Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Vintner's Cellar Winery of Libertyville Closing

I received this e-mail today from Vanessa & Stan Oien - it's some very sad news about a great downtown shop. Vanessa and Stan have been great members of the Libertyville business community - I wish them the best!

Dear Jim,

As the end of the year approaches, Stan and I want to thank you for your business in 2009. It has been a great year for us, in spite of a down economy. We also are sadly announcing that we will be closing our store before the first of the year. As some of you know, I have been working on my masters of wine degree and I am at a stage where I am ready to pursue some other opportunities. Although, I love what I do today, I know to further my self-growth and wine knowledge, I will need to move on to the next chapter.

With this announcement, starting tomorrow, Thursday, October 22nd, everything in our store which includes merchandise and fixtures will be up for sale. Wines by the bottle will be 30% off and we have several batches in production that will be available for 30% off as well. If you are looking for reasonably priced gifts for the holidays, you now can purchase a customized bottle of wine for as low as $8.50. Also, if you know any home wine makers, we are willing to sell the juice, yeast and other packets bundled with a carboy.

I have addressed some questions you may have below. If you have any other concerns, please feel free to call me directly.

Again, Stan and I truly want to thank all of you for your business over the past 3 years. We will miss you as many of you have become friends. We hope to see you over the next few weeks!

Vanessa & Stan Oien

Question: I currently have a batch of wine in production. Now what?
Answer: We will be finishing production on all customer wines. If you have wine that needs to be bottled, please make an appointment to bottle your wine as soon as possible!

Question: I have a gift certificate? Is it still good?
Answer: We will be honoring all gift certificates that are under one year old to the best of our ability. If your gift certificate is for a batch of wine, you can pick something that is in production. We have several batches waiting to be adopted!

Question: Will you still be offering daily wine tastings and wines by the glass?
Answer: Yes, please come in and see us! Question: Will you be booking any private parties through now and December?Answer: At this time, we will not be booking any private parties for the holidays.

Question: What are the store hours for the remainder of the year?

Wednesdays: Noon-6 pm
hursdays: Noon-8 pm
Fridays: Noon-8 pm
Saturdays: Noon-5 pm
Sundays: 1pm-4pm
Closed Mondays & Tuesdays