Bin 36, located at 161 N. Jefferson in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood, is a great place to enhance your wine knowledge. Join Owner, Enoch Shully and myself, as we help you navigate through the wonderful world of wine!
BIN 36 Fall & Winter Wine Classes 2016-2017
September 14: THE WILD, WILD WEST
Way up in the Pacific Northwest, they are making some stellar wines. From the misty coast of Oregon to the high plains of Washington State, in this class we will learn about these unforgettable wines and they might just steal your heart.
September 28: HOW TO BUILD YOUR OWN WINE FLIGHT
The dilemma: You love wine flights. We both know the average wine flight isn’t going to work with every cheese or many of the proteins and sauces on the menu. The solution: join us for this class and learn how wines were chosen as a group, how to pair them with food and cheese, where they are coming from, and the winemakers behind the wines.
October 12: GETTING FRIENDLY WITH YOUR BLENDS
Get friendly with your blends! This class will give you all the info you need to navigate your next restaurant visit or trip to the corner wine shop. We’ll look at wine regions known for blends more than single varietal wines, discuss how wine is made and sample, sample, sample. This class is the perfect wine introduction without getting too technical – plenty of time for questions, too.
October 26: HOW TO PAIR WINE AND VEGETARIAN & VEGAN CUISINE
Pairing wine with vegetarian dishes can be a little complicated. Spend some time unraveling the mysteries of vegetarian food and wine pairings with us. We’ll savor combinations that work and “taste” combinations that don’t work – like what to drink with kale salad, turnip soup, stir fry or kohlrabi and roasted cauliflower. Regardless, you are sure to pick up a few unexpected combinations.
November 9: WINE AND PARTY PLANNING
There’s never a bad time to plan a party, but the holidays are the perfect occasion to explore and discover old friends and new favorites. You’ll taste your way through everything you need to know to ensure that there is a great diversity of flavor, varietals and even culture. Find out which wines will pair with a great variety of hors d’oeuvres without breaking the bank.
December 7: BUBBLES
Pop! Sparkling wine is produced around the world and is best suited for cooler growing regions. Styles range from light, fruity and lean to rich, creamy, lush and complex. From Prosecco to Cava, Cape Classic and Champagne, bubbles deliver a delicious complement to many foods and are delightful all on their own. Sparkling wine for all!
January 11: CRAFT COGNAC CLASS
Back by popular demand! Alex Leclercq (#Maxim Trijol Ambassador) will guide the class through the basics of how to taste Cognac with a focus on some of his fall/winter favorites. And he knows pretty much everything you need to know about Cognac – but were afraid to ask! Sign up and see for yourself.
January 25: BLIND TASTING FOR WINE GEEKS
For all the “wine connoisseurs” out there, come test your nose and palate! Celebrate rich texture, plump, generous and packed with all the extras … oak, ripe fruit and nuts. Engaging mouth feel and flavors that deliver a completely satisfying experience. And yes, there’s a little spice thrown in just to keep it interesting. gift card prize, bottle of wine from the private cellar
February 8: FINDING BALANCE – FOOD AND WINE BASED ON WEIGHT/TEXTURE (mid-level)
Do you enjoy silky, salty/sugary, spice/heat, acidity or citrus, over seasoned or under seasoned food? We’ll have something that puts a smile on your face! This is a great chance to experience a broad spectrum of weight, texture and balance. We will let you in on our little secret.
February 22: NEW WORLD VS OLD WORLD
An international “smack down!” The new world of wine is home to some of the brightest and boldest wines around. Many of our current impressions of wine originated in Europe. Their selections open doors into the past as well as demonstrate why the future is so bright. Come and find out for yourself why these two worlds are different in style of wine making, flavor profile and terroir.