Vin Chicago Newsletter

- September 2023 -

Welcome to our September newsletter! With Labor Day weekend in full swing, we figure it's the perfect time to update you on our newest arrivals and drop details of our fall events calendar and "Meet the Winemaker" series.

Scroll down for all the details, including staff picks from Dawn and Peter, then make sure to enjoy some wonderful wine this weekend!

Our New Arrivals!

Since our last newsletter, we've added a whole bunch of really cool wines to the Vin Chicago selection. Focusing on small, quality producers from around the planet, the lineup is really sweet, and we think you're going to love it. Click below to see what's new!

Check out our Newest Arrivals:

Chicago Highland Park Barrington

Staff Pick - Dawn Dollerschell

Anyone familiar with our Barrington store knows the fun that is Dawn. Part of the Vin Chicago magic for over a decade, wine is in Dawn's DNA. She grew up tasting homemade wine at her grandmother's house in Dundee and solidified her love of wine on a long ago trip to Naples. Today she presents a beauty of a French white as her staff pick, and we think she has made an OUTSTANDING choice. Read below for her thoughts, then click the links to nab your bottle!

Domaine Bouchie-Chatellier "Argile a S"

Pouilly-Fumé 2020

This time of year I am always looking for a summer white that can seamlessly transition into the fall without skipping a beat, and for me that is Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc, Pouilly-Fumé to be exact!

The versatility of this ripe dry white wine is incredible, and it is very food friendly. At first taste you will find hints of lemon and grapefruit which are followed by apricot and stone fruits with a subtle herbal note.

The flinty minerality of this wine gives way to a slightly smoky lingering finish which pairs well with grilled garlic and ginger shrimp and scallop linguine in a lemon cream sauce. Enjoy this Pouilly-Fumé all summer long and well into the fall. Cheers!


View Dawn's Pick on our Website:

Chicago Highland Park Barrington

"Sneak Preview" Tasting with 

Curt Schalchlin of Sans Liege

Next week's Sneak Preview tasting is one you do not want to miss! In addition to having two dozen of our newest arrivals open, we'll have a table manned by one of our favorite winemakers, Curt Schalchlin!

Curt, the mastermind behind Sans Liege, will be pouring four of his new releases, along with a library release of each wine. We've been working with Curt for over a decade and this is the first time we've been able to pry a few older cases out of his cellar. We can't wait to try them with you!

Cost for the event is just $10 per person. It's going to be a massively fun and educational night, and it's a perfect opportunity to introduce some friends to Vin Chicago. Space is limited, so click quickly!

Date: Wednesday, September 6th

Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Location: Vin Chicago, 1826 N. Elston Avenue

To reserve your spot, click here or call us at 773-489-3454

Peter's Pick - 2018 Viña Alberdi

It's been several years since we've been able to feature the wines of La Rioja Alta, and *WOW* are we glad to have them back! At Gabe's suggestion, we popped a bottle of the Viña Alberdi at our Elston Avenue store a few weeks ago for the whole team to taste. The response was electric. It was the first time I had tasted this vintage and my jaw dropped. I've always liked the Alberdi, and this 2018 takes things to the next level. Rioja drinkers are going to love it, but so will everyone else. There is nuance, character and enough power to allow you to serve it to your Cab loving friends too. At our price, you are going to love this!

La Rioja Alta "Viña Alberdi"

Rioja Reserva 2018

92/100 - Wine Advocate (7/14/2022) "This is a super- Viña Alberdi, which shows more Crianza style in this cooler vintage but with very good depth and complexity, perhaps a more modern and fresher style. The wine has a seamless palate and a juicy texture, with more color than other vintages, more intensity, more fruit... It has grapes from very good vineyards and poor soils that were never destined for this wine. Highly recommendable and very versatile. It has potential to age."


View Peter's Pick on our Website:

Chicago Highland Park Barrington

Our Greek Wine Selection is Being Rebuilt!

Many of you know that the top importer of Greek wine, Ted Diamantis, lives just a few miles from our Elston Avenue store. It was rather embarrassing, therefore, when we received a call from him two weeks ago asking why the *heck* we didn't have even a single bottle of Greek wine at the shop. We have begun rectifying our oversight. So far, we have brought in three deliciously crisp and satisfying whites. Click below to read out these offerings from Skouras and Mylonas, and stay tuned for many more white and reds from throughout Greece in coming weeks!

