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Taste all of our Tuesday Wine Deals this Weekend- Free tasting Saturday and Sunday, February 24-25, from 1-5pm at both store locations.


Col de' Salici Rosé Brut, Vino Spumante, Veneto, Italy
Sale $10.99/bt. + Volume Discounts / Reg. 14.99/bt.

"Delicate pink in color this wine features bright highlights. It is crisp, lively and fresh, full of ripe cherry and berry flavors. The body is exceptionally light and satiny. It has a pleasing long, dry finish."Winemaker Notes

2014 Callie Collection, Fresh Red, Central Coast, CA
Sale $7.99/bt. + Volume Discounts / Reg. 10.99/bt.

"A deep, rich ruby color, our 2014 Central Coast Fresh Red Blend brings a bouquet of ripe blackberries, strawberries, and caramel with hints of vanilla. A blend of blackberry, ripe strawberry, sweet caramel, and spicy vanilla flavors round out the wine. Soft tannins and toasted oak lead to a long, lush, and rewarding juicy finish."Winemaker Notes


2016 Mark West Black, Pinot Noir, Monterey County, California
Sale $12.99/bt. + Volume Discounts / Reg. 15.99/bt.

Mark West Black is produced in more limited quantities than the traditional Mark West Pinot Noir and created in a more refined style. Up front, you will notice an incredible bouquet of black cherries, plums, mocha, vanilla and caramel. The palate has many of these same features along with smoke and blackberry. Pinot Noir enthusiasts will be more than impressed with the quality to price ratio this wine offers!

Ravenswood Besieged, Red Blend, Sonoma County, California
Sale $15.99/bt. + Volume Discounts / Reg. 21.99/bt.

"Dark, rich, full flavors ignite your senses with blackberry, black cherry, and baking spices, resolving into a delicious, smooth, satisfying finish. Full bodied with firm, but fine, tannins. Petite Sirah, Carignane, Zinfandel, Syrah, Alicante Bouschet, Barbera."Winemaker Notes

2016 Anthony and Dominic Chardonnay, North Coast, CA
 Sale $15.99/bt. + Volume Discounts / Reg. 18.99/bt.

Another winner in our book and easily one of our best values for oak-aged chardonnay, A&D Chardonnay takes the cake for charm, finesse and finish. This Russian River chardonnay placed in our top 5 best sellers for 2017 and for good reason. Complex citrus fruit flavors and aromas with a slight hint of oak highlight this crisp, clean release. The light straw color hints at the fresh, appealing flavor profile and delicate oak accents.

2015 Anthony and Dominic Pinot Noir, North Coast, CA
Sale $15.99/bt. + Volume Discounts / Reg. 18.99/bt.

If you love full-bodied, rich and juicy pinot noir, this is a wine you cannot afford to miss! The flavor profile is fruit driven with berry and spice accents, medium bodied, soft tannins and a satisfying finish. A&D Pinot Noir is exclusively hand-harvested and moved through an 82° fermentation using a Burgundy yeast to enhance the bright fruit character. The North Coast cool fog and bay breezes created a moderate vineyard climate resulting in a multi-layered, fruit driven wine with age softened tannins and a pleasant balance of fruit and oak.

Sale Details: Take advantage of these featured specials PLUS get added savings with our everyday volume discounts. 10% off 6-11 bottles- mix and match, 15% off 12+ bottles- mix and match and 20% off straight cases. Take advantage of sale prices through Thursday, March 1, 2018.

Peterson's Valentine Wine Tasting
Saturday, February 10: 1-5pm
Free Tasting @ both Peterson locations

Valentine's Day is right around the corner and we want to make sure you're well prepared for this special holiday. Join us Saturday, February 10, for a delicious flight of wines to make your Valentine's celebration extra memorable. From romantic sparklers to bold and juicy reds, we will showcase a little bit of everything to suit your palate. For those of you interested in spicing things up, we will also have several spirits open and a adorned Valentine cocktail or two for you to sample!

