On a recommendation from a friend, I decided to try the wine tasting class at the ENO Wine Room in the Intercontinental Hotel on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. The hotel is located at 505 N. Michigan Ave. ENO’s is adjacent to the lobby of the hotel on the first floor.
Upon arrival at ENO’s we were greeted by Cris Comino. Cris is the Manager of ENO’s and is a Certified Sommelier.
ENO’s is unique because although it’s on Michigan Ave, it is not pretentious in any way.
ENO’s has ‘tapas’ style food available to accompany your wine.
As you would expect, they carry an extensive selection of bottles and a very complete list of wines by the glass. To be specific, they offer 52 different wines by the glass. They also have over 700 bottles available to their guests. Their bottles range in price from $45.00 all the way up to $3,000.00.
Although ENO’s carries wines from around the world, their primary focus is wines from Spain. According to Cris Comino, the Spanish wines offer great quality and a fair value.
Cris schedules the wine tasting classes once a month. He typically offers two classes on the same day: the first class at 3:00pm and the second class at 6:00pm. The class I attended started at 3:00pm and ended at approximately 5:30pm.
Each class focuses on wines from different regions of the world. Check their website to see what region Cris will focus on during his upcoming classes. Cris will schedule his next class as soon as the current class ends. The 6:00pm class books up quickly, so plan accordingly.
The first thing you’ll notice if you search the web is that there is a lack of wine courses in Chicago. ENO’s offers its guests/students a great opportunity to learn about wines. The basic knowledge that I think you’ll draw from the class is that details are very helpful to enhance your wine experience.
The class I attended on the 20th of September focused on wines from three regions of Italy (Tuscany, Piedmont, and Valle d’Aosta in the north).
I must admit that it was fun learning about Italian wines. For example, did you know that the San Giovese grape is unique to Tuscany? Did you also know that a bottle of Chianti has to have at least 85% San Giovese grape to be called a Chianti?
Here are a couple of other fun facts that I learned at the class. The ideal temperature for Champagne is 45 to 55 degrees; Whites is 50 to 55 degrees; Light Reds are 60 to 65 degrees; and Full Body Reds 63 to 67 degrees.
Cris also spent time talking about the key components of wine: Color; Nose; and Taste.
If you enjoy wines and are looking for a fun experience, I recommend you book a class with Cris. Many of the ‘students’ that were in my session had previously been to ENOversity with Cris.
My highest recommendation I can give is that I will definitely sign up for another class in the near future.
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