Wine 101: Entry-Level to Exquisite @ Big Delicious Planet, Chicago [14 November]

Wine 101: Entry-Level to Exquisite

18:30 - 20:30

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Big Delicious Planet
412 N Wolcott Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60622
Why do some wines cost $10 when others cost $100? Without seeing the price, would you be able to tell the difference? Big Delicious Planet has teamed up with their wine partner, Damien Casten, owner of Candid Wines, to bring you Wine 101! **UPDATE as of 11/3. We will also welcome Scherrer Winery Owner and Winemaker Fred Scherrer as an instructor.** The two hour class will feature 6 wines (3 whites and 3 reds) at 3 distinct price points. You'll taste each in a blind test and guess the price point of each wine. Damien will then reveal the price and talk through just what goes into a bottle of wine. You'll then be able to re-taste and enjoy your favorites. $50 ticket price includes wine tastings, paired with fromage + antipasti platters, and sales tax.

About the instructors: Damien Casten began his career in food and wine fifteen years ago when he traded a corporate job in the south of France for kitchens at the New England Culinary Institute. Upon graduation he returned to France for two years, earning a spot on the brigade at Chef Alain Senderens’ Michelin three-starred Lucas Carton. Away from the restaurant, he immersed himself in wine, apprenticing at one of Paris best independent wine shops, Les Ultra Vins, and visiting producers in wine regions across France on a regular basis. After a few years working as a professional chef, Damien’s passion for wine won out. On returning to the United States after six years in France, Damien co-founded Candid Wines, an importer and distributor of small production, organic and biodynamic wines in Chicago in 2005. Today, after ten years in business, Candid Wines can be found on the lists of most every major restaurant in Chicago as well as on the shelves of the area’s best retailers. While rooted in France thanks to Damien’s experience there, the company has grown to include selections from regions across Germany, Italy, Austria, New Zealand, and the US, as well as a few remarkable selections from Serbia, Hungary, Slovenia.

Scherrer Winery Owner and Winemaker Fred Scherrer first made wine at home as a teenager from Zinfandel vines planted by his grandfather in 1912. He then went on to complete his technical training at U.C. Davis in 1983 and has spent the past 30 years learning where, when, how and if to apply science to the art of winemaking; learning how profoundly human intervention affects the personality of wine made from a given site. By late 1997, Scherrer Winery established its own simple facility near Sebastopol and expanded production to include cooler-climate varieties from Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast vineyards.

«It was good to see veteran winemaker and vineyard owner Fred Scherrer on my last trip to California. (The wines) were all impressive wines and to his credit he has kept a realistic pricing model — so, consumers take note.» Robert Parker, October 2016

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