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Sommeliers' Top 11 Chicago Wine Lists, Mapped

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Wine may not be as trendy as craft beer these days, but many Chicago restaurants can still build a great list. Eater asked four of Chicago's most acclaimed sommeliers for their favorites—Michael Muser (Grace, a 2014 Food & Wine Sommelier of the Year), Alpana Singh (The Boarding House), Jon McDaniel (Henri, The Gage) and Richard Hanauer (RPM Steak). Their picks for the top 11 wine lists in Chicago are below.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Sepia

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123 N Jefferson St
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 441-1920
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If you ask sommeliers about their favorite wine lists in Chicago, nearly all of them will mention Andrew Zimmerman's Near West Side restaurant. Alpana Singh is one of the many admirers.
676 N Saint Clair St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 202-0001
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Hanauer absolutely gushes about the wine list at TRU. "These are the romantic wines that have no rivals. Though the list is studded with interesting and approachable wines, one goes to enjoy the finest wines ever made."

3. The Purple Pig

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500 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 464-1744
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The wine list at the perpetually-busy Bannos restaurant on Michigan Avenue is highlighted by many, including Michael Muser. He casts a spotlight on the wines from Friuli, Italy, on "a focused list of completely Italian (wines)."

4. Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse

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58 E Oak St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 888-2499
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McDaniel loves the "big, massive, rich reds" at the steakhouse he says offers more depth of Cabernets than any other. "If I had an expense account and some clients from Nebraska I needed to impress, Del Frisco's would get my boss's money every time."

5. Telegraph Wine Bar

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2601 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 292-9463
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Out in Logan Square, sommeliers describe the Telegraph list as an outstanding selection of wines that's somehow kept affordable. "The entire list is filled with great tasting wines that come from obscure grapes and regions," says Hanauer. "Telegraph has become the greatest collection of these wines in the city."

6. Vera

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1023 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 243-9770
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Vera's selection is a favorite of the former Check, Please host Alpana Singh. Most-known for its amazing selection of sherry, Elizabeth Mendez's selection of Spanish wines is no joke either.

7. The Bristol

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2152 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 862-5555
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When The Bristol opened in 2008, it was more casual and the beverage menu focused on beer. They now offer one of the best wine selections in Chicago. "The Bristol has a wine list that's serious but not snobby," McDaniel says. "You can find great little wines you may never have heard of for a great price."

8. Brindille

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534 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 595-1616
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Michael Muser is thoroughly impressed with the wine list at Carrie and Michael Nahabedian's second restaurant. He highlights the "outstanding grower champagne selection" first and foremost.

9. Les Nomades

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222 E Ontario St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 649-9010
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McDaniel says Les Nomades features the best selection of French wines in Chicago. "Amazing Champagne, Burgundy, Bordeaux, older vintages of some classic gems, (and a) really interesting and deep dessert wine selection."

10. The Boarding House

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720 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 280-0720
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Hanauer exalts master sommelier Singh's artisan wine selection at her Wells Street palace. "Whether it be an upcoming appellation, an odd producer, or an extraordinary vintage, every wine on the menu is impressive for its own reason."

11. Embeya

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564 W Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 612-5640
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While you may not think of Embeya as a wine haven, McDaniel says chef Thai Dang's Asian flavors pair perfectly with slightly sweet, aromatic wines. "Embeya has the best selection of riesling in the city, with over 50 selections from around the world."

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1. Sepia

123 N Jefferson St, Chicago, IL 60661
If you ask sommeliers about their favorite wine lists in Chicago, nearly all of them will mention Andrew Zimmerman's Near West Side restaurant. Alpana Singh is one of the many admirers.
123 N Jefferson St
Chicago, IL 60661

2. TRU

676 N Saint Clair St, Chicago, IL 60611
Hanauer absolutely gushes about the wine list at TRU. "These are the romantic wines that have no rivals. Though the list is studded with interesting and approachable wines, one goes to enjoy the finest wines ever made."
676 N Saint Clair St
Chicago, IL 60611

3. The Purple Pig

500 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
The wine list at the perpetually-busy Bannos restaurant on Michigan Avenue is highlighted by many, including Michael Muser. He casts a spotlight on the wines from Friuli, Italy, on "a focused list of completely Italian (wines)."
500 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

4. Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse

58 E Oak St, Chicago, IL 60611
McDaniel loves the "big, massive, rich reds" at the steakhouse he says offers more depth of Cabernets than any other. "If I had an expense account and some clients from Nebraska I needed to impress, Del Frisco's would get my boss's money every time."
58 E Oak St
Chicago, IL 60611

5. Telegraph Wine Bar

2601 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Out in Logan Square, sommeliers describe the Telegraph list as an outstanding selection of wines that's somehow kept affordable. "The entire list is filled with great tasting wines that come from obscure grapes and regions," says Hanauer. "Telegraph has become the greatest collection of these wines in the city."
2601 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

6. Vera

1023 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60607
Vera's selection is a favorite of the former Check, Please host Alpana Singh. Most-known for its amazing selection of sherry, Elizabeth Mendez's selection of Spanish wines is no joke either.
1023 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60607

7. The Bristol

2152 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
When The Bristol opened in 2008, it was more casual and the beverage menu focused on beer. They now offer one of the best wine selections in Chicago. "The Bristol has a wine list that's serious but not snobby," McDaniel says. "You can find great little wines you may never have heard of for a great price."
2152 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

8. Brindille

534 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
Michael Muser is thoroughly impressed with the wine list at Carrie and Michael Nahabedian's second restaurant. He highlights the "outstanding grower champagne selection" first and foremost.
534 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654

9. Les Nomades

222 E Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60611
McDaniel says Les Nomades features the best selection of French wines in Chicago. "Amazing Champagne, Burgundy, Bordeaux, older vintages of some classic gems, (and a) really interesting and deep dessert wine selection."
222 E Ontario St
Chicago, IL 60611

10. The Boarding House

720 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610
Hanauer exalts master sommelier Singh's artisan wine selection at her Wells Street palace. "Whether it be an upcoming appellation, an odd producer, or an extraordinary vintage, every wine on the menu is impressive for its own reason."
720 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60610

11. Embeya

564 W Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60661
While you may not think of Embeya as a wine haven, McDaniel says chef Thai Dang's Asian flavors pair perfectly with slightly sweet, aromatic wines. "Embeya has the best selection of riesling in the city, with over 50 selections from around the world."
564 W Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60661

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