Waterleaf's Wine Program Offers Excellence At Moderate Price Points
Waterleaf restaurant's excellent wine service, coupled with globally-influenced contemporary American cuisine, is rapidly cementing the fine dining restaurant's reputation as a top DuPage County dining destination.
Recipient of Wine Spectator magazine's prestigious Award of Excellence in both 2012 and 2013, Waterleaf's wine program features extensive offerings that express the restaurant's philosophy and cuisine. "Our wine selections offer a wide variety of choices, both domestic and international, that are excellent accompaniments to our food and offer real value for our guests," said Jean-Pierre Leroux, Waterleaf's general manager.
Updated regularly, Waterleaf's wine list features exceptional, yet reasonably priced wines from around the globe. International offerings include: Varichon & Clerc Brut NV, Rhone Valley, France; Prendo (Pino Grigio) from Vigneti Delle Dolomiti, Italy; 2010 Steenberg, South Africa and 2009 F. Weins-Prum (Reisling), Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett, Mosel Valley, Germany.
Domestic favorites include: 2009 Darioush, Russian River Valley, California; 2009 Chappellet, Pritchard Hill, Napa Valley, California; 2007 Miner Family Winery, The Oracle, Napa Valley, California; and the 2009 Sequoia Grove Winery, Napa Valley, California.
The collection also includes a global collection of after dinner dessert wines and Portos. While the collection will certainly grow over time, Leroux stressed that the emphasis remains on moderate pricing. "So far, we have succeeded in keeping wine prices down, but the wine quality very high," he said. "We want ensure an excellent wine can be enjoyed by everyone who desires the Waterleaf experience."
Waterleaf restaurant is located at 425 Fawell Boulevard in Glen Ellyn, Ill. The 120-seat restaurant, led by General Manager Jean-Pierre Leroux and Executive Chef Nadia Tilkian, is a hidden gem, nestled on the campus of College of DuPage.
Waterleaf serves lunch and dinner Wednesday through Sunday. It is closed on Monday and Tuesday. Lunch hours are 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday; dinner hours are 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Brunch is served on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Call 630-942-6881 for information or reservations or visit: www.waterleafrestaurant.com.
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