Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Be a wino for a day . . .


Oh, go ahead and take a midweek break with one of these wine-focused events:

Half Price Wine Wednesday Nights. An ideal date place, Café Selmarie (4729 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-989-5595) in North Center offers a large selection of eclectic wines by the bottle at half price with the purchase of any dinner entree every Wednesday.

Take a Cab. The new Sam's Wine and Spirits (50 E. Roosevelt Rd., 312-663-9463) in the South Loop spotlights Cabernet Sauvignon, the globe’s most widely planted fine wine grape. They'll have a go at a dozen Cabs from several countries, and guests will learn why this grape enjoys such demand, about its character from land to land, and which foods it best accompanies. 7-8:30pm. $45.

Taste of Spain. Guests will get a nice cross section of regional Spanish wines from Rioja and Ribera del Duero as well as tastes from lesser known areas like Jumilla, Yecla, Montsant and Bierzo. Wines such as Muga (Rioja), Felix Callejo (Ribera del Duero), Acustic (Montsant), Hacienda Monasterio (Ribera del Duero), Artadi (Rioja) and El Nido (Jumilla) will be among many others that will be poured. The wines will be accompanied by various Iberian cheeses and some delectable Spanish jamons. A portion of the $35 fee will go to the Respiratory Health Association of Chicago. 7-9pm at the Wine Discount Center (1826 N. Elston Ave., 773-489-3454).

Wino Wednesdays. The popular event at this trendy Lincoln Park lounge offers half off on bottles of wine from the “50 under $50” list, $5 Skyy vodka martinis and free pizzas from their wood-burning oven. Landmark (1633 N Halsted St., 312-587-1600).

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