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  • What Is Wine Insiders?

    Wine Insiders, with 38 years of heritage, 1,400+ wine awards, and two million customers across the country, is the nation’s leading online wine marketplace and #1 rated wine site, with over 4,000 5-star reviews on Google.

    Youth Services

    Youth Services is the place to turn to for mental health services for children and adolescents in Chicago’s northern suburbs. We have just one goal: To foster the social and emotional well-being of children and youth. We believe every child should grow up happy, healthy, and hopeful.

    Autohaus On Edens

    Housed in its state-of-the-art facility, Autohaus on Edens is located in the heart of Chicago’s North Shore. Providing an unparalleled customer experience, the Autohaus on Edens experience is geared to make the ownership of the finest automobile in the world even more special.

    What Is Wine Insiders?

    Wine Insiders, with 38 years of heritage, 1,400+ wine awards, and two million customers across the country, is the nation’s leading online wine marketplace and #1 rated wine site, with over 4,000 5-star reviews on Google.

    Youth Services

    Youth Services is the place to turn to for mental health services for children and adolescents in Chicago’s northern suburbs. We have just one goal: To foster the social and emotional well-being of children and youth. We believe every child should grow up happy, healthy, and hopeful.

    Autohaus On Edens

    Housed in its state-of-the-art facility, Autohaus on Edens is located in the heart of Chicago’s North Shore. Providing an unparalleled customer experience, the Autohaus on Edens experience is geared to make the ownership of the finest automobile in the world even more special.

    Our Tasting Panel


    Taste with the experts and ask questions at your virtual live tasting.

    Kim Greene Hiller

    Founder & Head Teacher at The Laughing Academy in Glenview. She earned her improv comedy pedigree from Chicago's Second City Conservatory, where her teachers included Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert.

    Fernando Beteta

    Fernando is one of only 236 Master Sommeliers in the world. His innate passion for wine has led him deeper into the worlds of service, culture, and history.

    Ferdinando Mucerino

    Ferdinando is a Court of Master Sommeliers Certified Sommelier and was named 2019’s Best Wine Director by Wine Enthusiast. He is a wine program consultant for various restaurants.

    Meet Our Wines


    These four wines have been hand-selected out of 100 bottles from the premier wineries around the globe for this virtual tasting.

    Bruno Lafon Blanc de Blancs Sparkling Brut

    South of France

    The Bruno Lafon Blanc de Blancs Sparkling has tart and sweet flavors with bright palate-cleansing bubbles and yeasty aromas. These characteristics are an ideal match for soft and creamy cheeses like Camembert or Brie

    2019 Le Pied Marin Picpoul de Pinet

    South of France

    2019 Le Pied Marin Picpoul de Pinet is a unique French specialty crafted in the Mediterranean region of Southern France. Limestone soils and the warm Mediterranean climate grant this wine a smooth minerality and ripe flavors.

    George Phillips Pinot Noir California 2018

    California

    The 2018 George Phillips Cellars Reserve Selection No. 025 Pinot Noir is crafted from several wine regions across California. As such, it is able to combine the best of both warm and cold climates.

    2019 Monsieur De Montgerald Rouge

    Mediterranean Coast

    2019 Monsieur de Montgérald Rouge from the Costières de Nîmes wine region close to the Mediterranean coast of France capitalizes on its ideal placement for growing Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre.

    Bruno Lafon Blanc de Blancs Sparkling Brut

    South of France

    The Bruno Lafon Blanc de Blancs Sparkling has tart and sweet flavors with bright palate-cleansing bubbles and yeasty aromas. These characteristics are an ideal match for soft and creamy cheeses like Camembert or Brie

    2019 Le Pied Marin Picpoul de Pinet

    South of France

    2019 Le Pied Marin Picpoul de Pinet is a unique French specialty crafted in the Mediterranean region of Southern France. Limestone soils and the warm Mediterranean climate grant this wine a smooth minerality and ripe flavors.

    George Phillips Pinot Noir California 2018

    California

    The 2018 George Phillips Cellars Reserve Selection No. 025 Pinot Noir is crafted from several wine regions across California. As such, it is able to combine the best of both warm and cold climates.

    2019 Monsieur De Montgerald Rouge

    Mediterranean Coast

    2019 Monsieur de Montgérald Rouge from the Costières de Nîmes wine region close to the Mediterranean coast of France capitalizes on its ideal placement for growing Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre.

    Order Your Wines



    You will automatically be registered for the event VIA EVENTBRITE and proceeds will benefit Youth Services. Upgrade to a 12 pack and receive a Waiter's Corkscrew courtesy of Autohaus on Edens.

    Tasting Lineup

    4-Pack - $15 per bottle

    $60 + $14.95 Shipping

    Get 1 of each bottle that the sommeliers will be tasting delivered straight to your door!

    Better Deal

    8-Pack - $14 per bottle

    $112 + Free Shipping

    Get 2 of each bottle that will be tasted so you can save 1 of each for enjoyment after the tasting!

    Best Deal

    12-Pack - $13 per bottle

    $156 + Free Shipping

    Get 2 of each bottle that will be tasted, PLUS 4 additional wines hand-selected by Fernando and Ferdy!


