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Join us Saturday, December 3rd from 4-8pm at our Chicago Avenue location, as we showcase an unforgetable evening with premium wine and good company. Joining us for the evening will be representatives from the renowned Duckhorn Vineyards and sister winery Migration, Pali Wine Co., Frog's Leap and Regusci Winery. 

Join us Saturday, November 5th from 4-8pm at our Chicago Avenue location, as we showcase an unforgetable evening with premium wine and good company. Joining us for the evening will be representatives from Cass Winery, Freemark Abbey, Hartford Court and Matanzas Creek. 

Join us Saturday, October 15th from 4-8pm at our Chicago Avenue location as we showcase an unforgetable evening with premium wine and good company. At this three-part tasting series, we will be welcoming guest visitors from some of our favorite wineries including Duckhorn, Pali, Frog’s Leap, Regusci, Swanson, Belle Glos and many more. Stay tuned for more information on participating wineries at each of the scheduled dates. 

Book your Private Holiday Wine Tasting with our Special Offer!

A common question we get from our customers throughout the year is “Do you host private wine tastings?” The answer is YES! While we offer many in-store tastings to the public, the months of October-December are by far our busiest for private tastings, in-store or off-site. Wine tastings with friends, co-workers and/or family is such a great way to enjoy one another’s company while also learning about the romance of wine and discovering new treasures. We can tailor tastings in any way requested or we offer several different wine tasting packages to choose from.

Wine 101
If you love wine but feel like you don’t know “proper wine etiquette”, this is the tasting for you! Drinking wine, shopping for wine and talking about wine is supposed to be fun and sometimes just getting the basics down is all you need. At our Wine 101 tasting, our professional wine adviser will walk tasters through the basics of how to appropriately swirl, sniff and sip wine while also providing some basic education on popular domestic varietals such as Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Cabernet just to name a few.  Cost is $15/person with a 15 person minimum.

Wine Around the World
For many, drinking wine from California is top choice without hesitation.  However, if you LOVE wine and trying new wines, opening up the doors to regions outside of the U.S. is such a rewarding and enjoyable experience. It makes the world of wine that much more exciting when selecting your wines at the wine store especially when you know what you like! Grab your glass and find out what makes Italian wines so likeable, Spanish wines all the rage and French wines not so intimidating. Learn about the impact of winemaking style and regional influences. This quick tutorial on wines outside of the U.S. will open up so many more doors for your palate and give you a whole new confidence in wine knowledge. Cost is $15/person with a 15 person minimum.

Premium Wine Tasting
Looking to impress a group of wine connoisseurs with not so everyday wines? This tasting is designed for those with an already established palate looking to discover new special occasion wines for their cellar. All wines selected are chosen with drinkability in mind and will be chosen based on exclusivity, ratings and pedigree.  Cost $25/person with a 15 person minimum.

Thanksgiving Wine Tasting 101
Free Tasting @ both store locations
Saturday, November 12: 1-5pm

For many, the Thanksgiving holiday can cause A LOT of stress and not just because of the turkey and gravy commotion, but because of the trials and tribulations of wines to pair with these prized holiday dishes. Worry no more, we have all of the advice you need to select the perfect wines for your Thanksgiving table and even pretaste your winning selections. Don't miss this FREE educational wine tasting with some of our favorite representatives at both store locations.


Chicago Avenue Featured Thanksgiving Wines (16 Wines)

Domaine Girard Sancerre, Kiona Late Harvest Riesling, Domaine Gayda La Minuette Rose, Clos des Alisiers Red Burgundy, Paydirt Zinfandel, Dry Creek Meritage, Pierre Delize Raspberry Kir Royale, Trentadue Chocaolate Port, Glunz Tawny Port, Reata Chardonnay, Reata Three County Pinot Noir, Whiplash Red, Whiplash Malbec, Light Horse Cabernet Sauvignon and Jamieson Ranch Double Lariat Cabernet.


