Owners Erica Feldkamp and John Witte hope to make good wine accessible to everyone, regardless of their income or social status.
"We want to provide a source of education where people can come in and fall in love with wine," says Witte. Their Lincoln Park wine and art gallery, the Poison Cup, offers bottles for as little as $13 and as fine as a 2006 Paso Robles by Justin Isosceles for $70.
Despite the delectable combo of wine and art, with European cheeses and chocolate added into the mix (and maybe olive oil too), this place isn't pretentious. Take note of the Schwinn bicycle parked in the corner that John uses to get around the neighborhood.
Adorning the walls is work by local artists, like Marketa Sivek, who has a gallery in Wicker Park's Flat Iron Arts Building. Feldkamp and Witte will rotate artists every few months on a consignment basis and may host occasional readings or rent out their intimate space for rehearsal dinners.
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Centerstage Reviewer: Jacob Wheeler