The words “free” and “wine” in the same sentence? I’m in!

Being Italian, the word “vino” has always been in my vocabulary. I love to drink wine, so when I found the opportunity to attend a free wine tasting in Chico, my friends and I jumped on the opportunity. This past Saturday we were able to taste wine from Hickman Family Vineyards, which is located in Bangor, CA.

VIP Ultra Lounge is located downtown Chico above the Beach. Every other Saturday this vicinity allows local wine dealers and makers to come and showcase their wine. They offered a complimentary wine tasting from 5-8 p.m. All you have to do is show up and it’s on the house! They gave us one ticket per wine so you could go taste each individual wine. They also paired each wine with a different type of fudge that complimented the wine. It was interesting to see how different food could make the flavor taste different.

It was a very different atmosphere than what you normally find in Chico. Very classy, elegant, and they even set the mood with a piano player. Reviews say it’s a great setting for professionals to entertain clients, enjoy a cocktail and appetizer after work or celebrate the end of a week with friends.

VIP Ultra Lounge is proud to support American Viticultural areas and local agriculture around Northern California as the source of their main ingredients and wine list. You can enjoy these complimentary wine tastings from local wine makers on Saturdays from 5-8 p.m. in February and March. Here is the lineup for many more wine tastings to come!

March 2
Grey Fox Winery – Oroville, CA

March 16
New Clairvaux Vineyards – Vina, CA

March 30
Mt. Tehama Winery – Manton, CA