, grass, cat urine
  • Finish: length of time taste lingers (usually the longer, the better)
  • Balance: all factors are well integrated

Characteristics by Varietal

  • Chardonnay: light to medium-heavy body; citrus; apple; pear; melon; pineapple; fig; mixed tropical
    • If malolactic fermentation: creamy; butter; buttered popcorn
    • If aged in oak: toast; vanilla; butterscotch; nuttiness; oaky
    • If aged in stainless steel: crisp; fresh; tart
  • Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris: light body; pear; apple; lemon; mineral Sauvignon Blanc: light body; grapefruit; fig; lemon; melon
    • If unoaked: grass, herbs, cat urine
    • If oaked: spice; vanilla; smoke; musk; nuttiness
  • Viognier: light to medium body; peach; apricot; honeysuckle; orange blossom; spice; nuttiness; musk

RED WINE

Red Wine Evaluation Terms

  • Floral: rose, geranium, violets
  • Body: compare light to medium to heavy, as if skim milk to whole milk to heavy cream
  • Red Fruit: strawberry, cherry, raspberry, plum
  • Black Fruits: black cherry, plum, currant, blackberry, prune, blueberry
  • Oak Flavors: toast, smoke, spice, vanilla, cedar, bacon, oak
  • Earthy Flavors: mushrooms, fungus, dirt, leather, forest floor, barnyard
  • Other: chocolate, mint, eucalyptus, cola, tobacco, tar
  • Finish: time taste lingers (usually longer is better)
  • Balance: all factors are well integrated

Characteristics by Varietal:

  • Cabernet Franc: medium body; red fruits; raspberries; violets; soft tannins
  • Cabernet Sauvignon: medium to heavy body; black fruits; cherry; plums; currents; herbs; mine; eucalyptus; olive; tobacco; leather; green pepper; coffee; chocolate; soft to powerful tannins
  • Merlot: medium to heavy body; red and black fruits; berry; plums; herbs; chocolate; mocha; coffee; soft to powerful tannins
  • Pinot Noir: light to medium body; strawberry; cherry; violets; rose petals; cola; earth; leather; soft to medium tannins
  • Syrah: heavy body; rose; black fruits; currents; cherry; plums; pepper; espresso; vanilla; black pepper; white pepper; medium tannins
  • Zinfandel: medium to heavy body; black fruit; cherry; plums; currents; raisins; black pepper; light tannins
Volunteer With Us!

Feel like helping your community and the Wrightwood Neighbors Association?  Volunteer!  CLICK HERE to learn about the great opportunities!

Marketing & Sponsorship Opportunities

Looking to connect with active consumers at this event? For pricing and a customized benefits package, please contact Norine Smyth at 312-799-0354.

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