Events & Tastings

Check back often to find out about our weekly open house tastings, as well as special events and wine dinners!

  • piuze_lo_res Patrick Piuze ChablisWe first met Patrick Piuze after his first vintage less than a decade ago, and we’ve been huge fans ever since. He’s a Canadian-born winemaker who is pushing the envelope in Chablis more than the big names (Raveneau, Dauvissat, etc.). His wines see no new...

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  • 8.13_lo_res Boxed Wines Tasting Sun. 8/13Sunday, August 13 1 to 4pm At the Bar A few short years ago it was difficult to find good wine in a box, but all of that has changed. Sample a few of our favorite boxed wines including a delicious Chardonnay and a fabulous Provence...

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  • 8.12liquor_lo_res Gin Tasting Sat. 8/12Saturday, August 12 1 to 4pm At the Bar Sample two of our favorite gins, the classic and traditional Nolet’s next to the modern Uncle Val’s Botanical!

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  • boulon_lo_res New Beaujolais Tasting Fri. 8/11Friday, August 11 5 to 7pm At the Bar Jason visited this winery with Craig Baker last year and discovered these amazing wines. We’ve been saying for a while now that Beaujolais is going to be the next big thing in French wine. These reds...

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  • 8.6tasting_lo_res Routestock Cellars TastingSunday, August 6 1 to 4pm At the Bar Sample an excellent set of California values from Routestock Cellars! Each wine is named after a highway that runs through the area in which the grapes are grown. 2014 Routestock Cellars Chardonnay Rte. 121, Carneros On...

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  • 8.6liquor_lo_res Manhattan vs. Manhattan Tasting Sat. 8/5Saturday, August 5 1 to 4pm At the Bar Do you prefer your Manhattans with rye or bourbon? Not sure? Well, we’ve got you covered! Sample Manhattans two ways and pick your favorite. We’re using our favorite vermouth, Carpano Antica, and blending it with High...

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  • 8.5tasting_lo_res BIG Burgundy/Napa/Portugal Tasting Sat. 8/5Saturday, August 5 12 to 4pm In our Event Space Burgundy: 2015 Domaine de la Croix Senaillet Macon-Davayé On Sale $19.99 This is a gorgeous new find for us from Domaine de la Croix Senaillet. Notes of pear, passion fruit, and ripe lemon on the...

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  • 7.30tasting_lo_res (1) New Spanish Wine Tasting Sun. 7/30Sunday, July 30 1 to 4pm At the Bar Sample two delicious and hard-to-find Spanish wines that have quickly become some of our new favorites! This sexy Verdejo is screaming with personality, and the Crianza is fresh and layered, drinking like a wine twice the...

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  • oldforester_lo_res Old Forester Bourbon Tasting Sat. 7/29Saturday, July 29 1 to 4pm At the Bar Join us to taste two special bottlings by Old Forester Bourbon! These two bourbons are labeled 1870 and 1897 respectively, denoting the concepts behind their production processes. Sample them both! Old Forester 1870 Original Batch, 90...

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  • 7.29tasting_lo_res Friuli & Tuscany Tasting Sat. 7/29Saturday, July 29 12 to 4pm In our Event Space It’s Italy fever around here! This Saturday, taste a range of delicious wines including three from Antonutti in Friuli and three Tuscan reds. Come taste and find out what makes these wines so special. 2015...

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  • unnamed (12) Cali. Pinot Noirs TastingSunday, July 23 1 to 4pm At the Bar We like light-bodied reds for summer, and these two are new arrivals we think are drinking really well. The Cherry Pie “Three Vineyards” is the newest version of last year’s “Cherry Tart,” a more modestly-priced companion...

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  • unnamed (11) Sparkling Cocktails TastingSaturday, July 22 1 to 4pm At the Bar It’s HOT!!! And nothing helps beat the summer heat better than sparkling cocktails. Join us as we mix up two delicious cocktails, a classic French 75 and a simple spritz with Cartron Grapefruit.  

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  • 7.22tasting_lo_res Tour of Italy TastingSaturday, July 22 12 to 4pm In our Event Space Sample this whole range of Italian favorites on Saturday! This charming tasting will feature wines from all over Italy, including our favorite value-priced Barolo and Barbaresco from Araldica! It wraps up with a stunning Amarone-style...

