National Chocolate Chip Day on May 15 proved that there’s truly a holiday for everything, but we’re more than okay with another frivolous holiday: National Wine Day is this Thursday, May 25. Though Milwaukee is known for being a beer town, it still has plenty of ways to celebrate and drink what made the French famous.
Take a sip at Vino 100
This Third Ward wine staple has something for both die-hard winos and those who cannot tell a red from a rose. You can take a wine class, participate in a tasting or have a wine dinner, but we recommend relaxing at their wine bar with a glass or sharing a bottle with friends. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can try out their Cookout Thursdays and enjoy an artisan sausage with your wine.
Hours: 12 p.m. – 2 a.m.
219 E. Erie St.
Broaden your horizons at Waterford Wine Company
Waterford offers wine seminars most Thursdays, so celebrate by attending “Perfect Party Trifecta.” At this tasting-heavy seminar, you will learn the wine combinations needed to host a cocktail or dinner party, not to mention the various high-quality wines you can try in the process.
Hours: 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. for “Perfect Party Trifecta” (RSVP is required)
1327 E. Brady St.
Take a trip around the world at Thief Wine
You do not have to go to General Mitchell Airport to travel the world—go for a trip with your taste buds at Thief Wine instead. Their central Public Market location boasts more than 600 wines from around the world. We recommend a bottle, as they do not charge for corkage for $20+ wines on Thursdays.
Hours: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
400 N. Water St.
Try new things at The Ruby Tap
For the winos who know what they like, The Ruby Tap has a full self-service wine bar, but for those who are less knowledgeable, they offer wine on tap, plus beers, cheeses and charcuterie. On Thursdays, enjoy a bottle sans corkage charge or book a private wine tasting for you and your friends at their Wauwatosa or Mequon location.
Hours: 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.
1341 N. Wauwatosa Ave. (Wauwatosa), 6000 W. Mequon Rd. (Mequon)
Discover the inner workings of a winery at Two Brothers Wines
Witness the process from grape to delicious beverage at Two Brothers Wines, a winery in Pewaukee. You can stop by to purchase one of their fruity reds, roses or whites, but before you go to the cash register you can watch a bottle get made by hand through their inside glass window.
Hours: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
125 Oakton Ave., Pewaukee
Savor something sweet at Indulge Restaurant
Indulge not only offers 300 different wines, they also offer artisan cheeses, prosciutto and, most importantly, chocolates and truffles to pair with your wine. Leave your wine knowledge at home if you wish, as the owners are experts at pairing wine with your favorite sweets.
Hours: 4:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
708 N. Milwaukee St.
Share a plate and a bottle at Balzac
Balzac’s expansive selection of small plates pair perfectly with their impressive wine list, so order wines by the glass or bottle while sharing a crab plate or baked brie. If you’re willing to celebrate National Wine Day a day early, they offer half-off on glass pour bottles as part of Wino Wednesdays.
Hours: 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.
1716 N. Arlington Pl.