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Sneak Preview Tasting!

Sneak Preview Tasting!

Join us at our Elston Avenue store as we pop the corks on 30+ wines from our latest newsletter! That's right, you can experience the majority of our new wines all in one night and get your hands on some of our hottest new offerings. The cost is just $10 for over 30 wines. But you've got to make a reservation to attend. Space is limited.

Upcoming 2017 Schedule:

Vin Chicago at 1826 N. Elston Avenue, Chicago: Wednesday, June 7th, 6:30pm - 8:00pmWednesday, July 5th, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Click Here or call us at 773-489-3454 to reserve your spot!

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Why You Can Always Trust Vin Chicago

Kudos to the Chicago Tribune for rocking it out on their front page today (8/20) with a story about the biggest wine fraud in the history of the planet. For years, Premier Cru - a store in California - has been enticing wine lovers around the world (including many in Chicago) with prices that seemed too good to be true. Turned out, as we suspected for years, the whole setup was a massive Ponzi scheme. Premier Cru owner John E. Fox was taking money from his customers but not delivering the wine. In the end, he stole over $45 million - living large with fancy cars while leaving his customers hanging out to dry. He'll now be going away to prison for a long time and we're glad to see him gone.

 

There is no place in the wine world for this kind of criminal activity. At Vin Chicago, we've been selling futures for decades and have made good on every single bottle. If we sell a bottle of wine, we deliver it. We don't have any debt and we don't play games. We get our low price the old-fashioned way, by buying big quantities, keeping our overhead down and working on thin margins. There's no magic to it, just lots of hard work.

 

Starting with West Town Liquors which my grandfather opened in 1934 and Vin Chicago (then Wine Discount Center) which my father opened in 1986, my family has been continually selling wine in Chicago for 82 years. We've made it that long by keeping our word. Thanks to the FBI for getting rid of those who cheat and steal - there's no place for people like that in the world of wine!

 

We have already received a few phone calls with questions about the Premier Cru scandal. If you have any questions, we'd love to discuss - either on facebook, via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or phone (773-791-7936).

       

  - Peter

 

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Meet Dawn Dollerschell From Our Naperville Store!

Meet Dawn Dollerschell From Our Naperville Store!

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's Hunter Logan Passes Certified Sommelier Exam!

Earlier this week, the Court of Master Sommeliers administered their Certified Sommelier exam here in Chicago. Our very own Hunter Logan sat the exam and we are proud to announce that we have a new Certified Sommelier on our team!  Hunter is one of six current team members to hold a certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers, joining Certified Sommeliers Jennifer Blair, Alexandria Contos and Jim Matthews, and Advanced Sommeliers Mike Baker and Michael Matonte. Congratulations Hunter! 

 

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Meet Elston Avenue's Jenna Yeh- A Chef By Training With A Profound Passion For Wine!

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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