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Late October/ November Wine Events

Fall is here, select a wine for your seasonal meals
Fall is here, select a wine for your seasonal meals
AP Photo/ Robert F. Bukaty

Fall is in full force as the leaves ignite in warm shades and the temperatures steadily sink. Our meals begin to get heartier and the holidays are fast approaching. Local wine shops, liquor stores, and vineyards want to help you find the best wines to accompany the dishes that grace our tables this time of year.

This Friday, October 23rd through Saturday the 31st, Corkscrew Pointe is hosting a Spooktacular (free!) Wine Tasting Event. The friendly owners will be offering free tastings all week to promote many of their under $10 value wines. Ask them to help you select the perfect bottle for turkey or pumpkin pie.  Located at 1402 N. Riverside in McHenry, this shop is so close it’s a can’t- miss opportunity for Crystal Lake area residents.

Binny’s in Algonquin is hosting a tasting of 50 of the best wines to pair with the holiday season’s most common fare. Wines from all over the world will be tasted, and you can be sure to find the perfect mate for ham, stuffing, duck, or whatever your family serves up this year. Be there this Saturday, October 24th, from 2:00 to 5:00. The cost is $5 for members, $10 for non-members. As usual, Binny’s offers a 10% discount on wines tasted.

On November 20th and 21st, Galena hosts their 25th annual Nouveau Festival, a weekend celebrating the Galena Cellars’ first batch of wine to be released in 2009. The weekend kicks off with a parade, followed by area restaurant chefs who use this weekend to create menus to both accompany and cook with these “nouveau” wines. Weekend packages can be purchased. For more details, click here.

These three events are just what you need to find the perfect bottle(s) to serve with the meals that create lasting memories for family and friends alike.