Checkout this trio of Greek whites on our Website:

Chicago Highland Park Barrington

Upcoming Events at Vin Chicago!

We have some wildly cool events planned for you in the coming months! Coming up next week, we will have the talented Curt Schalchlin joining us for a rare comparative tasting of his current and library wines. Following that, we have dinners, vinyl nights, strolls and more.

Read on for all the details. Space at many of the events is limited, so we urge you to sign up ASAP. We also encourage you to use them as an opportunity to introduce your friends to the community that is Vin Chicago!

Wednesday, September 6th:

Sneak Preview Tasting with Curt Schalchlin of Sans Liege

We'll have two dozen of our newest arrivals open for you to taste, plus we'll have winemaker Curt Schalchlin in the house, pouring four of his latest wines, each paired with a library release of the same bottling! Cost is just $10 per person. It's going to be a very fun night.Click here to order your tickets!

Date: Wednesday, September 6th

Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Location: Vin Chicago, 1826 N. Elston Ave., Chicago

Thursday, September 7th:

Vinyl at Vin Tasting, Featuring British Rock!

Please join us this upcoming Thursday, September 7th at our Barrington store for our second "Vinyl at Vin" tasting! We will be pairing an array of wines on two tasting tables with British rock from the 60's-80's and small bites from Ambrosia. Tickets are $10, and we expect them to go fast. Click here to reserve your spot!

Date: Thursday, Sept. 7th

Time: 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Location: Vin Chicago, 311 East Main St., Barrington

Cost: $10

Tuesday, September 12th:

Argentine Wine Dinner at

D&J Bistro

We invite you to join us on Tuesday, September 12th as we welcome David Fesenstein of Vina del Sol who will guide us through a delicious array of wines from five independent Argentine estates. Each of these estate-grown, sustainably-farmed wines will be paired with its own course from D&J Bistro. It promised to be a splendid night of wonderful wine and great food! Click here to reserve your spot!

When: Tuesday, September 12th, 6:30pm

Where: D&J Bistro, 466 S. Rand Road, Lake Zurich

Price: $120 per person, all inclusive

Thursday, September 21st:

Lincoln Park Wine Stroll

"Treat yourself to some of the season's best wines paired with delicious bites Lincoln Park's neighborhood restaurants. Gather your group and catch a pedicab to explore Lincoln Avenue businesses between Diversey and Webster as they transform into pop-up tasting rooms with wine selections from Vin Chicago! Get your tickets early as they are expected to sell out. Tickets include wine samples and light fare from local businesses." Click here for more information and to purchase tickets!

When: Thursday, September 21st, 6:00-9:00pm

Where: Lincoln Ave., between Diversey and Webster

Thursday, September 21st:

Patricia Green Dinner

at Guildhall in Glencoe

Join us as we welcome Melissa Oker from Patricia Green Wine Cellars for a night of Willamette Valley wine, stories and delicious food from Guildhall restaurant in Glencoe. You do not want to miss this one! Click here for tickets.

When: Thursday, September 21st, 7:00pm Reception, 7:30 Dinner

Where: Guildhall, 694 Vernon Ave., Glencoe

Price: $135, all inclusive

Tuesday, September 26th:

Dinner at Café Ba-Ba-Reeba with Jorge and Victor Ordoñez

Please join us on September 26th at Café Ba-Ba-Reeba as we welcome in esteemed Spanish winemaker Jorge Ordoñez and his son Victor. Jorge will be guiding us through some of his amazing wines, alongside tasty bites from Café Ba-Ba-Reeba. This figures to be one of the most fun and unique dinners we have had in a long time. Click here for tickets!

When: Tuesday, Sept. 26th, 6:30-9:00pm

Where: Café Ba-Ba-Reeba, 2024 North Halsted

Price: $99, all inclusive

Save the Date for These Events Too...

We don't have all the details hammered out for these events yet, but stay tuned for more information!

9/27 - Backyard Wine Dinner with the "Doodle" Food Truck, Barrington

10/5 - Vinyl at Vin Chicago, Barrington

10/5 - Peter Stolpman Wine Dinner

Click Here to View our New Arrivals!

If you've read this far and haven't yet clicked on anything, here is one more invitation here to check out our new arrivals. Lots of fun stuff!

Check out our Newest Arrivals:

Chicago Highland Park Barrington