Wednesday Wine With Caroline!

Finally! My name in lights! Ok, maybe not lights, but hopefully I convince the people in charge to make me a sign or something. My 15 minutes of fame may very well get extended a few hours longer on Wednesday nights.

Just when you thought you’ve seen it all at TVC, we’re adding yet another fun event to liven up your week.

Wednesday’s are officially “Wednesday Wine with Caroline”! I like to call it WWC, not to be confused with WWF. Make no mistake, there will be plenty of me to entertain you all.

Here’s how it works:

I pick 5 wines that I would like to share with you.
You pay only a $5 tasting fee to join me! I promise to be worth your time (and money) ūüôā
I can tell you, hopefully, anything you want to know about the wines. Oh, some of the stories that I can tell…
We can swirl and sip as much as you heart desires.
Who knows, there may even be cheese and chocolate involved!
We can start drinking, I mean tasting, at 5 pm. We’ll stay until the wine is gone, or until we get kicked out of the place.
Of course, any of the wines you taste can be purchased to take home and show off to your family and friends.

WWC officially starts this coming Wednesday, April 24. So bring your family and friends for a fun Wednesday night. I promise that you’ll be in good enough shape to be able to make it to work on time the next day!

Any questions, call the store at 630.325.8466

Hope to see you there!

photo provided by Sun-Tines Media



TVC Spring Semester Wine School Kick Off!


wine 101

The academic school year may be coming to an end at every other respectable institution, but here at The Village Cellar, our semester is about to begin.

This isn’t what you think… hours of boring lecture and endless studying for exams.

Nope, this is the The Village Cellar’s very own Wine School!

The Spring semester begins April 18 and runs through June 6. You can sign up for one or all courses.

Here, we encourage fun conversation and lots of questions. From novice to expert, all wine drinkers are welcome. The only prerequisite is that you be prepared to learn about and taste fabulous wines.

Each class is led by sommelier Eoin O’Donnell and includes 6 featured wines, with lessons about terroir, vintage, and varietal; along with cheese and hand-made chocolate pairings!

Classes are held at the store on Thursdays, 7pm-9pm and are $75 per person in advance. Sign up through Lving Social and pay a special price of $37 per person, per session.

To sign up for a class (or two or three, or ALL) call us today at630-325-8466 or email
Here’s our class lineup:
4/18: Tuscany and Italy
4/25: Great Wines of France
5/2: Napa, Sonoma, & Oregon Gems
5/9: A Taste of Europe’s Vineyards
5/16: USA vs Europe
5/23: Big Reds & Super Sparklers
5/30: Heritage & Bordeaux Tasting
6/6: Great Cabernet Sauvignon & Pinot Noir

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.

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

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