Cleansing your palate to prep it for intense sensory images, a good wine dinner turns a meal into a celebration. Indulge in these worldly wine menus as a good vino brings out flavor combinations like you wouldn’t imagine possible.
The Midwest’s largest wine cellar, all three restaurants in the Italian VIllage share a 45,000 bottle wine list, which has received the Wine Spectator’s annual “Grand Award” since 1983. Overseen by wine director Michael Taylor, the list includes more than 600 Italians, 300 French, 300 California and over 200 others from around the world.
71 West Monroe Street. 312.332.4040. http://www.vivere-chicago.com/
Toasting three of the world’s most favorite indulgences, Eno offers wine, cheese, and chocolate in a neighborhood environment. A boutique collection of warm and intimate wine bars in Chicago, Coronado, Laguna, San Diego, and the San Francisco Bay Area, whether it’s red wine or white,
you’ll pick from an award-winning array of fine vintages - all presented in elegant glassware.
505 North Michigan Ave. 312.944.4100. http://www.enowinerooms.com/
3 BIN 36
With renowned Wine Director Brian Duncan, Chef John Caputo & Proprietor Dan Sachs hand picking your flights, you know these experts won’t steer you wrong. The wine bar has 50 varieties served by the glass and even lets you create your own tasting flight to mix, match and sample whatever strikes your fancy. With groupings like “Sexy Reds” and “Well Traveled Whites,” they make experimentation fun.
339 N. Dearborn. 312.755.9463. http://www.bin36.com/main.php
4 Quartino Ristorante and Wine Bar
Quartino offers over 30 handpicked and lesser known wines from all regions of Italy, served by the carafe. The menu is organized by lights, mediums and full, so look to the light whites for the hot summer days to drift away. Mmm good.
626 N. State St. 312.698.5000. http://www.quartinochicago.com/
5 Flemings Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar
A perfect after work drink spot, this two-story bar has a wine list of 100 wines by the glass, including 30 selected especially for you by our Chicago Wine Manager. The recipient of Wine Spectator’s Award for Excellence 2008-2010 and Award for Distinction from Wine Enthusiast 2009, if you can’t settle on one glass, try a flight.