A new addition to the Loop happy hour scene, Rittergut Wine Bar & Social Club opened this summer in July. For $25, two people can sample wine flights and a cheese and charcuterie plate at this new riverfront venue, regularly $54.
Located blocks from Union Station, Ogilvie and the Chicago Travelzoo office, Rittergut has quickly become one of our favorite happy hour spots. Grab a seat on the patio overlooking the water and savor six choices from the international cheese and charcuterie menus alongside your wine flight.
We recommend sampling the Manchego reserve from Spain, Boucheron (goat cheese) from France, the clothbound cheddar cheeses from Vermont, the Cantimpalo chorizo from Spain, Prosciutto di Parma from Italy and salame Toscano from New York City.
Pair with a wine flight each, such as these current seasonal choices:
• The sparking flight
featuring a 2005 Raventos Cava Reserva Brut "L'Hereu" from Spain, Meinklang Frizzante Rose of Pinot Noir from Austria and Bele Casel NV Prosecco from Italy
• The white flight
featuring a 2009 Tariquet Chenin Blanc Chardonnay from France, a 2009 Tomero Torrontés from Argentina and a 2009 Scarpetta Pinot Grigio from Italy
• The red flight
featuring a 2009 Emilio Bulfon "Pecol Ros" from Italy, a 2007 Giacomo Grimaldi Dolcetto from Italy and a 2008 La Posta Pinot Noir from Argentina