I’m not a wine snob… I also don’t use words like peachy, tall, fruity, and strong to describe my fermented beverages; only wine snobs use those adjectives. I drink wine that tastes good to me, and usually don’t pay attention to what the “critics” are saying.
I was excited to try to Wine Loft in the South Side Works. It seemed like an interesting concept; an entire gathering place designed around the enjoyment, and exploration of wine.
The Wine Loft isn’t a small space; it accommodates 200 people pretty easily. When I arrived at 7pm on Saturday the Loft was mostly empty- that would quickly change.
The décor at The Wine Loft is contemporary, the lighting is dim, and the host as well as the servers as dressed well. If you plan to visit The Loft, you shouldn’t wear jeans.
Seating is different from most restaurants- there are a few high-tops, but most people choose to sit at the bar, or on the plush, comfortable couches.
The wine list isn’t over-complicated, and the servers are happy to assist you with a beverage selection. If you’re not a wine drinker, beer and mixed drinks are available- I also saw several pitchers of homemade sangria being made during happy hour.
Although The Wine Loft has a “limited menu” I found it extensive. We enjoyed delicious goat cheese pizza, but also thought the hummus platter, steak salad, sushi and crab cakes looked good.
During the latter part of the evening the DJ cranked up the music. By 10pm the place was packed with young professionals, and 20-somethings.
If you’re tired of going to bars and clubs, try The Wine Loft; it will add a touch of sophistication to your weekend excursions.
Chef Chuck Kerber