What better way to chill out than a glass (or two) of fancy flavors from around the world?! Think of it: A crisp Sauvignon Blanc with condensation beading up on the glass. Rich red blends with pretty legs when swirled. Bubbly to tickle and delight the senses. By the bottle or by the glass, the great grape is the sip of choice from these pleasant establishments across the North Shore.
Paulie's Neighborhood Restaurant, Wine Bar & Market, Glenview
Wine and Dine
Think outside the bottle and make a night of it sharing a marvelous meal. Paulie’s Neighborhood Restaurant, Wine Bar & Market (1820 Tower Dr., Glenview) in The Glen Town Center fits every appetite with plates small, medium and large (from Ahi Tuna Tartare to Braised Beef Ravioli). Enjoy a lovely flight like “Calling All Cabs” or “Bursting With Bubbles” (liquor flights, too!). Modern American farm-to-table shines at House 406 (1143 1/2 Church St., Northbrook) from wild-caught seafood and prime beef alongside foodie favorites and half-priced glasses of wine on Thursdays. The extensive wine list at Aboyer (64 Green Bay Rd., Winnetka) compliments their contemporary American-French cuisine pushing the boundaries of the classics, including for Sunday brunch.
Lush Wine & Spirits, Evanston
Take Your Vino Al Fresco
Sipping pretty outside is a seasonal delight at these wine bars. Cute neighborhood favorite Lush Wine & Spirits (2022 Central St., Evanston) specializes in deliciously eclectic wines. Speak with experts in a friendly, unfussy way with their “ingredient-obsessed everyday French” on the charming patio. A great spot for outdoor summer music every Friday, Good Grapes (821 Chestnut St., Winnetka) boasts a finely-curated wine selection along with artisanal charcuterie (plus craft beers, canned cocktails). Their corner boutique of the West Elm District hosts private and public wine (and beer) tastings. Inspired by Napa Valley’s Wine Country, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant (583 N Milwaukee Ave
Wheeling) offers an extensive selection of wines and cuisine from around the globe. Can’t make up your mind? Try one of the several wine flights available, including a create your own option.
Lynfred Winery, Wheeling
Vast Vintages: Quality in Quantity
Oenophiles rejoice! Any lover of the multi-faceted elixir will find a seemingly endless selection to savor. Originally an old farmhouse, Lynfred Winery (971 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling) features a tasting room and not only carries a robust line Lynfred’s Midwestern wines, but goodies like gourmet popcorn, pretzels and chocolate-dipped…wine bottles! Wine Goddess (702 Main St., Evanston) gives you monthly access to curated, hand-selected gems from artisan winemakers across the globe in their Wine Club. Check out classes like The Wines of California with truly educational sessions and knowledgeable wine pairings in their friendly emporium.
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Vinissimo Wine Shop, Evanston