The Voice Behind The Curtain

You may be wondering who writes all of this witty information on TVC blog. Well, I’m going public and it’s time for my 5 minutes to shine; or maybe longer depending on how long it takes you to read this.

In upcoming posts I will feature a smart, good-looking member of TVC family so you can get to know us better.  You may know what Pandora stations we like or our wine of choice.  But it’s time to get personal.

For now, it’s all about me.  So here are a few things that you should know…

First off, if you can’t already tell, this is Caroline Schrader.  This is me


Birthday: May 18, 1983

Astrology sign: Taurus

Hometown: Tinley Park, IL.  I currently live in Oak Lawn

Height: 5′-7″

Shoe Size: 9

Description: Blonde Hair, Brown Eyes, Fair Skin

Demeanor: quiet yet talkative, personable, humorous?, clumsy at times (think bull in a china shop)

Nationality: German

Favorite Color: Black

Hobbies: Drinking wine, reading about wine, writing about wine…I think you get the picture.  I also enjoy yoga, cross-country skiing, hiking, off roading in my jeep, camping, painting, reading, baking, music, and playing chess.

Pets: I have a beagle.  Her name is Lilly

Favorite Book: The Great Gatsby

Favorite Vacation Destination: Palm Springs, Sonoma County, and Big Sur

Favorite Wine: Pinot Noir from Carneros AVA

Drink of Choice: Scotch

Favorite Pandora Station: Today’s Country (Sundays), Adele (Thursdays), Rihanna (Fridays)

Childhood Aspirations: Become an Astronaut, a teacher and work at Toys R Us

Current Aspirations: When I grow up I want to be a wine writer, winemaker, and do anything and everything with wine. Oh, and to live life and have no regrets.  You only live once. One more thing…perserve and restore mid-century modern architecture.

Random fact about me: I love italian strung lights.  You know, the clear round bulbs.

Another random fact: Bryan, manager at TVC, and I competed in high school marching band against each other. I went to Marian Catholic, Bryan – Lake Park.

If stranded on an island: I would need lipstick (red or pink), ferment the native fruits, and make a grass skirt.

The craziest thing I have ever done: Too many to count.  But a highlight is trying to hop the fence at Frank Sinatra’s house.  The security company was called.


It’s only Wednesday…

But we are ready for the weekend!  It’s been a cold week here in Chicago, and The Village Cellar will be heating up with tons of activity this weekend!

On Saturday, February 23 from 1pm-5pm, come into TVC and taste over 50 wines at our Big Big Red Tasting.  We will also have special guest Jack Galante, winemaker from Galante Vineyards, in our store pouring his wines!


If that’s not enough activity for you, then stick around for the live music by Sean Skyler!  Starting at 7pm, Sean will fill the place with music from the 80’s, 90’s and today.  Come on in and enjoy a bottle of wine or craft beer and listen to great music!


All events at The Village Cellar are $5 per person.  If you are a member of the wine club, you get FREE entry to any event, plus fantastic wine every month!  So sign up today at

Gifts from The Village for your Valentine

There’s going to be a lotta love in the air this weekend at TVC. Our Valentines Tasting is from 1-5pm on Saturday, February 9. Live music starts at 7pm with The Perfect Strangers.

Whoever said diamonds weren’t a girl’s best friend, didn’t know what they were talking about.  But if you are looking for something else that sparkles this valentines day, follow your heart and get the perfect gift from TVC.

We have a large selection of sparkling wines and Champagne to choose from.  This week we have special pricing on Montaudon Brut Champagne for $35.99.

Our Valentines tasting will also feature various sparkling wines and Champagnes to try.

Sparkling wine not your style? Pick up a bottle of 2009 Lang & Reed Cabernet Franc.

Dark garnet in the glass, this wine smells of cherry, tobacco, and as it gets more air, some wonderfully floral aromas. In the mouth the wine has a wonderful polish and presence, with flavors of cherry, cedar, cocoa powder, fantastic acidity, and wonderful velvety tannins.
Special Price:  $38.99
List Price: $43.99
We also have the perfect Cab, a 2009 O’Shaughnessy Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, to give your wine connoisseur for his/her cellar.
The 2009 Howell Mountain Cabernet is O’Shaughnessy’s first 10th anniversary wine, a represents a special milestone for us. The wine has a dark purple color with a solid core. Blackberry, boysenberry, black currant, rum raisin, graphite, and violet aromas are bright and lively.
Special Price:  $71.99
List Price: $87.99
If its white wine that you are looking for, we have a fantastic selection of chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, and pinot grigio to choose from.  This week, pick up a bottle of Sylvester, Chardonnay.
This clean, fresh Chardonnay has a honeysuckle, grapefruit nose with flavors of gala apples and crisp acidity and a refreshing finish.
Special Price:  $10.99
List Price: $12.99
While you’re here, check out our delicious selection of gourmet cheeses and handmade grissinis.  A perfect compliment to the perfect bottle of wine.
We will be here all weekend, so stop on in to try some great wines, or pick up a few bottles for your special someone.

