Archive for the 'Platinum & Gold Member Events' Category

Nov 02 2010

Happy Birthday… to Us!

Six years ago—November 2, 2004—Just Grapes opened its doors at 560 W. Washington, and thanks to you, we’re still selling bottles and expanding palates today! Back in 2004, Just Grapes was the first wine shop in Chicago to offer Enomatic tasting machines (pictured on the left above.) Although the idea has definitely caught on elsewhere […]

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Oct 01 2010

First Wednesday Tasting: ‘Tis the Season

October is here, and there’s a lot to celebrate: It’s the first “real” month of fall (weather-wise, anyway), you can watch a horror movie every night of the week and not feel guilty, and of course, costumes and candy on the 31st. It’s no ordinary month, and we have no ordinary First Wednesday Tasting tasting […]

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Sep 15 2010

Wine Class: South America 101

Which side are you on? In Bordeaux, France, that question could mean you generally prefer wines that showcase more of the left bank/Garonne river (Cabernet Sauvignon) or the right bank/Dordogne river (Merlot.) When it comes to South American wines though, “which side are you on?” is more of a continental conundrum. It can refer to […]

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Aug 27 2010

Fall Into First Wednesday

Fall is, in many minds, the time when harvest beings and the year’s bounty in crops is collected. It’s essentially the end of the growing season here in the Northern Hemisphere, but when it comes to wine, harvest can technically happen at any time during the year, depending on where the grapes are being grown—the […]

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Aug 06 2010

Global Grape Series: Become a Star of Pinot Noir

There is no doubt that the 2004 film Sideways has been a boon to Pinot Noir, educating masses of casual wine drinkers about the delicate grape through its equally delicate protagonist, Miles. What that audience might not know though, is that Pinot Noir is truly global—grown all over the world in microclimates perfect for the […]

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Jul 30 2010

Passport for Your Palate

Phileas Fogg may have traveled around the world in 80 days, and Prince may have written a song about going around the world in a single day, but we’ve got them both beat by taking your palate around the planet in just two hours, during our next First Wednesday Tasting here at Just Grapes. Join […]

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Jul 20 2010

Drink Floyd

Floyd the Barber, Count Floyd, Pink Floyd, Cliff Floyd… there are a lot of “Floyds” out there, but only one that specializes in locally brewed craft beer. Three Floyds Brewing Company in Munster, Indiana, is known for its way out-of-the-ordinary beers (with eye-popping bottles to match), and we’re giving you a chance to taste and […]

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Apr 09 2010

“great ideas are made in the head”…

…said Dan Philips in response to the saying “great wines are made in the vineyard.” And that seems to sum up an evening with the man who pretty much brought Chris Ringland and Aussie wine to the US market with 40 cases of wine and maybe a dime of his life savings left in his […]

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