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Grand Cru

"To be, or not to be: that is the question." The answer? You'll want to be at this year's Grand Cru.

The Complete Culinary Works, a component of Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Shakespeare 400 celebration, will be woven into Saturday and Sunday’s Grand Cru. Attendees will taste top chefs’ artful translations of Hamlet, As You Like It, Romeo & Juliet and other works each day in this premier “event within the event” that showcases tastings of the world’s finest wines.

The exclusive Grand Cru experience provides the ultimate in culinary indulgence with tastings of elite wines from around the world. Serafin Alvarado, Master Sommelier and Director of Wine Education, expertly curates the afternoon’s wine selections for presenting sponsor Southern Wine & Spirits of Illinois.


Date: Saturday, September 24, 2016 and Sunday, September 25, 2016

Time: 2:00-4:00 pm


The Grand Cru is separately ticketed and a same day event ticket must also be purchased in addition to purchasing a Grand Cru ticket.




Click Here for 2015 Grand Cru Photos.





2016 Partners:



2014 grand cru wines:

Achaval Ferrer
Achaval Ferrer Finca Altamira, Malbec, Mendoza 2012
Achaval Ferrer Finca Bella Vista Malbec, Mendoza, 2011
Achaval Ferrer Finca Mirador Malbec, Mendoza, 2009
Armand de Brignac
Armand de Brignac "Ace of Spades" Brut Champagne, NV
Armand de Brignac "Ace of Spades" Rosé Champagne, NV
Atlas Imports
Inglenook Cabernat Savignon, Napa Valley, 2013,
Inglenook "Rubicon" Cabernat Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2012
Inglenook Blancaneaux, Napa Valley, 2013
Nominé-Renard Brut Champagne, NV
Beam Suntory
Bowmore "The Darkest" 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
El Tesoro "Paradiso Añejo" Tequila
Laphroaig "18 Year Old" Islay Single Malt Scotch
Laphroaig "Cairdeas" Islay Single Malt Scotch
Glen Grant "Five Decades" Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Glen Garioch "The Renaissance" 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Laphroaig "25 Year Old" Islay Single Malt Scotch Whusky
The Hibiki "Harmony" Single Malt Whisky
The Yamazaki "12 Year Old" Single Malt Whisky
The Hakushu "12 Year Old" Single Malt Whisky
Courvoisier "X.O." Cognac
Courvoisier "Napoleon" Cognac
Courvoisier "21 Year Old" Cognac
C Mondavi & Family
Charles Krug "Generations", Napa Valley, 2012
Charles Krug "Vintage Selection" Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2012
Charles Krug "Howell Mountain" Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2013
Constellation Brands
Casa Noble Single Barrel "Joven" Tequila
Casa Noble Single Barrel "Reposado" Tequila
Casa Noble Single Barrel "Anejo" Tequila
Franciscan "Cuvée Sauvage" Chardonnay, Napa Valley, 2013
Franciscan "Magnificat" Meritage, Napa Valley, 2012
Ruffino "Tentua Greppone Mazzi" Brunello di Montalcino, 2011
Robert Mondavi "Reserve" Fume Blanc, Napa Valley, 2013
Robert Mondavi "Reserve" Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2012
Cunat Family Vineyards
Materra "Hidden Block" Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2010
Distinguished Vineyards & Wine Partners
Pine Ridge Cabernet Suvignon "Stags Leap District", Napa Valley, 2012
Empson USA
Poderi Luigi Einaudi "Cannubi" DOCG, Barolo, 2011
Speri "Vigneto Monte Sant'Urbano" Amarone Della Valpolicella DOCG Classico, Verona, 2010
Faust Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2013
Faust "The Pact" Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2013
Flowers Vineyard & Winery
Flowers Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, 2014
Flowers Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, 2014
Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola "Eleanor" Red Wine, Sonoma County, 2011
