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Old World Traditions & Values
Pennywise Wines by The Other Guys

Stepping back to a time where all wine companies were family owned and operated, Pennywise Wines by The Other Guys is a brand whose essence comes from those values. Made from the most fragrant, pure lots in California, the Pennywise 2009 Merlot and Pennywise 2008 Chardonnay are sure to be crowd pleasers.

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A Family Business: California's Oldest Wine Family

When Samuele Sebastiani moved to America in 1895 he bought a small vineyard just north of the City of Sonoma, California, and began selling bulk wine. As the years progressed, the vineyard was passed from generation to generation, where Samuele’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren have expanded his business and branding to see vast and explosive company growth.

Today, this small family-owned vineyard in Northern California has blossomed into a company eager to keep reputation and quality alive. Officially made its own company in 2010, The Other Guys is run by company president August Sebastiani – a fourth generation member of one of California’s oldest wine families. August and his sister Mia strive to reclaim the time-honored philosophy of a hard-working, family-run operation.

Pennywise 2009 Merlot: Tasting Notes & Pairings

With its deep, purple-ruby color, Pennywise 2009 Merlot is in a class all its own. The blend boasts aromas of blackberry, Paso Dust, fire roasted pepper and vanilla accompanied by tastes of fresh cherries, summer sweet strawberry and cranberry sauce. The finish adds in nuances of espresso, sarsaparilla and cinnamon spice. The tastes come from a combination of three lots from various areas of California, married together to create a distinct, harmonious flavor.


  • Cuban sandwiches and sweet potato fries
  • Grilled sweet Italian sausage on a soft roll with grilled sweet peppers
  • Chicken enchiladas with a mole sauce
  • Pennywise 2008 Chardonnay: Tasting Notes & Pairings

    The first of its kind for Pennywise Wines, the 2008 Chardonnay is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Aromas of honeysuckle, fresh orchard peaches, mandarin orange and jasmine fill the senses while flavors of mango, nectarine and Asian pear complete this tropical, succulent Chardonnay. Blended from various lots in Clarksburg, California, this wine grows beautifully due to the cool night air of the area, which allows the natural acidity in wine to set.


  • Grilled salmon over mango salsa
  • Jasmine rice and bok choy
  • Pot stickers with an edamame salad
  • Grilled shrimp with a pineapple salsa
  • Where to Buy Pennywise Wines by The Other Guys

    Pennywise Wines by The Other Guys can be found in various locations throughout the Chicagoland area, including:

  • Whole Foods
  • Kroger
  • Schnucks
  • The Poison Cup
  • and many fine Chicago restaurants and liquor stores
  • Join us at’s Resolutions 2012 Event Where we will be serving both the Pennywise 2009 Merlot and 2008 Chardonnay.

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