Windy City Wine Festival Wraps Up Summer

The Sixth Annual Windy City Wine Festival is Chicago’s favorite way to wrap up the summer in style. And who wouldn’t love drinking outdoors in front of the iconic Buckingham Fountain along the lakefront? Set in the shadow of the breathtaking Chicago skyline, the Windy City Wine Festival features more than 300 international and domestic wine varieties, presented by more than 50 festival vendors. If you missed it this weekend, put it on your calendar as a must for next year.

Here were some of the standouts:

The Belgian Beer Café, a Belgium beer garden sampling Stella Artois, Leffe and Hoegaarden beers. Bart Vandaele, owner/executive chef of Belga Café in Washington, D.C., will highlight the natural affinity between Belgian beer and fine food as well as educate guests on proper beer pouring techniques, the importance of using the right glassware and food pairing ideas for Belgian beers.

Wildblossom Meadery & Winery

Wild Blossom Meadery & Winery was founded to produce the finest honey wines (Meads) in the Midwest. We are Chicago’s first winery and Illinois’ only meadery on the Northern Illinois Wine Trail. They utilize local honeys and fruits and collect nectar from the prairies of Illinois and the sand dunes of Lake Michigan. Wild Blossom is also part of Bev Art Brewer & Winemaker Supply, which teaches both beer and wine making classes where students make their own beer or wine in class. Bev Art also carries a full line of beer and wine making supplies for details.

Wild Blossom Cran Nectar Mead
Wild Blossom Blueberry Mead
Wild Blossom Chocolate Honey Buzz Mead
Wild Blossom Pom-Nectar Mead
Wild Blossom Sweet Desire Mead
Wild Blossom Cherry Mead


Headquartered in Montvale, New Jersey, founder Leonardo LoCascio has crafted an outstanding portfolio of premier Italian wines, spirits and specialty products that are distributed nationally under the Leonardo LoCascio Selections (LLS) label.  Within the Winebow Brands International (WBI) division, Winebow is building a growing portfolio of fine wines from Spain, Chile, Argentina and Portugal, Sake from Japan, and spirits from Scotland and Brazil. The Jam Jar Shiraz was an amazingly sweet and fruity red from Paarl.

Tilia Malbec 2008
Loimer Gruner Veltliner Lois
Vitiano Rosso
Zenato Pinot Grigio
Jam Jar Shiraz
Indaba Chardonnay

Ste Michelle Wine Estates

Washington state’s oldest and most acclaimed winery features award-winning wines and an unparalleled tasting experience at our historic chateau and grounds near Seattle. Situated on 87 wooded acres in Woodinville, Washington, 15 miles northeast of Seattle, Chateau Ste. Michelle is one of the top visitor and historic attractions in the Puget Sound area.

CSM Eroica Riesling
CSM Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon
Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot
Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc
Tormaresca Neprica Red
CNF Brut

Gekkeikan Sake

Gekkeikan’s state-of-the-art sake brewing facility in Folsom, California is the latest chapter in a continuing success story that began more than 360 years ago five-thousand miles away in Fushimi, Japan. Folsom was found to offer just the right conditions: high quality water and an abundance of rice- the perfect setting for a skilled brewmaster backed by over three and a half centuries of experience. It is the company’s first brewing facility in North America and is the sixth brewery to bear the Gekkeikan name.

Gekkeikan Horin
Gekkeikan Zipang
Gekkeikan Haiku
Gekkeikan Nigori
Gekkeikan Black and Gold
Gekkeikan Imported Plum