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Freestyle Food + Drink at Dana Hotel
660 N State St Chicago, IL 60654
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3.4 / 5 Rated by 11 members
Review from Katrena Greene
91 events 63 reviews

I enjoyed sampling all the different wines and cheeses. The hamburgers were tasty too. It would have been nice if they had more food selections but otherwise it was great!

reviewed Feb 22 2014 report as inappropriate
Review from bcandy
33 events 10 reviews

It was a bit crowded and hard to get to some stations to tr the wine. Food was limited, but when the mini burgers finally came out they were tasty.

reviewed Jan 18 2014 report as inappropriate
Review from msdiva1922
19 events 2 reviews

I absolutely love these events by Grapestobottles. Its well coordinated and the variety of wines offered is awesome. I've increased my wine selections at home because of these events. I plan to go every time they have one. The only suggestion I...continued

reviewed Feb 08 2014 report as inappropriate
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November 22, 2014 — Taste of Italy Wine Tasting Event & Cheese Bar

24 different wines and that’s right, THE CHEESE BAR! From Parmasano Italiano to bacon-infused smoked cheddar. Mmmm mmmm good.

When you think “great wine,” you most likely think “Italian.” And why not? It is home to some of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world, such as Calabria, Campania, Lombardy, Sardinia, Tuscany, Umbria and Veneto, among others.

Italian Wines have become synonymous with “depth” and “character.” Here’s your chance to dip those taste buds into the depth and character. The Taste of Italy Wine Tasting Event will introduce you to different varietals of Italian Wines. Who said having depth and character is boring?


I Vicini Pergolaio Rose 2012
I Vicini Laudario Syrah 2010
Poggio Capponi Sovente Chardonney 2011
Chianti Poggio Capponi Riserva 2009
2011 La Carraia Sangiovese
Antinori Santa Cristina Toscano Rosso
2012 Zenato Pinot Grigio
Fontana Candida Frascati
2011 Colosi Rosso
2012 Cusumano Nero d’Avola
2011 Feudo Arancio Stemmari Grillo
2012 Masciarelli Trebbiano d’Abruzzo
2012 Donna Laura Sangiovese
Banfi Col di Sasso Sangiovese Cabernet
2012 Guadagni Orvieto Classico
2012 Ruffino Pinot Grigio Lumina
2012 Stefano Farina Dolcetto d’Alba
2011 Fattoria Bibbiani Poggio Vignoso Chianti
2011 Bibi Graetz Casamatta Toscano Bianco
2012 Da Vinci Pinot Grigio
2011 Masciarelli Montepulciano d’Abruzzo
2012 Valle Reale Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Vigne Nuove
2011 Corvo Bianco
2012 Cusumano Insolio

December 13, 2014 — Old Against New Wine Tasting & Cheese Bar

Old World and New World wines are distinguished by the original origins of the grapes used. Though most people equate the Old World primarily to Europe, Old World wines are also known to include other countries such as Africa and some found in the Mediterranean area. New World regions are commonly known as the Americas (both North and South) but are not limited to them, as some New World wines are also from Australia and South Africa.

When people first started tasting the distinction between Old World and New World wines, there were vast differences in flavor and body. This being a result of how the wine was made. Old World wines used older techniques for wine making, limited sometimes even to just their individual countries as when Old World wine came around the processes weren’t being shared beyond their borders. Common Old World varietals include Sangiovese, Bordeaux, and Reisling. New World wines had the advantage of a bit more technology and communication, refining the wine making process down to a science. Common grapes found in the New World are Zinfandel, Malbec and Sauvignon Blanc.

Since then, there are more uniform ways of wine making being used between both the Old World and the New World, but the grapes themselves will always be vastly different in flavor and color.

If none of this is interesting to you, bear in mind there is an amazing cheese bar.

That’s right. A CHEESE BAR.

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