2014 Callie Collection, Fresh Red, Central Coast, California
Sale Price $65/case, which comes to $5.42/bt. (Reg. Price $10.99/bt)

Blended red with 25% Merlot, 20% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 20% Malbec, 10% Zinfandel, 5% Petit Verdot, Callie Red does not disappoint. This incredible blend offers something for everyone and is the perfect red for cold winter nights. We suggest grabbing at least a case or two because this new red is an instant hit with our staff! "A deep, rich ruby color, our 2014 Central Coast Fresh Red Blend brings a bouquet of ripe blackberries, strawberries, and caramel with hints of vanilla. A blend of blackberry, ripe strawberry, sweet caramel, and spicy vanilla flavors round out the wine. Soft tannins and toasted oak lead to a long, lush, and rewarding juicy finish." Winemaker Notes Sale Details: Offer valid Tuesday, January 30, 2018 only. No other discounts apply. Promotion available in-store only. Phone orders must hold orders with credit card payment. This is a case deal only. Full cases consist of 12 bottles.

Peterson's Top 20 Best Sellers of 2017...

La Playa Sauvignon Blanc
Aromas of lemon, fresh pineapple with hints of lavender. Bright, well-balanced and clean finish.

Legende Bordeaux Rouge
A very expressive palate dominated by red currant and raspberry. Round and silky.

Heavyweight Cabernet Sauv. 
A top 20 favorite for 10 years and running. This is truly a go-to for almost all of our customers.

Smoking Loon Chardonnay
Aged in 100% stainless steel with vibrant aromas and flavors of pineapple, melon and apple.

Mettler Cabernet Sauvignon
An intensely bold cab with lots of dark fruit thanks to the addition of Petite Sirah.

Alias Secret Agent Red Blend
A stealth like red with bold aromas of ripe red fruit, pepper, tobacco and plum.

Anthony & Dominic Pinot Noir
A multi-layered, fruit-driven wine that shows traditional burgundy characteristics for half the price.

Belasco Llama Malbec
Warm, rounded and well-structured on the palate, with an explosion of fruit flavors.

Dom. St. Roman d'Esclans Rosé 
Holds a crisp, poised texture that gives an attractive nod to the red fruits.

Anthony & Dominic Chardonnay
Complex citrus fruit flavors and aromas with a slight hint of oak highlight this crisp,clean release.

McManis Cabernet Sauvignon
Notes of cherry and black currant accompanied by a creamy tannin structure and a mocha finish.

Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blanc
Vivacious aromas of passion fruit burst from the glass, mixed with accents of lime and minerality.

Bread and Butter Chardonnay 
Creamy custard notes are balanced by soft minerality, a hint of tropical fruit and subtle oak.

Ironside Red Blend
Aromas of blackberry, blueberry and cassis along with subtle flavors of earth and mint.

Villa Puccini Pinot Grigio
A fresh take on Pinot Grigio with sliced-apple and pear character. Medium body and a simple finish.

Indomita Reserva Pinot Noir
A multi-layered, fruit-driven wine that shows traditional burgundy characteristics for half the price.

Tapiz Malbec Alta Collection
Superbly refined tannins deliver a sexy texture plus a bright and minerally finish.

Dry Creek Vineyard Cabernet
The palate is full-bodied and rich with elegant flavors of black raspberries and cocoa powder.

Dry Creek Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
A voluptuous style, fleshy and fulfilling in ripe pineapple, papaya and apricot. Dollar for dollar, one of the finest Sauvignon Blancs in America.

Ninety Plus Cellars, Lot 142 Zinfandel
Customers love the expressive red fruit, floral aromas and spice offered in this wine. Medium to full bodied, weighty and smooth, this is the perfect Zinfandel for any occasion.

The Ultimate Craft Beer Tasting
Saturday, February 3: 1-5pm
Free Tasting @ Peterson's Chicago Avenue location

Join us this Saturday, February 3 at our Chicago Avenue location for one of our biggest craft beer tastings of the year! Some breweries already on the books include Brickstone Brewery, Lagunitas, Pollyanna Brewing, 2 Fools Cider Company, Midnight Pig, Lake Brothers Brewing, Miskatonic Brewery, Short Fuse Brewing, Noon Whistle Brewing and many more. Taste over 40+ craft beers from breweries all over the U.S. Here are a few local favorites recommended by our beer buyer, Laura Evans...

