Crush Some Grapes at the Chicago Marriott Mag Mile's Wine Tasting
If you've always wanted to try making wine after seeing that I Love Lucy episode where Lucy stomps grape with her feet and laughter ensues, go to the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile's annual Wine Tasting and Grape Crushing event on Oct. 20 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Okay, so you won't actually be stomping on grapes with your feet and it won't be as hilarious. Instead, you'll use a destemmer crusher machine to help turn those grapes into vino. At least it'll save your tootsies from turning purple and your clothes from getting stained.
As part of the second annual festivities, Executive Chef Myk Banas of the hotel's restaurant, Harvest, will host a wine tasting inside the Grand Lobby. You'll get to swish the 2008 Farmstead Red American Sangiovese wine from last year's harvest crush. There also will be hors d'oeuvres paired with the vintage, such as various house-made sausages, like chicken sausage, and artisan cheeses from the Midwest. After the tasting, you'll have your chance to crush hundreds of grapes for next year's 2010 vintage.
We also heard that the hotel is trying to get its own exclusive beer ready in time to debut at the event. The Marriott partnered with Chicago's Half Acre Brewery to craft the Rooftop Honey Wheat Beer. The honey beer was made with the hotel's own honey made on its roof, hence the name.
To sample the wine and other goodies, you have to buy a wristband for $10. The hotel is taking reservations at 312-836-6334. And if you take a few too many tastes of vino at the event, you can crash in one of the hotel's guest rooms for $269 a night.