In The Restaurants

Somm Picks: Top Bottles Under $50

Somm Picks: Top Bottles Under $50

Jun 26, 2018

Searching through wine lists can be a daunting task. Thumbing through dozens of pages filled with esoteric varietals and unrecognizable regions is tiresome, all while knowing you just want a fantastic sip that won’t break the bank. We get it!

Our experts are here to help. Enter: Wine Directors Kevin Bratt of Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, Ryan Arnold of AbaĒma, il PorcellinoBeatrix, Summer House Santa Monica and Stella Barra Pizzeria, Seth Wilson of Booth OneRichard Hanauer of the RPM Restaurants and Steve Tindle of Shaw’s Crab House are here with their favorite bottles under $50 to keep your glass full and your wallet happy.

wine on the bar at il porcellino

 

Looking For: Rosé


Château Virgile, Costieres de Nimes, 2017

Tasting notes: a light and refreshing rosé that goes really well with seafood dishes.
Where: Shaw’s Crab House Chicago, Shaw’s Crab House Schaumburg
Price: $43

 

Looking For: Bubbles


Emendis, “Nu Allonge Brut”, Cava, NV

Tasting notes: using the same Champagne method, this Cava is a great pocketbook-friendly alternative to Champagne made with indigenous hand-harvested Spanish grapes.
Where: Booth One
Price: $44

Giuliana, Prosecco, NV

Tasting notes: RPM Restaurants spent years trying to find the perfect Prosecco recipe: a balance of fruit sweetness and raciness.
Where: RPM Steak, RPM Italian ChicagoRPM Italian Washington D.C.
Price: $48

Kevin Bratt tasting wines

Fun & Fresh Whites


Domaine Pierre Luneau-Papin, Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine, 2015

Tasting notes: perfect for oysters and raw seafood, this Muscadet is light, bright and packed with fresh minerality.
Where: Joe’s Seafood Chicago, Joe’s Seafood Las Vegas
Price: $38-45

Elk Cove, Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, 2016

Tasting notes: great alongside grilled fish and white meats. Often times Pinot Gris has a hint of sweetness, however, this one is bone dry and perfect for summer!
Where: Summer House Santa Monica Chicago
Price: $49

Genio Y Figura, Rias Baixas, 2015

Tasting notes: this vibrant and clean wine is from vineyards close to the Atlantic ocean and pairs great with crustaceans.
Where:  Shaw’s Crab House Chicago, Shaw’s Crab House Schaumburg
Price: $47

 

Full & Flavorful Whites


Kilikanoon, Riesling, Clare Valley, 2013

Tasting notes: a dry iteration of Riesling – unlike Riesling’s reputation of being sweet – the Kilikanoon is extremely food friendly with explosive flavors.
Where: Sushi-san
Price: $50

Reichsgraf Von Kesselstatt, Riesling, Mosel 2015

Tasting notes: hailing from a 650-year-old estate with a reputable female winemaker, Anagret Reg-Gartner, this Kabinett-style of Riesling strikes a balance between the tartness and restrained sweetness.
Where: Booth One
Price: $48

Domaine du Salvard, Cheverny, 2016

Tasting notes: a perfect price-conscious alternative to Sancerre, this Sauvignon Blanc-heavy wine is crisp and delicious, with the touch of Chardonnay lending a lift to the palate.
Where: Joe’s Seafood Chicago, Joe’s Seafood Washington D.C.
Price: $36-40

Two glasses of red wine being cheersed

Light & Bright Reds


Centonze, Frappato, Sicilia, 2016

Tasting notes: put on a slight chill to counter the hot and humid summers, the Centonze has bright raspberry and cherry notes.
Where: il Porcellino
Price: $44

Envinate, “Albahra”, Canary Islands, 2016

Tasting notes: a perfect summer red, this wine is aged in concrete barrels instead of wood, preserving a fresh quality of the grapes.
Where: Aba
Price: $48

Colle Ticchio, Cesanese del Piglio, 2016

Tasting notes: fantastic medium-body wine reminiscent of an earthy Pinot Noir, with strong pepper notes. Perfect alongside Cacio e Pepe and Carbonara.
Where: RPM Italian in Washington D.C.
Price: $48

 

Ripe & Ready Reds


Bernard Baudry, “Les Granges”, Chinon, 2015

Tasting notes: organically grown, easy-drinking wine with notes of ripe blackberry, sweet bell peppers and violets.
Where: Booth One
Price: $48

Ravines, Cabernet Franc, Finger Lakes, 2015

Tasting notes: light and fruity red wine perfect for afternoon sips, packed with notes of red raspberry.
Where: Joe’s Seafood Washington D.C.
Price: $50

Conde Valdemar, Rioja Reserva, 2009

Tasting notes: a great alternative to Pinot Noir with a mouthwatering and seamless texture with some age on it.
Where:  Shaw’s Crab House Chicago, Shaw’s Crab House Schaumburg
Price: $47

Einaudi, Dogliani, 2014

Tasting notes: often overlooked for Barbera, Dolcetto is a super versatile red wine from Piedmont in northwest Italy.
Where: Stella Barra Chicago
Price: $46

burgundy and white wine glasses


You May Also Like...

