Wine gets better with age, like cheese and the value of a first-edition copy of Abraham Lincoln's autobiography, Lincoln for Love in All the Wrong Places. Enjoy timeless taste with this Groupon.
$37 for a Two-Hour Wine School ($75 Value)
All classes are held on Thursdays at 7 p.m. Choose from the following class dates and themes:
- Tuscany and Italy on June 13
- Great Wines of France on June 20
- Napa, Sonoma and Oregon Gems on June 27
- A Taste of Europe's Vineyards on July 2
- USA vs. Europe on July 11
- Big Reds and Super Sparklers on July 18
- Heritage and Bordeaux Tasting on July 25
- Great Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir on August 1
As a sommelier introduces guests to sparkling wine and six themed pours, a culinary expert dishes up paired bites: five cheeses and, at the end, a gourmet truffle. The selections are drawn from the shop’s stock, so at the end of class, students can purchase a bottle of any wine that has particularly caught their palate’s attention.
The Village Cellar
Corks pop, glasses clink, and bubbles fizz at The Village Cellar, an intoxicating blend of wine boutique, wine bar, and wine school. On any given evening, shoppers browse racks that soar nearly to the top of Tuscan-style, sponge-painted walls. Meanwhile, if school is in session, pairing experts may be carving cheese to serve with a cabernet sauvignon and plating dessert truffles. Although the bottles of West Coast and European wines probably get the most attention, the bar and shop also share a collection of more than 50 india pale ales, milk stouts, and other craft brews. In the summer, a sidewalk patio blooms along the Cellar’s stretch of downtown Hinsdale, an easy wine-barrel roll from the Metra station. The Village Cellar's blog provides gift ideas along with updates on upcoming events.