A Natural Sip
Telegraph Wine Bar
Since it opened in 2011, Logan Square wine bar Telegraph has been drawing all manner of city sippers, from devoted oenophiles to curious novices unable to tell a Merlot from a Chardonnay. Popular not only for its amber-hued glow and romantically rustic ambience, it’s also Chicago’s first bar to focus entirely on natural wines. This comes courtesy of Jeremy Quinn, voted one of Food & Wine magazine’s 2012 Sommeliers of the Year, who has crafted an impeccable selection completely bereft of chemicals, fermented with native yeast, bottled with minimal sulfur additions and that hails mostly from family-owned European wineries. Not only do these additive-bare bottles mean each swig is full-bodied and bursting with flavour, but also enviro-friendly and better for your health too.
All the better to pair with former Avec chef John Anderes’ short-but-sweet, locally-sourced and seasonally-inspired menu, which currently features standout hors d’oeuvres like duck liver pate and seared veal sweetbreads alongside mains like braised octopus with bay scallops and chick peas, and beef bourguignon with celery root puree and cremini mushrooms. Once you’ve ordered, Quinn will be on hand to select a glass or bottle to perfectly compliment each plate, but do save room for dessert - each of the offerings comes with an optional drink pairing, and we simply can’t resist the divine ice box cake, paired with a half pour of pontarlier absinthe verte... Bottoms up!