From the far North Side to downtown, Chicago can be a wine kind of town

When it comes to Chicago winters — or really anytime — it doesn’t get much better than a few glasses of wine, a spread of cheese and charcuterie, and a quiet, cozy space to lay claim to for a couple of hours. Thankfully, the city is home to a few wine bars that are perfect for the occasion, whether it’s a first date round or a three-bottle gathering with friends.

From a Humboldt Park industry hangout, to a Roscoe Village retreat, here are 11 of the best out there now. For the 2019 edition, Bar Ramone, Red & White Wine Bar, and the venerable Pops for Champagne come aboard.

Bar Ramone

This River North restaurant specializes in small production wines and Spanish fare to accompany it. More than 25 wines are available by the glass, meaning drinkers can sample through a selection of beverage director Richard Hanauer’s Burgundy, Piedmont, and Rhone picks, which spotlight mom-and-pop makers (think Clos Cibonne, Jean-Louis Chave, and Jacques Selosse). Try them alongside a medley of tapas with a modern-day twist — namely the patatas bravas fries, crispy Spanish rice, and croquetas with black truffle aioli.