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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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We are now Vin Chicago!

For the past 27 years we served you as Wine Discount Center. Starting today, we have changed our name to Vin Chicago! Our name has changed, but all that you love about Wine Discount Center remains. You'll find the same expert staff, same interesting and unusual wines from around the world and, of course, the same legendary low prices.

You may be surprised to learn that this is not our first name change. When my grandfather opened our first store in 1934, it was called West Town Liquors. When my father Bud (who most of you know) took over the business in the late 1950's, he freshened the name a few times before settling on Wine Discount Center in 1986. Changing names, however, is hard work and we plan on being Vin Chicago for a very, very long time!

Our new name has already drawn some attention. Check out what the Chicago Tribune and Crain's Chicago have to say about our new name!

We thank you for all of your support as we make this transition to Vin Chicago and look forward to seeing you at the stores so we can show you our new look. And don't forget to add our new email address (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to your contact list, we don't want you to miss out on any of the cool wines we have in store for you!

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Wine Discount Center gets a new website!

Like a well-worn pair of blue jeans, our old website served us well. For fifteen years it helped share our monthly newsletter with the world. We wish it a fond adieu as we introduce the new, much more entertaining, online home of Wine Discount Center.

Right off the bat, you’ll notice lots of new features and, at long last, the ability to purchase wine online. We’re going to start out slow, with around 500 of our wines listed on the site. Within a few months we plan to double that figure and, if things go well, we should have most of our inventory online by early 2014.

Our hope is that you will have as much fun browsing through this site as you do walking the aisles of our stores in Highland Park, Barrington, Naperville and Chicago.

We have had a shockingly large team of web experts and wine drinkers (and wine-drinking web-experts) agonizing over the details of this site for many months, but it remains, and will always be, a work in progress. If you find a glitch or have suggestions for a feature that you would like to see, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please enjoy the new site!

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