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A Toast to Natural Wines in Chicago

Natural wine is made the way wine used to be made — mostly by human hands, fermented naturally with local yeasts, containing little or no additives. Eduard Seitan can tell you all about it. He’s a certified sommelier and partner at One Off Hospitality Group, the restaurant management company behind many of Chicago’s finest restaurants, including avec, Blackbird, Violet Hour, ... Read More »

Wine Wisdom from Chicago’s BottlesUp! Bottle Shop

It might be hard to remember what the day of the week is, but regardless of the calendar, every Chicagoan can still feel the coming of warmer weather. Spring showers are certainly here, and May flowers are on the horizon. Warm weather is on its way! Do you have a wine selection to match? With the change in season, there ... Read More »

Chicago Cocktail Kits and Alcohol Pick-Ups

Anyone else need a drink? Seriously, anyone want to grab a drink with us? With Chicago bars closed, the times of getting together to grab a beer or split a bottle of wine have come to a halt, at least for now. The bartenders and cocktail dream-makers of Chicago aren’t just sitting on their laurels though. They’re still giving us ... Read More »

Bartender Spotlight and Recipes from Chicago’s Top Mixologists

It’s no secret that Chicago is bursting at the seams with culinary talent from the kitchen, but too often in the shadows are equally talented Chicago mixologists—spirit sages redefining the cocktail and re-imagining our bar experience. Johnny Holder: Beverage Director at The Foxtail Describe your process for designing the perfect cocktail. I like to start with an ingredient, usually a ... Read More »

Spotlight On: Chicago’s Female Sommeliers and Beverage Directors

With Women’s Day coming up this weekend, there is no time better than now to honor the amazing women of the Chicago food world. From chefs and restaurateurs to bartenders and sommeliers, women are owning the food scene! They’re bringing a new expertise and perspective to classic techniques and putting their own spin on changing seasonal menus. That includes bar ... Read More »

Chicago Cocktails that Bring Big Vacation Vibes

If you’re interested in a January thaw (just not the teetotaler variety), we’ve got a list of Chicago cocktails that will transport you to a warmer locale, without even leaving the Midwest. Take off that puffer coat, sit down at the bar, and sip away. It’s the perfect way to spend the coming snowy weekend! Just don’t forget to take ... Read More »

Grower Champagne? You’ve Probably Enjoyed it.

Grower Champagne is bubbly born in the Champagne region of France, produced by grape growers and Champagne producers that are much less well known than, say, Veuve Clicquot, Moët & Chandon, or Krug. More specifically, however, grower Champagnes are designated as a variety of Champagnes that are crafted exclusively from grapes that come from vineyards owned by the very estate ... Read More »

Bartender Spotlight: Paul Martinez from Tied House

It’s no secret that Chicago is bursting at the seams with culinary talent from the kitchen, but too often in the shadows are equally talented mixologists—spirit sages redefining the cocktail and re-imagining our bar experience. We spoke with Paul Martinez, Lead Bartender at Tied House {3157 North Southport Avenue, Chicago; 773.697.4632}, about what it’s like behind the bar… DiningOut: Describe ... Read More »

Wine 101 with City Winery’s Female Winemaker

Caroline Schrader is bringing new flavors and excitement to a Chicago favorite for wine and good times “Wine was such a vast subject; mysterious and delicious.” To say that Caroline Schrader is passionate about wine would be quite the understatement. It’s part of who she is. After a brief stint in the architecture industry, she learned that the office world ... Read More »

Chicago’s Top 10 Summer Happy Hours

Cool off this summer with our two favorite things—low prices and boozy drinks! Oh, Happy Hour…is there really anything better than taking what could be the longest part of the day and transforming it into a mid-afternoon party? With the sweltering Chicago summer now in full effect, it’s the perfect time to cool off by taking advantage of one (or ... Read More »