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Frank Family Wine Dinner at Meson Sabika!

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Please join us in Naperville on Thursday, October 26th, at 6:30pm for a special wine dinner at Meson Sabika featuring the wines of Napa Valley's Frank Family! As a special treat, we will start the evening with Frank Family’s 2013 Blanc de Blanc, a rare and beautiful sparkling wine that is usually sold at the winery only. We will then enjoy a four course dinner, served tapas style, paired with new releases of Frank Family's Carneros Chardonnay 2015, Carneros Pinot Noir 2015, Napa Valley Zinfandel 2014, and Napa Valley Cabernet 2014!

 

This four course dinner, with five great wines, is only $90 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity!

 

WHEN: Thursday, October 26th, 6:30pm WHERE: Meson Sabika, 1025 Aurora Ave, NapervilleCOST: $90 per person, all inclusive

 

To sign up, call Jim or Dawn at 630-717-7800!

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Saturday Wine Tasting - 10/21

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

 

Please join us for our weekly wine tasting this Saturday, October 21st, 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 lead off with three fantastic white wine values, including a $10 Chardonnay from Serbia that is a must-try! The reds include a beauty from Sicily's Mt. Etna, along with a 93-Point Brunello di Montalcino that we are letting fly for only $28.99! We'll also pour a tasty, sub-$15 Sonoma Cabernet from Highway 12 and a killer Petite Sirah from Washington's Horse Heaven Hills AVA!  

 

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 du Tariquet "Classic" Cote de Gascogne Blanc 2016J. Mourat "Chenin de Jardin" Val de Loire Chenin Blanc 2016Vinarija Zvonko Bogdan Serbia Chardonnay 2015Cusumano "Alto Mora" Etna Rosso 2014Clos du Mont-Olivet "Vieilles Vignes" Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2015Poggio Salvi Brunello di Montalcino 2012Highway 12 California Cabernet Sauvignon 2015Thurston Wolfe "Zephyr Ridge Vineyard" Horse Heaven Hills Petite Sirah 2014

 

 We look forward to seeing you!

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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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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 2019 Schedule:

Vin Chicago at 1826 N. Elston Avenue, Chicago: Wednesday, March 6th - 6:30pm - 8:00pm Wednesday, April 3rd - 6:30pm - 8:00pmWednesday, May 1st - 6:30pm - 8:00pmWednesday, June 5th - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

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

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Meet Dawn Dollerschell From Our Naperville Store!

Meet Dawn Dollerschell From Our Naperville Store!

Vin Chicago Bio!

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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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