2 Fools Cider, Naperville, IL

Tart Cherry Cider - This unique cider combines a dry cider base with tart Michigan cherry juice. Pouring a lovely shade of red, this snappy cider features an unexpectedly creamy mouthfeel. A refreshing departure from sweeter fruited cider and a cider that fans of sour beer will love.

Rose Cider - English Style Cider, rose hugh made from Michigan Blueberries.

Short Fuse Brewing Company, Schiller Park, IL

Impending Doom – Imperial Stout, 10.5% ABV, Dark, rich and velvety mouthfeel comes from a hefty portion of roasted barley. Using a blend of American hops to balance the heavy grain bill releases a fresh aroma of pine and herb to pair with the dark cocoa aroma.

Miskatonic Brewing Company, Darien, IL

The Craven - Dry Stout · 5.3% ABV A bold roasted, yet subtle, malt profile. Rich and satisfying, an entire case of lemons is peeled and infused with the rind to give it a citrus twist. Our dry Irish Stout has a bold roasted, yet subtle, malt profile.

4204 Main Street Brewing Company, Belleville, IL

Two Hop - IPA · 7.2% ABV This West Coast Style India Pale Ale Features Legacy and Cascade hops. Dry floral hop notes upfront with a clean citrus hop finish.

Church Street Brewing Company, Itasca, IL

Tale of the Shony – Scottish Ale · 5.1% ABV Chocolate and roasted barley malts contribute to this dark-colored brew, rounded out by notes of sweet caramel and mellow roast. Robust, yet drinkable, this beer can be enjoyed in the cold months of winter or the dog days of summer.

Brimstone, IPA · 6.8% ABV Brimming with Cascade aroma, giving this tangerine-beauty a fruity and refreshing nose. Large quantities of late addition hops contribute to the high IBUs, creating a bold bitterness that’s rounded out by notes of citrus and grapefruit with a slightly dry hoppy finish.

Taste Peterson's 'Top 20' Best Selling Wines of 2017
Saturday, January 13 : 1-5pm
Free Tasting @ both Peterson locations

Every January, we kick off the New Year with a tasting of our prior year's best selling wines. The top sellers are selected based on total bottles sold at Peterson's in 2017. Join us Saturday, January 13th, for a tasting of these best sellers featuring the Top #1-10 at our Chicago Avenue location and #11-20 at our Gartner Road location. All wines will be on sale and available for purchase at both store locations. Stay tuned for the final reveal of our 2017 best sellers Friday, January 12th in our weekly e-blast!

With less than two weeks left before Christmas, we have our elves working overtime to ensure our sale is stocked with the best wine at the best prices around! Our St. Nick's Nickel Wine Sale is undoubtedly our BIGGEST sale of the year. The sale will begin this Saturday, December 16th with over 100 wines eligible at BOGO for a nickel. Make your Saturday extra jolly by stopping in from 1-5pm at our Chicago Avenue store and sample 20 different wines from our St. Nick's Nickel Sale. This is a great opportunity to stock up your cellar for the holidays and long Winter season ahead. CHEERS!

With just days left before Christmas, we have are elves working overtime to ensure our sale is stocked with the best wine at the best prices around!  This is a great opportunity to stock up your cellar for the holidays and long Winter season ahead.

Shop over 100 Wines in our St. Nick's Wine Sale!

Lucien Albrecht Riesling- Buy 1 at $19.99, 2nd bt. 5¢
A bone dry, intensely aromatic Riesling that will win over ALL white wine enthusiasts.

Babich Pinot Noir- Buy 1 at $19.99, 2nd bt. 5¢
This wine is a blend of various parcels of fruit from the extensive Babich vineyards in Marlborough.

