Italian Fine Wines

The area’s largest selection of Italian and fine wines

La Buona Vita is breathing new life into the La Grange gourmet restaurant experience by delivering authentic Italian food with fresh focus and seasonal flair. From homemade pasta made with fine-grade semolina flour to locally raised meats, Owner and Chef Terry Rempert’s seasonal menu features only the highest-quality ingredients, prepared with exacting standards and innovative techniques.

While our customers and staff alike have plenty of longtime favorites, Chef Terry prides himself on dreaming up new dishes and flavor profiles. Many of these creations–like Duck Breast Risotto, Markers Mark Marinated Smoked Scottish Salmon and Braised Pork Belly Sandwiches–have become seasonal specials that are classics in their own right.

Have special dietary needs? La Buona Vita is happy to accommodate you with a gluten-free menu and vegetarian fare, as well as modifications to the menu whenever possible.

Join us today for a transformative culinary experience at La Buona Vita.


Wines by the Glass

WHITES AND ROSE (Glass/Bottle)

House – Chardonnay, Moscato, Pinot Grigio, Rose – $8 $28

Chardonnay, Bread and Butter, Napa, California – $10 | $36
Butter, vanilla oak, and citrus on the pallet, with delicate notes of melon, lemon peel, and jasmine.

Chardonnay, Wildstock, Willamette Valley (Un-Oaked) – $12 | $42
Tropical notes of pineapple mingle with fresh peaches, nectarines, and lemon zest on the nose. The juicy, lightly mineral palate is balanced perfectly with tropical acidity and bright zest.

Moscato, Di Volpara, Italy – $10 | $36
Notes of white flowers. Pleasant, fresh, harmonious and sweet, with a great counterbalance for its sweetness and glyceric content.

Orvieto, Arcosesto, Italy – $11 | $42
Delicate and pleasant, with notes of fresh fruit and flowers.  The pallet is refreshing, fragrant and persistent, with a hint of acidity and minerality.

Pinot Grigio, Avanti, Italy – $9 | $32
A crisp, dry wine with soft pear and melon flavors, and a fresh citrus aroma.  In the mouth it is smooth and silky.

Pinot Grigio, Riccardi, Italy – $10 | $36
A Bouquet that is fruity with peach, grapefruit, honey and almond notes. The pallet is fresh, savory, pleasant.

Riesling, Bex, Germany – $9 | $32
Aromas of orange blossom, lime and white grapefruit are followed by mouthwatering flavors of lime and mandarin orange, which finishes with mineral and citrus zest highlights

Rose, Chiaretto Classico, Italy – $9 | $32
Chiaretto is the most famous name for rosé wines in Italy and can only be made from the Bardolino zone bordering beautiful Lake Garda in the Veneto region of northern Italy.

Sauvignon Blanc, Lobster Reef, New Zealand – $11 | $40
Aromatic and generous on the palate, the wine offers big tropical flavors, with hints of peach and apricot on the nose with underlying notes of citrus and herbs.


REDS

House – Cabernet, Chianti, Merlot, Pinot Noir – $8 | $28

Red Moscato, Sangue Di Giuda, Italy – $10 | $36
Vinous fruits of the forest Maresca on the nose which tastes sweet and full bodied, slightly tannic.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Peirano Estates, California – $9 | $32
The aromas are a compendium of zesty black cherries, cola, and toasty cocoa. The first initial sip fills the mouth with sweet anise, black boysenberry, cherry, anise, molasses, and baked blackberry pie, while maintaining absolute dryness and firm, round, yet supple, tannins.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Aviary, California – $11 | $40
Aviary Cabernet has aromas of dried plums, blackberry jam, cassis and cherry cola.  The round palate features of dried plum, blueberry pie, dark chocolate, and a subtle tea leaf that lingers.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Light Horse, California – $12 | $42
A bouquet of cassis, espresso, mocha, black current and a touch of tobacco on the nose.  Delectable flavors of berry and spices are supported by refreshing acidity and soft tannins.

