Lincoln Square Ravenswood businesses roll out the red carpet for wine tasting, shopping deals and connecting with neighbors
What pairs best with good friends and great shopping? Amazing wine. Get a jump on your holiday wine tasting on November 7th during the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Wine Stroll. It’s a perfect fall evening to stroll in the cool autumn air, nibbling on good food and tasting spectacular wines, while you meander through one of Chicago’s most celebrated neighborhoods. The Lincoln Square Ravenswood Fall Wine Stroll consists of five distinct routes, each featuring stops at participating businesses that offer wine tastings paired with hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants.
The Wine Stroll takes place from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 7th, 2019. More than 45 retail establishments and restaurants along five routes will participate in the Fall Wine Stroll.
Wine tastings for this route will take place at the following businesses: 4Legs Pet Supply,
Amy’s Candy Bar, The Attractivators, Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits open thru 8pm only, District, Fountainhead, Fountainhead Market, Gallery Studio Oh!, Ponopozz, Pop-up shop: City Grange and Vintage Botánica, Ravensgoods, Ravenswoof, Rock N Roll Vintage, Sailor, VIN312 Winery
Lincoln Square Route A
Wine tastings for this route will take place at the following businesses: A Pretty Flower, Artango Bar & Steakhouse, The Chopping Block, DNW Luxe Hair, Genevieve, Green Leaf Thai Cuisine, Lyons Family Eye Care, Nomadic Ant + Esquina, On the Route Bicycles, Savory Spice Shop, Timeless Toys, Vom Fass
Lincoln Square Route B
Wine tastings for this route will take place at the following businesses: Augusta Food and Wine, ENJOY, AN URBAN GENERAL STORE, Fleet Feet Lincoln Square, Jerry’s, Lyons Family Eye Care, Merz Apothecary / The Shops at Merz, Planet Access Company Store, Ruff Haus Pets, Savory Spice Shop, Stanley Brown Jewelist, Timeless Tots,Vom Fass
Lincoln Square Route C
Wine tastings for this route will take place at the following businesses: A Secret Closet, Aligned Modern Health, Bistro Campagne, Carbon Arc Bar & Board, Dental Innovations, ENJOY, AN URBAN GENERAL STORE, IRIS Piercing Studios, Luella’s Southern Kitchen, Nomadic Ant + Esquina, One River School of Art + Design, Sacred Art, Timeless Tots
Lincoln Square Route D
Wine tastings for this route will take place at the following businesses: Aligned Modern Health, Augusta Food and Wine, Carbon Arc Bar & Board, The Chopping Block, Dental Innovations, Genevieve, Jerry’s, Lyons Family Eye Care, Merz Apothecary / The Shops at Merz, Nomadic Ant + Esquina, Timeless Toys, Uncle Dan’s
Wine tastings consist of two-ounce tasting portions at each business; 25 different wines will be available to taste along each route. All ticket holders must be of legal drinking age.
Wine Stroll admission costs $45 per route. Advance ticket purchase is required. Visit the website to select a route and purchase tickets. This is a rain or shine event. No refunds.
The Wine Stroll is hosted each spring and fall by the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce. The Fall Wine Stroll is sponsored by Augusta Food and Wine, Bottles & Cans, and Fountainhead Market. Money raised from this event supports beautification projects in Lincoln Square Ravenswood, as well as contributes financially to several community non-profits each year. For more information, visit the website.
*Inside Information on Sponsors for the Wine Stroll:
I had the chance to speak with:
Shad Martin (Augusta Food & Wine)
What new wines/features will be introduced during this fall’s wine stroll?
We always introduce a new lineup for each stroll and try to focus on wines that would be appropriate for the season. I’ve also seen more of an interest in the “Petillant Naturel” category this year so you will find a couple of those on the routes. This is a sparkling wine that is bottled around 2/3 of the way through fermentation. The juice finishes the process in a capped vessel, and as the CO2 is not offered the luxury of escaping, it makes bubbles. This also means the wine does not go through a fining or filtration process, so you will notice it to be quite cloudy and a little funky, or sometimes very funky.
What is it about the season of fall that can heighten a wine tasting experience?
Wine will always be enhanced by aromatic surroundings. Just as a crisp, floral white is arguably the perfect match for a late Spring picnic, the Fall table brings an array of intense savory and sweet spice components that compliment a variety of fleshy whites and light to medium weight, fruity reds.
Carly Katz (Bottles & Cans)
Are there any new/seasonal/holiday wines being offered this fall for the wine stroll? Which wines are you excited about the public experiencing and tasting?
Each Lincoln Square/Ravenswood Wine stroll is a new chance to experience new businesses by picking one of multiple routes with new and different wines. Everything from new vintages, new blends, to new wineries. We have some great red blends and winter whites showcased this stroll!
I covered and reviewed the spring wine stroll earlier this year. How do you feel the fall wine stroll will be a completely different experience from the spring?
Our wine line-up for Fall 2019 is a more elegant group. Lovely for holiday pairings and parties to nights-in. It would be difficult to not find something you love and want to share.
Photos: Courtesy of Lincoln Square/Ravenswood Wine Stroll