Corporate Wine Still Sucks!
While we think it might be like putting the mouse in charge of the proverbial cheese vault to have a Waco Brother open a booze emporium, things are going well. "The Cellar Rat" was named the Best Wine Shop by the Chicago Reader.
Cellar Rat is a Wicker Park/Bucktown wine shop dedicated to providing the neighborhood an alternative to the factory made wines sold at grocery stores, markets and big box stores. Our selection is focused on small, family owned wineries using natural and traditional techniques. These wines, often priced the same or less than their mass produced counterparts, offer truly distinct flavor and character. Wine should be a fun part of everyday life- not a discipline for snobs. We want our store to be friendly, full of humor and great music. There will be organized tastings and events, of course, but any time you drop in, there will be an interesting bottle for you to try. In short, our mission is to sell you great, authentic wine at a fair price and for all of us to enjoy ourselves in the process!
1811 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
773 - 489 - 2-RAT ( 773 - 489 - 2-728 ) Cellar Rat website
Some words from Dean:
"I have worked in the retail wine trade in Chicago since 1990, most of that time as a buyer for two of Chicago's largest retailers. These positions have taken me to cellars of all the great wine producing regions of France as well as Italy, Australia, California and Oregon. In this time, I've tried to focus on listening to what the customer REALLY wants, then doing my best to put a bottle in their hands that will make them happiest. While I have the knowledge and experience to sell the most expensive wines, I get the most joy from finding great wines at prices people can afford. I sincerely hope I can become your neighborhood "wine guy"!