Macrostie Wildcat Chardonnay- Buy 1 at $38.99, 2nd bt. 5¢
Vibrant fruit with weight, girth and complexity. 1,000 cases made, 92pts Wine Advocate

Azul Y Garanza Graciano- Buy 1 at $17.99, 2nd bt. 5¢
Sourced from certified organic vineyards, this Garnacha blend shows berry fruit and bold acidity.

Szigeti Gustau Klint Brut- Buy 1 at $24.99, 2nd bt. 5¢
A classic example of Blanc de Blanc, with an Austrian flair. Dry with refined acidity & vibrant fruit.

Colliere La Fontaine Rhone- Buy 1 at $29.99, 2nd bt. 5¢
Sourced from 40-70 old vines, showing a classic Rasteau richness. 92pts Wine Advocate

Sale Details: Over 100 wines featured between the two stores. Buy one bottle at regular price and get the second bottle for a nickel. Wine must be purchased in pairs. No other discounts apply. While supplies last. Sale ends December 31, 2017.

Five Reasons to Make Peterson's Your Hub for the Holiday's...

The holidays can get pretty overwhelming, especially when it comes to selecting the perfect gift for friends, family and colleagues. At Peterson's, we want to make the decision making as easy as possible and so we have put together a list of our Top 5 Gifts for the Wine and Spirits Connoisseur.

Peterson Spirits & Fine Wines Gift Card
Everyone loves getting gift cards, especially when it is to their favorite local wine and spirits store. Pick up a gift card in any denomination of $25 or more.

Chocolate Covered Wine Bottle $35
Who doesn’t love chocolate and wine, especially when the bottle is covered in 3 layers of chocolate? Stop in and grab yours or call ahead for larger orders.

Personalized Wine Baskets & Gift Boxes
Skip the factory made baskets and custom build your own with one of our associates. With any budget in mind, our custom baskets will make a lasting impression!

Peterson's Craft Beer Club $25/month
Join our exclusive craft beer club and get dibs on all the limited releases. For just $25/month, receive up to 12 different craft beers that are unique and highly rated.

Peterson's Wine of the Month Club is the perfect gift that keeps on giving! Every year around this time, we get dozens of new enrollments and plenty of excited new members upon first pickup in January. Our club members get the royal treatment including 10% off wine purchases and access to an incredible selection of wines at introductory pricing each month. Check out this month's exciting new club features that are available to club members only at nearly 30-50% savings.


Premium Wine Club- $30/month including tax
Domaine de Courbissac Roc Suzadou, Minervois W. Languedoc, France, 2014 (MSRP $45/bt)

Brunnehilde Claux took over the Domaine de  Courbissac at the end of 2013 , and at the beginning worked the 19ha of the Estate alone with a worker. She tells us about "the magic of the first moments, the madness or we are able to do everything."  Together, they cleared the vineyards, weeded and cleared the vineyards of Cesseras, north-east of Carcassonne, Minervois. The  Minervois is an AOC Languedoc , straddling the Aude and Herault. Leaning against the Black Mountain, its slopes facing south at an altitude of 50 to 500m, dominate a plain of low altitude. The rivers which descend from the Black Mountain have deposited on their banks terraces of pebbles, sandstones, schists or limestones. And precisely, Brunnhilde tells us "his vignoble that resonates when we walk on it, so there are pebbles ...."

All the grape harvests are hand-made, in a traditional way in the  pure respect of the plant , with a rigorous sorting for the "first crus and grand cru", which keeps only  the most ripe, the most just and the most more tasty . Drawing on his experience of several years  at Gauby  and in Priorat in Spain, Brunnhilde practices two winemaking methods; part of the production is destemmed, the fermentation is done in the juice, in contact with the air, the other part is treated in whole bunches, which allows an  intracellular fermentation inside the grape, in anaerobic (without air) . This is the absolute respect of the fruit.

93 Wine Advocate- "One of the top Minervois in the vintage, the 2014 Minervois Roc Suzadou comes from 70- to 90-year-old vines and is a blend of 50% Grenache and 50% Carignan that was raised all in foudre. It offers fabulous Grenache character in its kirsch, plums, dried flowers, and lavender aromas and flavors. This full-bodied, sexy, luxuriously textured beauty has a great mid-palate, notable purity and a great finish. It will drink nicely for 5–7 years.” 

