Planning a getaway this summer? Make sure you plan wine in your itinerary — whether you’re going to “wine country” or not.
Here are three ideas — one in the Midwest… one in California’s North Coast wine country… and one to help you plan a romantic trip to one of Europe’s most romantic cities…
- RM Champagne Salon is a 1,500-square-foot space in Chicago’s West Loop/Fulton Market neighborhood, home to some of the city’s best restaurants.
The name comes from the French designation for “grower Champagne,” and the wine list is expertly curated. The by-the-glass list also is inspired, far different than you’ll find anywhere else in Chicagoland.
RM also offers dinner, late-night, and cheese-and-dessert menus.
- There’s a fun way for Sonoma County visitors to savor the fine wines of Ledson, Mountain Terraces and Zina Hyde Cunningham: at the new Zina Lounge at the Ledson Hotel.
Fifth-generation Sonoma County winemaker and farmer Steve Ledson has enlisted internationally renowned Chef Yoshiharu Sogi — a wine expert and chef extraordinaire — to create intricate pairings using locally grown farm-to-table products that are designed to excite the palate while elevating the nuances of each wine.
- Planning a trip to France’s most famous city?
Don’t do it without first reading A Passion for Paris: Romanticism and Romance in the City of Light. It’s a city where there’s no shortage of wine.
Advance reviews say the book, written by David Downie, is a must for both veteran visitors to the city and first-timers.