Chianti Classico, Le Bocce DOCG, Italy – $12 | $42
It is rich in the bouquet, fruity with a touch of violets, blackberries and iris at maturity, with a distinctive vanilla aroma.  The taste is dry and robust at first, becoming progressively gentler.               

Chianti Riserva, Massimo Le Rote, DOCG, Italy – $15 | $56
Massimo has rich, chewy dark fruit and “wet” tannins, yet finishes dry and clean.

Malbec, Festivo, Mendoza, Argentina – $9 | $32
Bright notes of violets are present, along with ripe red fruit aromas.  In the mouth it is supple and elegant with a long pleasurable finish.

Merlot, The Velvet Devil, Washington State – $10 | $36
Dark fruits, cherry and blackberry. Brimming with cedar, pipe tobacco and earth.

Montepulciano, La Quercia, Abruzzo, Italy – $9 | $32
Dusty tannins mingle with flavors of black cherry, pomegranate and a hint of dark chocolate.  Ending with an espresso and tobacco finish.

Pinot Noir, Leese-Fitch, California – $9 | $34
Dark, juicy berries on the approach are enriched by a tannic and smoky vanilla complexity on the mid palate coupled with a dry essence of braised pear. The finish is long with subtle hints of sun dried raisins; tannins persist.

Pinot Noir, A to Z, Oregon – $12 | $44
The mid-palate reveals ripe tannins and crisp acidity with a touch of minerality and spice (cinnamon, anise, saffron, sandalwood) lending greater complexity.

Primitivo, Primiero, Italy – $13 | $48
Intense and complex aromas typical of red fruits, ripe berries and plum jam, with clear hints of vanilla spice and toasted oak flavor in the final.  This wine is full-bodied, harmonious and slightly tannic.

Red Blend, The Other Red, Californi – $9 | $32
Aromas of black cherry, raspberry, candied fruit and dried cranberries are complemented by spicy, toasty oak notes. Upon washing this liquid across the palate, a wave of sweet dried cherries, cranberry, and raspberries, with a hint of light toast, leads to a long, totally seductive, finish.

Red Blend, Whiplash, California – $10 | $34
Exudes aromas of strawberry, plum allspice and red apple.  The palate is enticed with ripe fruit blended with chocolate notes that lead to fine tannins providing a velvety texture and a substantial mouthfeel.

Sangiovese, Bocelli, Italy – $11 | $40
The fruit is deliciously ripe and smoky, with notes of marasca cherry, granite and rhubarb compote.  The finish is long and suitably dry, with admirable acidity that makes the palate taut and pleasing.

Super Tuscan, Carpineto “Dogajolo”, Italy – $10 | $36
Boasts of fruity aromas with hints of cherry interlaced with coffee, vanilla and spice.

Zinfandel, Whiplash, California – $10 | $34
Exudes spicy raspberries in a dusty field of lavender and lilac.  Opulence; an engulfing mouth feel of velvet cherries, rhubarb, brittle chocolate and finely crushed peppercorn.


Wines by the Bottle

SPARKLING & ROSE

Prosecco, Bocelli, Italy – Split $10
This Prosecco has subtle flower and fruit aromas that make the palate deliciously light and playful.  It tickles the throat with a peachy softness, and is flecked with minerality.

Domaine Chandon Brut, California – Split $9

Tastes of apple, pear and citrus flavors and aromas with a hint of spice that leads to a soft, dry finish.

Chandon Rose, California – Split $9
Fruit aromas and flavors of ripe strawberry, juicy watermelon, and fresh red cherry.  On the palate, this wine is creamy and seductive with a defined structure from the Pinot Noir

Champagne, G.H. Mumm Brute, France | 92 Pts. Wine Spectator | Split $11
Flavors of vanilla, roasted nuts and a hint of toast. A result of the carefully chosen infusion of terroir and reserve wines, the finish is long. Imparting to the finish is lightness from Chardonnay, fruitiness from Pinot Noir and roundness provided by Pinot Meunier.


WHITES

Chardonnay, Aviary, Napa California – $42
Aviary Chardonnay is fresh, rich, and balanced.  Inviting aromas of pear, banana, vanilla, subtle spice, and toasted oak draw you in.

