by Lauren Wulf LaRoche

Cheers, winos! Wednesday, May 25th is National Wine Day and to celebrate, here’s a round-up of a few local places to taste, sip, tour and shop.

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Nando Milano Trattoria
2114 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL

Nando Milano Trattoria, in Wicker Park, will be celebrating Wine Day with 50% off wines by the glass. If you are a fan of Barolo and Barbaresco wines, these two are included in the half-off special. Nando Milano Trattoria specializes in serving dishes and wine across all regions of Italy. Check out their website for an interactive map that lest you click on regions to see a featured wine or dish.

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City Winery
1200 W. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL

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Take a tour of Chicago’s fully-operational winery, located in the heart of the West Loop. On May 25th, tours are offered at 3:30 and 4:30. To make a reservation, visit

Tours include an exclusive wine tasting not available to the public, a sample of City Winery-made wine upon arrival, a tour of the facility with a member of the wine team and a tasting flight of three City Winery wines paired with three crostini appetizers.The experience costs $50 per person (plus tax) and is only available to patrons 21 and older.

Tesori Trattoria and Bar
65 E . Adams Street
Chicago, IL

Celebrate National Wine Day by sipping half-priced bottles of vino at Tesori. On Wednesday, May 25, the loop-located trattoria and bar will offer an array of wine at a fifty-percent discount. In addition, the happy hour special on Wednesday is any wine by the glass for $6. The complete list of discounted bottles is outlined below. For table reservations, contact Tesori at 312.786.9911.

White Wine

2013 Chardonnay Alois Laegeder, Alto Adige, Italy ($19.50, reg. $39)
2012 Pinot Grigio Lavis “Simoboli,” Trentino, Italy ($19.50, reg. $39
2014 Pecorino Poggio Anima, Abruzzo, Italy ($19.50, reg. $39)
2013 Grillo Cantina Celloro, Sicily, Italy ($18, reg. $36)
2014 Pinot Bianco Durer-Weg-Trentino, Alto Adige, Italy ($18, reg. $36)
2013 Soave Classico Nardello, Veneto, Italy ($19.50, reg. $39)
2014 Trebbiano Costello di Torre, Vermentino, Italy ($19.50, reg. $39)
2013 Chardonnay Raeburn, Russian River Valley, CA ($22.50, reg. $45)
2014 Sauvignon Blanc Whitehaven, Marlborough, New Zealand ($21, reg. $42)
2012 Riesling Kabinett Boiling-Lehnert, Mosel, Germany ($21, reg. $42)

Red Wine

2012 Barbera D’asti Damilano, Asti, Italy ($18, reg. $36)
2012 Nero D’avola Tasca D’almerita, Regaleali, Sicilia, Italy ($19.50, reg. $39)
2011 Chianti Classico Cecchi, Tuscany, Italy ($18, reg. $36)
2013 Moltepulciano Nicodemi, Abruzzo, Italy ($19.50, reg. $39)
2013 Primitivo Luccarelli, Puglia, Italy ($19.50, reg. $39)
2012 Super Tuscan Brancaia Tre, Tuscany, Italy ($21, reg. $42)
2012 Nebbiolo Langue-Pracchioso, Rorero, Italy ($22.50, reg. $45)
2012 Pinot Noir MacMurray Ranch, Russian River Valley, CA ($22.50, reg. $45)
2012 Malbec Gascon, Mendoza, Argentina ($19.50, reg. $39)

Wine on Draft

2013 Pinot Gris Tiamo, Veneto, Italy ($19.50, reg. $39)
2012 Sangiovese Faienza, Emilia-Romagna, Italy ($19.50, reg. $39)
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot Petite Signolo, Veneto, Italy ($19.50, reg. $39)
2013 Blackbird Rosé “Arriviste,” Napa Valley, CA ($22.50, reg. $45)

Robert’s Pizza Company
355 E. Ohio Street
Chicago, IL

Robert’s Pizza Company in Streeterville will be celebrating National Wine Day by serving up bottles of wine at 50% off to complement their brick oven pizzas all night long. The select bottles include:

R Stuart “Big Fire,” Pinot Noir – usually $45, will be sold for $22.50
Hunt & Harvest, Cabernet Sauvignon – usually $50, will be sold for $25
Gainey, Chardonnay – usually $40, will be sold for $20
Il Conte, Pinot Grigio – usually $24, will be sold for $12

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Top Picks For Buying Wine

Garfield’s Beverage Warehouse
6 Chicagoland Locations

With 6 Chicagoland locations, Garfield’s has an amazing selection of wine. There is always a knowledgeable sales person there to help answer questions. Garfield’s has a nice boutique vibe but a great variety and large selection.

Vin Chicago
4 Chicagoland Locations

On May 25th, join Vin for A Tasting on Elston of Organic, Biodynamic & Natural Wines from 7:30-9:00pm.

Learn about and taste over 40 of these delicious and industry trending wines.

You can explore offerings from well-known importers such as Louis/Dressner Selections and Neal Rosenthal along with smaller and equally passionate importers like Jenny and Francois, Selection Massale and Zev Rovine. To complement the wines, Local Foods will provide an assortment of delicious bites sourced from local farmers who share the same principles as the winemakers behind these wines.

Lauren Wulf LaRoche, CBS Chicago
Lauren Wulf LaRoche writes about living in Chicago on a budget on her website, A Poor Girl’s Guide Chicago.