If the other objects in your kitchen aged as well as bottles of wine, dust-covered mayonnaise jars would be worth enough to send the dog to obedience school, and your fruit drawer would marinate old produce into complex treats. Embrace the age-transcending powers of vino with today's Groupon: for $15, you get a wine tasting and $30 worth of wine purchases at Village Vintner Winery in Carpentersville (a $37 value).
Village Vintner Winery delivers several menus' worth of wines by the glass and bottle, including fruity and sparkling varieties. Begin by tasting seven wines from a selection of offerings that, like a werewolf's silk drapes, changes monthly. Tastings usually include a dry white, a sweet wine, three dry reds, a fruit wine, and a dessert wine, ensuring that tongues experience the full spectrum of succulent staining. With alluring flavors still loitering in mouth memories, wine lovers can peruse the store's selection of piquant potables with a $30 credit. Notable blends include the Grande Fortissimo, a hearty red blend of sangiovese, cabernet, and merlot ($19.49), and the Ocktoberfest, a semi-sweet white compiled of riesling, gewürztraminer, moscato, and pinot grigio ($16.49). Tickle bellicose sweet teeth with the bubbly and slightly sweet almond champagne ($15.49). A produce stand's worth of fruit wines includes cranberry, black cherry, and rhubarb ($12.49¬–$13.49).
Warm, blond woods accent the wine-colored room, which puts customers in the right frame of mind for tastings. Walls painted with wine descriptors such as "herbaceous," "butter," and '"vanilla" help tongues visualize each flavor subtlety.
Village Vintner Winery & Brewery
Village Vintner Winery & Brewery poses a gastronomic triple threat, operating as not just a restaurant and winery, but also a fully functioning brewery. A battalion of stainless-steel machinery ferments the hand-selected wheat and barley that make up the vanilla-cream ale, the German-style hefeweizen, and the Vintner Hop Rocket, an 8.2% ABV varietal culminating from six types of hops and mad, mad science. At the tasting bar, guests can sample these brewery end products, along with Village Vintner’s expansive selection of homemade red, white, and fruit wines. The main restaurant area houses a wood-fired pizza oven, which bakes the pesto pizzas and smoldering baby back ribs that complement potables.
A spirit of good-natured fun permeates the copper-hued premises, as evidenced by a free monthly wine and mug club. Live music is a common occurrence on Friday nights, and Wednesdays star Chef Rob’s pork special.
2273 Randall Rd.
Carpentersville, Illinois 60110Get Directions