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JenChicago, NBC5 Street Team
Thursday, February 5, 2009. 6-9pm. Free

The Diva Series is back and this week will be honoring the divas, er… ladies of the NBC Chicago Street Team! The Diva Series seeks to celebrate influential women in Media, PR, Fitness, Fashion, Beauty and much more! Crimson Lounge hosts the weekly series with $3 drink specials (sparking champagne, house wine and draught beer)

I, among the other ladies of NBC Chicago Street Teamers will be in attendance and celebrating! The Diva Series is always a good time for BOTH men and women! After all, the smart guys know that the celebration of women is a VERY good thing. Come straight from work and enjoy the $3 sparkling wine special, which is always a hit with the ladies!

RSVP here on Facebook!
Check out videos about other super fun events at JenChicago.com!

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Marcus Riley, NBC5 Street Team (video)

There’s a lot of truth to the phrase “ignorance is bliss.” If you don’t know any better, you can be perfectly content to sip and enjoy a cold glass of White Zinfandel and the financial savings that come along with it. But eventually — hopefully — a friend, mate or helpful waiter advises you that ordering such a drink in public will immediately expose you.

Such was my recent experience with champagne. It’s not that I didn’t know any better, but I never established a palate for the bubbly stuff, so it never made sense to buy an expensive bottle or glass if I couldn’t fully appreciate it.

All this changed after a recent Champagne tasting at Binny’s. Not all tastings are created equal, and I’ve been to plenty of tastings where the pourers just fed you alcohol with nothing useful to add about the drink itself.

But Binny’s $15 tastings are a great way to not only taste several products at once, but the educational component was there as well. Most of the pourers knew the champagne extremely well, and in some cases, drank along with you. Makes it funner for everyone!

I’m not the type of person to dump my alcohol after getting a sip, so needless to say, after about 30 minutes, everything was bound to start tasting the same. I needed to formulate a game plan.

What did I learn? Well, I never was never crazy about Dom Perignon, but now I know it’s just that I don’t really like Brut. But I did find a couple of amazing bottles that will be my go-to champagne from here on out. The
Moet Nectar Imperial
(pictured, right) is absolutely amazing. And on top of that, each bottle was offered at only $24.99 for those who attended the tasting, a $17 discount. I think it was a misprint, so I bought several. The
Marenco Brachetto
was also a winner — especially for those who like their champagne a little sweeter — and went for a very reasonable $14.99.

So did I develop a palate? It was hard to tell as I stumbled out of Binny’s, but over the weekend I popped open a bottle of Asti that was already in my fridge, a recommendation from a Trader Joe’s cashier. After two sips I dumped the bottle down the sink. Ignorance may be bliss, but knowledge is power.

Click here for more information on Binny’s tastings.

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