Wines, like a comfortable T-shirt or a hard candy left to ripen under the couch, only get better with age. Taste the passing of time with today's Groupon: for $60, you get three months of wine-club membership to WineStyles (a $105 value) in Glenview.
With an impressive spread of rare and exclusive wines from around the world, WineStyles gifts grape lovers with a stunning array of bottled grape essence. After learning the special handshake and secret door knock, introductory members of the wine club receive two bottles each month, with a minimum combined value of $40, specially chosen by chief wine tasters channeling the spirits of ancient sommeliers. Past wines have included a rich 2006 Clos La Chance Bronzy Inca chardonnay ($18.99), a mellow 2006 Viña Gormaz tempranillo ($13.99), and a deep-aubergine Russian River Valley pinot noir ($34.99).
In addition to taking home two bottles of wine each month, members receive a bevy of benefits in the form of 10% discounts on in-store wine purchases, a 15% discount on repurchases of wine-club wines, and points toward store credit. All wines can be picked up on the second Monday of the month at the Glenview location.
WineStyles’ inspiration for its wine-tasting parties began, of all places, at a backyard barbecue. Some friends at the barbecue found themselves with too many bottles of wine. As an experiment, they decided to taste the wines blindly, so as not to be influenced by price or packaging. This impromptu tasting became the template for WineStyles, a boutique designed to help you choose a wine simply by taste. That is, wines here aren’t categorized by varietal or region, but instead by one of eight taste profiles: crisp, silky, rich, and bubbly for whites; fruity, mellow, bold, and nectar for reds. However, patrons interested in knowing more about their selected bottle can still do so—each bottle comes with a description of its characteristics and suggested food pairings.
Those looking to learn even more about wines can attend one of WineStyles’ weekly tastings or discovery classes. During these events, certified specialists explore everything from the history of different varietals to current trends in wine drinking, such as which wine goes best with texting. Different levels of wine-club membership give participants two to three bottles a month (each selected by a Masters Wine Panel), invitations to private tastings, and discounts toward additional purchases.