How To
Giuliana Rancic Dishes on How To Throw An Award-Winning Oscar Party
Feb 22, 2019

The 91st Academy Awards are happening Sunday, February 24! With a little planning and some useful…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Here’s Where to Brunch this Weekend
Feb 20, 2019

If you're anything like us, you plan your weekend around brunch. Here is your guide to all of our…

read more >
How To
Treat Yourself! Here’s 7 Ways to Use Your Holiday Bonus
Feb 20, 2019

Wondering what to do with your $25 Holiday Bonus from the Holiday Gift Card Promotion? Now through…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Sip Your Way Through History with Booth One’s New Cocktail Menu
Feb 20, 2019

Booth One is a restaurant that sits in one of the most iconic locations in hospitality history; a…

read more >
In The Restaurants
You Can Now Enjoy Aba’s Patio All Year Long
Feb 19, 2019

Introducing the new rooftop igloos at Aba! Why are we so excited for these? Well, it means you can…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Here’s Where to Happy Hour
Feb 18, 2019

It's 5 o'clock somewhere! Here are all the happy hour deals at select Lettuce Entertain You…

read more >
How To
Cooking with Wine: Top 5 White Wine Picks From RPM’s Richard Hanauer
Feb 17, 2019

Cooking with wine may seem straightforward. Deglaze here, add in a splash there (take a sip,…

read more >
How To
Recipe: RPM Italian’s Short Rib Bolognese with Hand-Cut Pappardelle
Feb 16, 2019

Looking for a hearty recipe to tackle over a cold winter weekend? Try RPM Italian’s Short Rib…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Gluten-Free Friendly Restaurants
Feb 13, 2019

Finding gluten-free friendly restaurants has gotten a lot easier than it used to be. At Lettuce…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Kid-Friendly Dining Options and Activities
Feb 10, 2019

You've been to the zoo, the beach, the pool... the kids are starting to get stir crazy. We've got…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Best Spots for Group Dining
Feb 9, 2019

You finally got the whole crew to agree on the same day and time, now you just have to find the…

read more >
In The Restaurants
These Dishes & Drinks are Perfect to Share
Feb 8, 2019

The way to one's heart is through the stomach, so how about sharing one of our favorite dishes or…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Late Night & Live Music with Lettuce
Feb 3, 2019

Night owls rejoice - select Lettuce restaurants and nightclubs offer everything from late-night food…

read more >
In The Restaurants
5 Things to Know About Sushi-San’s Omakaze Experience
Jan 30, 2019

One of Chicago's most unique omakase experiences is Sushi-San's aptly named omaKAZE, where guests…

read more >
How To
How to Tackle Brunch at Shaw’s Schaumburg
Jan 25, 2019

Hey everyone! Kailley of Kailley Lindman Photography here! I'm a food-writer-turned-photographer,…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Where to Eat Lunch
Jan 25, 2019

For that one hour escape from your office, you want to make sure to make most of your lunch hour.…

read more >
In The Restaurants
8 Food Trends We’re Looking Forward To In 2019
Jan 20, 2019

Just like fashion, food is always trending and it’s up to the experts to decide what’s “in”…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Vegetarian Comfort Food
Jan 15, 2019

A New Year's resolution that we are making is to incorporate more veggies into our diet, but it's…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Your Guide to Our Favorite Salads
Jan 14, 2019

A salad a day keeps the doctor away. Well, maybe not. But we know it can be tough keeping your New…

read more >
How To
8 Ways to Use Your Lettuce Gift Card
Jan 14, 2019

Racking your brain for the perfect gift? Here's an idea, how about a Lettuce Entertain You Gift…

read more >
How To
Already Fell Off the Healthy New Year’s Resolution Wagon? Let’s Eat.
Jan 13, 2019

"New Year, Same Me" more your speed? Well, we're right there with you. Celebrate one of our favorite…

read more >
In The Restaurants
5 Healthier Menu Alternatives to Help You Keep Your Resolutions
Jan 8, 2019

January is here, which means it's time for New Year's resolutions. It's not our fault that the cold…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Cheers for Mocktails
Jan 8, 2019

If you're doing Dry January, mocktails are the perfect way to enjoy Happy Hour without the alcohol.…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Your Hangover Cure Is Here: Shaw’s Schaumburg New Line-Up of Bloody Marys
Jan 5, 2019

Introducing five new bloody marys at Shaw's Schaumburg's! With unique concoctions such as the…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Know Your Dough: Breaking Bread with Chef Doug Psaltis
Dec 30, 2018

There is nothing quite like the aroma of freshly baked bread wafting from the oven—yeasty,…

read more >
How To
The Perfect Party Appetizers
Dec 30, 2018

A well-crafted appetizer is the perfect way to make sure your guests won't go hungry so you can…

read more >
How To
How To Make the Perfect Game Day Dip
Dec 20, 2018

A staple for your Big Game Sunday spread is a delicious dip! In case you need some inspiration, we…

read more >
In The Restaurants
A Gift Guide for the Food Lover in Your Life
Dec 5, 2018

