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Vin Chicago Bio!

- Dawn Dollerschell –

 

 

What is your first wine memory?

I’m Italian, so there isn’t a time that I don’t remember wine being a part of Sunday dinners at Grandma Lucy’s! It was homemade, and that’s the only kind I knew, I never even thought about store bought wine. Our grapevines grew entwined in a long archway and as I walked my way through I was surrounded by grapes above my head, ready to be picked. It was my favorite place to be, and a lasting memory.

When I got out of college I went to Italy to visit cousins of mine who were living in Naples. One day we took a trip to Sorrento and this is where I first tasted a wine that blew my mind. Sorrento was the most beautiful place I had ever been! The air was thick with enticing floral aromas and clean fresh lemon zest, little did I know that a wine could be described in the same way! We were served wine but to my surprise it was white wine! It never occurred to me to drink white wine but it was delicious! I never saw the bottle or even asked what it was, I just drank it with new found pleasure! That moment and that memory will last a lifetime.

What is your favorite wine from a recent newsletter?

 

In our February newsletter we featured an Italian white wine Terredora Irpinia Falanghina 2014. This wine blows me away! I believe that this was the unknown wine I drank in Sorrento all those years ago! If you have never had it please give it a try, it won’t disappoint. The aromas are rich and intensely floral and the flavors of crisp green apples, pears and lemon pith dance on your tongue. There is substantial acidity and enough structure for this wine to be enjoyed throughout your meal. It’s a fantastic food wine!

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Vin Chicago Bio!

- Katie Larson –

 

 

A passion for art and art history led Katie to France. France led Katie to wine. Wine led Katie to Vin Chicago. We are so glad to have her on the team!

 

What is your first wine memory?

 

On a trip to see what must have been every World War II-era bunker in Normandy, we stopped at a tavern in a town in the middle of nowhere. All I remember were fields of safflower and the straight Roman road in front of us. But our guide—who never spent more than 10 euros on wine in his own home—insisted on the Châteauneufdu- Pape offered on the menu for 30. I don’t remember the producer or the vintage, but that was the first time a wine jumped out at me as special. It was full, balanced, and utterly delicious. I realized then that exceptional moments deserve exceptional wines, and I still try to drink a Châteauneuf on Christmas.

 

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Vin Chicago Bio!

- Alexandria Contos –

 

 

It has been just over a year since we convinced Alex to join us at our Highland Park location. Unlike many people who develop their interest in wine and food as an adult, Alex was born into the industry. She quite literally grew up in her family's legendary Chez Paul restaurant where she developed a passion for food and a flair for service. Her life path has seen her living in Germany, Miami and happily for us, back in Chicago!

 

 

What is your first wine memory?

 

When I was 9 or 10 years old, my mother was invited by Moet & Chandon to visit their estate in Epernay and she took me along. We stayed at their chateau and toured the monastery where Dom Perignon lived and helped pave the way for Champagne as we know it today. I will never forget what our tour guide stated... “If you drink good Champagne you will not have a headache the next day!"

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Vin Chicago Bio!

- Jenna Yeh –

 

 

Jenna has been at our Elston Avenue store for just three months but it's hard to remember what life was like pre-Jenna. Always smiling, Jenna is the kind of person we love having on our team. She speaks softly, but with a profound passion and excitement. A chef by training, with stints at Girl & the Goat, Taxim and Green Zebra, Jenna has as much love for food as for wine. Looking for a perfect wine to pair with your special dinner? You'll want to seek her out!

 

 

What is your first wine memory?

 

When I was 10 or 11 years old, my mom took me and my sister to Sunday brunch at the Drake Hotel. She ordered a glass of chardonnay, who knows what it was, and let me have a sip...It was buttery and rich, like PIE! Pretty amazing for a chunky little preteen 

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Vin Chicago Bio!

- Hunter Logan –

 

 

What can we say about Hunter Logan? He is one of the sweetest, most sincere people you will ever have the pleasure of meeting. His passion for wine and zest for life are inseparably intertwined. Ask about his latest culinary exploit and you're certain to get a big smile and a mouth-watering story!

 

 

What is your first wine memory?

 

I don't really have a "first" wine memory. It is more of a continuous string of memories that comprise my childhood. Wine was always a constant in my family - not surprising as some members hailed from the south of France - and a delicious bottle of wine was always present at the dinner table. Ironically, it was most often a bottle of Rioja and not a classical French wine. Riojas were a family favorite and I still enjoy them a great deal to this day. 

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