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We have been in business at this location since 1985, providing the best selection of wine in the western suburbs. Our store has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, and has been a past “Wine Store of the Year” selection. We pride ourselves on friendly and knowledgeable service, whether you are selecting an inexpensive wine for a simple dinner, purchasing select wine as an investment, or choosing wines for a special event.

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We listen to Our Customers….

Our craft beer selection is bar none the best around in the Western Suburbs. Thanks for your comments on our ‘Yelp’ page…we appreciate your feedback and welcome your requests!

“This store has a great selection of beers.  The liquor and wine selection is great too.  You can pretty much find whatever your looking for and maybe something new if your feeling adventurous.”                  – Patrick from Chicago

“This place has everything I like, suitable for many price ranges! They get in beers that are hard to find. I was really impressed when I wanted PumKing beer, and they offered to call me when it actually came in, and reserve me some bottles until I was able to stop by— and they actually followed through on that!”                                    – Susanne from LaGrange

Our Events

BBQ Wines

Grilling season is upon us and you will find the wine to pair with everything you put on the grill, adding BBQ sauce, grilled veggies, we've got you covered at this Saturday tasting.

Price: $0.00

Date: 04/27/2019

Derby Day Wines

Celebrate the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby with these 'horsey' wines.

Price: $0.00

Date: 05/04/2019

Bubbles for Mom

Mom may enjoy flowers for Mother's Day, but she'll really love some sparkling wine. Trust us on that one. Join us and bring your mom, grandma, auntie to celebrate this beautiful occasion with bubbles. All types of bubbles will be available to taste. Toast the one women in your life that is special at this wonderful, free tasting!

Price: $0.00

Date: 05/11/2019

The Prisoner Wine Dinner

Thursday, May 16, 6:30-9:00 pm
Reception:
Prisoner Signature Cocktail
Followed by a four course dinner paired with these  Napa Valley wines:
2016 The Snitch Chardonnay
2015 Thorn Merlot
2017 The Prisoner
2016 Cuttings Cabernet
Menu to come. Only 50 seats available, these are going to go fast! Make your reservations TODAY by calling 708-579-0520
$90 per person, plus tax & gratuity

Price: $0.00

Date: 05/16/2019

Rosé Rampage

The 2018 Rosés are showing up on the shelves in many stores, which means the season has begun. Pink is not sweet; don't let the color fool you! Rosé wines are surpassing all other wines this summer and rightfully so. Whether you're trying to find a great deal or looking for the very best, these are wines with real character. Rosé wine flavors range from scrumptious strawberry and raspberry to juicy cherry and citrus flavors, and the colors range from ballet slipper pink to cranberry sorbet.

Price: $0.00

Date: 05/18/2019

 

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Wine & Maps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wine and Maps

Before you were able to use a GPS system on your phone to find your way, there were maps. Maps of all sizes and colors for all places to explore. Car insurance companies would give them out as a thank you to their customers. I would sit for hours with the Rand McNally United States map book and want to travel to every state that was listed. Rand McNally published its first road map, the New Automobile Road Map of New York City & Vicinity, in 1904. After more than 60 years in suburban Skokie, the company returned to Chicago in late September, 2018.

Maps are a great way to explore wine too. Wine maps point out vineyard areas and informs you about what grapes grow best in different areas, what the elevation is and where the nearest body of water is located. Seeing a wine map can help identify famous regions as well as point out neighboring regions that usually fly under the radar. By observing the clues, you’ll be more adept at buying wine. For instance, let’s say that you really like Chianti from Tuscany. Tuscany happens to be right next door to a lessor known region called Umbria. While Umbria is a much smaller region, they make several amazing and great valued, Sangiovese-based wines.

An integral part of winemaking is observing the land with the ultimate goal of gaining a deeper understanding of how the essence of site is ultimately reflected in the glass. Some maps are created through extensive proprietary research and boots-on-the-ground work.

Napa Valley is the centerpiece to California wine. Napa was the first region to prove that American wines were good, if not better, than the best wines of the world. Since their fame in the 1970’s, Napa has evolved from a sunny grass-covered valley to a mecca of chi-chi wine estates. Being surrounded by mountains can wreak havoc on your GPS, so a paper map is always a good idea while traveling to this part of California.

Despite the importance of Napa Valley in California’s wine history, Sonoma actually has more vineyards. The region is larger and more diverse in terms of styles from elegant sparkling wines to rich and lusty Merlot wine. There are a few new sub-regions of Sonoma that are making waves with Pinot Noir, best grown in the Russian River Valley, which when viewed on a map can show may shifts in the tectonic plates that are strewn throughout this area.

Maps are a terrific tool to get you places, they show history of change, climate and elevation and including maps can educate you more on wine regions. A sense of place, people and climate all help in better understanding wine.

When wine is involved, nothing is difficult. Cheers! Nancy

This article ran in the PUNCH website…happy that Retailers are recognized for their hard work!!

http://punchdrink.com/articles/reconsidering-the-influence-of-the-wine-store/

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