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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

Willamette Valley Wine Dinner

Price: $0.00

Date: 09/28/2017

Join Mainstreet as we welcome Ryan Clifford, National Brand Manager from Willamette Valley Vineyards, as he presents the deliciousness that Oregon has to offer. 5 Courses paired perfectly with 5 wines, plus surprises! Please call Steak+Vine 708-579-0520, to make your reservation. This is going to sell out quickly. $65 ++ per person.

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1st course- Boston Bib Lettuce w/ a poached egg in a prosciutto "basket" and hazelnut vinaigrette. 2nd course- Grilled Prawn with salsa rosa. 3rd Course- Rockfish with forbidden rice and pickled vegetables. 4th Course- Roast pork loin with roasted wild seasonal mushrooms and pinot noir reduction. 5th course- Cheese course.

 

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Zintastic Zinz

Price: $0.00

Date: 09/30/2017

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Discover California's regional diversity of Zinfandel and its global appeal at this tasting.   You can get everything you ever wanted to know about zinfandel on the official ZAP website www.zinfandel.org

5th Annual Chili Cook-Off

Price: $0.00

Date: 10/07/2017

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Enter to win! Do you have an amazing Chili recipe? Do you think you can beat Chester's Chili? Bring in your cooked chili and let our customers be the judge. Can you kick Chester Chili Winning Crown off his head? You vote the winners! Wines will be paired with everything you can put in your chili!

Wines for Hearty Fall Foods

Price: $0.00

Date: 10/14/2017

leaves-fall-colors-rainbowColder nights-bold wines-comfort food you will find a pairing here for all of those !

Festa Italiano

Price: $0.00

Date: 10/21/2017

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Join Banville Imports as they present the finest Italian wines from all over the country. An event not to be missed if you want to understand wines of Italy. It's a Festa Italiano!!!

2017 Fall Wine & Food Gala

Price: $40.00

Date: 11/05/2017

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Sunday, November 5

VIP 11:30-1 pm

General 1-4:00 pm

Reserve Your Spot!

Over 250 wines will be showcased including area restaurants and catering services

Event located at Via Bella 5412 South La Grange Road, Countryside. 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: Via Bella, 5412 South La Grange Road, Countryside, IL

 $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. This year will be focused on warm weather wines to celebrate Spring!

$35 per person. Members Only! VIP is Limited to the first 100 people!

Available Spaces: Unlimited

 

Nancy's Wine Picks

Proof is in Your Palate: Quality, Flavor & Value in Wine

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What more could you ask for? Wine should be an easy thing to pick up and bring to a party—in theory. In reality, the shelves of entertaining, worldly, and just plain strange labels with descriptions of “chewy tannins,” “fleshy” bodies, and notes of “tar and charcoal” can leave non-sommeliers, so pretty much everyone who shops for wine, confused and frustrated. And then there’s the price. Expensive wine tastes better, right? But are they really that much better?

I’m asked many of these questions on a daily basis and as with any culinary experience, education is key. Wine is a living liquid that comes to life when the bottle is opened and the wine is consumed. America is a young wine country, but leads the world in consumtion over France and Italy. It may not be quality we are consuming, just quantity. Maybe we can not understand wine just yet as well as the French can, but we are making strides to catch up. The French culture grew up with wine on their tables, working in the vineyards was a way of life that was handed down generation after generation, so they know the land and understand what grows well where. Just now the Napa Valley families that have influenced the American palate are handing over the baton to the next generation, so we only have two or three generations that have been involved with wine as a daily part of their lives. There are standards that wines are judged by, balance the relationship of four components — sweetness, acidity, tannin, and alcohol — to one another. A wine is balanced when nothing sticks out as you taste it, like harsh tannin, which dry your mouth our or too much sweetness.

Is an expensive Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon better than a Cote du Nuits Pinot Noir from Burgundy? The proof is in your palate and that is what makes the wine world so fascinating. What tastes good to me may not taste good to everyone, but it is up to me to decipher your palate and match it with not only a terrific wine but a wonderful experience. There are certain wines that are completely transportive from even the first sniff. It almost feels like you are inhaling not the scent of the wine, but a memory — of a particular place, a particular meal, or a particular moment. A wave of nostalgia jumps out of the glass and washes over you so suddenly sometimes that it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what the wine is evoking. For me, to match a wine to an evening at home or a memorable event, is a very rewarding and challenging part of my job. I feel there is a place and a time for every wine, from a dry rosé to a first growth Bordeaux, as long as the wine adds an element of enjoyment to your activity, it is a good wine.

Exploring outside the box is an exciting way to learn more about wine and to trust your palate. You may not think of yourself as an expert on wine, but we all our experts in what we like to drink. So open new wines and explore! There is a wide assortment of winemaking from around the world and it is all meant to be enjoyed.

When wine is involved, nothing is difficult. Cheers!

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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