Every spring the hearts of people all over the world are filled with the leafy promise of rebirth and renewal -- but Chicagoans are just happy to crawl out of their man-caves to pound the pavement in search of day-drinking opportunities. Here's a golden one, and it's free/delicious: The Rioja Wine Tour.
Of all the world's great growing regions, Rioja provides the most variety, offering an extraordinary range of wines (luscious reds, fruity young wines, refreshing rosés, and crisp whites) at every price point, many produced from the king of Rioja grapes, the Tempranillo varietal: famed for its food-pairing prowess, and the inescapable chorus "Under my Tempranillo, nillo, nillo". To introduce Chi'ers to their saliva-worthy DOC, Crianza, Reserva, and Gran Reserva classifications, Rioja's put together a free sampling tour, covering these South Loop stores: 2:00: Warehouse Liquors: 634 S. Wabash Ave (Serving from 2-4pm) 2:45: Sam's Wine and Spirits - South Loop: 50 E. Roosevelt Rd (Serving from 2-4pm) 3:30: WineStyles South Loop: 1240 S. Michigan Ave # D (Serving from 2-5pm) 4:15: South Loop Wine Cellar: 1442 S. Michigan Ave (Serving from 2-5pm) 5:00: Tapas Valencia: 1530 S. State St. (Serving $2 tapas from 5-6pm)
Clearly, your afternoon is now set. Click here for a printable map of the above locations, because a dark winter in your man-cave can leave you without the leafy promise of figuring out where the hell you are.
Print out this map! Get free wine! You deserve it!