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You won’t have to look hard for an excellent glass of vino at Waldorf Astoria Chicago — the urban Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel’s French bistro Balsan and the Bernard’s Bar both serve a variety of wines.
Though Bernard’s Bar has a deep list of scotches and seasonal cocktail menu, it also serves a list of select wines that match the overall clubby aesthetic of the bar. Aside from a generous list of champagnes, Bernard’s also offers wines from France, Italy and the United States, including a La Scarpetta pinot grigio for $14 per glass, or a Mouton Noir Cabernet Sauvignon for $18 per glass.
At Balsan, you’ll have a wide variety of wines from which to choose: sake, whites, bubbly, rosé and reds round out the wine section. Offerings include two kinds of sake; 20 different whites (including a 2008 Albariño Pazo Galegos from Rias Biaxas, Spain); six sparkling wines (including an estra brut Nino Franco Prosecco Rustico from Veneto, Italy); two kinds of rosé (including a granache blend from Domaine de Jarras of Languedoc, France); and 21 varieties of red (including a Don Martino Viña Violeta malbec from Mendoza, Argentina).
Together, Balsan and Bernard’s Bar offer a wide selection of wines from around the world — consult the well-versed bartenders and servers about the various varietals.