May 8, 2010 at 10:00 am

“Winespotting” is a new periodic series. I will post when I spot local wine on the menu in Chicago restaurants. Think restaurants only offer the same ubiquitous wines from the same 4 regions of the world? Winespotting will show that local, Midwestern wine is easier to quaff than you think.

Boka, a Lincoln Park restaurant, carries three bottles by Good Harbor (Leelanau Peninsula, MI). All of them are white wines. Offered by the bottle and glass is Trillium, a white blend (50% Riesling, 25% Vignoles and 25% Seyval Blanc) has a lush mouthfeel, and tips slightly to the sweet with a long, full fruity finish (and lots of cherry flavors) that is balanced by a slightly spritzy acidity. Tastes about halfway between a sweet and dry riesling.

Boka also carries two Good Harbor wines by the bottle: Manitou, a white blend (50% Chardonnay; 50% Pinot Gris), and the ’07 Chardonnay, a full chardonnay that has briefly seen oak (3 months on 50% French and 50% American oak).

1729 North Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60614-5537
(312) 337-6070