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Saturday Wine Tasting - 8/26

8-26-17
Wine Tasting Event Naperville, Chicago, Highland Park, and Barrington

 

Please join us for our weekly wine tasting this Saturday, August 26th, 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. The tasting table this week features a wonderfully aromatic trio of whites, a classic 94-point Bordeaux, a jammy Zinfandel perfect for BBQ season, and our best value California Syrah from the incomparable Andrew Murray.

 

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!

 

Cape Mentelle Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon 2016Domaine Francois Pinon "Les Trois Argiles" Vouvray 2015Lucien Albrecht Alsace Gewurztraminer Reserve 2015Chateau de Paraza "Cuvee Speciale" Minervois Rose 2016Malma "Finca La Papay" Patagonia Pinot Noir 2015Chateau Branaire-Ducru Saint-Julien Bordeaux 2014Seghesio Sonoma County Zinfandel 2015Andrew Murray "Tous les Jours" Santa Ynez Valley Syrah 2015

 

 We look forward to seeing you!

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Saturday Wine Tasting - 8/19

8-19-17
Wine Tasting Event Naperville, Chicago, Highland Park, and Barrington

 

Please join us for our weekly wine tasting this Saturday, August 19th, 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 we feature our favorite Finger Lakes dry Riesling, a crisp and delicious Provence Rose, a dry Lambrusco that floored us, a 92-point Dolcetto, and a big, bold California Cabernet.

 

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!

 

Domaine de la Pepiere "Clos des Briords - Cuvee Vieilles Vignes" Sur Lie Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine 2015Ravines Finger Lakes Dry Riesling 2015Venus la Universal "Dido" Montsant Blanco 2015Chateau La Lieue Coteaux Varois en Provence Rose 2016Fattoria Moretto Grasparossa di Castelvetro Lambrusco Rosato 2015Ca' Viola "Vilot" Dolcetto d'Alba 2015Bodegas Volver "Tarima" Alicante Monastrell 2015Gundlach Bundschu Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

 

 We look forward to seeing you!

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Saturday Wine Tasting - 8/12

8-12-17
Wine Tasting Event Naperville, Chicago, Highland Park, and Barrington

 

Please join us for our weekly wine tasting this Saturday, August 12th, 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 a 91-point Sancerre, a 92-point Napa Valley Chardonnay, a perfect warm weather Rose, a classic 2012 Bordeaux, and a 94-point Spanish red that blew us away!

 

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!

 

Thomas Labaille "L'Authentique" Sancerre 2016

San Salvatore Campania Falanghina 2016

Beringer "Private Reserve" Napa Valley Chardonnay 2014

Chateau Maupague Sainte Victoire-Cotes de Provence Rose 2016

Pali Wine Co. "Riviera" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2015

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Wine Tasting this Saturday - 8/5

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

 

Please join us for our weekly wine tasting this Saturday, August 5th, 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 we feature a 94-point white from Portugal, a small-batch unfiltered Sauvignon Blanc from Desparada, a 93-point Chianti Classico Riserva, and a 94-point big red blend from California's Justin!

 

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!

 

Quinta do Ameal Ponte de Lima Loureiro 2015

Terlan "Terlaner" Alto Adige Pinot Bianco/Chardonnay/Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Desparada "Fragment" Santa Barbara Unfiltered Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Guillaume Gonnet "La Reveur" Cotes du Rhone Rose 2016

Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

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Meet Highland Park's Lyle Jorgenson!

Meet Highland Park's Lyle Jorgenson!

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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