Season 4, Episode 4
Vince visits his favorite US city, Chicago, to explore the consumer side of wine; how to order from a somm, how to buy wine in a store, and a bit of Prohibition history! Plus, Vince pairs wine with deep-dish pizza, a Chicago hot dog, and an Italian beef sandwich. He also visits his alma mater DePaul University, a classic steakhouse, and a trendy Mediterranean restaurant.
filmed May, 2021 | runtime 62 minutes
from the Ensenada/Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico episode
Filming in Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico was on my to-do list for a long time, so you could imagine how excited I was when Josh reached out to help make that dream a reality! As a tour guide he knows all the ins and outs of the Valle and Ensenada, from world class restaurants, amazing bottles of Nebbiolo, to some of the best roadside fish tacos you'll ever have! Of course there were some hard days along the way but it's nothing a bottle of Côte Rôtie couldn't fix! Come along with Josh and I as we talk behind the scenes of filming and remember why the Valle and Ensenada are so special!
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from the Chicago Episode
CHICAGO'S FIRST LADY CRUISES
If it's your first time in Chicago, my #1 piece of advice is to take a river boat tour and learn about the city's history and architecture!
THE GREEN MILL
This is one of the best jazz clubs in the city with a ton of amazing history! Al Capone used to hang out here, and it was a speakeasy during Prohibition.
Deep dish pizza is Chicago's contribution to the pizza world, and in my opinion you can't do better than Lou's! If you can't get to Chicago, they also ship nationwide on dry ice!
JUICE @ 1340
My buddy Derrick C. Westbrook used to be a somm at some of the city's hottest restaurants, but now he owns his own wine shop! Check it out for some amazing small batch, hand selected wines.
BINNY'S BEVERAGE DEPOT
Binny's is a family owned wine shop with around 50 stores in the Chicago area. They have an amazing selection and well trained staff!
Superdawg may be the best Chicago style hot dog I've ever had, and that's saying something! Their drive-in car-hop service is open late; don't sleep on the malts, fries, and burgers either!
A stunning 3-floor steakhouse, Gibson's Italia is one of the top 20 highest-grossing restaurants in the country for good reason! Italian. Steak. Wine. Views. What more could you ask for?!
Al's Beef invented Italian Beef, so you know you're getting the real deal. A delicious combo of shaved beef, jus, and sweet or hot peppers on French bread, this Chicago staple is a must!
My alma mater, DePaul University is located in the heart of downtown! They recently added a School of Hospitality Leadership for people who want to get into hotel or restaurant management which is really exciting; they even have a wine class!
Aba is proof that Chicago is so much more than steakhouses and comfort food. This Mediterranean spot run by Top Chef alumni CJ Jacobson makes amazing cuisine, the space is gorgeous, and the wine list is contemporary and fun!