The Sip: Spiaggia’s award-winning wine collection a master class in vintages

Jun 26, 2019 217

BY: Ji Suk Yi

When I first meet Rachael Lowe, she isn’t the “picture” of a fine-dining sommelier I had in my mind. Down-to-earth and gregarious, she doesn’t speak in esoteric or rarefied tones, even though she is brilliant in her descriptions of the style, producer and terroir of the 800 labels on Spiaggia’s wine list.

For over five years, Lowe has been the beverage director of Chicago’s Michelin-starred Spiaggia, recently nominated in the outstanding wine program category at the 2019 James Beard Awards. She now oversees the entire Levy restaurant division as beverage director (including the Ravinia Festival, River Roast and Maddon’s Post).

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