World Sake Day: Sake 101

Happy World Sake Day! Here’s your chance to celebrate Japan’s finest beverage for a full day! If you’re new to sake check out these food pairings, sake terms and brewing process. It will help you enjoy this intricate beverage so much more. For other facts about sake, click here.

 

If you’re not familair with the rice wine brewing process, check out the chart below.
 

Sake Brewing Process

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Oak Brook: Binny’s is Coming

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Attention Oak Brook: Binny’s is coming. You must have seen our new location at the intersection of 83 and 16th Street, just north of the mall. We’re bringing a beverage experience unparalleled to the area. This new location includes 23,000 square feet that add up to one of the best-looking Binny’s stores yet, a modern, bright space featuring floor to ceiling windows.

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Quick Flight, Small Pours

We don’t usually end up with leftover wine, but when we do…

 

Chuck Cowdery digs deeper into federal whiskey regulations re: flavored whiskey.

 

Fifty states ranked by beer.

Speaking of, no, we can’t get Austin’s infamous 99 Pack.

 

Lose weight with the Iggy Pop diet.

A health story we can get behind.

 

Old school cocktail recipe scans. For fans of cocktails and also old timey things.

 

You heard about the earthquake in Napa.

Other recent natural wine disasters include locusts, snakes.

 

…Thoughts?

Wine Hotline Hits the Road: Illinois Sparkling Co.

On our latest wine adventure, we went south to Peru, IL for a unique experience exploring the best sparkling wine we’ve tasted from the midwest. August Hill Winery, which grows grapes for Illinois Sparkling CO. is owned and operated by Mark and Teri Wenzel. They take great pride in their work and don’t narrate the typical “this winery has been in our family for 12 generations…” story. Rather, they are two hardworking winemakers with a passion for Champagne and sparkling wine.

 

Illinois Sparking CO

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Pics from September 2014 Taste at the Track

The start of fall means another fantastic day for Binny’s Taste at the Track at Arlington Park. What made this one different? Guests sampled from hundreds of domestic and international wines with special high-end, allocated wines, including Caymus, Silver Oak, Rombauer and Cakebread. French and Italian large format bottles were also a highlight. This event featured an expanded craft beer selection with 20+ beers, with food tastings from top Chicagoland restaurants including Jake Melnicks, Bar Toma, Café Spiaggia, Cowboy Grille and Mr. D’s Sports Bar.

 

Taste at the Track

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Angel’s Envy Toast the Trees + Bottle Engraving

In these days of social media, everybody is posting pictures. Legs on a beach. (Hot dogs or legs?) A snap of your goopy PB&J coated with a Nashville filter. Duckface. Babies. A million cats. It’s okay, we won’t judge. But what if we told you that you can use your instagram snap to accomplish something? Angel’s Envy is giving you that chance….

 

Angel's Envy

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Meet Food Network’s Executive Chef Rob Bleifer

Join us and Food Network’s Executive Chef Rob Bleifer for a wine and food experience featuring entwine wines. Sample a few of Chef Bleifer’s favorite food pairings such as mini Chicken Mango Tostadas, Herb-Ricotta Meatballs or his famous Macaroni and Three Cheeses with garlic breadcrumbs. He will also be available for photos and bottle signings during the event. Arrive early to be one of the first 50 guests in line and you’ll receive a fun giveaway!

 

Entwine Wine

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Confessions of a Mixologist: Minneapolis Hustler

The taste of bourbon is a bit too austere for some. Fret not; there are some wonderful cocktails that can soften it up a bit. One such example is the Minneapolis Hustler. I came across this gem on one of my favorite mixology websites, Cocktail DB. This cocktail has much in common with a classic cocktail from years past known as the Oriental Cocktail. It’s an interesting mix of citrus, sweet and sour with a touch of subtle herbaceousness to boot.

 

Minneapolis Hustler

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Barrel Report – All Ten Four Roses Recipes

You know the story about Four Roses’s ten unique bourbon recipes, right? They use a combination of two mashbills and five distinct yeast strains, resulting in ten unique bourbons that act as building blocks in blending their different bottlings. We couldn’t resist finding the best of each, and for several years now, we’ve maintained our own Handpicked versions of all ten recipes. With the recent arrival of several new bottlings to fill out the lineup, we sat down to taste all the expressions at once.

 

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Bourbon 101

September is Bourbon Heritage Month! We’re celebrating with, well, lots and lots of bourbon.

 

Why does bourbon get a whole month? The US Senate declared September “National Bourbon Heritage Month” back in 2007. The bill passed with unanimous consent, and calls for consumers who enjoy bourbon to celebrate the family heritage, tradition and longstanding legacy that the bourbon industry contributes to America and the world. Whether you enjoy this classic American spirit on the rocks, neat, or in your favorite cocktail, let us know how you’re celebrating.

 

Bourbon Barrels

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