Get an approachable introduction to the delicious, inexpensive vinos of Italy from a certified sommelier.

Near West Side

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What You'll Do

Navigating the dizzying constellation of Italian wines can be overwhelming. Sommelier Viktorija Todorovska helps you overcome the intimidation factor with a laid-back tasting that introduces you to a wide selection of regional Italian vinos—including some that won't break the bank. She'll also suggest which kinds of cuisine pair best with each vinous variety.

  • Taste the Full Range of Italian Winemaking
    Sommelier Viktorija Todorovska guides you through the different styles produced throughout the nation

  • Pick Wines You'll Like Every Time
    Viktorija shows you how to pick the right wine for you, even if you don’t recognize any of the names

  • Pairing Ideas
    Suggested pairings help you match your new favorite pour with the perfect dish

Each event is capped at 16 participants; each event requires a minimum of 10 participants in order to take place.


Your Host

Viktorija Todorovska Viktorija Todorovska
Sommelier and Cookbook Author

For years, Viktorija Todorovska fostered her love of wine while remaining intimidated by the sheer range of information about the drink. Taking matters into her own hands, Viktorija enrolled in culinary school and became a sommelier, licensed by the International Sommelier Guild and obtaining further oenophilic certifications from the French Wine Society (including French Wine Scholar and Master Instructor of Provence, Rhone Valley, and Bordeaux). In addition to her scholastic expertise, Viktorija has authored two cookbooks offering easy recipes that pair perfectly with complementary wine suggestions.


Scheduled Dates

  • Monday (6:30 p.m.–8 p.m.)
    November 11 | November 18
    December 2 | December 9

  • Tuesday (6:30 p.m.–8 p.m.)
    November 12
    December 3

  • Wednesday (6:30 p.m.–8 p.m.)
    November 13 | November 20

  • Saturday (3 p.m.–4:30 p.m.)
    November 23
    January 18


Where You'll Meet

With its brick walls and intricate plaster ceiling, a tasting at Madison & Vine Wines feels like a visit to a mansion's capacious wine cellar. Bays stretch from wall to wall, holding hundreds of bottles of robust and light-bodied varietals. Antique barrels and wooden tables dot the rich brown tile floor.


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    Near West Side

    1340 West Madison Street

    Chicago, Illinois 60607

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In a Nutshell

Viktorija Todorovska leads casual tastings that delve into the very best Italian wines and their optimal food pairings

The Fine Print

Expiration varies. Refundable only on day of purchase. Min. of 10 participants or experience subject to cancellation. No value after experience date & time have passed. Please provide email address at checkout, which SideTour will provide to facilitate redemption. Must be 21 or older. Gratuity included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services. See the rules that apply to all deals. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Sniff, swirl, and sip the heady juices of the noble grape