Monday, April 14, 2008

Wind down with wine after tax time


More than ever this week you're probably trying to save some dough, especially after being in tax preparation hell. These budget-conscious wine events should put you in good spirits:

Every Monday in April La Pomme Rouge (108 W. Kinzie St., 312-245-9555) dedicates its Dinner and a Movie! night to fun 1980s Brat Pack films. Get there at 7pm for one of my all-time favorites, "The Breakfast Club," starring Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy. You'll also get half-priced bottles of wine when you order dinner.

This week marks the fourth-year anniversary for Green Zebra (1460 W. Chicago Ave., 312-243-7100), the hip vegetarian-focused spot in West Town. They're doing it up big with a special four-course prix-fixe menu and wine pairings for $4 a glass.

Tonight's the second session in the six-part Global Grapes Series at Just Grapes (560 W. Washington Blvd., 312-627-9463). Guests will get the chance to learn about Cabernet and taste four to six different wines. 6-7pm. $35.

And as always, cool, Euro-style Taste Food & Wine (1506 W. Jarvis Ave., 773-761-3663) in Jarvis Square hosts its weekly Monday night tasting event where shoppers get the opportunity to sample specially selected vino and/or spirits. 6-7:30pm. Free.

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