December 12, 2017

Chicago’s Wine Riot and Whisky Extravaganza Preview – It’s Quite the Riot!

Cheers to Wine Riot!

WINE RIOT

Since its debut in 2009, Chicago’s Wine Riot is changing the environment of a typical wine event to make Millenials feel comfortable learning, discovering and exploring wines within the expansive wine world.

 

Wine enthusiasts line up to sample.

 

On October 13th and 14th, Wine Riot will be your all-access pass to hundreds of new wines. With two parts education and one part revolution, Wine Riot has reinvented “wine tasting” for the thirsty and curious. Grab a glass and hit the floor — it’s you unleashed to sample wines from across the globe. Travel the world of wine all under one roof and tackle things you’ve never tried before. We’ve rallied up a team of die-hard experts to bring you the brain juice: interactive booths and crash courses loaded with tips and tricks for conquering the wine world. There will also be a temporary tattoo booth, photo booth, and our famous Bubbly Bar.

 

 

A wine expert suggests samples for eager wine fiends.

 

WHY RIOT?

You know whether you’re a Carrie or a Samantha, a Kramer or a George; wouldn’t you like to know if you prefer Pinot over Chardonnay? Think of us as your cool older cousin that bought you your first drink, your personal spirit guide into the exciting world of wine. There is no right or wrong way to enjoy wine but don’t you wish someone told you to skip the wine coolers and go straight to Rosé? We’re here to help you make better (wine) decisions, make the best selections for your palette, join other wine-curious and together, let’s explore the flavors of different regions.

 

Featuring more than 20 wine education booths curated by region of origin or varietal, complimented by delicious food pairings, photo booths, sponsor activations and a tattoo booth, each guest is immersed in the world of wine in a fun and vibrant setting.

 

Last year’s Wine Riot at Union Station.
Time to get your pour on!

 

Wine Riot offers the popular Bubbly Bar station, showcasing major styles of sparkling wine, including Cava, Prosecco, American Sparkling, Crémant, Rosé, Sekt, and Champagne, in addition to food pairings. Curated by industry experts, the Crash Courses are twenty-minute, sit-down seminars gathering both brand representatives and attendees in an intimate setting to take a deep dive into the world of wine, flavor profiles, history and tradition.

 

Wine Riot’s Wine 101 program invites attendees to learn eight wine terms through interactive tastings: Dry vs. Sweet; Old World vs. New World; Young vs. Mature; and Oaked vs. Unoaked.

Wine Riot is an IWSC Group North America event. The IWSC Group is a UK-based, global events company that delights, inspires and connects people and brands through great experiences.

 

Schedule is as follows:

 

Session 1: Friday, October 13, 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Session 2: Saturday, October 14, 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Session 3: Saturday, October 14, 7:00pm – 10:00pm

 

Revel Fulton Market, 1215 W. Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607

 

Smart casual attire. Comfortable shoes are encouraged, as seating is limited. Coat check is available.

 

TICKETS: General admission tickets ($65) includes access to the Bubbly Bar, Crash Courses, Wine

101 and Educational Booths. Purchase your tickets online.

 

WHISKEY EXTRAVAGANZA

Each year, The Whisky Extravaganza offers whisky enthusiasts from the novice to the connoisseur the opportunity to explore a wide range of the most prestigious single malt, premium Scotch whiskies and other unique whiskies from around the world. Hosted in major cities throughout the U.S. (including Chicago, Boston, Seattle, L.A., etc.), each event offers a tasting session, masterclasses curated by industry experts and culinary pairings.

 

Come to Whiskey Extravaganza!

 

Featuring hand-selected premium whiskies from around the world, each tasting event guest receives a special souvenir tasting glass to properly nose and sample while indulging in delicious culinary pairings. Curated by industry experts from well-established distilleries, including Glenmorangie, Laphroaig, and Aberlour, the Masterclasses take a deep dive into whisky distilling, flavor profiles, history, tradition and various brand portfolios in an exciting and intimate setting.

 

A sampler enjoys the aroma of whiskey.

 

The Whisky Extravaganza is an IWSC Group North America event. The IWSC Group is a UK-based, global events company that delights, inspires and connects people and brands through great experiences.

 

THE TASTING

Whether a whisky aficionado or at the beginning of your whisky affair, you’ll no doubt find something to ignite your passion at The Whisky Extravaganza. Join fellow enthusiasts in an exploration of a wide range of the most prestigious single malt, premium Scotch and other unique whiskies from around the world. Receive a special souvenir tasting glass to properly nose and sample from a selection of premium whiskies while indulging in delicious culinary pairings.

 

Sampling of whiskey during a masterclass.

 

MASTERCLASSES

Expand your whisky knowledge through our Masterclass series. Curated by industry experts from well-established distilleries, our Masterclasses will take a deep dive into whisky distilling, flavor profiles, history, tradition and various brand portfolios in a fun and intimate setting.

 

Friday at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival 2011

 

MISSION:

Since 2000, The Whisky Extravaganza has been fostering a broader and deeper appreciation of whisky and its complexities by connecting consumers and brands through curated experiences.

 

 

WHEN: Thursday, October 12, 2017

 

6:00pm-7:00pm, Masterclasses

7:00pm-10:00pm, General Admission

 

WHERE: Union League Club, 65 W Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60604

 

ACCOMMODATIONS: Guest accommodations are available at the Union League Club for a discounted rate of $199/night + applicable taxes and fees, using the booking code “WHISKY

EXTRAVAGANZA”.

 

DRESS CODE: Business casual attire, including collared shirts and slacks for men, and blouses and

slacks or skirts or dresses for women. No denim permitted.

 

TICKETS: General admission tickets ($150) includes unlimited whisky tastings, a souvenir tasting

glass, and access to Masterclasses with pre-registration. Purchase your tickets online.

 

Photos: Taylor P’Pool (IWSC Group)

 

 

 

 

 

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