Chicago’s oldest wine bar, Geja’s Café, nestled at 340 W. Armitage Ave, is welcoming the upcoming fall season with the debut of its three-month wine festival Giro d’Italia, beginning Sunday, September 1st through Saturday, November 30th. Throughout these three months, wine enthusiasts of all calibers will have the opportunity to enjoy selections from the largest boot on Earth, complemented with Geja’s 3-course Premier Fondue Dinners.
“Italy is one of the most exciting wine regions today, offering more appellations and local grape varietals and styles than any other country,” said Darla Lawler, Wine Director at Geja’s Café. “With almost 600 documented varietals and over 400 denominations, you can try a different Italian wine every day of the year and still find wines to explore.”
During the months of September, October, and November, Geja’s wine list will feature an extended selection of wines from the regions of Italy, available by the glass and the bottle at low promotional prices.
Among the featured wines will be:
Lambrusco Rosato, Lini 910, Emilia Romagna: Glass $9.00/Bottle $38.00
Pinot Grigio, Forchir, Friulli-Venezia 2018: Glass $10.00/Bottle $34.00
Aglianico, Neroameta Bianca, Mastroberadino, Campania 2017: Glass $15.00/Bottle $54.00
Verdicchio, Marotti Campi, Marche 2017: Glass $11.00/Bottle $38.00
Schiava, Hofstatter Koldenhof, Alto Adige 2017: Glass $13.00/Bottle $46.00
Susumaniello, Masseria Li Veli, Puglia 2017: Glass $14.00/Bottle $50.00
Barbera d’ Alba, Castello di Neive, Piedmonte 2018: Glass $13.00/Bottle $46.00
Known for fondue dining – food one prepares and shares – and an extensive list of fine, moderately priced wines, Geja’s Café features over 20 different types of fondue entrees including Swiss Gruyere cheese fondue and Belgian chocolate dessert fondue. A wine cellar atmosphere, private booths, and subdued lighting contribute to its intimate surroundings. The Chicago institution has been the site where diners have enjoyed over 335 tons of cheese fondue and over 1,074,325 bottles of wine.
Hours for Geja’s Café are Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Friday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Valet parking is available.