I’m still trying to crawl out of the rabbit hole into which I lost September. If I’m not careful, my October will go the way of the last month. So before it all gets away from me, I need to tell you about Tino Vino.
Last week I had a chance to go to a media preview Open House for Tino Vino. It’s a new boutique winery and custom wine creation shop. Basically, you can make your own wine.
Don’t get too excited – or perhaps worried. They’re not going to ask you to pick grapes or even mix and match flavors. They have an established list of, let’s call them recipes, from which you can choose. Not sure? Well, you can taste a lot of them at their tasting bar in the front of the store. The fun part, aside from choosing the varietal, is working with the winemaker to walk your batch through the entire process, from mixing to racking to bottling and designing your label.
The operation is owned by 4 ladies about my age. I think that’s why I fell in love with the place. As I sipped on their wine, I chatted with ladies that are on the same wavelength as me. These girls want people to see wine as approachable and fun. Before opening, they took a research trip to Sonoma. I can only imagine how much fun that trip was! But they wanted to emulate some of the best practices from California wineries.
Tino Vino is in a great location. The marketing side of my mind has tons of ideas for them. I think they should get a package deal together with Fetish and Cumin, right down the street. Imagine a girls night or a bachelorette party that involved dinner at Cumin, shopping at Fetish, and wine tasting and wine making at Tino Vino. Now that’s a classy bachelorette party, complete with personalized bottles of wine. I also hope they offer maybe a monthly happy hour, so that they can encourage guys to come with their wives. I mention this because, as I excitedly explained the store to Kevin, he said, "It sounds girly. Right up your alley." It’s not girly though. Custom wine is for everyone.
Personally, I’m trying to talk Kevin into a session so that we can give our own wine away at Christmas.
Tino Vino has four tiers of wine, with countless varietals from which to choose, including vinifera and fruitier varieties. The lowest tier, which includes a tasty Mezza Luna red blend, starts at $180 a batch. From one batch, you get 28-30 bottles – a little over 2 cases. That works out to around $6/bottle. Not bad. I think you should all drop by, try some wine, and maybe even make your own.
Tino Vino is located at 3665 Erie Avenue in East Hyde Park, around the bend from Fetish and Cumin.
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