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  • 7.16_lo_res Spanish Reds TastingSunday, July 16 1 to 4pm At the Bar Join us to taste two new Spanish arrivals, including the triumphant return of the Crapula! 2015 “OGV” Old Vines Garnacha, Calatayud On Sale $9.99 There is a new 2015 OGV Old Garnacha Vine, sourced from different...

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  • mastermind_lo_res Mastermind Vodka TastingSaturday, July 15 1 to 4pm At the Bar Join us as we welcome the fine folks at Mastermind Distillery in Illinois to taste some semi-local vodka, both on its own and in some tasty cocktails. This vodka is creamy with a touch of sweetness...

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  • 7.15tasting_lo_res Burgundy & Rhone TastingSaturday, July 15 12 to 4pm In our Event Space It’s no secret that we love France at the Merch. This Saturday we’re sampling a collection of beautiful bottlings from Burgundy’s Maison Chanson along with some killer deals from the Rhone Valley. Sample two delicious...

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  • 7.9tasting_lo-res Sparkling Rosé TastingSunday, July 9 1 to 4pm At the Bar   Nothing says summer like sparkling rose! And maybe rum cocktails. Sample two delicious bubbly rosés, one from Italy and one from Spain! NV Elocuente Brut Rosé Cava, Spain On Sale $8.99 This tasty bargain Cava...

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  • Pilar_lo_res Rum Cocktails Tasting!Saturday, July 8 1 to 4pm At the Bar Nothing says summer like rum cocktails! And maybe grilled hot dogs. But we don’t sell hot dogs, so we’re focusing our attention on the cocktails. Sample a few delicious, summery, rum-based cocktails featuring our custom barrel...

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  • 7.8tasting_lo_res Double Tasting!! California and New ZealandSaturday, July 8 12 to 4pm In our Event Space This Saturday we’re having a double header tasting! Sample California highlights alongside a selection of small-production, delicious wines from New Zealand! 2016 Summer Water Rose, California On Sale $16.99 It’s more than the rosé of...

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  • 7.2tasting_lo_res Rioja Rosé Tasting Sun. 7/2Sunday, July 2 1 to 4pm At the Bar This Sunday we’re featuring two awesome rosés from Rioja! These Tempranillo rosés are peppery and delicious, and very different from each other. The Rio Madre is more toward the red wine end of the spectrum, while...

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  • wildsour_lo_res Destihl Brewery Tasting Sat. 7/1Saturday, July 1 1 to 4pm At the Bar Beer lovers, this one’s for you! We’re excited to welcome Chris Boron from Illinois’ Destihl Brewery for a tasting of their “Wild Sour” series! Destihl is one of our current favorite craft breweries, doing a lot...

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  • 7.1tasting_lo_res Grower Champagne Tasting Sat. 7/1Saturday, July 1 12 to 4pm In our Event Space Join us for one of our most anticipated tastings of the year, Terry Theise Champagnes! “Sunny” Brown will be our special guest for this free event. These estate-made Champagnes, affectionately called “farmer fizz,” are among...

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  • underwood_lo_res Yes I Can! (Canned Wine Tasting) Sun. 6/25Sunday, June 25 1 to 4pm At the Bar Sample two new canned wines from Union Wine Co. in Oregon! Wine in a can is a relatively new thing, and we think it’s cool. These wines require no corkscrew (you “can” even do without a...

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  • northshore_lo_res North Shore Distillery Tasting Sat. 6/24Saturday, June 24 12 to 4pm At the Bar Drink (Semi) Local! This weekend we’re welcoming Sonja Kassenbaum, owner of Illinois’ North Shore Distillery, for a tasting of their signature spirits. North Shore makes gin, vodka, and aquavit of the highest quality and we will...

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  • 6.24tasting_lo_res Tour of Italy Tasting Sat. 6/24Saturday, June 24 12 to 4pm In our Event Space Join us for a tour of Italy tasting! We’ll sample two wines each from the three major winemaking areas of Italy: Veneto, Piedmont, and Tuscany! NV Collevento “921” Extra Dry Prosecco On Sale $14.99 Exclusively...

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