The Winnetka Wine Shop

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The Winnetka Wine ShopThe Winnetka Wine Shop

Type: Store

726 Elm St
Winnetka, Illinois, 60093-2506
United States

(847) 446-2716 | map

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 11:30am - 5:00pm
Wednesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 8:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.03/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

This small storefront shop primarily caters to oenophiles, as the name would suggest, but the beer selection is clearly on the upswing. Located in quaint downtown Winnetka, it's roughly a block away from the Metra station (UP-N Line).

The shop is clean, tidy, pleasantly lit, and well-organized. Space is at something of a premium here, but thankfully it's not like certain other bottle shops where one needs to be cautious of bottles sitting on low counters or on the floor. The beer is fit into the existing wine racks, except for the more premium goods that are corralled together nearer the checkout counter.

The vastness of selection will likely not bowl you over, but there is definitely a emphasis on quality, showcasing local beers, tried and true domestic and import craft beers, and no small amount of high profile limited beers that evaporate from shelves at other shops in the greater Chicago area. During my recent trip there I picked up some rarer Goose Island beers (Bourbon County variations/vintages, mostly), and unlike many other shops that had these, the retail price was very reasonable. My only quip would be that there is no Half Acre - let's hope this is remedied.

The service from the gentleman there (the owner?) was great: personal, hands-on, and informative. However, the lack of price tags on any of the bottles made this level of service a necessity. In any larger space I would definitely frown on this, but it's clear that it is a calculated measure tailored to informing the customers about their various wines. I can't help but think this level of service would be perfect for someone interested in trying lambics and sour/wild ales.

There is a chiller refrigerator that, along with wine and some corked beer bottles, had some cheese and cured meat, but nothing too outlandish as far as I could tell. Vino and birra definitely rule supreme here.

This shop is far out of my way, but the next time I'm looking for something special and getting no satisfaction from my usual haunts, I'm going to call on Winnetka Wine Shop. Good service, good prices, and with any luck, a growing selection of premium beers.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.14/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

This is a good alternative if you live on the North Shore to finding a Binny's. Very helpful folks here, the owners are women, and the husband of one works for Goose Island, so they get some releases that are hard to find. When they are open they will always provide a sample or two if you ask. Regular Saturday tastings include some 5-6 beers in addition to the wines they focus on.

It is a wine shop but the beers include most of the Goose selections, a few rare Belgians (Cantillion, De Prof), micros in both 6-packs and bombers from around the Midwest and better known coastal selections. Certainly a place to find Three Floyds, Metropolitan, Dark Horse, Bells, and Sam Adams, plus harder to find Colorado brews, DogFish Head for sure. Selecitions are 1/3 in the cooler, and 2/3rds on the floor. Some 50 micro selections, no macros seen here.

Atmosphere is cosy and friendly, quality is fresh and rotates, again the service is excellent, selection is good for a rather small selection vs. an average Binny's, and they do have some snack foods to sell but I haven't tried. Overall a solid addition to the North Shore, matching up well with the Glencoe Binny's, only the prices will be higher here.

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The Winnetka Wine Shop in Winnetka, IL
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