April Newsletter

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Join us this Thursday for our first Beer tasting of the season: Thursday 5-7 pm!
1128 W Armitage  -  -  773-935-1325

First Thursday Beer Tastings: 
We are popping the tops of our newest and favorite beers on the first Thursday of every month. Whether celebrating the end of March, the coming of April or the almost end to your work week, there is no better way than with free beer at ThePoisonCup. Thursday, April 3rd, 5-7pm.

Wine Tasting Classes: 
Get an in depth look at some of our favorite wines as we take your palate on an educational tour of our favorite regions, styles and varietals. Taste 8 wines in each of these focused tastings and enjoy cheese and charcuterie service to complement. Check the schedule and themes below and sign up online. Very limited space. Sign up soon as these will sell out. $25/person.
  • Thurs, April 10th, 7pm: Pinot Noir: From Champagne to California and back to Burgundy... Pinot Noir is a tough varietal for a winemaker to master. We'll talk about why that is the case, the history of the grape and taste a number of exceptional examples. 
  • Thurs, April 24th, 7pm: Rosés: With the arrival of warmer weather, Rosé season is in full force and our selection shows it. Learn about the different methods and motivations a winemaker might have for making this wonderful complement to Spring and taste our favorite examples of each. 
Third Thursday Tastings: 
The west end of Armitage is the place to be every third Thursday as the local businesses work together to create a host of enticing events. ThePoisonCup has the wine covered! Stop in every Third Thursday from 4-6pm for a free tasting of our newest wines. After the tasting take a bottle of your favorite white wine across the street for the live artist demo at Robin B Gallery.

Saturday Afternoon Tastings: 
Just a reminder to join us every Saturday from 3-5pm for a tasting of what's new and delicious. Every Saturday. Free.

Private Events & Group Tastings
Private Events!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 or

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 or

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.
2009 Et Fille Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, Oregon

Et Fille is French for And Daughter... a reference to the father and daughter team behind this winery in the Willamette Valley that specializes in single vineyard Pinot Noir. Howard Mozeico and Jessica Mozeico-Blair each contribute their own unique skills, mindset and distinct palate to the hands-on operations of the winery.

With this bottle being a blend of each of their vineyards and the blending process being done "entirely and exclusively" by the father and daughter pair, it is the perfect expression of what makes Et Fille so special.

This medium bodied pinot has great balance with blackberry and boysenberry fruit and slight earthy tobacco background note.

Check out the details on the winery here.
2009 River's Edge Gewurztraminer
Umpqua Valley, Oregon

River's Edge winery is located in Oregon's newest federally recognized AVA, or American Viticultural Area: Elkton, Oregon. We recently had the privilege of tasting all of their wines with owner and winemaker, Mike Landt.

All of their wines were well received but it was the Gewurztraminer that really stood out. Gewurztraminer is an extremely versatile varietal in terms of the different styles a winemaker can go for. Whether produced as a dry wine or on the sweeter side, Gewurztraminer usually has a most intense floral nose with notes of lychee, apricot and baking spices.

Though this particular Gewurztraminer is on the fuller bodied side, there is still plenty of acidity to balance out the off-dry profile making this a wonderful complement to your favorite spicy Thai dish.

Check out notes from the winemaker here