Gartner Road Featured Thanksgiving Wines (12 Wines)

Dry Creek Chenin Blanc, Toad Hollow Risque Sparkling, Steelhead Pinot Noir, Torbreck Woodcutters Shiraz, Quivira Zinfandel, Dry Creek Mariner, Wente Riverbank Riseling, Murrieta's Well The Whip, Wente Small Lot Rose, Wente Riva Ranch Pinot Noir, Murrieta's Well The Spur and Wente Charles Wetmore Cabernet Sauvignon.


Join us for this weekly Tasting series Saturday, October 22, 1-5pm at Peterson's Gartner Road location as we highlight wineries that we feel should be on your radar this Fall and Winter. Joining us for the second tasting of this series is Tenuta Polvaro, LaPlaya, Don Rodolfo and Belasco.  As always, this is a complimentary tasting for all twelve featured wines. CHEERS!

Taste 14 Wines from Ramon Bilbao, Bocelli, Antonio Sanguineti & more for FREE!
Saturday, October 1: 1-5pm @ Peterson's Gartner Road location 


For those of you that joined us last week for Part I of Wineries in the Spotlight, you already know how fantastic the wines in this series are! Don't miss the second part of this tasting series this Saturday, where we take on 14 new wines from Italy and Spain. Joining us is Larry Gruner from Small Vineyards featuring his mouth-watering portfolio of Italian "micro" wineries. Alongside Larry will be Spanish Wine Expert and Sommolier, Saurabh Kathuria from La Zamora, featuring the emblematic wines of Ramon Bilbao. All of these wines are FREE to taste and ON SALE through October 6th


1.  PRE-SELL AND TASTING ONLY on Biodynamic Crianza Cruz de Alba 2013: $22.99/bt
Ribera del Duero was once only known as the home of the famous Vega Sicilica, however in recent years it has gained a worldwide reputation for creating delicious and high quality wines, and the Cruz de Alba is no exception. Good intensity of colour, very fruity, red-berry and ripe cherry aromas with hints of liquorice cedar and menthol over a typical mineral base. In the mouth it is fresh and juicy, with reminders of raspberries, chocolate and graphite. A lovely, silky mouth-feel with a harmonious, soft finish.

2.  2014 Ramon Bilbao Albarino $16.99 sale $15.99 : 89pts WE
Straw-yellow in color with bright green accents the color of Granny Smith apples. On the nose, fresh aromas and a salty touch which mingle with nuances of apricot and peach. On the palate, elegant freshness harmoniously balances the sweet sensations left by the fruit flavors. Smooth and supple with a full body and a lively finish.

3. 2013 Ramon Bilbao Garnacha $15.99 sale $14.99
Garnacha grapes sourced from vineyards planted at high altitudes show notes of freshness and acidity. Fermentation is performed in stainless steel vats under rigorous control. After malolactic fermentation, the wine is racked off into French-oak casks and aged for 14 months which adds structure and depth to the wine.
This wine is bright garnet-red with medium-high depth of color. The nose offers predominately red-berry aromas, with hints of rosemary, thyme and spice. The palate is elegant and silky, with bright acidity and a long finish.

4. 2012 Ramon Bilbao Crianza $15.99 sale $14.99
The finest ingredients produce the finest wines. That’s still the philosophy at Ramón Bilbao, where carefully crafted grapes are selected from the best estates and vineyards in the idyllic region of Haro in Rioja Alta since 1924. Maintaining tradition is the guiding philosophy of today’s Ramón Bilbao, where winemakers produce award-winning wines that embody a modern consumer-friendly style. Rioja Crianza must be at least 2 years old before release and is aged in oak for a minimum of 12 months. Ramón Bilbao Crianza is a high quality daily drinking wine. Crianza’s naturally high tannin makes a great alternative to Cabernet Sauvignon. Ruby red with some signs of youth in the form of violet hues. Medium intensity aromas of fresh dark fruit like blackberries and black currants accompanied with hints of licorice. It is clean and bright on the palate with pleasant flavors of vanilla, cinnamon sticks, and wild herbs.

