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Stop by every Saturday from 3-5pm for our free weekly wine tasting. 
1128 W Armitage  -  www.poisoncup.com  -  773-935-1325

River's Edge Winemaker Tasting: 
River's Edge WineryMike Landt, the owner and winemaker of River's Edge Winery out of Oregon, will be pouring his lineup of wines on Friday, March 7th from 4-7pm.  River’s Edge Winery, founded in 1998, specializes in the production of the highest quality pinot noir wines. Two estate vineyards, Black Oak and Elkton, were planted in 1972 and are among the oldest in the state. The climate in that part of the valley is much cooler from the rest of the Umpqua, and was recently officially recognized with the creation of the Elkton Oregon American Viticultural Area, or AVA.

Stop in and taste the Pinot Gris, a Gewurztraminer, and two Pinot Noirs with the winemaker! Friday, March 7th, 4-7pm.

Saturday Afternoon Tastings: 
Join us every Saturday from 3-5pm for a tasting of our latest acquisitions and favorite old standbys. Every Saturday. Free.

PoisonCup Wine Tour Tastings: 
Get an in depth look at some of our favorite producers as we take you on a tour of our favorite regions, styles, and varietals. Taste at least six wines in each of these exclusive themed tastings. Enjoy cheese and charcuterie service to complement the wines. Check the schedule and themes below and sign up via our online store. $25/person.
  • Thurs, March 13th, 7pm: France
  • Thurs, March 24th, 7pm: Italy
  • Thurs, April 10th, 7pm: Pinot Noir
  • Thurs, April 24th, 7pm: Ros├ęs


Private Events & Group Tastings
Private Events!We have two options for hosting your own event at ThePoisonCup.

Group Tastings:
 Perfect for smaller groups, ThePoisonCup’s group tasting is a sensational kickoff to an evening of festivities. Your group will begin with a quick lesson on how to properly taste wines followed by a guided tasting of each of the five featured wines. Info about the winery, aromas, and palpable flavors are presented with each wine.
  • Enjoy the experience of a guided tasting.
  • $25/person for groups of 8 up to 20 people.
  • Generally lasts about an hour.
  • Please inquire for availability to kate@poisoncup.com or john@poisoncup.com.

Private Events: ThePoisonCup is an intimate space for corporate events, birthdays, anniversaries, or bachelorette parties. Have our wine guide start the evening with an instructional wine tasting lesson or have us step out of the way and enjoy a laid back evening with friends. Nosh, mingle or open gifts, we will help you create an event your guests will remember forever.
  • $400 plus wine for a two hour event. $100 per each additional hour. 
  • We can work with you to select the most appropriate wines for your budget.
  • Dedicated wine guide throughout the event. 
  • Self catering of food is welcome or use our preferred caterer: Catering Chocolate.
  • Please inquire for availability to kate@poisoncup.com or john@poisoncup.com.


Proprietor's Pick Wine Club:
Wine Club
The Proprietor's Pick Wine Club puts members in touch with some of the most unique wines we come across in our continual search for exceptional wines. Each month will include two bottles of wine, links to the technical sheets and our own personal tasting notes, complete with pairing suggestions. Read about this month's wines below. $39.75/month.
  • Two bottles per month ($40 retail value minimum).
  • Technical sheets and personal tasting notes included via email.
  • Wines available for pick up at ThePoisonCup first Friday of every month.
  • Pick Up at store or have shipped for $20/flat rate per month.
2006 Laurel Glen Counterpoint
Sonoma Mountain, California
$29.75
One of our favorite and most recent trips to wine country included a trek to the top of Sonoma Mountain with the owner of Laurel Glen Winery and a tasting of some of their older vintages right there in the vineyard. I believe it is one of the most scenic spots in all of Sonoma.

At that time, Laurel Glen was offering two wines, the Estate Cabernet and the Counterpoint Cabernet. The Estate Cabernet was meant to show off the best fruit from their older vineyards while the Counterpoint is made up of their most fruit forward and juiciest grapes with the softest tannins. The Counterpoint is released with the idea that it can be consumed soon after release though with the 2006, a little age has proven a good thing.

It is a little tight upon first uncorking, but if you allow this wine to open up and breathe before really getting into it, you will be rewarded. This Counterpoint still has a beautiful balance to it with plenty of Earth tones and some tart red fruits that come out along with some of the darker boysenberry, currant, and fig notes. Definitely enjoy this beautiful wine on steak night - which for us has been a little too often as of late.

Check out the details on the winery here.
2010 Rezabal
Txakolina, Spain
$17.75
Txakolina is produced in the Basque region of Spain from the Hondarribi-Zuri grape. Described as sunshine in a glass, it is known for its crisp acidity, green apple and tart lemon flavors, and its refreshing effervescence. Rezabal's Txakloina definitely has all of those qualities. This is a wine made for seafood though it can be served as an aperitif, giving those taste buds a little jump start.

There are three regions in the Basque country where Txakloina is produced. Rezabal comes from Getaria which is the smallest area and the oldest region to have DO certification. You can read more about the winery here.

As mentioned, this wines screams for seafood, especially shellfish. If you happen on the chance to enjoy this with oysters, it would be the perfect pairing. Alternatively, break this out alongside a homemade ceviche and you will wow your guests.