Magnificent Mile’s Best Wine Lists

Michael Bottigliero, wine writer at the Windy City Wine Guy, has come out with his opinion on the best Mag Mile restaurant wine lists.  They sure sound right to me. LH

There’s no doubt that Chicago’s Magnificent Mile has alot to offer, and wine is no exception.  Some of the best restaurants in the world are offering amazing dishes for both lunch and dinner.  Besides great company, only wine goes better with the cuisine and scenery, and these restaurant have the cellars to please any afficionado:

TRU. They have over 1800 selections and Wine Director Chad Ellegood is out to make sure diners have all options available.  Wines from Austria, New Zealand, Greece, Chile, Slovenia and more will pair up with any dish Chef Rick Tramonto and their whimsical kitchen can come up with.

NoMI. Though the recent departure of Master Sommelier Fernando Beteta leaves them with huge shoes to fill, he leaves behind a stocked cellar and great list.  Champagne Salon, DRC Le Montrachet Grand Cru, Chateau Haut-Brion, Petrus, Gaja Barolo, Clarendon Hills Astralis, and Araujo Estate are just some of their decadent selections.

Spiaggia. Not only are they a Chicago institution, but Wine Director Stephen Alexander has put together a very good Italian list to pair with Chef Tony Mantuano’s award winning cuisine.  Take a tour up and down “the Boot”!

Pelago. They are one of Chicago’s newest restaurants but are already staking their claim with nominations for Jean Banchet and James Beard Awards.  Located in the Raffaello Hotel, their luxurious setting, excellent cuisine and a well rounded all-Italian list.  Over 150 selections have been picked by Wine Director Domenico Masrici.

C-House. This marriage between the Affinia Hotel and Chef Marcus Samuelsson has made Chicago a real winner.  Not only do they have great dining, but they also have C-Bar, a great spot to share fresh seafood and drink, and C-View, a rooftop bar and lounge.  Plus, sommelier Lucas Henning has put together a fine list full of wine, cocktails and sake.

Les Nomades. Many accolades have adorned this excellent new restaurant and Chef Christopher Nugent, and the list is no let down.  It is mostly comprised of French selections from Burgundy, Bordeaux, Champagne, Rhone, Alsace, and the Loire.


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