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Jul 10, 2006 09:47 PM

Wine Tasting/Beer Pairing

Looking for a place to go on a date this week- somewhere that offers wine tasting or a meal that has wine/beer pairing. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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  1. It depends on how much you want to spend. Unless you want to spend in the neighborhood of $100+ per person, I'd recommend Webster Wine Bar. See They are more focused on the wine than the food, but the food is good also. Let us know if you want something more formal.

    1. Thanks, we are definitely looking for something on the less-formal side...and focusing on the wine/beer side of things than the actual meal.

      1. I would highly recommend Volo in Roscoe Village, and it's the perfect spot for a date. They have a beautiful outdoor dining area in back and a front sidewalk dining area. The food is very good -- all small plates. They also have very clever wine pairings that are reasonably priced. Also, it's not a loud restaurant, and it's a great neighborhood to go for a walk. If you're looking more for beer, this isn't the place, but if you want wine pairings and food, it's perfect. Here's a link to their website and to some reviews:

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        1. re: BRB

          Great idea. I completely forgot about Volo when I wrote about Webster Wine Bar (and I love Volo -- live in Roscoe Village and have been there many, many times! Maybe I was secretly trying to keep it to myself!)

          Yeah, I'd say Volo probably has a better food menu but fewer wines by the glass, compared to Webster Wine Bar. Check out the menus and see which place has food and wine more to your liking. You won't go wrong with either. Good call, BRB.

          1. re: Darren72

            Yes, I recall (well, to be honest, I don't recall much since it was during the Roscoe Fest last summer and I had already had sevarl drinks) having pretty good food and wine at Volo. Thanks for the reminder...I'll definitely go back.

            I dined at Spring several months back and was impressed with the beer pairing. Our server was just as enthusiastic with my beer pairing as he was with my wife's wine pairing...which is hard to find.

            Also try HOPLEAF on Clark Street in Andersonville just south of Foster. The food is not your typical bar grub. They serve a variety of Belgian and European upscale bar food with fantastic Belgian and other European beers. Fun place for a date...check out the more intimate rear or upstairs seating. The front bar can be pretty loud which is not very romantic. The remodel a couple of years back has done wonders for this place...I love it!

            If you're a "beer guy", like I am, then you owe it to yourself to splurge on a trip to Sonoma. My wife and I had fantastic food paired perfectly with some amazing beers and of course wine for her.

        2. You might want to check on They have a lot of info about these kind of restaurants and some events that you might find interesting.