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Peterson's 15 Year Anniversary Tent Tasting and Sale
Friday, Sept 29: 6-9pm, Saturday, Sept 30: 1-5pm, Sunday, Oct 1: 1-5pm
Where: Outside Peterson's Chicago Avenue store in a BIG WHITE TENT!
Tickets are $15/person each day- Purchase at our Chicago Ave. store

This Fall, we're celebrating our 15 year Anniversary since our first store opened back in 2002. As a tribute to our loyal customer base for all these years in business, we are having a three-day wine tasting outside of our Chicago Avenue store making this tasting our biggest EVER! For those who had the chance to attend our Spring Tent Tasting, you can fully expect this tasting to be just as good with even more wine and days to taste. Festivities will begin Friday, September 29 and carry through until Sunday, October 1st. Each day of tasting will feature 70 different wines inside the big white tent, along with the option to purchase food from, The Cookout on Wheels. Mark your calendars for this memorable event and be sure to tell ALL your friends! Stay tuned for more details to come...

Saturday, June 24 1-5pm @ both store locations

Whether you're firing up the grill or smoking your favorite sticky ribs, we have some wine suggestions that will forever change the way you pair your favorite BBQ meals. And because not everyone enjoys a glass of vino with their meal, we will also be pairing our favorite beers and famous Sangria recipe too. If you haven't tasted our world famous sangria, don't miss this very special tasting and the opportunity to snatch up this coveted recipe!

Saturday, June 17: 1-5pm @ Chicago Avenue and Gartner Road

What better way to kick off Father's Day weekend then with a FREE flight of premium scotch and bourbon? Our Gartner Road store will be featuring the new Rabbit Hole Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Rye Whiskey and Bourbon aged in Sherry Casks. If you haven't yet experienced one of Chicago's very own top rated whiskey, this will be your chance to taste and learn all about Koval Rye, Bourbon and Four Grains Whiskies. And just for fun, we are throwing in a few fan favorites including Breckenridge Bourbon, Breckenridge Vodka, and Brinley Rums. 

Peterson's Chicago Avenue store will be opening up the Glengoyne 12yr and 15yr scotches in addition to the Jefferson Small Batch Bourbon and Small Batch Reserve Bourbon. We will also have all the Ron Barcelo rums open that are made perfectly for sipping.

Friday, June 9: 4-7pm @ Gartner Road

Taste the latest releases with our Goose Island representative and celebrate the weekend!

Meet Francois Pouzet from Indomita Winery TONIGHT from 3-7pm!

Join us TONIGHT at our Gartner Road store as we welcome Francois Pouzet, from Indomita Winery, located in Maipo Valley, Chile. This revolutionary winery is not only our top selling Chilean line, but really is one of the best values you will find in our stores. For a limited time, ALL Gran Reserva Indomita wines are $6 off, making them just $10/per bottle! Grab their Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Carmenere, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay for just $10 a bottle, while supplies last!

Francois will be pouring a few of his personal favorites, including the Indomita Central Valley Merlot and Chardonnay, Indomita Gran Reserva Cabernet, Pinot Noir and Carmenere!

Want to learn more about Indomita Winery? Check out this interview with Francois himself!

Save 33% on our Holiday Wine Baskets priced $29.99 - 59.99!

For a limited time, save 33% on select pre-made Holiday Wine Baskets. Stop in at any Peterson location and choose from three different sizes with baskets ranging in price from $29.99 - $59.99. Each of these specially priced baskets include Premium wine selections along with cheese, crackers and chocolates. All of the baskets are made on-site with our personal guarantee of satisfaction. Stop in today or call us to reserve your selections before they’re gone!


Small Holiday Basket with Premium Red or White
Sale $29.99, Reg. Price $44.99

Choose from three different wine baskets depending on your recipients taste. Each basket is adorned with a bottle of wine, cheese, crackers, chocolate and nuts.

