It’s called Henri Leblanc, and we think it’s the best thing going for under ten bucks.
See, sometimes, we feel like real consumer advocates.
We weren’t happy with inexpensive bubbly in general. We wanted to offer a value – something clean, fresh and easy to drink. We already have a good product in Cuvee Tradition, but we wanted to offer a step up in quality that’s still a great value. Something wine nerds would drink, and something they wouldn’t mind popping on a Wednesday. So we went to work.
It took five months. Five months of combing catalogs, tasting samples, beating up suppliers. We narrowed it down to just a few possibilities, then tasted them blind against the best of the category. That’s when we found our bottle:
Henri Leblanc Brut Blanc de Blancs
Orchard fruit on the nose, with citrus over granny smith apple and some cream. Creamy on the palate, with bright green apple and mineral undertones. Warm and inviting, vibrant and energetic. Drink it on its own, but we won’t mind if you mix it in a mimosa or bellini. – Binny’s Tasting Note
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It’s December. Are you busy? We’re busy. Too busy for full articles. So here are Passing Shots instead. For more news from the whiskey world, head to the Whiskey Hotline.
If you’re ready to mix and mingle and jingle… your cocktail… get ready for the Grasshopper cocktail! It’s making a comeback, kids. The Grasshopper your grandparents used to drink.
Why isn’t ours green? Dan wanted to try something different with this vintage cocktail, so he used peppermint schnapps instead of Creme de Menthe. It doesn’t have that green glow, but it still tastes just as fresh and minty.
Christmas and rum… who would’ve thought? John Meisler, Executive Chef and Global Brand Ambassador for Serralles USA is making his rounds to a few Binny’s locations to share his classic New Orleans style cooking. You will learn his secrets on how to prepare the perfect Christmas dinner. All of the dishes will be made with Don Q Puerto Rican Rum. We can smell the praline crusted ham already…
Locations and times after the jump…
A question we hear often: “My friend loves whiskey. What should I get him?” The answer, of course, is whiskey. But if you’re looking for something more creative, here are the TOP TEN WHISKEY GIFTS from our own wishlist. For more whiskey favorites, check out the Whiskey Hotline.
What do you do with your recycled corks, wine bottles and beer caps? Here at Binny’s, we craft holiday decorations with ours! Check out our top three holiday crafts after the jump, plus more through our Tinsel and Glitter Galore Pinterest Board.
Tis the season for awesome Rum Chata gift sets. This year it includes a thermal cup for your hot cocoa + Rum Chata enjoyment.
If you’re not enjoying Rum Chata with a warm beverage, you’re probably throwing it back as a shot with something like Fireball Whiskey or Loopy Vodka. But why not use it in cocktail and enjoy it a little while longer?
Dan Culen, our mixology enthusiast in Willowbrook combined Rum Chata with Smirnoff Kissed Caramel for an epic Rum Chata cocktail. You will not be disappointed. Dan recommends adding a splash of club soda to soften the drink and give it a few bubbles without changing the flavor profile. It’s an easy holiday cocktail for when Aunt Gladys asks for yet another refill.
In the latest edition of the Beer Buzz a few of our beer consultants rave about their favorite winter seasonals.
It’s been a fun couple of weeks with appearances from Chicago all stars. The amount of community outreach and support at our new location in Evergreen Park has been more outstanding than we could ever imagine. You have all made the last two weeks unforgettable for all of us here at Binny’s. Link to photo albums after the jump.
Everyone knows the classic cocktail Kir. It’s a mix of sparkling wine and raspberry liquor such as Chambord. Use Champagne and you have a Kir Royale. We are taking it a step further with the inclusion of one of our favorite herbal liquors, St. Germain Edelflower. Dan Culen, our mixology enthusiast at Willowbrook Binny’s added St. Germain because the herbal liquor adds a bit of sweetness to the cocktail. Not only is it a signature drink for the holidays, but it’s easy to make and sure to impress your friends.