Naperville Wine Festival 2010 at Naper Settlement

The 8th-annual Naperville Wine Festival begins tomorrow, Friday, September 17th (4PM – 10PM) and continues through Saturday, September 18th (3PM – 9PM).  The festival is located at Naper Settlement, just south of downtown Naperville.  Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the door. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit

The event features music, great food, and of course, wine.  Over 200 wines, from all over the world, will be available for sampling this year.  Learn about food / wine pairings and just about anything you would ever want to know about the delicious fermented-grape drink we all love.

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This year’s event features food and win from many fine local restaurants including:

  • Buckingham’s Steakhouse & Lounge (Elgin)
  • Caoba Mexican Grill and Bar (Chicago)
  • CityGate Grille (Naperville)
  • Heaven on Seven (Naperville)
  • Le Chocolat Bouchard (Naperville)
  • Morton’s – The Steakhouse (Naperville)
  • Palermo’s Pizza (Elgin)
  • PRIME BurgerHouse (Elgin)
  • Sullivan’s Steakhouse (Naperville)
  • SugarToad Restaurant (Naperville)

The entertainment / seminar schedule is as follows:

Friday, September 17

6:30-7:00 pm – Jimmy Bannos, Owner/Executive Chef – HEAVEN ON SEVEN
7:10-7:40 pm  – Fernando Betata – TENZING WINE & SPIRITS – “Fall in love” – Enjoy favorite fall wines and classic varietals that will pair with the season!

Saturday, September 18

3:55-4:25 pm  – Joshe Harke, REDWOOD CREEK WINERY – “Satisfy Your Taste for Adventure!”
4:30-5:00 pm  – Eric Swanson, TENZING WINE & SPIRITS – “SAKE!!!” One of the country’s leading authorities on sake, will demystify sake, as he guides you through the seven core things one needs to know about premium sake!!! Of course, this is all followed by a tasting!!
5:05-5:35 pm  – Ben Omelas, Executive Chef – MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE
5:40-6:10 pm  – Geoff Rhyne, Executive Chef – HOTEL ARISTA
6:15-6:45 pm  – Glenn Keenan, Executive Chef  – GRAND VICTORIA CASINO
7:00-8:45 pm  – MICHAEL HEATON BAND

The Naperville Wine Festival will take place rain or shine, so if it looks like rain, bring an umbrella.  Enjoy!