Last night, Chicago chef great Tony Mantuano unveiled his revamped casual Cafe Spiaggia on Michigan Avenue. The frescos are gone and space is much more modern, with dark wood and light marble everywhere.
The wine list, which used to exclusively feature Italian wines, has been overhauled, too. It’s now a global selection of about 70 wines, but it’s even more specific than that: sommelier Rachael Lowe has made a list that’s entirely composed of wines made by women. “Lately I’ve been reading a lot of articles about female sommeliers getting more and more credit, but I never hear anything about female winemakers," Lowe says. “I thought it would be fun to base my list on strong women who are out there making wine, and to give them the credit they deserve. It’s a mirror of the modernized theme of the restaurant."
For this week's One Case Wonder, we asked Lowe to tell us about 12 of her favorite discoveries: