Unwine-ding in the Windy City: Part 1

Part 1 of  2-Part Series: Wine Bars – Chicago

Bin 36 – Metro Chicago
Image: binNotes©

Leave it to Chicago, a city built on industry and unpretentiousness, to reinvent the wine bar.

Case in point: Bin 36 in downtown metro Chicago. Let Bin 36 break it down for you in their own words:

DISPEL THE MYTHS
Our mission is to eliminate three of the biggest misconceptions about wine:
1) Wine is too complicated to understand and, therefore, enjoy.
2) Good wine is simply too expensive.
3) Wine experts are, well, snobby, using an overblown vocabulary which excludes novice wine students, to say nothing of beer or cocktail drinkers.

THE ABOVE IS SIMPLY NOT TRUE” – http://www.Bin36.com

Clearly, Bin 36 succeeds in all three (3) missions, as evidenced by binNotes’ recent visit. Guests to Bin 36 find a sleek interior and ‘Bin 36′ black T’-shirted staff with an earnest passion for the food and wine offered. Plus some affordable, approachable wine flights.

The menu ingeniously numbers flights and suggested ‘matchable’ food pairings, 4 wines per flight,  12 different  flights total, plus a bonus flight each month. This month: Wente Vineyards of Livermore, CA., named  2011 American ‘Winery of the Year’ by Wine Enthusiast.

binNotes chose humidity-buster ‘Bubbles Flight’, a round-the-world trip incorporating:

  • A pale citrus, clean, crisp NV Brut Kila Cava- Penedes, Spain
  • A ‘from-the-’hood’ apple and lemon refresher NV Extra-Sec M. Lawrence “green” - Michigan
  • A honey-colored 2001 Bin 36 ‘10th Anniversary Cuvee’ - Monterey CA
  • A molto bene blushing NV Brut Rose Prosecco di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene- Italy.

Paired with grilled asparagus and succulent sautéed scallops on a bed of chitarra pasta nero, preserved lemon and saffron butter sauce simply scintillated an already effervescent selection. (Note: All wines available in-store and online: www.bin36.com.)

A toast to Manager Enoch Shully for sharing his time and enthusiasm – he clearly embodies the Bin 36 credo “Drink Wine. Live Well. Have Fun.” Cheers!

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