5. 2013 Ramon Bilbao Limited Edition $19.99 sale $18.99 – 90pts WS
The grapes for the 2013 Limited Edition come from old vineyards around Haro, where the Ramón Bilbao winery is based. The wine is the result of an exhaustive selection of the best grapes and barriques. Each bottle is numbered and the wine is unfiltered.
Intense ruby red with hints of black-cherry color. High intensity on the nose, with a perfect balance of dark fruit and oak. The spicy nuances of black pepper, cloves, and cumin meld with clean wood aromas and notes of cocoa, dry tobacco leaves, and mint. Smooth, fruity mouth-feel with a long finish and pleasant, polished tannins.

6. 2011 Ramon Bilbao Reserva $22.99 sale $21.99
Reserva red wines must be aged for a minimum of 3 years, with at least one year in casks. Ramón Bilbao Reserva is aged longer than required – 20 months in barrel and 18 months in bottle. In Haro, the soil, the sun, and the rain create a wine that reflects the flavor of a great Rioja Alta wine.
2011 had very favorable weather which allowed for optimal growing conditions. The excellent grape quality created a perfect fermentation process, resulting in well-structured wines high in color. The limited vineyard production made this vintage classified as one of the best in the last 30 years.

7. 2005 Ramon Bilbao Gran Reserva $32.99 sale $31.99  90pts WE
Gran Reserva wines must be aged a minimum of 2 years in oak casks and 3 years in the bottle. Ramón Bilbao Gran Reserva is aged 30 months in barrel, longer than required. This means most Gran Reserva wines are at least 9 to 10 years old when you first see them available. Ruby red with a brick red rim color. Complexity of herbs and exotic spice aromas on the nose. Elegant and lively tannins on the palate for a complex but harmonious result. Clear notes of tobacco and cocoa against a fruit and mineral background.


1.  Bocelli Prosecco $16.99 sale $15.99
Made from the Prosecco grape that is indigenous to the Veneto region, this sparkling wine has subtle flower and fruit aromas that make the palate deliciously light and playful. Unlike many Champagnes, it is not harsh–rather, it tickles the throat with a peachy softness, and is flecked with minerality that remains simple in the best of ways. Perfect perlage make it the ideal choice for any occasion.

2.  2014 Bocelli Pinot Grigio $15.99 sale $14.99
Andrea Bocelli loves his white wines, and it shows in their delightfully crisp, complex Pinot Grigio. Grown in the green hills of the Colli Euganei in Veneto, the vines are thick and knotty, averaging about 15 years old, and yielding just enough grapes to make only one bottle of wine per plant. One bottle! With aromas of fresh Meyer lemon, mint, white flowers and sea salt, this wine is zesty, delicious, and made with integrity.

3. 2014 La Quercia Montepulciano $12.99 sale $11.99
This Montepulciano is a great example of what can happen when you match low-yield winemaking expertise with a prolific growing zone, and constantly cut, cut, cut back the vines. Made by winemaker Antonio Lamona, the result is one of the best quality, most expressive and balanced Montepulcianos around. This wine is also 100% organic, and delivers as a wine that takes no shortcuts.

4. 2013 Verso Salento Rosso $14.99 sale $13.99
Verso is a very full-bodied, luscious wine made with a small percent of ‘appassimento’, or raisined, grapes. It comes from the same terrific people who make Casa Contini. The grapes are grown on two non-contiguous crus, with about 10,000 cases total made, which is, of course, very small for Puglia. Rich and dark in color, with vibrant spice flavors, it is a hedonistic experience that captures the polished side of Negroamaro and Primitivo.

5. 2014 Antonio Sanguineti Chianti, D.O.C.G. $13.99 sale $12.99
From our favorite “Maestro,” Antonio Sanguineti, comes this wonderfully delicious Chianti, made in a friendly, approachable style that is rich and powerful, yet great with food. Antonio lived as a boy in Chianti, near Siena, and despite his famous prowess with Brunello and SuperTuscan wines, has always considered Chianti the wine closest to his heart. Here, he partners with his close friend, Luca Pattaro of Il Ciliegio in Sicilia, to make a great everyday wine that is perfect with all Italian foods.

6. 2014 Bocelli Sangiovese $16.99 sale $15.99
Made from Tuscany’s noble varietal, the Bocelli family’s passion and expertise are on full display in this exceptionally bright, lush, and appealing Sangiovese.With grapes hand-harvested from some of the best vineyard sites in Morellino, the fruit is deliciously ripe and smoky, with notes of marasca cherry, granite, and rhubarb compote.The finish is long and suitably dry, with admirable acidity that makes the palate taut and pleasing.

