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Join us on Sunday, April 30th at our Highland Park store for a "case sale" featuring the wines of Kermit Lynch!

We'll have over 25 wines available for purchase, all with huge by-the-case discounts. Best of all, each of these wines will be open for you to taste before you buy!

Look for selections from Albert Boxler, Ostertag, Pierre Breton, Domaine Faury, Robert Denogent and many more. Don't miss your chance at big savings and the opportunity to taste before you buy the case! No reservations needed, just stop on by.

WhenSunday, April 30th, 11:00am - 3:00pm
Where: Vin Chicago, 1350 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park

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Wine Tasting this Saturday - 4/22

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Wine Tasting Event Naperville, Chicago, Highland Park, and Barrington

Please join us for our weekly wine tasting this Saturday, April 22nd, from 12:00 - 4:00! Every Saturday, all four Vin Chicago locations pour a diverse selection of the hottest new wines from our monthly newsletter. This week's table features crisp Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, a fresh, lively Oregon Rose, our most popular Barbera, a 93-point Tuscan gem, and a Chateauneuf-du-Pape from the famed La Crau vineyard for a mere $31.99!

Check out the entire list below for all four locations (CLICK on a wine to read the full tasting notes) and stop in Saturday afternoon to taste with us while you shop!

 
 

We look forward to seeing you!

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Wine Tasting this Saturday - 4/15

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Wine Tasting Event Naperville, Chicago, Highland Park, and Barrington

Please join us for our weekly wine tasting this Saturday, April 15th, from 12:00 - 4:00! Every Saturday, all four Vin Chicago locations pour a diverse selection of the hottest new wines from our monthly newsletter. With Easter coming this Sunday, we have a selection that will go on just about any brunch table. If you've never tried Txakolina, this is something really special and we are thrilled to have it out to taste Saturday. In addition, there is an outstanding Rose, a screaming value Vino Nobile, a delicious sub-$20 California Cab, and an extremely limited double 94-point Zinfandel!

Check out the entire list below for all four locations (CLICK on a wine to read the full tasting notes) and stop in Saturday afternoon to taste with us while you shop!

 
 

We look forward to seeing you!

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Wine Tasting this Saturday - 4/8

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Wine Tasting Event Naperville, Chicago, Highland Park, and Barrington

Please join us for our weekly wine tasting this Saturday, April 8th, from 12:00 - 4:00! Every Saturday, all four Vin Chicago locations pour a diverse selection of the hottest new wines from our monthly newsletter. We kick off our April newsletter tastings with an extraordinary selection, including a sensational sparkling Rose, a refreshing pair of whites from Sancerre and Spain, a 2010 Riserva Barolo, and a Washington Petite Sirah that was the biggest hit at our Big Reds in Barrington event! You seriously do not want to miss this tasting.

Check out the entire list below for all four locations (CLICK on a wine to read the full tasting notes) and stop in Saturday afternoon to taste with us while you shop!

 
 

We look forward to seeing you!

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Bright energetic and detail oriented, Lyle has proven himself a versatile and passionate member of the team. As is the case with so many Vin Chicagoans, Lyle was a customer for several years before making a break from the banking world to join us full time.

What is your first wine memory?

I came late to the game. I had a strong beer background energized by my Father’s interest since the early 1990s in artisan-crafted beer from home and abroad. Expeditions across multiple counties to source something new and exciting and the little tastes I might get from time to time stuck with me and fueled a life-long curiosity in food and drink. The birth of a glutton it would seem. My great-grandfather was a Calabrian immigrant who made wine at home up until the 1970s, the younger generations helping him along the way. Unfortunately, my exposure to family wine was no more grandiose than those eerily long-lasting jugs. Intrigued by the impact of cool-climate Sauvignon Blanc, my glaring lack of knowledge and a new home with space to gather a collection — I jumped in head-first and have not looked back.

What is the first wine that blew you away?

So, while the ever-electric “Savvy” had an initial grab on me — it was the complexity and savory grandeur of aged bottles that smothered me with the wine-geek pillow. When you start in wine it is easy to fall in like with the intense, obvious, immediate and identifiable. Love is a more complicated matter; it is nuanced, deep, challenging and at times fickle and fleeting. From my humble origins, gaining access to complex, world-class, mature wine was not immediate. Which leads to…

What is your favorite wine region?

I’m usually not good at choosing favorites, but from my first taste of La Rioja Alta’s “904” Gran Reserva, I think my answer has been Rioja. This region’s classic producers provide routine availability to unique, aged wines. No other region does this, much less at the completely accessible price-tags they wear. It won’t be to every taste, but every taster should at least try a taste. I also love Muscadet’s versatile, somewhat neutral, salty, bone-dry, underdog features. Ultimately, I enjoy wine together with food most; they elevate one another and can be a simple enjoyment of life. A producer’s winegrowing style also increasingly matters every bit as much as its place of origin.

What is the best part about your job?

I love the holistic nature of wine. I love selling refreshment, pleasure, intrigue, trophy, celebration, tangible, today, tomorrow. I prefer to specialize in versatility. First and foremost I am an observer of people, a listener, and an analyzer. Having a social science degree a love of geography and a decade of direct face-to-face service has been very helpful for me in working with a mishmash of art & science that is so deeply experiential and intertwined with people. I see the many approaches: novice, experienced, collector, investor, hedonist, intellectual, romantic, curious, puritanical. I adore challenging, and the challenges — it is humbling. It is fascinating and I love it, every single day. It matters so much to me.

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