W Hotel Stands for Wine (and Wooziness) This Saturday


Let's hope she won't be this peppy.Photo courtesy Wine-ing with Grae

Normally, we couldnt be roused from our Saturday torpor to attend a wine event like the one being held on the 1st at the W Hotel. But this one, with the participation of Alto sommelier Eric Zillier, has a lot going for it. Theres a chance to sample wines that would usually be beyond our grasp: 1989 Chteau Montrose, 1996 Chteau Loville-Poyferr, and 2004 Chteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine de Marcoux. (A far cry from our usual Richards Wild Irish Rose, enjoyed sitting on the floor of the Port Authority.) Other highfalutin features include a caviar station from Petrossian (paired with 1990 Dom), Todd English tidbits, and hand-rolled cigars. Theres also a well-lubricated wine trivia game hosted by wine guru Grae Verlin. The prize: You get to be drunk and prove that you know a lot about wine. Is it worth leaving the house on a Saturday? And the $150 price tag? It depends on how committed you are to spending your weekend inside a bottle. Call Marc Smoler at 312-482-9766 to reserve your berth.