join us for an evening of sips + mingling with michelin starred sommelier, derrick c. westbrook. enjoy complimentary bubbles while derrick talks you through how to imbibe throughout the holiday season. covering everything from picking the perfect wine for a host gift to setting up a bar at your next event. plus find inspiration for your next gathering while you enjoy perfectly paired dessert + wine offerings.
following the class, stay for sips, shopping + time to meet with derrick to get all your holiday wine questions answered.
born in nashville tennessee. derrick moved to chicago in 2012 to follow his love of wine and food. his rise from an ambitious college student includes cellar manager at famed NEXT restaurant, owner of vine culture chicago, beverage director of the 1 star michelin restaurant, elizabeth, wine buyer of 57th street wines, and wine manager at bibliophile. he is a certified sommelier and recently was honored in the wine enthusiast top 40 under 40 tastemakers. lover of hip-hop, people, & wine. since early 2019 derrick has been a part of 1340 by curating the wine program, running monthly wine classes and managing the wine club.
our goal is to educate our customers and push them out of their comfort zones while still being amicable. we have weekly free tasting and monthly wine classes. we are always looking for fun new interesting things as well as solid representations of classic styles. we have a small space so we keep the inventory rotating so our customers can experience wines from around the world without leaving their neighborhood. our beer and spirit selections focus on local craft breweries/distilleries with options from around the world sprinkled in.