Kelly the Culinarian: Chicago #WineRiot Recap 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015

Chicago #WineRiot Recap 2015

Three years strong! On Friday, I suited up for this year's Chicago #WineRiot in Union Station. While I attended in 2013 and 2014, this is the first time I've gone at night. In many ways it was very similar to my previous experiences, but the clientele was quite different at night.

I rolled into Wine Riot at 7:15 after enjoying a delicious Greek dinner on a patio nearby. There was quite the crowd of people who went ugly early. I'm not sure how one gets that inebriated unless pregaming was involved. Also, I felt under dressed. The crowd was female-heavy and done to the nines for this event. It was a whole other Wine Riot from what I am accustomed to.

This year, I finally walked through the Wine 101 presentation in which experts walk attendees through a guided tasting highlighting various aspects of wine production, such as irrigation, barreling aging and maturity.
As always, I enjoyed tasting new wines and even partook in some wine cocktails.

In all, I had a blast learning about new wines and trying different styles. I wish the vendors were more generous with their pours - some of the glasses felt like just the essence of wine.

It is hard to beat the convenience of this event, though. Get on the train, get your wine on and get back on the train. It's a great girls night and an excuse to get together. Cheers to another year!

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