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Question about wine at Alinea

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Hello,

The wife and I are taking the plunge and heading to Alinea on Friday night as our Christmas present to each other. My question is, neither of us is big wine drinkers...while we both enjoy the occasional glass, that's just it...we usually stop at one glass, two tops. So I don't really want to spend the money on the wine pairings and I'm thinking that even splitting a pairing might be a too much.

Do they have other options? Wine by the glass/half bottle? Can they just pour us a few glasses as needed and charge us based on how much we end up drinking? And if anyone has done any of those options, do you know the price range?

Thanks so much in advance. I'm really looking forward to this.

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1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

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  1. Alinea is very flexible. They would be happy to pour you a few glasses as you'd like or you might want to share a tasting.

    1. Absolutely. Last time I was there, I wanted to taste every wine, but only a bit each (because I didn't want to get tipsy by the end of the dinner). They accommodated that and charged me less the half the original pairing price (I forget how much; I want to say 1/3?). I think they charge you based on how much you drink.

      1. Besides bottles and the wine pairing they offer wines by the glass and half-glass. When I was there last month they had an Escoffier course that included a glass of a particular wine. That and two half glasses were enough to get me through the meal, but I'm no a big wine drinker.

        1. They definitely have wines available by the glass, and prices are not outrageous. When I ate there last year, my companion had a glass of wine and I didn't have any alcohol. I don't recall the exact price of the glass of wine but I probably would have remembered it if it were more than about $12.

          1. It's $150 for the regular pairing and $225 for the reserve pairing. It makes the tab for two approach the four-figure range. Ouch!

            Do yourself a favor and spend $8 on the pumpkin spice soda...really unique stuff (in a good way).

            1. Btw, they also do have a small selection of half bottles available on the wine list.

              Fyi, the sommelier indicated that the wine pairing (which we did not select during our visit) equates to about 3.5 - 4 glasses of wine in total.