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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

Explore French Wines

Price: $0.00

Date: 06/23/2018

wine_2059899bJoin Mainstreet as we welcome, Benita Plume, Kobrand Fine Wine and Spirits District Manager, as she leads the exploration of wine thorughout France. Beaujolais, Bourgogne, Chateauneuf-du-Pape...all this and more!!

Fireworks Wines

Price: $0.00

Date: 06/30/2018

Fireworks behind statue of liberty

Enjoy these wines with your Independence Day celebrations. These have crowd appeal!!

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Summer Sippers, Patio Pounders

Price: $0.00

Date: 07/07/2018

Are you wondering what a Patio Pounder is? A Patio Pounder is essentially a wine that you drink outside on the patio, on the deck, on the boat or somewhere outside. For a wine to be deemed a Patio Pounder it needs to have a big 'gulp' factor, meaning you have to stop yourself from finishing the bottle-it's just that good! 

 

Nancy's Wine Picks

Look to the 2015 Vintage

 

 

 

 

The year the grapes were grown and harvested is referred to as the vintage. The perfect grape growing conditions are warmer weather during the day and cooler temperatures at night, with relatively dry air. This combination typically yields a plentiful volume of ripe grapes; however, due to the many different factors that can alter a vintage, it’s hard to guarantee a great year with just these few factors, alone.

Early spring frosts, hail, drought, and storms all affect many of the growing regions in one way or another. All these conditions that make a great vintage come into play, not just the climate, but also by the important decisions of the winemaker. Some say that vintages are nothing more than guidelines, because a vineyard in one part of the region can be hit by hail and while a neighbor remains untouched. Even in years with less than optimal growing conditions, excellent bottles can still be found. California’s climate is relatively predictable, so vintages in this region can be more consistent. California also experienced a significant drought in 2012-15 –the drought years—and these stressed vines produced some of the best wine California has seen.

I encountered my first 2015 vintage while tasting in Germany’s Mosel and Rheinhessen regions. I remember being amazed at the quality, taste, and character of these wines. In Germany, many are comparing the 2015 vintage to the 1990 vintage, which produced remarkable dry and sweet wines. I continue to be impressed with nearly every 2015 vintage I taste. Whether it’s record setting, 100-point Bordeaux wines or 92-96 point Washington wines, to 90+ point wines from South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, and Austria. In California, the 2015 vintage experienced early rains, an even growing season, and consistent temperature with few heat spikes. As a result, the wineries experienced a 30-percent decrease in yield, which means fewer grapes were harvested and bottled. 2015 was a great year for making wine, but, unfortunately, produced a smaller supply of wine compared to previous vintages.

This vintage truly excites me and I hope you go pick up a few bottles before they run out. Once it’s gone, it’s gone, and we many never experience another great vintage in our lifetime.

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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