Instead of just grabbing the cheapest bottle of random champagne from the grocery store shelves for your New Year's Eve celebration this year, why not make an informed decision? Champagne is the true star of any NYE party, after all. Stop by Wicker Park's Cellar Rat wine shop this Saturday, Dec. 20 between noon and 6 p.m. for a free champagne and sparkling wine tasting. There will be 10 sparkling choices to try, from a cava to a prosecco to a handful of true champagnes. The prices range from a very budget-friendly $9.99 to $69.99. Along with the tasting, Cellar Rat is offering a tasting special – buy any six bottles and get 5 percent off; buy 12 bottles and get 5 percent off and a thirteenth bottle free.
While you're there, peruse Cellar Rat's selection of wines from small, family-owned wineries. Owner Dean Schlabowske (a founding member of the band Waco Brothers, incidentally) is friendly, informed and happy to help you make some smart, affordable selections.
1811 W. North Ave