Whether a birthday, graduation or any other of the countless holidays, we're here to make selecting…

read more >
How To
Recipe: Griddled Turkey Breakfast Sandwich
Nov 23, 2018

The day after Thanksgiving it’s inevitable there will be leftover turkey. According to our Chef…

read more >
How To
Recipe: RPM Steak Roast Turkey
Nov 22, 2018

Impress your family this Thanksgiving by taking a page out of RPM Steak's book with this shockingly…

read more >
How To
Recipe: Shaw’s Pumpkin Pie
Nov 17, 2018

End Thanksgiving dinner on a sweet note with this iconic pumpkin pie from Shaw's Crab House.…

read more >
How To
A Guide to Selecting the Perfect Thanksgiving Wines
Nov 15, 2018

Fact: wine stores are intimidating. More truth: we're here to help! We've tapped the minds of our…

read more >
How To
How To: Get Cozy with Pappardelle alla Porcellino
Nov 7, 2018

With fall in full swing, what’s better than cozying up with a big bowl of homemade pasta? The team…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Throwing a Holiday Party? Don’t Forget These 4 Things!
Nov 7, 2018

Before your friends and family come over and gather around your table, there are a few tips and…

read more >
In The Restaurants
$5 Happy Hour is Now in Session at Booth One’s Library Bar
Nov 4, 2018

There's a new happy hour in town! Booth One is offering $5 (yes just $5!) select beers, wines and…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Fall Harvest’s Best Dishes
Nov 1, 2018

The bounty of fall harvest comes at a time in the year when we are craving the comfort of cool…

read more >
How To
Recipe: Pancakes with Cranberry Relish and Orange Zest
Oct 31, 2018

The morning after Thanksgiving leaves a lot of leftovers to be transformed. Jeff Mahin, Chef/…

read more >
In The Restaurants
4 Reasons Why Joe’s Chicago Is Your New Go-To Happy Hour
Oct 30, 2018

Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab Chicago has a brand new Cocktail Hour in the bar/lounge!…

read more >
In The Restaurants
All Pumpkin, Everything
Oct 20, 2018

'Tis the season for everyone's favorite fall ingredient, pumpkin. Whether you're preparing pumpkin…

read more >
How To
il Porcellino’s Gnocchi Bolognese
Oct 17, 2018

Cold weather have you staying at home for dinner? il Porcellino's Gnocchi Bolognese is the perfect…

read more >

Recent Posts

How To
How to Make a Perfect Margarita
Feb 22, 2019

Making the perfect margarita is as easy as 1, 2, 3 and what better way to learn than with our…

read more >
How To
Giuliana Rancic Dishes on How To Throw An Award-Winning Oscar Party
Feb 22, 2019

The 91st Academy Awards are happening Sunday, February 24! With a little planning and some useful…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Happy Hour Gets an Upgrade: Check out Hub 51’s All-New “The Happiest Hour”
Feb 21, 2019

Hub 51 just launched a brand new happy hour where guests buy the drinks and the restaurant supplies…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Here’s Where to Brunch this Weekend
Feb 20, 2019

If you're anything like us, you plan your weekend around brunch. Here is your guide to all of our…

read more >
How To
Treat Yourself! Here’s 7 Ways to Use Your Holiday Bonus
Feb 20, 2019

Wondering what to do with your $25 Holiday Bonus from the Holiday Gift Card Promotion? Now through…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Sip Your Way Through History with Booth One’s New Cocktail Menu
Feb 20, 2019

Booth One is a restaurant that sits in one of the most iconic locations in hospitality history; a…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Video: The 2019 Windy City Smokeout Is Back with a Star-Studded Lineup & NEW Location
Feb 19, 2019

Get fired up, Chicago! The Windy City Smokeout is back (July 12 – 14, 2019) with another year of…

read more >
In The Restaurants
5 Reasons to Say “I Do” at The Dalcy
Feb 19, 2019

The holiday season is filled with family time, friends, too much food and engagements! Dubbed the…

read more >
How To
VIDEO: 5 Ways to Use the LettuceEats App
Feb 19, 2019

We like to think of the LettuceEats app as your own personal restaurant concierge complete with…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Rise & Shine: The Best Way to Breakfast During the Week
Feb 19, 2019

Early risers rejoice! We've rounded up all of our weekday breakfast specialties that will keep you…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Your Weekly Bub City Calendar! Spoiler Alert: There’s A $5 Deal Every Night
Feb 19, 2019

We're here to make sure you never miss a beat and also help you plan your social calendar around…

read more >
In The Restaurants
4 Reasons Why You Should Have Your Wedding at Osteria Via Stato
Feb 19, 2019

He popped the question, you popped the champagne and voila, you’re engaged!  Now, it’s time to…

read more >
Lettuce Consulting Group

Grow Your Business

Learn More
Career Opportunities

Join Our Team

Search Jobs
Latest Articles

Sign Up For Our Newsletter

Sign Up Now

Lettuce on Instagram

Checkout our feed @lettuceentertainyou!