My choice of adult beverages vary depending on what day of the week it is, what I'm eating and who I'm with, but one thing I can guarantee is that wine is usually in the top 3. In the last 4 years of living in Chicago, I've only been to one wine festival (one that shall remain nameless) and I will say that over years it's definitely gone downhill. So when I heard that the Windy City Wine Festival was happening, I was ecstatic to check it out. From what I had heard the price of entry was reasonable, the selection of wines were great, the pours were friendly and it was overall much better than the "other" wine fest.
Matt and I headed there late Saturday just in time to beat the crowd. The event started at 3pm on Saturday and by the time we got there (which was around 5), each tent had a decent line which was at least 30 people deep. With an entry fee of $27 in advance (or $35 at the door), each person received a souvenir tasting glass, 10 wine tasting tickets, 1 beer tasting ticket and access to free demonstrations, plus much more.
As much as we tried to have a game plan, that backfired. We reverted to tents with the least amount of people in line. We went from one to another testing out French, Spanish and California reds. All were quite delicious, but my personal favorite was the Cass Siraz and Matt's was the Balbas Riberia del Duero.
We wandered around Buckingham Fountain checking out the rest of the festival that had great food from restaurants like Markethouse & Sullivan's Steakhouse, as well as other vendors like Jewelmint. All in all we had a great time and it was a nice change from all the other festivals where Miller Lite or Bud Light Lime are your only options. It's such a cozy and intimate festival with a great crowd of people who truly appreciate their wines. Will we be back next year? Absolutely!
outfit details (tabitha) | sweater - gifted | tank - the loft | shorts - ella moss c/o nordstrom rack | boots - nine west | purse - linea pelle | necklace - topshop|
outfit details (matt) | sweater - topshop | jeans - seven for all mankind | shoes - lacoste | watch - hublot|
We enjoyed the rest of or walk home strolling through Grant Park and really appreciating the rest of this great weather before Winter hits. As we were walking it then occurred to me that we should pick up a bottle of wine (as if 10 tastings weren't enough). Luckily, some of the wines we tried are available at Whole Foods, making our favorites from the festival accessible.
|Are you a wine enthusiast? Do you prefer red or white? More importantly any recommendations for wines I should try?|