The Secret To Having The Best Wine Night

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The Secret To Having The Best Wine Night

Phil and I were at a dinner party a few weeks ago and the host shared how he remembers his first bottle of wine. While it was not expensive or of high caliber, to this day he can recall the moment the wine touched his lips and the aroma from the bottle. The moral of his story was not about the power of the alcohol, but rather who we share a bottle with and the experience. I love hearing his stories about previous dinner parties he has hosted, the places he has traveled to for tastings and everything in-between.

After learning about his latest trip to France, the stories reminded me of a shoot Phil and I coordinated a while back for a magazine where we set out to create a moment that could someday be a dinner party story. When planning the shoot, I found myself sitting in the office and thinking about the idea- about the best wine night. What exactly does this mean? What does it look like? Most importantly, what does it feel like? I not only wanted the photos to look inviting and showcase everything I had in mind, I wanted to take the experience we were shooting and put it into words. We headed to Pinterest for inspiration, spent quite a few late nights dreaming up what this project would be and shared the names of companies we thought would be amazing to partner with. Piece by piece our version of the best wine night came to life.


The secret is this- there isn’t one thing to do, but rather a collection of things making up the “best” wine night. Continue reading to find out what those things are!

The Secret To Having The Best Wine Night


We chose the rooftop of FLATS. My friend Courtney lives in one of their buildings and I fell in love with her community space/ rooftop. I saw online they have other locations around the city and the “Ardus” perfectly encompassed the vibes I was going for plus what I thought Phil would like- so I reached out and booked the space. Now, in order to have the best wine night you don’t need to venture to a luxury location. For me it’s all about the vibes. Find someplace meaningful to you and where you truly enjoy spending time. Nothing is worse than being in a building that makes your skin crawl. Comfort is key. If you can relax and picture yourself having fun there, you’ve found your spot. Stumped on ideas? Use your home: gather around the dining room table, the sitting room, or take the party outside to your backyard, patio, deck, rooftop- or if you live close to a beach, pack up a few glasses and a blanket and sip your wine as you watch the waves roll in.

Ivy Grapes Grassl Wine GlassChicago Rooftop and Wine Glass


Whether it is your family members, significant other, a group of friends or co-workers, wine is always the most enjoyable when you can share the moment with someone else. The best bottles not only hold wine, but memories.

Wine Glass Photography

Best Wine Glass For White Wine | Grassl Glass Luxury Stemware

FLATS Apartment Chicago Wine Night Kistler Wine

FLATS Chicago Apartment and Wine


Our mentor has a saying: “great wine demands a great glass”. I couldn’t agree more. I love Grassl glass and the way the stemware fits into my hand. All of the glasses and decanter in this pos are from Grassl’s Vigneron series. Be sure to select the right glass for the type of wine you are drinking. I used this guide to help me. 

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Grassl Wine Glasses

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