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“Mark has taken an incredibly bold step with ISC.  Making sparkling wine in the Midwest is brave in and of itself, but to invest in a bottle-fermented operation using non-traditional and hybrid varietals is a serious, serious endeavor. The gamble has paid off for him and his team however, as the wines are simply exceptional and, more importantly, ripe with individual personality.  It's kind of my job to look for flaws in sparkling wines, and I've yet to find any here. The ‘cool’ factor is way up there with these, among some of the most unique and well-crafted sparklers you'll find here or anywhere else.”
W. Craig Cooper, Beverage Director
“We have tried many local wines and ISC is by far the greatest we have had. Immediately a staff favorite, the locally sourced fruit not only fits great into our model, but proves to be an all around superior sparkling wine for our shelves.”
Cleetus Friedman, Chef/Owner
Glass of Bubbly magazine - Illinois Sparkling Wine Co.
KBC41 Chicago (Korean TV) - Illinois Sparkling Co. (footage starts at 2:25)
Starved Rock Country - Made in Illinois

Vineyard & Winery Magazine - Super Sparklers
WGNtv - Midday Fix: Summer Entertaining Made Easy
Crain's Chicago Business - Local food, beer, and spirits are trending - why not wine? - Prairie Pop?

Chicago Sun Times - We're One Sparkling State Now
Tasting Table - Sparkle Motion
Daily Candy - Illinois Sparkling Co. Launches


It was such an honor for us to be a part of the USS ILLINOIS Commissioning Celebration. Here are some of the highlights of the weekend . . .


Off we go to Oswego!  Let out your inner wine geek and come festival with us May 6 & 7.  We promise it will be fun.