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Sip the Fine Wines of Illinois at Oak Park’s Uncork on Saturday

Taste your state’s terroir at an all-local fest featuring 15 wineries this weekend.

Photograph Courtesy of Uncork Illinois

Illinois isn’t exactly known for its terroir. But plenty of local winemakers are trying to change this.

Saturday, June 1 from 1 to 9 p.m., about 150 wines from more than 15 local wineries (along with locally-produced artisanal foods) will be available for sampling at Downtown Oak Park’s Uncork Illinois, co-sponsored by Chicago magazine. Among the vendors will be City Winery, Fox Creek, and Cooper’s Hawk.

Don’t want to sip randomly? Here’s some intel on what you shouldn’t miss from Dan Sachs, owner of the popular wine bar, wine school and wine market, Bin 36:

“In the past, we have featured wines from Lynfred Winery,” he says. “My favorite is their Seyval Blanc. It’s got just the right balance of juicy fruit flavors, like pineapple and pears, coupled with a nice lemony finish. It’s an ideal summer wine—perfect for a picnic.”

OK, now you have a plan. Call the rest research.

Admission is $20 at the gate (at Marion St between Lake St and North Blvd); $15 in advance at wonder-works.org.

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