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Store Hours - 12/21 to 12/25

Vin Chicago Holiday Hours Thursday:Friday:Saturday:Sunday:Christmas Day:Chicago10:00 - 7:0010:00 - 7:00  9:00 - 7:0011:00 - 5:00 Highland Park10:00 - 7:0010:00 - 7:00  9:00 - 5:00  9:00 - 5:00- All StoresBarrington10:00 - 7:0010:00 - 7:00  9:00 - 5:00  9:00 - 5:00Closed -Naperville10:00 - 7:0010:00 - 7:00  9:00 - 5:00  9:00 - 5:00
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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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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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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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