Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
With that out of the way I'm about to let you in on the best kept secret in Chicago for wine lovers......Wine Discount Center. This hidden away wine store is home to some of the best values and advice in the city. Great news for you suburb peeps too, they have 3 locations in the burbs. For us city dwellers you can find this wine Mecca at 1826 N. Elston Ave. You've probably driven past while trying to take a short-cut out of Lincoln Park. It's a red store front right up on the sidewalk, very easy parking along the street since it's in a low traffic industrial area.
Right when you walk in they have dozens of good wines for less than $10. If you never even make it past the front room you'll be drinking well for cheap. Venture further into the store you can find whites, reds, sparkling wines, dessert wines, etc....just about everything from all over the world. You'll find more under $10 selections all the way up to 1st growth Bordeaux and Premier Cru Burgundies....some of the finest wines in the world (with price tags to match.) Now they don't quite have the number of selections as Binny's or Sam's....however they have hard to find gems and all the selections are picked by the very knowledgeable staff. Tell them what you're looking for and you'll wind up with something new that may really surprise you, or open you up to an entirely different type of wine, or region.