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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

Festa Italiano with Banville Wine Merchants

Festa Italiano, an annual celebration of Italian wine at Mainstreet, partnering with national importer, Banville Wine Merchants. They offer remarkable customer service and are passionate about good wine, spirits and Menabrea beer from Italy. Our annual event brings new wines from their portfolio and some of Mainstreet's favorites. Join us as we explore delizioso Italian wines and Vermouths, plus the always refreshing Menabrea beer!

Price: $0.00

Date: 10/26/2019

Fall Wine & Food Gala

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TICKETS NOW ON SALE!

Sunday, November 3, 2019 VIP 11:30-1pm General 1-4 pm

Over 250 wines will be showcased

Featuring the finest restaurants and catering companies.

Large Format Wines & Restaurant Gift Certificates will be raffled.

15% discount on all wines purchased from the tasting, THIS DAY ONLY !

Event destination: Bella Banquets, 5412 South La Grange Road, Countryside

$35 VIP for Wine Club Members

$20 General Admission Members; $40 General Admission Non-Members

Become a member today-recieve a 10% discount off every non-sale wine purchased throughout the year.

VIP MEMBERS ONLY 11:30-1:00pm

Attendees taste unique, highly allocated wines for 1 1/2 hours before the general public is admitted.

$35 per person. Members Only!

 

Price: $40.00

Date: 11/03/2019

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Annual Port Tasting

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Join us in the store for this annual event of wonderful ports. Whether you prefer your port style tawny, ruby, late bottled vintage, or a coheita, you are sure to find a winner at this tasting to keep you warm on those cold winter nights and perfect for after dinner holiday celebrations. Become a Wine Club member today-receive a 10% discount off every non-sale wine purchased throughout the year. Sweets &  Gourmet Cheeses will be served to pair with many of the selections. No registration is required. $10 Wine Club Members, $20 Non-Members.

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Date: 12/07/2019

Big Cab Tasting

Cabernet Sauvignon is the most popular red wine with a big bold taste that is stronger than Vs. Merlot. Learn why it is America's favorite red wine. Join us as we highlight this grape in over 50 examples from around the world! Gourmet dishes and cheeses will accompany the pairing with these excellent examples of this grape! $10 pp members/$20 pp non-members. No registration required. 2-6 pm

Price: $0.00

Date: 12/14/2019

Everything is Better with Bubbles!

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Nothing says celebration like sparkling bubbles! It has been described as "Angels dancing on your tongue." Enjoy some of the finest Champagnes, Sparkling Wines, Proseccos, and Cavas. Discover the difference between the Charmat method of making bubbles and the Traditional Methode Champenoise with these lovely selections. Exquisite cheeses complimented with small bites will be available for pairing with your favorite bottle of bubbly! $10 Wine Club Members, $20 Non-Members. Registration is not required. In-Store Tasting 2-6 pm

Price: $10.00

Date: 12/21/2019

 

Nancy's Wine Picks

Somms Relationships with Moleskin Journals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I remember the day I misplaced my first moleskin wine journal, my heart pounded, the sweat rolled down the back of my neck with panic and I couldn’t sleep. It took me two days to find it, it was my life for 2010-2012. Not only did it keep my thoughts about the wines that I’d tasted, it was a journal of my thoughts of each wine day.

In Chicago, the weather changes often and it also affects the way life is perceived regarding wine. People think that weather has nothing to do with your palate, but it does. So going to trade tastings, lunches and or other events I took ALOT of notes. But what is this obsession with people in the wine industry and note taking in a moleskin? These journal books are like no others-soft supple leather, it’s like putting on a well warn pair of leather gloves, when you open it, it takes you to another world, a wine world of knowledge. Taking notes, as we were taught in school at a young age is suppose to cement the thoughts we are learning in that deep, dark filing system in our brain. But does it work? In the world of wine we are constantly tasting, analyzing, enjoying, learning stories…stories about the soil, terrior, thickness of skins, trellising systems, wind configerations, DOCs, DOCGs, AOCs, AVAs, DOs…on and on it goes! A never ending learning cycle…every vintage is different, every region is different, every winemaker puts their fingerprint on his or her creations. Our moleskins get catergorized on the spine: by date, blind tasting, or by trade trips to different wine regions to learn what makes these regions so distinct that an American palate would enjoy. But what do we actually do with them? My palate is not the same as in 2010, but I enjoy reading them to see how far my journey has come. How far winemakers have learned to work with their changing environments, how complex palates have grown in America and how wine regions have evolved. The list is endless. But you really can’t find the answers to all these questions unless you have respect for the wine itself. Wine in other countries is revered and accompany every meal. It always amazes me how someone will pay $80 for a piece of prime beef at their local butcher and then buy a $15 bottle of wine? Why don’t we treat wine with the respect we treat our food? I don’t mean organic wines, I mean delicious wines at approachable prices and this is where the volumes of note taking in moleskins come into play.

We are fortunate in the wine industry to taste and enjoy many varieties of wine from around the world, but we don’t do it to ‘catch a buzz’ we do it because we are obsessed with learning everything we can, tasting every ‘geeky’ wine from pet-nat and ‘natural’ wines to unusual grapes from Croatia, Austria, Hungary, while loving Riesling all the time.

Our moleskins are precious, sacred almost. I look at my collection of books during my career, and open my current volume and think my quest for knowledge will never end and I hope yours never waivers either.

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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