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The Best Sparkling Wine in Illinois

Sep 16, 2019 Eat & Drink

A couple walking with their bikes through the vines

’Tis the season to be toasting. Illinois wineries step up with sparkling creations to ring in the new year or raise a glass to a new (or lasting) romance.

Sparkling Around the State

Illinois is not, in fact, Champagne, France, so its sparkling wines aren’t called Champagne. But these wineries still bring the bubbly.

A winemaker talks grape varietals with visitors at Galena Cellars Vineyard and Winery.

Galena Cellars Vineyard and Winery, Galena

Three generations of experience produce sparkling wine. Join a vineyard tour or visit the tasting room.

A platter of cheese and a couple glasses of wine sitting on a table

Illinois Sparkling Company and August Hill Winery, Utica

Using traditional methods, owner Mark Wenzel hand-blends every bottle for ISC, the sister brand to August Hill Winery. 

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Galena Cellars Vineyard and Winery, Galena copy

Three generations of experience produce sparkling wine. Join a vineyard tour or visit the tasting room.

The exterior of the building covered in orange leaves during the fall

Lynfred Winery, Chicago Suburbs

At several tasting rooms, sample a handful of fruity sparkling wines made from Midwest fruits, along with snacks like savory and sweet fresh breads.

Patrons enjoying wine tasting

Prairie State Winery, Genoa

Toast with Bubblin' Blue, a sparkling version of the winter's popular German-style Kishwaukee Blue wine. Nosh on apps, salad and panini sandwiches. 

A row of wine barrels in a dark room

Cooper's Hawk Winery and Restaurants, around the state

Pair a sparkling flight (Blanc de Blanc, Rosé, Almond and Raspberry) with Key lime.

Cheers in the City

If it’s champagne you crave, get to Chicago, where the bubbles flow in both traditional and unexpected ways.

Margeaux Brasserie
On the third floor of the Waldorf Astoria, black-tie servers offer a variety of bubbles (it changes on a nightly basis) from a roving champagne cart.

Pops for Champagne
The ambience sparkles at the nation’s oldest champagne bar with nearly 150 champagnes and sparkling wines to choose from in the landmark Tree Studios building.

Odyssey Chicago River
Celebrate Global Champagne Day (mid-October) aboard the glass-top boat as it plies the Chicago River during a five-course champagne dinner cruise with stunning, climate-controlled views.

The Spa at Four Seasons
Sip champagne while your fingers (or toes) luxuriate in a bath of bubbly. Or book a couples’ massage, then toast during a private Skylight Swim under the stars.

Sugarfina Boutique
Grown-up gummy bears—made with Dom Pérignon Vintage—come in a few flavors at suburban Oakbrook Center, the state’s only outpost of the fancy grown-up candy chain.

RM Champagne Salon
Bring a date to this cozy candlelit spot for sips of champagne and sparkling wines while dining on oysters, steak frites and more from the French-bistro inspired menu.

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