Gewurztraminer Blend, Borealis, Willamette Valley – $38
It starts with a soft, slightly sweet expression of ripe peach and pear balanced with a citrus zing, which evolves to a delicious long, crisp finish of tropical and stone fruit.  Great with spicy food.

Sauvignon Blanc, Le Pianure, Italy – $30
Aromas with notes of grapefruit, lime, sage and green pepper.  The palate has a pleasant degree of acidity.

Verdicchio, Castelli di Jesi, Italy – $36
Thinking person’s Pinot Grigio.  Refreshing citrus fruits, playful acidity, and complex minerality are the hallmarks of the varietal, and when well-made it is one of the best whites in the Mediterranean world.

Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Le Rote, DOCG, Tuscany – $38
This wine is a bright, exciting, floral delight with cleansing citrus and a lush body. These 35 year-old vines pack loads of Old World minerality into every sip.

Zibibbo, Jasmin, Italy – $40
Fragrant and tangy, ample and harmonious with an appealing fruitiness encompassing a range of yellow to red citrus fruit aromas.


REDS

Barbaresco, Castello Di Neive DOCG, Italy – $72
Aromas of red fruits and cassis are complemented by delicate hints of licorice, smoke and caramel.  The tannins in this wine are central to the mouth feel, yet they are neither astringent nor tight.

Barbera, Piemonte, Italy – $34
A lively, medium bodied, juicy red wine with sweet sour cherries and a hint of tobacco.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Hess, Napa, California – $42
Flavors of red raspberry, black cherry followed with spicy notes of currants, anise, cloves, cedar and a touch of vanilla

Cabernet Sauvignon, Eagle Glen, Napa, California – $45
Notes of savory spices and dark chocolate play a supporting role as the wine’s initial flavors move across the palate and linger with remarkable length and complex finish.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Mettler, California – $55
Opens with inviting aromas of dark berries, cedar, oak and spice, followed by a graceful mingling of cherry, blackberry, currant and sweet oak flavors. On the palate, the plush mouthfeel is moderated by juicy acidity, taking the perfect alignment of fruit, oak and tannins through to a flawless finish.

Chianti, Poggio Vignoso DOCG, Italy – $36
This Chianti is surprisingly firm and admirably balanced with intense dried cherries and floral notes.

Langhe Rosso, Trabuch DOC, Italy – $65
Intense and persistent bouquet with scents of gillyflower.  Full-bodied wine with sweet and velvety tannins which makes it a unique wine.

Langhe Rosso, Gentilium DOC, Italy – $75
A clear and softly elegant bouquet with scent of liquorice touch the nose.  On the palate an intense, dry and velvety mouth feel with vanilla aftertaste.

Malbec, Agua de Piedra Gran Seleccion, Mendoza, Argentina – $34
Plummy aroma supported with some appealing spice, earth and mineral notes.  It’s fairly full in the mouth, with round, supple dark berry and plum flavors, and a very soft pleasing finish.

Meritage, Hayman & Hill, California – $40
The palate has ripe cherry, milk chocolate and blackberry leaf flavors which leaves a silky mouth feel and a long very full finish.

Merlot, Le Diacce, Italy – $36
Merlot from Podere Ciona is remarkably clear in style and tension, with stinging, bright red fruits, subtle smoky notes, and a firm-bodied lushness that befits exceptional Merlot.

Merlot, Burgess, Napa Valley – $46
The 2012 Merlot exhibits a full-bodied mouthfeel with concentrated flavors of Bing cherry and blueberry. The purity of this single-vineyard, 100% Merlot is exemplary.

Montepulciano, Zauott, Abruzzo, Italy – $40
Full-bodied wine, dry and smooth with a lovely richness of flavor.  Very well harmonized and balanced with the right degree of acidity and tannins.

Nebbiolo, Sottimano DOC, Italy – $56
An intense, persistent nose of fruits and spices, with some hints of dried rose, cherries and tobacco. On the palate it shows a good, firm body and very refined tannins, with notes of violet, mint and a fresh, vibrant fruit.

