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The Tasting Room with a View

by Matt B on August 5th, 2008

Wine bars have a reputation of being stuffy and arrogant. However, The Tasting Room at Randolph Wine Cellars sets a sophisticated yet comfortable vibe with its exposed brick, soft lighting, and subdued music. Here, you and your friends can choose from over 100 wines to enjoy by the glass or the bottle.

winesWhether you're a connoisseur or a novice, The Tasting Room can cater to your desires. Sure, we've all heard of the grand Napa Valley wines, but here you can have a taste of vintages from Italy, France, Australia, and South Africa. These taste portions are perfect for trying something new without having to commit to a costly whole glass. Of course, once you've tried it, you may find yourself wanting to buy an entire bottle!

If you're new to the wine scene, let the knowledgeable staff guide you. They will likely suggest a 'flight,' a selection of three or four wines served in small glasses to sample and compare.

breads cheesesThe Tasting Room also offers an assortment of cheeses, breads, and desserts to complement the beverages. For example, the 'Italian Imports' flight consists of piave, taleggio, and formaggi piedmontese robiola, accompanied by dried fruit and toasted nuts. For something more substantial, order one of their appetizers or thin-crust pizzas. The Tasting Room also offers three entr'es on their menu, but most people stop by after dinner. Consequently, the later it is, the more crowded the place gets. If you can help it, sit in the upstairs section, where floor-to-ceiling windows provide an outstanding view of the skyline.

With over 100 wines on the menu (and over 1,000 in the Randolph Wine Cellars next door), The Tasting Room may sound overwhelming. However, it's the perfect place for a long, comfortable night full of wine and flavor.

Photo credit: (c/o SXC) Quentin Houyoux, marcela lopez

The Tasting Room: 1415 W Randolph St; 312-942-1313
Mon ' Fri: 4:00 p.m. ' 1:00 a.m.
Sat: 4:00 p.m. ' 2:00 a.m.
Free parking lot
Public trans: Bus # 9, X9, 20, X20 or Green/Pink Line train (Ashland)

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2 opinions for The Tasting Room with a View

  • Jackie Dishner
    Aug 5, 2008 at 7:00 pm


    The Tasting Room sounds like one of those places you want to take your out of town guests. It sounds like a good time. I have a favorite spot like this in Phoenix called Sportsman’s–it was the first tasting room in town.

    Now there are many.

    Another favorite is Bacchus–but it’s a wine bar and has a different vibe, more casual.

    I’ll keep this in mind the next time I’m in Chicago.


  • Go Chicago Card
    Aug 6, 2008 at 9:28 am

    This place sounds great. Wine & cheese are a great combo. I will have to make it over here.

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