Not Your Typical Wine Tasting: Comment to Win Free Tickets to Wine Riot!


Move over wine snobs (sorry, He Sips)–Second Glass is bringing its interactive wine tasting event to Chicago on Saturday, May 21, and you better watch out, because we’re all going to have some fun! You know it’s not going to be your typical wine tasting of swirl, smell, sip, and spit with a name like Wine Riot, so listen up–because there’s an opportunity to WIN two FREE tickets to this event for hip and youthful wine drinkers who want to learn more.

“It’s a really cool way to try wines,” said Tyler Balliet of the event, founder and president of Second Glass who created Wine Riot after attending too many boring wine tastings.

“There’d be a massive room full of alcohol and people weren’t having any fun,” he said. “So many wine events fail the consumers and the wineries who end up just bartending for four hours.”

In comparison, Tyler says Wine Riot is way more laid back and silly, even. There’s a photo booth where you can take pictures with your friends–all clad in goofy hats; a DJ spinning awesome tunes, and food from local restaurants. But the most unique part about Wine Riot?

Its interactive component. Second Glass has developed a mobile app that comes preloaded with the images and names of ALL (more than 250) the wines that will be poured at Wine Riot. While you’re moving from tasting booth to tasting booth, you can rate how you feel about it (2 thumbs up; 1 thumb up, or meh). This way you’ll have a record of what you loved, liked, and dumped without lifting a pen! You can even see what the “top reds” and “top whites” are in real time–and head over to those tables before the good stuff runs out!!

So, you’re hooked, right? I know I am. Here’s the 411, and make sure you comment for a chance to win 2 free tickets (a $100 value).

  • WHERE: Great Hall at Union Station
  • WHEN: Saturday, May 21 from 1-5pm and 7-11 pm
  • WHAT YOU’LL TASTE: over 250 wines from around the globe
  • HOW YOU’LL LEARN: “Crash Course Wine Seminars” will be offered (included in the ticket price)
  • COST: $50 a ticket,

But maybe you’ll WIN FREE TICKETS!! See the contest rules. I’ll be at the afternoon tasting (Wine Riot 1) and I hope to see you there. Good luck!

One lucky He Sipped/She Sipped reader will receive a pair of tickets to Wine Riot Chicago 1 (1-5pm Saturday, May 21). All you need to do is COMMENT or tweet or reblog.

Giveaway Rules:

To enter the contest, simply leave a comment: What’s your favorite bottle of wine? Your favorite region? Or simply tell us why you LOVE wine or why you want to know more about wine and would benefit from attending WINE RIOT.


FOLLOW @hesipshesips on Twitter and tell us why you would benefit from attending #wineriot (make sure you use the hashtags @hesipsshesips and  #wineriot)

  • Comment as much as you would like, but you will only get an entry for your first.
  • You may receive an additional entry by linking on Twitter and leaving a link to your tweet in our comments.
  • You may receive an additional entry by blogging about this contest and leaving a link to it in our comments.
  • This giveaway is open to US Residents who are 21 or older.
  • One winner will be selected via and will be contacted via email. Second Glass will also email you the tickets!
  • Contest ends 8 PM CST Monday, May 16



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  • This event sounds so fun! My favorite wines are from the Marlborough, New Zealand region, but I'm always looking for new regions to explore and new wines to enjoy!

  • In reply to aperry1104:

    Doesn't it? Good luck!

  • I love wine because you can travel anywhere in the world in a bottle.

  • In reply to skrunkus:

    Absolutely! Good luck!

  • my favorite wines are french, of course! in particular bordeaux. i would love to go to this as i heard how much fun she sips had at the last all you can drink wine event she attended :-)

  • In reply to themaestro:

    Ha! Ha!

  • In reply to shesips:

    I can attest to the fact that she sips had a lot of fun at the last all you can drink wine event.

  • In reply to shesips:

    Congrats to Daniel Barrett who won this contest via Twitter! Thanks to everyone who entered. Hope you're able to attend Wine Riot regardless.

  • I like malbecs and almost anything from the pacific northwest, especially Oregon pinot noirs.

  • In reply to roojackson:

    Me too! Good luck!

  • Four years ago I went to Napa and Sonoma for the first time. There I had an 2005 Ancient Vines Mourvedre from Cline Cellars that sparked the wine bug in me. Since then I persued this new passion with everything I had; taking a part-time job at a wine shop; completing several Wine Spectator courses and returning to my favourite wine regions of Napa and Sonoma every chance I get. I just can not get enough of the juice!

  • In reply to PandArts:

    Love Napa! We went there last summer. Totally agree. Good luck.

  • I can't say I have a favorite wine, way too many choices. I will say I was surprised with the quality and diversity of wines grown in Southern Ontario. If you live in Chicago it's worth a road trip.

  • In reply to vincejose:

    Great tip! Good luck!

  • My husband and I are wine idiots! We'd like to attend to learn more about wines and find a type that we like. Great opportunity for a date night.

  • In reply to kmetz33:

    Then you both will love this blog. We're a husband and wife team. Good luck with the contest.

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