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Jan 8, 2007 08:03 PM

A good place to buy a special fine wine?

A non-CH acquaintance in the Chicago area wants to buy a special bottle of wine as a birthday gift for a relative. He asked my advice because I know about wine, but unfortunately I don't live anywhere near Chicago. I will advise him to go to a good wine shop in the area. Recommendations will be appreciated.
Thanks in advance.

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  1. I don't think you can find any better place than Sam's Wine around North and Clybourn. Try to find Mark Pucylowski. There's also one in Highland Park (ask for Michael--his taste runs to fine and delicate vs Mark's bigger and fruitier--so describe what you want) or Downers Grove.

      1. re: aelph


        Sam's Wines & Spirits


        1720 N Marcey St
        Chicago, IL 60614

        1919 Skokie Valley Rd.
        Highland Park, IL 60035

        2010 Butterfield Rd.
        Downers Grove, IL 60515

        (Highland Park is a suburb north of the city, and Downers Grove is west of the city.)

        1. re: aelph

          third, Sam's.

          We drive to Chicago every summer so I can visit friends, and he husband can visit Sam's (he calls it The Happiest Place On Earth).

          We've been taken to other wine shops in Chicago but Sam's wins hands down for selection and service.

        2. Just Grapes next to the ABN Amro building in the West Loop is my wine shop of choice. The owner, Don, picks a nice assortment of wine. They also have a tasting machine with a good variety of things you can try before shelling out for the full bottle. Alpana Singh use to be a part of their teaching staff there, not sure if she still is though.

            1. I enjoy a good trip to Sam's; however, a while back I was turned on to Hart Davis Hart's website and have enjoyed browsing through their selections online. They are very successful Chicago-area wine auctioneers, who also happen to do a retail business through their site. Some of the selections are surprisingly affordable. Here's a link: