Where to Taste (and Understand About) Wine in Milwaukee

As early as a decade ago, choices to taste wine in a wine bar or wine store in Milwaukee–a town more renowned because of its craft-beer scene compared to vino–were nominal. These days, though, a mixture of wine pubs, wine-retail stores and restaurants open their doors into wine geeks. When it is a grand multi-course dinner paired with wines glasses (presided over by the winemaker) or a drop-in tasting in the pub, here is where to find out more about the gap between Chardonnay and Charbono and Merlot and Montepulciano.

You may even pick up some food-pairing pointers to help make your next celebration a crowd pleaser.

Waterford Wine Co..

This Brady Street wine boutique hosts conventions each month. As an instance,”The Power Packed Wines of France” was a current topic. Thee are also festivals during the year, such as a Rose Festival and Champagne Bubbly Festival, in which the store is become a walk-around tasting, and winemaker dinners. Subscribe to the publication, which contains particulars (such as the wines poured) regarding courses and wine-tasting occasions. Owner Ben Christiansen acquired his entrée to wine while cooking in fine-dining restaurants such as Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago and Dream Dance at Milwaukee, in Addition to handling the wine list at Milwaukee’s Café Vecchio Mondo.


Thief Wine Shop & Bar

With two places –the Milwaukee Public Market at the Historic Third Ward and Oakland Avenue in downtown Shorewood–Thief Wine doubles as a place to buy wine from the bottle in addition to sip wine from the glass along with nibbles such as artisanal cheese and charcuterie plates.

Flights of wine are a excellent way to experience unique expressions of the exact same grape. Four drop-in-style tastings are held every month, frequently with a seeing winemaker, in addition to the yearly Spring Grand Tasting, held at the Milwaukee Public Market and restricted to only 125 individuals to make sure it is not too crowded.

Present themed tastings include”Masterful Malbec” and”Rosé-Palooza.” Co-owners Phil Bilodeau and Aimee Murphy lived and worked in California wine country before moving to Milwaukee to start Thief Wine in 2008.

Bin One Eleven

Situated in Hartland, this wine shop provides a wine bar. And the very best aspect of being in that wine bar is if you drop by to pick up your bottles Friday night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. That’s when there’s a”pick up party,” meaning the wines included in the variety are uncorked and you also get to sample them. What better way to understand what to start back in your home –and to match what foods?

Ray’s Wine & Spirits

Though Ray’s was working as a liquor shop since 1961, just recently did it morph into a significant destination for wine lovers. Troll the aisles and it’s simple to realize that the staff and owners understand their wine. The Growler Gallery & Wine Bar hosts wine tasting and occasions. (Tip: register fast since they frequently sell out.) Topics addressed this spring include “Piedmont: Italy’s King of Quality,” “A Tasting Tour of Spain” and “The Return of the Patio Pounders.”

Wine Cellar of Wisconsin

Wine Cellar of Wisconsin at Elm Grove hosts Spotlight tastings on Friday nights which introduce one to some winery’s portfolio.

This spring the harvest includes Wagner Family (supporting California tags such as Conundrum, Mer Soleil, and Caymus), Duckhorn Vineyards (Napa Valley, Calif.) and Warre (Portugal manufacturer from Portugal). On May 21 is the “Pinot Party! Grand Wine Tasting.”


Bartolotta Restaurant Group

This family-owned restaurant set hosts wine dinners at Some of its eateries, such as Bacchus on Milwaukee’s Lower East Side, Harbor House alongside the Milwaukee Art Museum, and Lake Park Bistro on the East Side. Foodies will not be disappointed because the classes are constructed, culling out of seasonal, elite ingredients. Many times, the winery’s owner or winemaker presides over the occasion, providing you an chance to ask questions and find out more about the wines you are sipping. This spring the wine dishes include Napa Valley’s Priest Ranch in Bacchus, an Italian Winemakers dinner in Bacchus (comprising four Distinct wineries in Italy) and Champagne Jacquart in Lake Park Bistro.

Menus are constantly posted online–begin salivating. Former Green Bay Packers player Charles Woodson, who owns a winery in Napa (TwentyFour from Charles Woodson), is a regular host, also.

Wine Maniacs

In 2013, a Milwaukee place for this particular Oconomowoc-based, food-focused wine bar popped up in Walker’s Point, directly on the lake. While wine dinners are hosted on event (check its site to keep in the loop), the Street Sommelier app is merely for wine geeks. The five-class series teaches on how to correctly pair wine with meals and contains two meals classes, each paired with three wines.​

There are a number of restaurants in Milwaukee and its suburbs which host wine dinners sporadically during the entire year. They comprise Easy Tyger (East Side Milwaukee), Parkside 23 (Brookfield), Artisan 179 (Pewaukee), Mason Street Grill (downtown Milwaukee), Milwaukee ChopHouse (downtown Milwaukee), The Capital Grille (downtown Milwaukee) and the Milwaukee Art Museum.