7. 2014  Antonio Sanguineti Nessun Dorma Super Tuscan $18.99 sale $17.99
“Nessun Dorma” is the favorite aria of “il Maestro” Antonio Sanguineti, and this wine is one of our favorite accessible, friendly blends. With vines carefully selected from all around Toscana, including Sangiovese from Capraia e Limite (Montalbano), Merlot from Gavorrano (Grosseto), and Syrah from Suvereto (Livorno), the Maestro has made a true “SuperTuscan.” The Merlot is intensely floral and elegant, while the Sangiovese is fresh and bright. The Syrah adds depth and body, offering a bold expression of forest-floor truffle, ripe cherry, and blackberry preserves.


Taste 12 Wines from Bonterra Vineyards and 90+ Cellars for FREE!
Saturday, September 24: 1-5pm @ Peterson's Gartner Road location 

Join us for our weekly Tasting series beginning this Saturday, September 24 at Peterson's Gartner Road location as we highlight wineries we feel should be on your radar this Fall and Winter. Joining us for this first tasting is organic vintner, Bonterra Vineyards and 90+ Cellarswho is renowned for creating special occasion wines at an "everyday" price point. As always, this is a complimentary tasting for all twelve featured wines. Take advantage of sale prices on all 12 featured wines through Thursday, September 29th. 

Bonterra Vineyards, Viognier, Mendocino, California: Sale $14.99 / Reg. $15.99 {$12.74/bt on Mixed Case}

Bonterra Vineyards, Sauvignon Blanc, Mendocino, California: Sale $12.99 / Reg. $13.99 {$11.04/bt on Mixed Case}

Bonterra Vineyards, Chardonnay, Mendocino, California: Sale $12.99 / Reg. $13.99 {$11.04/bt on Mixed Case}

Bonterra Vineyards, Viognier, Mendocino, California: Sale $14.99 / Reg. $15.99 {$12.74/bt on Mixed Case} 

Bonterra Vineyards, Merlot, Mendocino, California: Sale $14.99 / Reg. $15.99 {$12.74/bt on Mixed Case} 

Bonterra Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendocino, California: Sale $14.99 / Reg. $15.99 {$12.74/bt on Mixed Case}

90+ Cellars Lot 126 Sancerre, Loire Valley, France: Sale $16.99 / Reg. $17.99 {$14.44/bt on Mixed Case} 

Ninety + Lot 130 Russian River Chardonnay, California: Sale $14.99 / Reg. $15.99 {$12.74/bt on Mixed Case}

Ninety + Lot 131 Russsian River Pinot Noir, California: Sale $16.99 / Reg. $17.99 {$14.44/bt on Mixed Case}

Ironside Cabernet Sauvignon, California: Sale $14.99 / Reg. $15.99 {$12.74/bt on Mixed Case}

Magic Door Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon, California: Sale $28.99 / Reg. $29.99 {$24.64/bt on Mixed Case}

Mija Sangria: Sale $8.99/bt / Reg. $9.99 {$7.64/bt on Mixed Case}

Simple Life Chardonnay, California, $12.99

Enjoy this "new-world" Chardonnay that is brimming with tropical fruit, orange zest, apricot and floral aromas. A vibrant, lively acidity perfectly frames the lime, tropical fruit and orange blossom flavors and fresh-cut pineapple finish. This medium bodied white is crisp, elegant and an inviting expression of Chardonnay's true fruit nature. Pair with spicy sushi, shrimp scampi or savor on its own! 


Simple Life Pinot Noir, California, $12.99

Garnet in color with aromas of luscious cherries, nutmeg and savory herbs. Bright flavors of cranberry and ripe plum intermingle with sage and warm baking spices. Notes of vanilla from 100% French oak aging provide a lovely background for the complex and supple tannins. This wine has perfect balance between its dark fruit character and lively acidity, which makes it an easy pairing for a variety of foods.