    ORDER NOW

    Donations Only


    Don’t want to drink? No problem! For whatever reason it may be, if you don’t want to order wine you can still participate! We’re offering tickets to the virtual event for a donation, with proceeds going towards Youth Services.


    DONATE NOW

    Elevate Your Wine Tasting



    Still want more? There's another way to connect to the charity and help raise more money.


    Cheese

    Order a custom-designed cheese tray to elevate your wine experience from Cheers to Cheese (if located in the Chicagoland area) OR create your own from the list provided. Cheers to Cheese will donate 20% for each tray purchased. Everything is better with cheese!

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    Event Agenda


    Taste wine with the world’s top sommeliers, while asking questions along the way.

    7:00 - 7:10 PM CST

    Introduction + Overview

    We'll take the first 10 minutes to get comfortable, meet our host and introduce you to our wine sommeliers – Fernando and Ferdinando. Make sure your 4 wines are open and you have proper glassware to get started!

    7:10 - 7:25 PM CST

    Sparkling Toast + Music

    These wines have been selected by our Somms from over 100 wines to the get to these 4. We will start with a sparkling toast and a little music from special musical guest Paul Bolger from Mr. Blotto to get us started. The Bruno Lafon Blanc de Blancs Sparkling is perfect to kick off the evening.  Cheers!

    7:25 - 7:35 PM CST

    White Wine Tasting + Cheese

    Movin’ on to the expertly curated white wine, the 2019 Le Pied Marin Picpoul de Pinet, talking through the aromas, the palette, and the best cheese pairing options – there is nothing better than that!

    7:35 - 8:00 PM CST

    Red Wine Tasting + Music

    Onto the red wines. We'll start with the lighter-bodied red, 2018 Fox and the Flock Pinot Noir from California, and make our way to the grand finale of the night, 2019 Monsieur de Montgerald Rouge Costieres de Nimes from France. Enjoy another song from an iconic Chicago Musician to savor this moment with the sweet sounds of Underwater People musician Jim DiDomenico.

    8:00 - 8:15 PM CST

    Q&A

    Here we turn the floor over to you for a live Q&A session with our sommeliers.

    8:15 - 8:30 PM CST

    The After Party

    All the best things happen at the after-party. Some of our musicians will stick around for a music jam. Not sure how it will go exactly but then again, nobody ever really knows what will happen at an after party.

    FAQ


    Questions?

    If you have any questions about the event or the wines please contact us via email at info@wineinsiders.com.

    What is the deadline to order or to register?

    You must order by April 5th to ensure you receive your wine in time for the tasting. If you're not tasting along, you can register up until an hour before the tasting.

    How do I share this with friends and family?

    You can share with your friends and family via Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, or email. Simply click the icon above of how you'd like to share the event and follow the prompts!

    What states do you ship to?

    We ship to all states except: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Kentucky, Mississippi, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Utah. 

    How is the wine so affordable?

    Wine Insiders buys directly from wineries around the world, bypassing the distributors and middlemen, to bring delicious-tasting wine direct to your door at an affordable price!

    Where does the cost of my purchase go?

    Proceeds go directly to Youth Services.
    4 pack proceeds = $22 / 8 pack proceeds = $32.00 / 12 pack proceeds = $48.00

    For every cheese tray purchased, Cheers to Cheese will donate 20%.

    How do I attend if I don't order wine?

    You can make a donation or participate in the silent auction! For any donation $25 or over, you will automatically be registered for the virtual tasting. You can donate here.

    Do I need a Zoom account to participate?

    Absolutely not! You can join from any device with an internet connection to participate in the virtual tasting!

    What if I can’t make the event time?

    Don’t worry, following the event we will sending out an e-mail to everybody who was registered for the event with a link to view a recording of the live tasting via Youtube so that you can taste along with the sommeliers at your convenience.

    Who is this event intended for?

    Everyone! Whether you're an avid wine lover, simply new to wine, or just looking for a fun virtual event, this is a great opportunity to connect virtually with thousands of people. However, you need to be 21+ for tasting!

    What happens after I purchase the wine?

    After you purchase your 4, 8, or 12 pack you'll receive:
    • An order confirmation
    • A Virtual Tasting event confirmation within 24 hours with details of the event (including your link providing access to the event that begins at 7:00 pm Central Time)
    • Your wine within 1-3 business days
    • An event reminder 2 days before the event
    How do I access the live tasting?

    • You should have received a registration e-mail from Eventbrite with a link to the event
    • Please click on the link to join.
    • If you already have an Eventbrite account associated with the email you used to purchase wine then login to your account.
    • If you don’t have an Eventbrite account- create your account by typing in the email associated with your wine purchase. You will then have to activate your new account and create a password by clicking on the activation link sent to your email.
    • Once logged in, click on “tickets” in the top right-hand corner.
    • Click on your ticket and hit "join now"
    PLEASE NOTE – You have to use the e-mail associated with your wine order. If you received this as a gift then then the person who gave you the gift should have given us your e-mail address and you should have received a registration e-mail. If you did not receive a registration e-mail then please contact us immediately (info@wineinsiders.com) so that we can register you.