Grand Cru Bordeaux 2019 Vintage Release Tour Chicago
After a Covid pause, the UGC
Bordeaux (Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux (UGCB)), annual release tour returned to Chicago this week unveiling/showcasing their 2019 vintage
release wines. The event was postponed last January and rescheduled to this week. The Union is the association of 134 of the top
premier estates from the most prestigious Bordeaux appellations. This
year's North American tour visited Houston, Miami, New York, Chicago, and San
As in previous years, our 'Pour Boys'
wine group helped conduct the event in Chicago. It is such a pleasure, honor and privilege to work the event, meet the producers, and of course taste the wines. From our service to the event over the last dozen years, we've developed many contacts and friendships with the winemakers, owners, ambassadors and commercial directors of our favorite and long-time collected Bordeaux estates. We greatly appreciate their effort to conduct this tour and to visit our fair city each year.
Chicago Union Station is a iconic building originally designed by legendary Chicago architect and city planner Daniel Burnham. It opened in May 1925 after ten years of construction at a cost of $75 million ($1 billion in today’s dollars).
Today, Chicago Union Station is the nation’s 3rd-busiest station
overall, and it is Amtrak’s 4th busiest. It serves more than 300 trains per day carrying more than 3 million Amtrak
customers and 35 million Metra passengers annually. Six of Chicago Metras' 11 routes operate into and out of Union Station with
nearly 130,000 Metra passengers passing through the station on an
average weekday, and more than 42,000 each weekend.
Its awe-inspiring looks are the result of sweeping Indiana limestone exteriors and larger-than-life ornate interiors. This grandeur centerpiece is the Great Hall, the station's main waiting room spanned by a 219-foot-long, barrel-vaulted skylight that soars 115 feet over the room. The skylight ceiling was blacked out during World War II in order to make the station less of a target for enemy aircraft.
We work with the UGCB Events Manager, Olivier Crombez, host Mike Wangbickler and his Balzac Communications team
preparing the room and the wines, checking in trade registrants, and standing in for
producers who faced travel or other disruptions, presenting and pouring their wines.
Several times over the years, several producers or their representatives were delayed in travel or had other disruptions and we were called in to service to pour their wines, hence we earned our moniker, the 'Pour Boys'.