Macrostie Wildcat Mountain Chardonnay
“Vibrant fruit drives this wine with the underlying minerality and lemon ginger known for this vineyard. This wine has weight, substance and complexity. It finishes long with a note of honey which is this wine’s signature. 1,000 cases produced.”Winemaker Notes

Aquinas Pinot Noir, Napa and Sonoma Counties, California
Aquinas Pinot Noir is an intensely aromatic wine displaying notes of sweet cherry, Tahitian vanilla crème brulee and raspberry compote. It has a remarkably rich fruit flavor of sweet cranberry and pomegranate, both nuances of Napa, along with sour cherry and a pleasant earthiness which are contributions from the Sonoma Coast. The addition of Petite Sirah gives mid-palate weight to this bright, medium-bodied wine.

Acquinas Cabernet, Napa and Sonoma Counties, California
Aquinas Cabernet Sauvignon is ­filled with aromas of dried cherry, cocoa nibs and black currant along with toasted coconut notes from 16 months of American oak aging. Blackberry, tart cherry, gingerbread and cappuccino flavors lead to a velvety mid-palate. This full-bodied, well-balanced North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon culminates with a long, expressive ­finish.

Medium Holiday Basket with Two Bottles of Wine
Sale $45.99, Reg. Price $68.99

Surprise your loved one or colleague with this loaded gift basket filled with snacks and two of our best selling wines. Jacobs Creek Two Lands Shiraz and Chardonnay are a unique marriage created by two award-winning winemakers from opposite sides of the world. The resulting masterpiece shows off these totally unique Australian wines that marry Californian winemaking craft with Australian varietal character. They’re among the most crowd-pleasing wines we have come across and would make any connoisseur smile upon just one sip. 

Large Holiday Basket- Four Different Options to Choose from!
Sale $59.99, Reg. Price $89.99

Spanish Exploration Basket:
Discover Spain’s stylish mix of wines with this decadent basket of four Spanish selections and loads of goodies to pair with each: Bohigas Brut Reserva Cava, a balanced and dry sparkling perfect for tapas, Gazela Sangria Rosé, a young and fresh wine, Can Rafols Terraprima Red, a masculine red grown in the Garraf Massif mountain range south of Barcelona, and last but not least, Rey Noble Graciano, typically a varietal used to blend with Tempranillo but on its own is bold and powerful.

Italian Exploration Basket:
A country known to hold more unique varietals than the entire world combined, Italy is one of the oldest wine regions in the world. Unfortunately, most know Italy for just Pinot Grigio and Chianti, but there is so much more to taste and discover: Altemasi Brut Sparkling is delicious and created in the same style as Champagne at a fraction of the price. Ruche di Castagnole Monferratto is from an heirloom grape, Ruche, from Piemonte yielding an aromatic bouquet. Fidora Valpolicella Classico is one of Italy’s finest blends comprised of Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella. Yum!

French Exploration Basket:
For those who love the old world and are romantics are heart, our French wine basket is the perfect selection. Braun Sylvaner is a mysterious white that shows distinctive notes of citrus, honey, smoke and earth. Chateau Ducourt Bordeaux Rouge is a riveting red blend with notes of cassis, earth and minerality. Riva Droite Côtes du Rhône is a fan favorite that is full bodied, spicy and displays rich dark fruit. Three fantastic representations of France.

South American Exploration Basket:
South America is home to one of the fastest wine growing regions in the world. The wines have world class qualities at a fraction of California prices and we’re loving the trio offered here. Leyda Garuma Sauvignon Blanc is a complex white with notes of herb, green chili, pink grapefruit and lime. Luyt Carignan Trequilemu is 100% Carignan from Chile that is headed by award winning Burgundy winemaker, Louis-Antoine Luyt. Antigal Uno Cabernet Sauvignon stems from Mendoza, Argentina and features velvet soft tannins, deep chocolate and cassis. 

Celebrate Mom and Everything Rosé
Saturday, May 13: 1-5pm @ Gartner and Chicago Avenue stores

As we gear up for one of the BEST holidays of the year (wink wink), why not consider bringing mom to one of our stores for an afternoon of rosé wine tasting! Before you start thinking rosé is the stuff you were coerced into drinking back in the day when you couldn't afford anything better, JUST STOP RIGHT THERE!

