The first leaves of Fall are starting to drift to the ground and I’ll admit that I’m secretly giddy. This summer was full of dinners out, concerts, travel and socializing, but Fall and Winter finally give me the time I need to read a few novels, watch my favorite movies and have a few quiet nights at home.
As most in the Midwest, when the weather gets cold I become a bit of a homebody. I love dinner in and some vino by the fire. One of my favorite locations for unique wines is Red & White, a Bucktown beverage shop, filled with the finest alcoholic fuel for winter isolation.
First, the décor is funky, fun and artsy with no-nonsense displays made of recycled barn wood, and a clean, orderly fashion of the wine arrangements (reds on the right wall, whites on the left, bubbly and shot-worthy stuff in the center). Their selection also tops the charts with an eclectic mix of Austrian, French, and South American sips. Though the labels and quality of the wine are distinct and delicious, their prices are reasonable with most bottles totaling $20 or less.
In addition, Red and White makes shopping for a romantic night efficient and easy, providing a selection of tasty truffles and cheese, as well as a refined grouping of fresh flowers in-store. Perhaps the best service Red & White offers is their delivery. I’d like to think that I’d never be so lazy, but when the wind starts to blow and the snowflakes fall, sometimes the thought of going outside is daunting. Red and White has a thorough website of wine listings making it an easy process when ordering in.
Lastly, when I’m interested in new wines or really just want to get out and do something fun on the weekend, Red and White offers Saturday wine tastings from 2-5pm. I recommend attending the wine tasting and then checking out a BYOB restaurant just down the street with your new purchase (check out R&W’s website for listings of local BYO’s in the neighborhood).
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