Pairs beautifully with BBQ or grilled pork chops, red meats, Beef Bourguignon or Beef stew.

CHOICE RED CLUB- $15/month including tax
Domaine Des Vielles Caves St Amour, Burgundy, France, Cru Beaujolais, 2014 (MSRP $22/bt)

St Amour is the northernmost appellation of Beaujolais vintages. The Domaine des Pierres by Jean François Trichard, who produces both Burgundy and Beaujolais wines, presents us with a characteristic red wine from this terroir. This Beaujolais wine from the St Amour appellation of Jean-François Trichard is made from Gamay grapes planted on plots with a crystalline soil. Traditional Beaujolais winemaking. On the nose, this St Amour wine  reveals a typical bouquet of red fruits, peony and stone fruits. A 2014 Beaujolais wine with a fresh and tasty texture with melted tannins. Pairs well with roasted wild game, red meat dishes, and mature cheeses. 

CHOICE WHITE CLUB- $15/month including tax
Francois Montand, France, Sparkling Demi Sec (MSRP $18/bt)

François Montand Ice is a Quality Sparkling Wine Demi-Sec elaborated according to the traditional method. François Montand Ice offers a distinctive richness of flavors.  Enjoy the freshness of its fine and delicate bubbles with notes of exotic fruits. Share a François Montand Ice with your family or your friends at the aperitif or during parties. To enjoy the "Ice" effect we recommend serving cold on ice between  41° to 45° F.  If you like, you can add one or two mint leaves in the glass and for those who dare, add red fruits.

PROPRIETOR CLUB- $80/month including tax
Jonata La Sangre La Jonata, Ballard Canyon, Syrah, 2013 (MSRP $140/bt)

Vineyard Details:

Jonata Vineyards is owned by same owners as Screaming Eagle!

Jonata is 600 acres of gorgeous, golden hills: eighty of which were meticulously selected based on their unique microclimates and soild profiles, then divided into more than fifty blocks and sub-blocks - each matched with different rootstocks, clones and planting densities - to provide winemaker, Matt Dees, with the broadest palette from which to blend the distinctive wines of Jonata.  Ranging from cool and foggy in the west to warm and dry in the east, The Santa Ynez Valley is one of California’s most climatically diverse growing areas. The most expansive AVA within the larger Santa Barbara County region, Santa Ynez is also home to a wide variety of soil types and geographical features. To avoid an identity crisis, the appellation is further divided into four distinct sub-AVAs—Sta. Rita Hills, Ballard Canyon, Los Olivos District, and Happy Canyon—each with its own defining characteristics.  As one might expect from such a vast and varied region, a wide selection of grapes is planted here—more than sixty different varieties and counting. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir dominate in the chilly west, while Zinfandel, Rhône blends, and Bordeaux blends rule the arid east. Syrah is successful at both ends of the valley, with a lean and peppery Old-World sensibility closer to the coast and lush berry fruit further inland.

Tasting Notes
Still tight and closed, which is a great sign for a young Sangre with such a long life ahead. Scents of black plum, black pepper and soy sauce. Savory notes combine with lifted black fruit. Shows its power on the attack with superbly sweet mulberry fruit. Dense and chewy like all of the 2013 reds. Tightly wound with ultra fine tannin wrapped around a savory core of dried mushroom and clove.

Perfect Pairings
Cool-climate Syrah, with its peppery spices, is a natural match with flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb dishes, where the spice is more about flavor than heat. With Australian Shiraz, grown in warmer regions, heavy meat dishes with abundant protein and fat are a necessity to match the intensity of the wine.

"Cofermented with 2% Viognier, the Syrah-dominated 2013 La Sangre de Jonata is another terrific 2013 from winemaker Matt Dees that checks in near the top of the vintage. Full-bodied, concentrated and with bright acidity, it reveals classic notes of black fruits, pepper, violets, spring flowers and tons of minerality. It will be better in another 2-3 years and keep for decade or more after that." 96pts Robert Parker