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Where can I find vin santo?

christina_hunnicutt Feb 17, 2007 03:08 PM

I am visiting Chicago in March and would like to buy a few bottles of vin santo to take home. Is there a wine merchant that supplies vin santo in Chicago? And, do you have a favorite brand of vin santo?

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    Chicago Mike RE: christina_hunnicutt Feb 17, 2007 07:39 PM

    Try Sam's and Binny's.

    1. nsxtasy RE: christina_hunnicutt Feb 17, 2007 07:45 PM

      I did a search on Sam's website and found two selections:

      Cantine Baroncini "Il Santo" Vin Santo, Toscana NV
      $7.99 375ml

      San Felice Vin Santo del Chianti Classico 2000
      $25.99 375ml

      Sam's Wine
      CHICAGO
      DOWNERS GROVE
      HIGHLAND PARK
      800-777-9137
      www.samswine.com

      I did a search on Binny's website and found five selections:

      Villa Puccini Vin Santo
      500ML $11.99/btl

      1994 - Avignonesi Vin Santo
      375ML $145.00/btl

      1999 - Badia a Coltibuono Vin Santo
      375ML $34.99/btl

      1999 - Poggio Bonelli Vin Santo
      500ML $44.99/btl

      2000 - Geografico Vin Santo
      500ML $28.99/btl

      Binny's Beverage Depot
      Buffalo Grove
      Des Plaines
      Downtown Chicago
      Elmwood Park
      Glen Ellyn
      Glencoe
      Highland Park
      Hyde Park
      Lakeview
      McHenry
      Naperville
      Niles
      Orland Park
      River Grove
      Schaumburg
      Skokie
      St. Charles
      Willowbrook
      (888) 942-9463
      www.binnys.com

      FWIW, I had never heard of vin santo. According to Wikipedia, "Vin Santo (holy wine) is an Italian dessert wine. This traditional Tuscan wine is made from Trebbiano and Malvasia grapes, and is typically very sweet." More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin_santo

      1. christina_hunnicutt RE: christina_hunnicutt Feb 18, 2007 02:24 PM

        Thanks! When I was in Florence last May I would end my meal with vin santo and biscottini. But, living in Indiana there are no liquor shops that sell it, and getting wine sent to IN is illegal. Hopefully I can stock up at Sam's or Binny's.

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          Judith RE: christina_hunnicutt Feb 18, 2007 02:29 PM

          Vin Santo and biscotti is a wonderful dessert, and I guess lots of us have acquired the taste in Tuscany. I have no idea about the rules governing wine sales where you are, and of course here in California wine is available everywhere all the time, but I've gotten Vin Santo at Whole Foods.

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            christina_hunnicutt RE: Judith Feb 18, 2007 02:55 PM

            Wine/Liquor can be purchased M-Sa, but no Sunday sales. We also cannot buy alcohol over the internet/telephone, etc. unless you're a wholesaler. Finally, no Whole Foods here in NE Indiana- we have big-box grocers like Meijer, WalMart and Kroger and a few local health food shops.

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              Judith RE: christina_hunnicutt Feb 18, 2007 08:02 PM

              I guess we're really spoiled here. But if you find it anywhere, look for Ricasoli. It's the one I like the best.

          2. Abacus RE: christina_hunnicutt Feb 18, 2007 02:49 PM

            My favorite Vin Santo is:
            1998 Felsina - Vin Santo del Chianti Classico
            Italy - Tuscany - Chianti
            Regional Blend - goes for about $30 a bottle - give or take a buck or two.
            I've had several others but this is heavenly and my favorite.
            Cheers!

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              christina_hunnicutt RE: Abacus Feb 18, 2007 02:53 PM

              Thanks- I'm writing this down for when I visit Chicago in two weeks!

            2. nsxtasy RE: christina_hunnicutt Feb 18, 2007 03:30 PM

              You might want to call ahead to whatever Sam's or Binny's location you're planning to go to, to make sure they have it for you in whatever quantity you need. Since their website has it, they probably have it at their warehouse but not necessarily at every one of their stores, but I'm sure they can get it for you at any store if you arrange for it in advance.

              Sam's is more of a specialty wine store, well-known in the Chicago area. Everyone knows where to go for wine, and Sam's is it. The store in Chicago is the big, original one; I haven't been to their other locations, so I don't really know anything about how they compare.

              Binny's is more like a traditional big liquor store chain with a big wine department.

              Watch the weather reports; if the overnight temperatures are going down well below freezing, you probably don't want to leave the wine in your car overnight!

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                christina_hunnicutt RE: nsxtasy Feb 25, 2007 12:52 PM

                Thanks for the tip on leaving wine in your car--I'll definately take it inside!!

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