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Autumn Cheer, by the Glass

Beat the autumn chill while expanding your palate by cozying up at these local hot spots offering stellar wines by the glass. Cheers!

Chicago Cut Steakhouse

Chicago Cut Steakhouse
Talk about exclusive! Chicago Cut Steakhouse is now the only restaurant in the country pouring Prisoner Wine Company's sought-after Blindfold White by the glass ($20). A favorite of oenophiles nationwide, the Blindfold White is no longer available at retail, making Chicago Cut one of the few places in the city to enjoy a sip. More a fan of red? Then browse the steakhouse’s vast assortment from its innovative and user-friendly iPad app. 300 N. LaSalle St., 312.329.1800,

Boarding House
Escape the cold at Boarding House and settle in at either the first-floor wine bar or upstairs dining room. Proprietor and Master Sommelier Alpana Singh recommends the 2011 J. Reinisch Rotgipfler from Austria ($14 a glass). Fans of Pinot Grigio will enjoy this aromatic white made by the Reinisch family, who tend their own organic vine nursery. And with less than 250 acres of Rotgipfler being grown worldwide, this is one wine you won’t be seeing on every list in town! 720 N. Wells St., 312.280.0720,

City Winery
City Winery is the perfect combination of wine, music, and culinary arts to enjoy year-round, but its intimate concerts are the perfect place to warm up with a glass of wine this season. One must-sip on our radar is the 2010 Herdad do Esporao “Quatro Castas” ($14 a glass), a delicious Portuguese red with notes of plum and black cherry. Savor a glass while taking in a performance by Rick Springfield (Nov. 24) or Vanessa Carlton (Nov. 27). 1200 W. Randolph St., 312.733.9463,

Lush Wine & Spirits
Stop by this perennially popular West Town destination for some of its unique November pours. The 2010 Andrew Rich Tabula Rasa ($9 a glass) from Washington’s Columbia Valley is a blend of Syrah, Mourvedre and Grenache, lending it flavors of cherry, raspberry and toasty cinnamon. At the other end of the spectrum is another house favorite, the 2012 Mayu Pedro Ximenez ($8 a glass), a Chilean white with a palate Lush’s expert staff describes as “lemon curd layered with freshly baked bread.” All we can say is, “How much for the bottle?”! 1412 W. Chicago Ave., 312.666.6900,

Bin 36
This River North emporium’s wine bar is the place to be when you’re in the mood for a tipple or two, or perhaps a tasting flight from the list of 50 wines available by the glass. Our pick? The 2011 Massaya Blanc, a mellow Lebanese white with hints of honey, pear, baking spices and cedar. Lunch and dinner menus are available to pair with your wine selection, as well as a selection of artisan cheeses. Once you’ve found your favorite, make your way to the Bin 36’s market to pick up a bottle and browse a variety of accessories, housewares and gift baskets just in time for the holiday season. 339 N. Dearborn St., 312.755.9436,