9 Perfect Pairings: Midwest Wine Experiences
Chicago: Bin 36
One of Chicago's most popular wine bars, Bin 36 has a motto: "The best way to learn about wine is to drink it. Throw away the vintage chart and invest in a corkscrew."
The selection here is outstanding and reasonably priced ($5-$15.75 a glass). Tips on the menu explain differences between varietals and the regions where the grapes are grown, and servers will help pair wine. (All entrees have a wine bin number for suggested pairings, too.) Patrons settle into booths in this clubby--if a little noisy--River North spot near Marina City, read the handy flight guide, chat with their servers, then let their taste buds lead the way. (312) 755-9463; bin36.com -- Kit Bernardi
Pictured: Colorfully plated whitefish delights at Bin 36.