GIVEAWAY! Tickets to Slow Wine Tasting at Spiaggia!

January 24, 2012 at 10:38 pm


Winners Announced!!  We knew Local Beet readers were smart people, but the insight you gave in responding to our question, “What does slow wine mean to you?” exceeded even our high expectations. All of your answers were so thoughtful that we decided to award the tickets at random to the people who responded here and on Facebook. (There were no responses on Twitter.) So, without further ado, Jen Caputo, Joanna, Preeti, Kurt and Dave Brady — we will be contacting you today to arrange delivery of the tickets. Please check your email – we need to hear from you by 3:00 pm tomorrow (1/31) so that we can get the tickets to you before the event!  Thanks all for your participation. 


To celebrate the first-ever publication of the Slow Wine Guide in English, The Local Beet is giving away 5 pairs of tickets to Slow Wine’s wine tasting in Chicago on February 2nd. What is Slow Wine? It is a new way of thinking about how wine is made. The Slow Wine Guide covers only Italian wines, and does not adhere to a points-based system of rating. It adopts a new approach to wine criticism and takes into consideration the wine quality, typicity and adherence to terroir, value for money, environmental sensitivity and ecologically sustainable viticultural practices. The publishers say they made over 2,000 visits to appraise the 1,833 cellars included in the current edition.

Slow Wine is launching its guide in style with a wine tasting at Spiaggia where you’ll be able to taste over 100 wines from 45 Italian producers selected according to Slow Food principles.

What does Slow Wine mean to you? Comment here or on Twitter or Facebook and tell us what Slow Wine means to you. Do you think about how wine is made? Have you started buying organic wine? Do you like a certain biodynamic wine? Tell us, and we’ll award 2 tickets each to the people who gave us the 5 answers we like best. Winners will also receive a copy of the 2012 Slow Wine Guide. Winners will be contacted by 3 pm on Monday, January 30, so get your entries in by then!!

Slow Wine’s wine tasting will be held at Spiaggia, 980 N. Michigan Ave., on February 2, 6-8:30 p.m. $35 ($30 for Slow Food members–Slow Food Members check your email for the discount code to use when ordering tickets). A portion of the proceeds support Slow Food Chicago. Click here for more information.



  1. jen caputo says:

    To be completely honest,the first time I ever heard of ‘slow wine’ was earlier this week when I read about the event. Slow food? Sure! But slow wine is new to me. I must say, I love the idea of rating a wine based on its value and ecological practices. If I’m going to imbibe, why not chose a winery that respects its’ environment as much as its grapes and the wallets of its customers?

  2. Joanna says:

    Upon reading about how the wine industry has also turned to factory-like production, I’m definitely a proponent of the slow wine industry! If we as consumers care about our meat and vegetables and fruit being grown, harvested and produced with integrity and responsibility, shouldn’t the beverages we consume matter just as much? I think the slow wine movement is a great way to remind folks that responsible choices extend to all parts of their lives.

  3. Brian says:

    It means thoughtfulness through and through, from seed and soil to the recycling of the vessel used. I like it!

  4. Preeti says:

    To be honest, I’ve never given much thought as to how grapes for wine were grown, harvested, produced, etc. I love wine and recently went on a trip to Sonoma. The aspects that I generally think of when I think of wine is the type of soil the grapes are grown in, when is the right time to harvest, the type of climate the grapes face, etc. But reading more and more about the Slow Wine movement puts things into perspective. If I am personally trying to make grocery purchases from local and/or organic farms, shouldn’t I extend that philosophy to wine?

  5. Kurt says:

    Slow Wine to me means taking the time and care to ensure that not only is the growth and harvest done properly and at the right time, but that the consumption by the drinker is done thoughtfully, with knowledge of what they are drinking, the varietal of grape, where it is from, what they are pairing with with and why.

  6. Liz says:

    It means producers who can tell me about their vineyards and wine like they were pets or children. Honest about their attributes. And their flaws.

  7. Dave Brady says:

    Slow wine is just as important as slow food. The wine industry has become as much a factory as the rest of the food supply in the US. This is a great movement. My cousin runs a vineyard in the Midwest and knows all his vines. Thanks for pushing the movement forward!

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