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Kathy Joseph It's last call to meet the woman behind

Fiddlehead Cellars.

Evanston native Kathy Joseph brings her critically acclaimed Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc to wine class tomorrow night. Read more about her climb to the top of the wine world in  Diana Hamann's blog and taste her prestige Pinot offering and nod to Chicago's weekend's festivities: the Lollapalooza. Just a few spots remain in this amazing class! 


Wednesday, August 1, 7pm, Merchandise Mart


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Wine Warehouse Sale      


Our first annual Wine Warehouse Sale is not just your chance to save on our favorite sippers. It's also your opportunity to increase your wine know how.    


Diana Pours Meet our wine vendors from Tuesday, August 14 - Saturday, August 18 from 5pm-6:30pm at the Merchandise Mart. They will discuss characteristics of their wines, as well as the grapes and regions. Plus, enjoy 10% off all wine purchases that week.


The sale kicks off at Lincoln Square with a wine tasting with Diana Hamann on Friday, August 17 from 5pm-7pm. For just $5, you can taste all of our seasonal favorites. It's the best wine tasting deal in Chicago! Sign up here


Save 10% off all wine purchases at Lincoln Square from Friday, August 17 - Sunday, August 19. With a list already full of great bargains, this is a deal! 



Gearing Up for Wine Academy       


Fall is just around the corner. While kids get ready to go back to school, you should consider furthering your education as well. The Wine Academy at The Chopping Block is an intensive program with two different levels designed for people who want to learn more about the world of wine. Perfect for would-be wine nerds!  


Wine Class

Level One

Wednesdays beginning October 3 for 6 Weeks (no class on 10/31)
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Merchandise Mart


You'll learn about wine tasting and sensory evaluation, how wine is made, the major grape varieties and vinification styles, as well as food and wine pairing.  

Learn more about the program.


Sundays beginning September 23 for 8 Weeks

1pm - 3:30pm
Merchandise Mart


Delve into the wines of France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria, United States, Chile, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. It's an international education in a glass!  


Learn more about the program.



The Wine Goddess on Facebook       


Our Wine Goddess is now sharing her love of vino via social media. Check out Diana Hamann's new Facebook page for 60 second wine tidbits, pictures from classes at The Chopping Block and overall coolness. 



Upcoming Wine Classes 
Wine ToastClick on each class below to view full description and sign up.

Wed. August 1, 7pm $45 Merchandise Mart

From Vine to Wine: How Wine is Made
Wed. August 22, 7pm $45 Lincoln Square

NEW CLASS: The Great Wines of Napa Valley
Fri. August 31, 7pm $65 Merchandise Mart


What We're Drinking Now: "Tears of Christ"

De Falco

De Falco Lacryma Christi Bianco, 2010, Campania, Italy  


"Divine Inspiration for the Dog Days of Summer"


Lacryma Christi, or "Tears of Christ," takes its name from an old myth that Christ cried tears for Lucifer's fall onto the soils of Vesuvius, giving divine inspiration to the vines. De Falco's smacks of divine inspiration indeed, with ethereal aromas and flavors of crisp green apples and pears, followed by a graceful minerality and lift towards the heavens.   




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