The aspiring wine critic must sample literally every flavor before his palate can identify the elusive notes of Bubblicious gum, German potato salad, and Olympic spirit found in great cabernets. School your taste buds with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of wine, beer, and accessories from BuyFlight112Wine.com, the online storefront for Flight 112 Wine House in Elmhurst. Like its brick-and-mortar cousin, BuyFlight112Wine.com carries an extensive stock that emphasizes exceptional organic wines and craft beers. The site points out which vineyards follow sustainable, organic, or biodynamic practices, and every bottle of sterling sippables sold—from a 2008 Parducci pinot noir ($12) to a Port Brewing Panzer imperial pilsner ($8)—has been approved by the store's staff after a good-cop/bad-cop taste interrogation. Detailed staff picks offer the guidance of veteran tongues and noses to any customers who don't trust their own. Home delivery is offered for an additional $6 to Elmhurst, Villa Park, Lombard, Addison, Bensenville, Oak Brook, and Oakbrook Terrace; customers unable to move their homes to those locations must pick up bottles from Flight 112.
Yelpers give Flight 112 Wine House an average of 4.5 stars:
Whatever their current drink of choice may be, guests can find it at Flight 112 —but they shouldn't be surprised if they leave with a new favorite. The bar and restaurant revels in the unexpected. When Time Out Chicago's 2010 list of Top 50 Bars reported that patrons "get crunk, cultured and coiffed all at the same place," it was in reference to the Thursday-night haircuts Flight offered at the time. The Daily Herald describes Flight 112 as an "outstanding wine bar equally attractive to beer lovers." It's this dual-focused identity that keeps regulars returning. Daily specials, such as Whiskey Wednesdays and ladies' nights, make average evenings special. A full menu of tapas, gourmet entrees, and artisan cheese makes the location an appetite-annihilating hangout and a great place for your pet fork to meet other, likeminded forks.
But Flight 112 is far more than a bar and restaurant. It's also a wine shop manned by sommeliers who love to share their passion with others. Its specialty here is organic wines, and the sustainable commitment that steers that specialty is also what guides the store's recycled bottles, corks, and packaging. (Flight 112's community awareness doesn't end there—it also helps many local organizations' fundraising efforts.) Flight 112's social and friendly atmosphere, paired with its full food and drink menu, make it a chosen venue for many birthday and bachelorette parties.