Monday, December 3, 2007

New wine bar opens in River West

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Connoisseur Wine Company managing partner Gerald Lott

Word is that Connoisseur Wine Company (1041 W. Grand Ave., 312-738-3055) quietly opened in the River West neighborhood last week. It's a tiny, intimate space--and I was just on Grand last night and somehow missed it!--so you really have to look out for it.

Managing partner is veteran entertainment guru Gerald Lott, who has guided promotions for some of the city’s finest venues and celebrities for nearly 20 years. And with Connoisseur, he's promoting his prime interests: atmosphere, social drinking and familiar music all as one concept.

Connoisseur is open every day except Monday, and you'll find specialty martinis, as well as a nice selection of wine, cognacs and sparkling wines to complement the small-plate and dessert offerings.

Through Dec. 15, guests receive 20% off entire menu. Also, to be invited to their upcoming grand-opening event, go to the website:

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