Chicago’s oldest wine bar, Geja’s Café celebrates the coming of spring with the debut of its three-month wine festival Sail into Spring beginning Tuesday, March 6 through Thursday, May 31.Throughout these three months, guests will have the opportunity to sail in and enjoy 13 coastal wineries from 11 countries.
“After a long winter of cold and snow, what better way to warm-up than to sail around the world and sip on some of the best wines from around the world,” says Jeff Lawler, Geja’s Café Proprietor. “We have carefully curated 13 wines from coastal wineries that guests can indulge in without ever having to leave the city.”
Below is a sampling of the featured coastal wines, available by the glass and bottle at promotional prices, including:
Cava Brut, Mercat, Pendes, Spain
White and Rose Wines
Vouvray, Chateau de Monfort, Loire Valley, France
Pinot Noir Rose, Wairau River, Marlborough, New Zealand
White Blend, Lagar de Darei Private Selection, Dao, Portugal
Petit Pinotage, Ken Forrester, West Cape, South Africa
Shiraz, Jim Barry The Lodge Hill, Clare Valley, Australia
Plavac Mali, Zlatan Otok, Island of Hvar, Croatia
To kick off the spring season, Geja’s Café will host two wine dinners featuring wines from the festival. The firstSailing Winemaker Dinner will take place on Monday, March 12, and will feature Geja’s Beef Tenderloin, Gulf Shrimp and Chicken Breast Premier Dinner, perfectly paired with regional wines from New Zealand, Portugal, Chile, Greece, and California. The second installment of the Sailing Winemaker Dinner will take place on Monday, April 9 and will feature coastal wines from the Ken Forrester Winery in West Cape, South Africa.
The Sailing Winemaker Dinners will begin with a 6:30 pm reception, followed by a 7 pm dinner. The cost of the evening is $70 per person, and includes tax and gratuity.