Pinot Noir, 47 Friends, California – $42
The wine starts with a lovely nose.  For the palate it offers delicacy, finesse, complexity and layers of fruit which provides an excellent mouthfeel and a long, balanced finish.

Pinot Noir, Pali Riviera, California – $44
A full mouth-feel of currants, raspberry, iron, pomegranate and sage. Slightly tart with loads of fruit on the palate for a long finish.

Red Blend, Biferno DOC, Italy – $32
Wonderfully smooth and balanced.  Made from two underrated varietals, Montepulciano and Aglianico, with hints of smoky blackberry, chestnut, and peppery-sweet aroma that delights the senses.

Red Blend, Aviary, Napa, California – $48
Aromas of brambleberries, cassis, cigar box, spice, almonds and chocolate touch the nose.  The round palate features flavors of red fruits, dark chocolate, and a subtle tea leaf that lingers.

Red Blend, Salento Verso Rosso, Italy – $38
Rich and dark fruit on the nose with spicy earth.  The palate is filled with black berry and plum with dark cherry, nice oak adding weight with light tannins on the finish.

Valpolicella Classico, Guiseppe Lonardi, DOC, Italy – $42
Lush cranberry notes with chocolate that epitomizes the lovely characteristics of Corvina.

Zinfandel, Big Smooth, Napa, California – $36
Lively aromas of blackberry, purple basil, and cocoa draw you robust blend through hints of molasses, dried blueberry and raspberry.


Terry’s Reserve List

Amarone, Zonin della Valpolicella DOCG 2010 | 90 Pts. Wine Enthusiast | $98
The nose is broad and nuanced, with scents of wild berries.  The pallet is majestic and velvety, with richly fruity dried grape tones.

Barolo, Palladino DOCG 2007, Italy – $120
Dry, velvety and austere, with a bouquet of faded rose and violet.

Blanc de Noir, Sea Smoke Sea Spray 2011, California | 90 Pts. Wine Enthusiast | $110
The nuanced nose expresses aromas of lilies, fresh pastry and green fig. The wine enters the palate with energetic freshness and finishes with delightful length.  The nuanced nose expresses cranberries, lavender, fresh bread and lemon curd. The wine enters the palate with energetic freshness and finishes with delightful length.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Burgess 2012, Napa | 90 Pts. Wine Enthusiast | $92
Hits the palate with an exotic concoction of dark fruit, pencil shavings, spices, tobacco, cedar, savory herbs, licorice and lavender. Dark and imposing, the 2012 possesses superb richness, with plenty of Howell Mountain character and intensity.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Hall 2011, Napa | 92 Pts. Wine Spectator | $98
Tastes of chocolate, a touch of oak and a medium to full-bodied displays strong aromas of pure dark fruit with a floral lift of fresh rose. The palate is bright, concentrated and dense with plenty of structured tannins.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Burgess 2012, Napa | 90 Pts. Wine Enthusiast | $92
Hits the palate with an exotic concoction of dark fruit, pencil shavings, spices, tobacco, cedar, savory herbs, licorice and lavender. Dark and imposing, the 2012 possesses superb richness, with plenty of Howell Mountain character and intensity.

Chateauneuf-Du-Pape, E. Guigal 2007, France | 93 Pts. Wine Advocate | $98
On the nose you notice spice and mature red fruit.  The palate feels round tannins with powerful complexity. A rich unctuous wine with notes of mature plums, hazelnuts and red fruit.

Pinot Noir, Sea Smoke Southing 2012, California | 93 Pts. Wine Enthusiast | $140
It offers terrific notes of black raspberries, cassis, subtle oak and a touch of rose petal to go with a medium-bodied, silky, elegant, yet still textured and sexy profile on the palate. Just a joy to drink

Pinot Noir, Gehricke 2013, Russian River, California | 91 Pts | $75
On the nose a pleasing medley of cherry aromas naturally scented with vanilla, allspice, pistachio and lush caramel.  A medium-bodied blast of cherry flavors, balanced with light acidity, follows with a silky mouthfeel.