Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Old Town's Wine Crush is back!


At the top of our list of favorite things: lazy weekends, outdoor festivals and all things wine.

That's why we're especially excited about the annual Wine Crush, happening Sept. 12-13 in Old Town.

For $30 ($45 for premium tastings), guests can sample up to 50 wines, plus a number of artisan cheeses.

We're also looking forward to chef demos by Christian Phernotten (Old Town Brasserie), Othon Angel (Adobo Grill) and Dino Lubbat (Dinotto Ristorante).

A hilarious highlight of Wine Crush is the Grape Stomping Competition, as teams of two dance around in mounds of the divine grape to win a bottle of vino from one of the participating wineries.

And, of course, being a street festival, live music is always a big attraction. This year's entertainment includes Gin Blossoms, 16 Candles and the soul-infused local band Jambon.

A portion of the proceeds benefit the Old Town Merchants & Residents Association and Chicago 2016.

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