Not every ’hood can support four new wine stores within a mile radius, but apparently one bursting with condo-dwelling DINKs can. The South Loop has seen an influx of booze in the past six months, so we thought it was time to judge these newbies. We visited and took note of inventory, customer service and atmosphere. Then, just to see how far they’d go to help a customer, we kindly requested they perform a practically impossible task: Produce a bottle of 1972 Chateau Haut-Brion, a highly coveted—and terribly difficult to find—bottle of Bordeaux.
New wine shops in the South Loop
One neighborhood, four new wine shops. Is the South Loop the luckiest land in Chicago, or is it just getting trashed?
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