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I don’t know about you, but I love me some vino! But, I don’t love how expensive it is to get over to that west coast. Let’s just imagine an ideal situation that involved, oh let’s say, about 65 wineries flying into Chicago and letting this Windy City taste what that entire coast has to offer! Ding, Ding, Ding… our wish has been granted!


This is a must attend event for my pinot fans out there, because on April 20th, all you will have to do is find yourself a way down to Navy Pier and enjoy some exquisite wine at the 6th Annual Pinot Days Chicago Grand Festival! After taking advantage of tasting up to 150 pinots and talking with the talented winemakers who created them, I think the $75 price tag will be well worth it! Not to mention every important domestic region, including The Russian River Valley, Oregon and The Sonoma Coast, will be represented. Some of these pinots weren’t even previously available to us here in Illinois. Hello, perfection!

If you have attended in the past, this event is taking place in the Lakeview Terrace, where the first Chicago Pinot Days was held. This warm, intimate, inviting room with amazing views of Lake Michigan, is the best choice due to the energy and ambiance it produces!  Therefore, due to creating this snuggly setting, the event will be a bit smaller than last year, capping off at 1,000 winos!


Still looking for more? Well, while these 65 wineries are in town there will be other wine events going on through out the weekend for you to enjoy. There will be winemaker dinners, seminars, pairings, and tastings at boutique retail stores!

Don’t worry my wine friends, you aren’t dreaming, this is actually happening right here in our city so get your friends, family and loved ones together and celebrate the world of wine! Cheers!

Amanda Macchitelli

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