THE Dark by Consentino, California, $15.99

Comprised of 60% Petite Sirah and 40% Petit Verdot, THE Dark is full of inky hues and deep aromas of juniper and spice. The lush, velvety texture is full of blackberry, cassis and plum flavors with a long finish that holds just a touch of chocolate. Ideal companion with beef short ribs and lamb and equally as delicious to enjoy after dinner over some rich cheeses. 


Ray's Station Merlot, California, $16.99

This Merlot captures the essence of Mendocino wines; strong, vibrant and packed with scents and flavors reminiscent of the ripest black cherries. French oak induces hints of spice and bold, supple tannins offer strength and concentration throughout the wine. Age worthy for five years yet ready to drink now.


Stone Ruination Double IPA 2.0, – 8.5% ABV - 12oz 6pack Bottles for $12.99 - Gartner
Stone Ruination IPA was the first full-time brewed and bottled West Coast double IPA on the planet. For the second incarnation they dry hopped and hop burst it to squeeze every last drop of piney, citrusy, tropical essence from the hops that give this beer its incredible character.  Definitely one you need to drink! 

Pipeworks Raspberry Truffle Abduction, 10.5% ABV – 22oz Bottle for $11.99 – Gartner
Imperial Stout with Raspberries & Cocoa Nibs added.  Nose was dark malt, vanilla, chocolate, fresh raspberries. Tasted a bit sweet, with flavorful raspberry notes and well integrated vanilla and chocolate. Finished a bit sweet, but is delicious!

Pipeworks Just Drink It Dummy, Double IPA, - 9.0% ABV – 22oz Bottle for $7.99 - Gartner
Pours a cloudy orange with a beige head and aroma of hops and resin. Taste is bitter up front, lots of hops, citrus, resin, and caramel with a bitter, dry, long finish. Delicious DIPA

Myths and Legends Kamacuras, Wheat Ale - 7.3% ABV – 22oz Bottle for $7.99 – Chicago Ave only
The abundance of wheat provides a slight haze coupled with a slightly sweet, bready malt character. The hops give this wheat beer a strong citrusy flavor and aroma, with hints of pine and stone fruit. This one is definitely up my alley! 

Shiner Oktoberfest - 5.7% ABV -  12oz 6 pack bottles for $7.99 - Gartner
Pours a medium amber color. Aromas of roast malts, caramel, and a touch of spice. Flavor has a nice smooth sweet roasted taste.  So raise your stein to tradition and enjoy this utterly classic brew.

Short’s Autumn Ale,– 6.5% ABV – 12oz 6 pack bottles for $11.99 - Gartner
This ale has a medium body, amber color, and full flavor. This beer exhibits a wonderful balance of malty sweetness and floral hop bitterness. Overall, a good beer for the style, complete with a nice profile, some light complexity, and just overall good flavor for the style.

Dogfish Head Pumpkin Ale, Spiced Beer,  – 7.0% ABV – 12oz 4 pack bottles for $9.99 - Gartner
Body is bold orange, of pumpkin. Taste is pumpkin, but also spices and vanilla. Pretty good and one of the better seasonal beers!  Warms in the pumpkin finish.

Revolution Oktoberfest, – 5.7% ABV – 12oz 6pack cans for $9.99 - Gartner
Pours a beautifully clear dark-honey amber. Tastes of thick bread, sweet caramel, slight hints of toffee, white and black pepper, vague suggestions of earth and wood oils. A bit of a floral tinge at the finish. Very smooth.  Overall I enjoyed!

Southern Tier Warlock, Imperial Stout,– 10.0% ABV – 22oz bottle,  - Gartner
Imperial stout brewed with pumpkins the Warlock is brewed to enchant your palate on its own.  The aroma is pumpkin spices, earthy, chocolate. The flavor is roasty chocolate pumpkin pie. Earthy at the end and suttle hops. Overall quite tasty!

Southern Tier Pumking, Spiced Beer, – 8.6% ABV – 22oz Bottle for $6.99 - Gartner
Pours a deep clear golden orange amazing aromas of pumpkin spice and pie crust. Great pumpkin flavors with nutmeg graham cracker and a warm finish. Overall, this is an outstanding example of a pumpkin beer.