Francis Ford Coppola "Archimedes" Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County, 2011
Frederick Wildman and Sons LTD
Pol Roger Brut Champagne, 2006
Pol Roger Brut Réserve Champagne, NV
Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs Champagne, 2008
Pol Roger Brut Rosé Champagne, 2006
Grgich Hills Estate
Grgich Hills Cabernet Sauvignon, Yountville, 2010
Grgich Hills "Paris Tasting" Chardonnay, Napa Valley, 2012
Hand Picked Selections
Domaine du Pegau "Cuvée Réservée" Châtauneuf de Pape Rouge, 2012
Cava de Tain Hermitage Rouge, 2011
Cave de Tain Hermitage Blanc, 2010
JUSTIN Vineyards & winery
Justin "Isosceles", Paso Robles, 2013
Louis Latour
Louis Latour Aloxe-Corton "Domaine Latour", Bourgogne, Côte de Beaune, 2011
Louis Latour Beaune 1er Cru "Vignes Franches", Bourgonge, Côte de Beaune, 2011
Maisons Marques and Domaines
Marqués de Murrieta "Castillo Ygay" Gran Reserva Especial, Rioja, 2007
Moët Hennessy
Dom Pérignon Brut Champagne, 2005
Krug "Grande Cuvée" Brut Champagne, NV
Veuve Clicquot "La Grande Dame" Champagne, 2006
Runart Blanc de Blancs Champagne, NV
Veuve Clicquot "Reserve Cuvée" Rose Champagne, NV
Moët Chandon "Imperial" Brut Rose Champagne, NV
Moët Chandon "Grande Vintage: Brut Champagne", 2006
Newton "Unfiltered" Chardonnay, Napa Valley, 2013
Numanthia "Numanthia", Toro, 2011
Numanthia "Termanthia", Toro, 2011
Cheval des Andes, Mendoza, 2012
Terrazas de los Andes "Las Compurertas" Malbec, Mendoza, 2012
Glenmorangie "Signet" Highland Snigle Malt Scotch Whisky
Hennessy X.O Cognac
Opus One
Overture, Napa Valley, NV
Palm Bay Internationalbr>
Bertani "Villa Arvedi" Amarone della Valpolicella Valpantena, 2012
Mazzei "Phillip" Chianti Classico, Toscana, 2011
Heritance "Beckstoffer Georges III" Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2012
Pasternak Wine Imports
Barons de Rothschild Brut Champagne, NV
Pernod Ricard
Perrier-Jouêt "Belle Epoque" Rosé Champagne,2004
Perrier-Jouêt "Belle Epoque" Brut Champagne, 1999
Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin
Aberlour Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky 16 Years Old
Aberlour Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky 18 Years Old
Yellow Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey, 12 Years Old
Proximo Spirits
José Cuervo Reserva de la Familia Tequila
Red Mare Wines
Red Mare "Alpha Mare", Napa Valley, 2012
Shaw-Ross International Importers
Château D'ESCLANS "Garrus" Rosé, Côtes de Provence, 2014
Marques de Riscal "Barón de Chirel" Reserva, Rioja, 2006
Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Scotch 18 Years Old
Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Scotch 21 Years Old
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
Patz & Hall "Gap's Crown Vineyard" Pinot Nior, Sonoma Coast, 2014
Spring Valley Vineyard 'uriah", Walla Walla Valley, 2013
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars "S.L.V." Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2012
Northstar Merlot, Columbia Valley, 2012
Antinori "Tignanello", Toscana, 2013
Torres "Mas La Plana" Cabernet Sauvignon, Penedès, 2011
Col Solare Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, 2012
The Wine Group
Trapiche "Ambrosia" Malbec, Mendoza, 2011
Trinchero Family Estates
Trinchero "Forte", Napa Valley, 2012
Treasury Wine Estates
Beringer "Private Reserve" Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2012
Beringer "Private Reserve" Cabernet Sauvignon, Knights Valley, 2012
Beringer "Private Reserve" Chardonnay, Napa Valley, 2013
USA Wine West
Gerard Bertrand, "Domaine de Cigalus", France 2013
Gerard Bertrand "La Forge", Corbières, 2009
Wente Family Estates
Wente Vineyards "The Nth Degree" Cabernet Sauvignon, Livermore Valley, 2013
Wente Vineyards "The Nth Degree" Chardonnay, Livermore Valley, 2014

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