Did you know that true rosé wine is actually dry, not sweet? Some of the best rosé is found in France, Spain or California and is the result of a winemaking process where the skins are kept intact until just after crush giving the wine a pinkish hue. This tedious process delivers a dry product that resembles the body of a red while providing the crispness and minerality of a white. Learn more and taste our collection of rosés Saturday, May 13th at our Chicago Ave. and Gartner Rd. stores!

Peterson's Spring Outdoor Tent Event: Part II
Saturday, April 22: 12-5pm / $15/person
Tasting outside of Peterson's Chicago Ave. location- tickets can be purchased at the event.

Part II of Peterson's Spring Wine Tasting series is almost here! This will be one of our biggest tastings since our last outdoor tent event just over 10 years ago and we couldn't be more thrilled to bring back the BIG WHITE TENT.

Get your tickets today (tickets can also be purchased at the event) for this very special tasting event with over 70 WINES (!!!!) featured, the option to purchase food from one of Chicago's finest food trucks, " The Cookout on Wheels", and attend an educational seminar on "California Terroir" led by Master Sommelier, Larry O'Brien.

O'Brien is one of only 149 Master Sommelier's in the United States, a title that takes years of study, devotion and finally, a required examination that has only an 8% success rate. It's no secret in the world of wine, Master Sommelier's are treated like royalty and we couldn't be more honored to have O'Brien present at this year's first tent event! 

O'Brien will be leading four seminars, 40 minutes each at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.  Seminars have limited attendance and pre-registration is required. Call (630) 420-1502 to reserve your spot.


Enjoy food from The Cookout on Wheels prepared especially for our event!

- Jerk Chicken Sticks-
6-Cheese Macaroni
- Caprese Kabobs
- Teriyaki Ribs
- Steak Wrapped Asparagus
- Parmesan Garlic Corn 
- BBQ Chicken Legs
- Tipsy Peach Pound Cake


Over 70+ Wines Featured from all over the World...

Mullineux Kloof Street Chenin Blanc
De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay
Mullineux Kloof Street Rouge
Are You Game? Shiraz
Three Wine Company Old Vine Zinfandel
Tapiz Alta Cabernet Sauvignon
Kir-Yianni Paringa White
Domaine Skouras Moscofilero Salto
Mylonas Savatiano
Domaine Skouras Zoe Red
Domaine Skouras St. George
Alpha Estate Xinomauro Hedgehog Vineyard
Oak Farms Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
Sand Point Cabernet Sauvignon
Cardinal Rule Cabernet Sauvignon
Duc de Rochebois Bordeaux Rouge
Capo Creek Grenache Blanc
Capo Creek Old Vine Zinfandel
Capo Creek Moon Mountain Cabernet
Left Coast White Pinot Noir
Left Coast Cali's Cuvee Pinot Noir
Pali Windsor Oaks Pinot Noir
Woop Woop Shiraz
Leese Fitch Firehouse Red
Barrel Road Red
Avery Cabernet Sauvignon
Anton Bauer Gmork Gruner Veltliner
Eola Hills Pinot Gris
Walnut City Pinot Noir
Floating Rock Red
Gilbert Cellars Syrah
Reininger Cabernet Sauvignon
Paringa Sparkling Shiraz
Henry's H Shiraz
Ironstone Cab Franc
Belle Colle Barolo Monvigliero
Old Soul Chardonnay
Gazela Sangria Rose
Silk and Spice
Jail Break Malbec
Old Soul Petite Sirah...and so many more!!

*$15/person includes 20 tasting tickets and the opportunity to attend a complimentary 40 minute educational seminar with Master Sommelier, Larry O'Brien. Tickets can be purchased at the event.

A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit the North Central College Fund in support of student success.



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Spring Wine Tasting: Part 1
Saturday, March 18: 1-5pm
Tasting @ Peterson's Gartner Road location

Part 1 of Peterson's Spring Wine Tasting series is only a couple of weeks away and we couldn't be more excited to share some of our new found favorites! As a tribute to Spring time in wine country and the birth of a new vintage, we will be highlighting some of our own new wines that we feel deserve the limelight. Join us Saturday, March 18th from 1-5pm at our Gartner Road location for a FREE tasting of over 30 wines. Stay tuned for updates on special visitors and vintners at this event!