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Holiday Case Sale & Tasting!


Holiday Case Sale & Tasting Featuring The Wines of Legendary Importer Kermit Lynch!

Sunday, December 3rd, 11am - 3pm at Vin Chicago on Elston Avenue


On Sunday, December 3rd, from 11am – 3pm, our Chicago store on Elston will be hosting a huge tasting and case sale featuring the incredible wines of Kermit Lynch! The Kermit warehouse in Chicago is backed up and they need to make massive space for their new arrivals. We’ve been working hard on combing over the inventory to cherry pick lots of excellent wines that will be blown out at INSANELY low prices! Sparkling Cremant, red and white Burgundy, Beaujolais, Loire Valley favorites, treasures from the southern and northern Rhone, and much more!


All wines will be open for you to sample and will be available for purchase by the case on a pre-arrival basis with savings up to 72% off typical retail! Orders will be filled during the following week. Supply of many wines will be quite limited, so round up some friends and arrive early to get first crack at the most exciting deals!


When: Sunday, December 3rd, 11:00am - 3:00pm

Where: Vin Chicago, 1826 N. Elston Avenue


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Frank Family Wine Dinner at Meson Sabika!


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

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 Mike Zehe!


It's hard to believe, but it's already been four years since Mike Zehe left the insurance industry and followed his passion for wine to join us at Vin Chicago. Always with a smile and a can-do attitude, Mike spent a few years learning the business at our Elston Avenue store before moving north to take on the assistant manager role in Highland Park. We're thrilled to have him as part of the team!


What is the first wine that blew you away?


I will not forget the time I tried the 2008 Domaine Leflaive "Sous le Doc D'Ane" Premier Cru Meursault. (Quite a name, but I saved the brochure from the tasting!) It was early in my wine adventures, and my first truly great wine. I was left speechless, and stupefied. How could wine taste that good? It was utterly decadent and delicious, like the best creme brulee in the world. I have yet to match that revelatory experience, though I've come close many times.


Any wines in your cellar that you're holding for a special occasion?


One with sentimental value is the bottle of 2006 D'Arenberg "Dead Arm" Shiraz, an iconic wine from the McLaren Vale region of South Australia. I received it as a gift from an early wine mentor when I graduated from college. I've been patient for seven years, the longest for any bottle in my cellar. I definitely look forward to enjoying the fruits of my 'labor' sooner rather than later.


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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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