It’s cold out there!….

And the phone has been ringing off the hook at TVC!

We’ve been keeping warm by stocking wines for next weekend’s Valentine’s tasting and our upcoming wine school!

If you haven’t heard about the Wine School at TVC by now, then here’s your chance to sign up for the remaining seats for our classes.

You can call us at (630)325-VINO (8466) or register on Living Social for your spot to learn about fine wines, cheese and chocolates.

Click below to sign up!

Living Social

Seats are selling fast for the ENTIRE wine school series, so sign up ASAP to sip fabulous wines with us and learn more about it in the process.

We hope to see you all in the upcoming weeks.  February and March are going to be full of activity.


Live Music at TVC on Saturday

It may be cold out, and the snow is starting to fly.  But things are just getting heated up at TVC with live music this Saturday.

And lets face it, it’s already Friday, and if you don’t have weekend plans by now, well then you should definitely come to hang out with us.

Join us for a warming glass of wine, or a cold craft beer and listen to the music of singer and song writer, Emilie Rose.

Saturday, January 26  7-9pm

$5 cover charge


Emilie Rose, Star of Schaumburg Idol

Bryan and Caroline will be holding down the fort Saturday evening, serving you whatever warms you up.

We look forward to seeing you!

Continue to look on the events page for upcoming events at TVC.

You might as well tell your friends that you’re busy for the month of February, there’s a lot going on here.  Or better yet, invite your friends to join you at our events!


The World Premier of Thomas Fogarty’s Gist Ranch Cab Franc 2007

Winter is starting to rear its ugly head.  It’s getting cold out there.

But in just a few days on Saturday, January 19, The Village Cellar will be hosting the world premier of Thomas Fogarty’s Gist Ranch Cabernet Franc 2007.  Yup – You read that right.

The Village Cellar will be the first to release it to the public.  That in itself is something to raise your glass to.

You can also meet Thomas in person and have him sign any bottles you purchase.  He even may be willing to take a picture or two with you!

Gist Ranch – Courtesy of Thomas Fogarty

As if life couldn’t get any better we also have the Winter Wine Tasting this weekend featuring 50+ wines to taste, both red and white.

What better way to warm up from the winter cold?

The tasting includes a special appearance by Thomas, is $5 per person and runs

 1-5pm on January 19

Make sure to allow enough time and get here early, as some bottles may have limited quantities!

Wine Tasting at TVC

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all!

We are starting out 2013 with a bang!  We have tons of events coming up, including the announcement of

The Village Cellar Wine School!


wine 101

Be sure to check out the Events link to the left of the page to get all of the details and the run down of every event.

Trust us, you wont want to miss any of this.

Cheers to a new year filled with wonderful wine in Hinsdale!

The Maritote Holiday Party

Next time you’re having a party or get together, call us up at The Village  Cellar.  We will be happy to help you throw a party that your guests won’t soon forget.   Below are photos from the latest event, The Maritote Holiday Party.  Approximately 45 people attended this event.  Catered food was offered for guests to enjoy.  Of Course, there was plenty of wine and bubbles to go around!


Are you a doomsday prepper?  Will the Mayans be right?  Well, in our books, the day you run out of wine is reason to panic.

But on Thursday, December 20, get 12% off ANYTHING in the store.

AND…if we are still here on the 21, the 12% sale continues.

Be prepared and stock your shelves with the essentials… amazing wine!

Stock Up On The Essentials

Stock Up On The Essentials

Ok, So We Took a Week Off…

We didn’t have a tasting this past weekend.  I know, we really didn’t know what to do with ourselves either.  We love sharing wine with all of you!

But brace yourself, we’re gearing up for the Last-Minute Christmas Tasting on December 22 from 1-5 pm.  Think of the week before Christmas when Santa’s elves are putting the finishing touches on all the toys.  Instead, the TVC is buzzing with activity while we stock pile the best wines to share with you at amazing prices!

We will have over 50 wines open for you to taste.  Our wines will make a perfect gift for your holiday party.  To top it off, you will receive special discounts on wines purchased at the event.

So bring in your list of everyone who has been nice this year, and enjoy!

See you Saturday, December 22 1-5pm!

The Village Cellar Christmas Tree