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Terms, Conditions & Abbreviations


In placing an order, the buyer represents to seller (The Chicago Wine Company, referred to here as TCWC) that the buyer is at least 21 years old and the person to whom delivery will be made is at least 21 years old. Title to and ownership of all wine passes from TCWC to buyer in the State of Illinois, and buyer takes all responsibility for the product being transported from Illinois to the buyer’s selected destination. Buyer may pick up the product at TCWC’s or make independent delivery arrangements. Sales tax will be applied based on TCWC’s location in Illinois. TCWC makes no representation as to the legal rights of anyone to deliver or import any alcoholic beverages or other goods into any state. Buyer warrants he or she is solely responsible for the transport of the purchased products and for determining the legality and the tax/duty consequences of bringing the products to the buyer’s chosen destination.

Cancellation & Return Policy

There will be 10% cancellation fee enforced for any order cancelled by the customer within 30 days. After 30 days, cancellations will not be accepted. Notwithstanding any other provision to the contrary or any disclaimer, TCWC agrees to refund the purchase price to the purchaser of any wine from TCWC that is not of the vintage or from the producer as was represented by TCWC, including but not limited to situations where the wine is counterfeit or has indicia that it is not authentic sufficient to make the value materially less than if such indicia were not present, provided that the purchaser directly purchased the wine from TCWC and returns such wine to TCWC.

Description Abbreviations

TCWC goes to great lengths to make sure we are offering only the finest wines with the best provenance. Occasionally even the most carefully cellared bottles end up with cosmetic blemishes on the labels or capsules. Over time, some bottles may also experience the inevitable occurrence of ullage common in mature wines. We thoroughly inventory our bottles to ensure you are getting what you expect and make every effort to be transparent in all of our listings. As such, you will occasionally see a few abbreviations in TCWC product listings that denote these conditions in the wine description. The abbreviations are as follows:

SLC : Slight label conditions [Minor cosmetic issues such as scuffs, smudges, minor tears, slightly bin-soiled, etc.]

VHS : Very high-shoulder fill

HS : High-shoulder fill

Critic Scores and Abbreviations

We strive to provide the most current ratings available from the world’s top wine professionals for our wines. However, due to the fluid and dynamic nature of the critical landscape, we do not make any guarantees regarding the accuracy and timeliness of the scores. Below is a list of the critics and publications that are among the ratings shown on TCWC.com.

WA : Wine Advocate

WS : Wine Spectator

VM : Vinous Media

BH : Burghound

JD : Jeb Dunnuck