The Somm Journal

Dec 2015-Jan 2016

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{ }  1 13 Somm Da�e with a Laura Levy Shatkin isn't shy when it comes to asking a wine buyer out to dinner . . . as long as the buyer brings the wine and she gets to choose the venue! RYAN ARNOLD, SOMMELIER AND DIVISIONAL WINE DIRECTOR FOR LETTUCE ENTERTAIN YOU PAIRS UNDER- THE-RADAR FAVORITES WITH EXTRAORDINARY CUISINE AT CHICAGO'S RUXBIN by Laura Levy Shatkin / photos by Jacob Hand A Noble Match Laura Levy Shatkin with Ryan Arnold at Ruxbin in Chicago. (below) Ryan Arnold's selec- tions ran the gamut from Champagne to the Wachau, Corsica to Vouvray. WHERE Ruxbin, a 32-seat Noble Square BYOB, continues to astound and surprise with Edward Kim's creative takes on contempo- rary American fare. Sourcing pristine ingredients and inflect- ing an Asian hint, the tasting menu is nothing short of exciting. You'll be happier bringing several wine selections since it's unlikely that a single bottle will take you through the progres- sion of creative dishes. As usual, we had the chance to bring a half-dozen wines, which still caught us at a momentary loss on a few complex dishes, each with an outlier ingredient. Read on to see Sommelier Ryan Arnold's wine picks. This Date was not an exercise in mix-and-match: Arnold clearly stud- ied the menu before we dined. WHO Ryan Arnold, Sommelier and Division Wine Director for Lettuce Entertain You (LEYE), one of Chicago's venerable restaurant groups, oversees more than a dozen national eateries. He's got his thumbprint in Chicago, in addition to Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., from Stella Barra and M Street Kitchen in L.A. to the ultra-trendy Summer House, Paris Club Bistro & Bar, Hub 51, RPM Steak and RPM Italian in Chicago.

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