It’s been just more than a decade since Johnson Ho took the leap to become a solo purveyor of fine wine, opening Pantheon Wine Shoppe. It is unlikely that a greater concentration of trophy bottles exists anywhere in the state; a stroll through the space reveals row after dazzling row of grand cru Burgundy, collectable Bordeaux and a king’s ransom worth of Barolo. Ho’s customers need a good place to keep all that good stuff, of course, and he also provides expert cellar design and installation, as with this 2,600-capacity gem. “In the upscale wine cellar design space,” he’ll admit under questioning, “I am considered one of the foremost in the world.”
899 Skokie Blvd., Ste. 102, Northbrook, 847-498-1414.
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