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Jan 17, 2011 08:40 AM

Where to buy German wines in the Chicagoland area

I just returned from Germany and had some nice red and white German wines while I was traveling. Most of the wine stores I go to in Chgo don't have a great selection of German wines. I would like to buy rieslings that are minerally and not sweet. I also had a nice red -Lemberger trocken and Spatburgunder from Ahr. I also would like to purchase good trockenbeereauseleses and eisweins. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

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  1. try house of glunz or whatever it's called, over by there on Wells 2, 3 doors north of Division.

    1. Binny's has quite a nice selection of German wines. So does Schaefer's, in Skokie.

      Since you enjoy German eisweins (icewines), some of the Midwestern icewines are actually pretty good, and much more affordably priced than those from Germany. Coopers Hawk (four locations in the Chicago suburbs - ) has a nice icewine ($28 for a half bottle), and so do quite a few of the wineries in southwestern Michigan (just a couple of hours from Chicago) - see There are also some very good icewines coming out of the Niagara peninsula of Canada, but they're a bit pricy also.

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      1. re: nsxtasy

        Thanks - my Binnys doesn't seem to have that good of a German wine selection. Maybe others do. I live in the western suburbs so I will check when I am near north. Maybe they have a better selection. Yes, I know about the Michigan icewines and have purchased some of them. I was wondering if there are any stores in Chicago selling German eisweins. I will check out Coopershawkwinery.

        1. re: suzieq4

          The couple of Binny's I have been to north of the city do not have a good selection of German wines either . In my recollection, neither does Schaefer's, but I haven't been there in a couple of years so things might have changed or my memory is fuzzy. As another fan of German wInes, I too have been frustrated and will be interested to see if any good shops turn up.

          1. re: rjka

            IIRC Schaefer's has at least one trocken. (Most stores don't have any.) I'm not sure but they may have it where they keep the super-premium wines locked up. I'm not sure about whether they have German eiswine - they might - but I know they have Inniskillin icewine from Niagara.

            Also, this Thursday 5:30-7:00 Schaefer's is featuring a tasting of German wines. Here's the info:

            Thursday, January 20, 5:30-7 Special VIP event tonight in our Back Room featuring three of Germany's top estates. Stop by for this rare treat / free, casual. (Also, there will be a private sit-down wine tasting this evening in the Boundary Room.)

            Join Us This Thursday
            5:30 - 7
            Summer in January!
            You are invited to a special, casual tasting of a handful of Germany's superstars.

            Dr. Fischer Steinbock Riesling QBA
            Dr. Fischer Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Kabinett
            Dr. Heyden Oppenheimer Kreuz Riesling Kabinett
            Dr. Thanisch Bernkasteler Badstube Kabinett
            Franz Karl Schmitt Niersteiner Hipping Riesling Spatlese
            GM Machmer Bechtheimer Gewurztraminer Spatlese
            Paul Anheuser Blanc de Noir Pinot Noir

            Casual, drop in any time.

            Special guest, Karin Fischer

            1. re: nsxtasy

              Thanks for the information. That is great.