Italian Village Uncorks Monthly Wine Series

Everyone knows their California Cabernet and Italian Super Tuscan, and Italian Village Restaurants aims to shed light on lesser-known Italian varietals with the unveiling of its monthly wine series. The extraordinary program spans the northern Trentino-Alto Adige region to southeastern Puglia, introducing Chicagoans to favorite new reds and whites, and giving wine lovers much to cheers about.

This month, Italian Village highlights the picturesque Sicilian region with three distinct grapes embodying the renowned wine-growing area. February’s selections offer a taste of Sicily, including:

  • Planeta Etna Bianco: This floral white combines volcanic soil smokiness and almond-pear tones for easy sipping.
  • Graci Etna Rosso: This lighter-style red presents less acidic Pinot Noir characteristics with sour cherry and cranberry notes.
  • Tasca d’Almerita Regaleali: This fuller-style red offers ripe fruit flavors, perfect for Shiraz enthusiasts.
“Diners like to be educated, and our goal is to encourage our guests to go beyond their normal wine selections by introducing them to exciting new styles from various regions,” says Wine Director, Jared Gelband. “In addition to expanding their palates, we are raising awareness of these fantastic varietals that guests may have never experienced, as well as the incredible assortment in our Cellar in the Sky.”

With the Sicilian region already underway, Italian Village will offer wine selections from Sardinia in March, Calabria in April, Campania in May and Puglia in June. With the goal of guiding guests to their new vino favorites, Gelband’s wine tour through Italy is ideal for both the sophisticated oenophile and novice alike.

Known for more than authentic Italian cuisine, Italian Village houses an award-winning wine cellar, “The Cellar in the Sky”, with over 1,100 selections totaling over 20,000 bottles. One of the largest restaurant-based wine cellars in the Midwest, the wine list spans the globe with a strong Italian focus, receiving awards from Wine Spectator for 30 consecutive years. A combination of culture, diversity and family, the wine list has evolved over the past 91 years and will continue its legacy under Gelband’s expertise.

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About Italian Village Restaurants
Established in 1927, Italian Village is home to three restaurants – The Village, La Cantina and Vivere – each with its own chef, menu specialties and unique ambiance. As the oldest Italian restaurant in the city, Italian Village is a third-generation family business focused on traditional values and the highest standards of service. Whether the choice of restaurant, menu, or wine list, guests are never short on options.