Red, White and Green: A Virtual Wine Tasting to Support Chicago’s Parks

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Date(s) - December 16, 2020
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

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Chicago Parks Foundation presents a virtual, interactive wine tasting!

Join the Chicago Parks Foundation for a delightful evening of wine tasting and conversation, all from the comfort of your home!

Wednesday, December 16 at 5:30pm | Via Zoom

$150* includes three bottles of T. Berkley wine and participation in the conversation

See, swirl, sniff, sip and savor as wine maker Taylor Boydstun and wine educator James Hill III take you on a fun, interactive, and instructive journey (wine included!). This is the perfect way to jumpstart the upcoming holidays and enjoy fantastic wine. We hope you’ll gather around your screen with us for a cozy night in.

About winemaker Taylor Boydstun and T. Berkley Wines

As the owner and winemaker of T. Berkley Wines, Taylor Boydstun puts his years of experience across all aspects of the winemaking industry to use. Harnessing the often split tasks of grape growing and winemaking, equally at home in the vineyard or the cellar, he brings a true European sensibility to his craft. Fun fact: Taylor is originally from Illinois!

About wine educator James Hill III

James Hill III is the Chicago Parks Foundation CPA by day, but WSET level 2 series wine educator by night. His quest to learn more about viticulture and the process of winemaking prompted him to transition from wine enthusiast to wine professional, most recently having received the Level 2 Award in Wine with distinction.

About the wine *

2017 Ophelia Cabernet Franc, Sonoma County

A classic example of Cabernet Franc, this wine comes from 20+ year old vines from two distinct vineyards in Sonoma County. Handpicked, sorted, and micro-fermented, the resulting wine has explosive violet and red plum aromatics. After 22 months of barrel aging in French Oak barrels (no more than 30% new), the wine showcases soft, chocolate-like tannins with just a touch of varietal pepper on the finish. ALC 13.7%, pH 3.75, TA 6.5 g/L

2018 Norgard Farms Chenin Blanc, Mendocino County

This wine comes exclusively from Tim Norgard’s Sterling Ranch just outside of Ukiah in Mendocino County. Older vines planted in 1980 on the now little used AXR1 rootstock still thrive there in the Mendocino County soils. The grapes were picked at lower brix, crushed and left on skins for a day, pressed, and fermented in a mix of French Oak, stainless-steel barrels, and concrete egg. Aged on lees 11 months, the wine has vibrant acidity and excellent phenolic structure, with notes of honeycomb, lemon curd, and jasmine. ALC 12.9%, pH 3.32, TA 6.2 g/L

2016 Côt, Mendocino County

Côt is the traditional name for Malbec grown in the Loire Valley of France and the name was appropriate for this unique expression of the varietal. Treated much like a Beaujolais, this wine was fermented at low temperatures with minimal extraction and spent its entire aging life in stainless steel. The result is an incredibly fruit forward wine with notes of bramble, raspberry, and lavender, with an outstandingly dense hue. ALC 13.9%, pH 3.72, TA 5.7g/L

* $75 of your purchase directly benefits the Chicago Parks Foundation and is tax deductible as allowed by law. You must be 21+ to purchase and participate. Must have someone 21+ at delivery site to receive and sign for wine.