Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Deal of the day . . .


The Wine Discount Center (1826 N. Elston Ave., 773-489-3454) offers one of the best deals in town for oenophiles. Their "first look" tasting happens the first Wednesday of every month, and guests get a wide range of newly offered vinos for only $10. You'll get to sample about 30-35 varieties, which will be complemented by appetizers, cheese and fruit. Reservations required; space is limited. Tonight 6:30-8pm.

Also happening tonight is the Chicago Wine Council's super social event, Fondue, Wines, Brews and Valentines. It's not too late to make those reservations at the Melting Pot (609 N. Dearborn St., 312-573-0011), where they've set up several stations for guests to roam around and sample all the goodies. And new this month is the brew-tasting station with unique brews by hometown hero Goose Island. Expect also more than 100 wines, light appetizers and a cool crowd ranging from 20s to 40s. The three-hour event takes place 6-9pm. $40 (advance); $50 (at door, cash only).

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