What makes Binny’s Beverage Depot the best place to find your new favorite wine? Is it our low prices? Our breathtaking selection? We like to think it’s because we have the friendliest, most knowledgeable wine staff around. So for this month’s Wine Hotline Staff Picks, we turned to our Downers Grove wine department for their favorite holiday recommendations.
On my most recent trip to Ireland I had the opportunity to travel with Bord Bia (the Irish Food Board) and attend their Origin Green Conference focused on sustainability and green food and beverage production in Ireland. I met Ireland’s Prime Minister Enda Kenny, watched the Gaelic football championship game (Ireland’s Superbowl) in a traditional Irish pub and visited my favorite brewery, Guinness.
Day one of my trip started in the County Cork at the historic Midleton Distillery. Midleton is home to Jameson, Powers, Paddy and pure potstill Redbreast, one of the best Irish whiskeys on our shelf. They also provide whiskey on contract to support long existing independent brands.
I have personally done like three beer trades in my whole life. And at least two of them were to get Surly. Because Surly. One time I slept for three hours in a tent on a 34 degree night to get Surly. You know the one I mean. So I got excited when I heard that Surly is indeed coming to Chicago in a full-time, everyday availability sort of way.
So far, a lot of people have remarked that it seems strange that just a few months ago, the building was a bowling alley. About that – we love the building and didn’t want to completely forget its heritage, so we built a shrine to Bleekers, complete with 20 original bowling pins, 28 bowling balls and bowling shoes in every size from baby to Bozo.
This is important: We are so proud to introduce Binny’s to this neighborhood. As a family-owned, Chicago-based company, we are passionate about community and heritage, and that’s why we’re so excited to be in Evergreen Park. Give us a visit. Check out our store, our selection, our prices, our mountains of beverages, and most importantly, our people.
It’s something of an annual tradition here at Binny’s Beverage Depot. In the weeks leading up to the holidays, Johnnie Walker sends out engraving experts who will custom etch your bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label. Right there, at Binny’s. For free. Well, you do have to buy the bottle. Did we mention they’re pouring samples of Johnnie Walker Platinum too?
That makes a great gift for the Scotch lover even more special! But you have to be here in time to catch the etching crew. Binny’s locations, dates and times after the jump…
The opening of Binny’s Evergreen Park, located at 3447 W. 95th Street is almost here. Wine racks are full, the beer cooler is well stocked and the staff looks like a bunch of rockstars! What else would you expect from Binny’s Beverage Depot? Here are some snaps from today. See you on Wednesday at 9am. Trust us, it’ll be worth your time!
Binny’s South Loop Wine Manager Don Sheil continues with his notes from the Rhone. Find previous entries on the Binny’s Blog here and here.
We visit Domaine Saladin located in Saint Marcel d’Ardeche. This is a new label for Binnys, just arriving in stores a few weeks ago. Another impressive operation managed by patriarch Louis Saladin’s daughters, Elizabeth and Marie-Laurence Saladin. These ladies produce beautiful, pure, understated wines from hand picked grapes on land that has been farmed organically pretty much since the dawn of time. Meaning, they farm the same way they always have, organic before organic ever got popular. The wines are bright and remarkably restrained. The 2011 Paul, a co fermented blend of grenache and clairette blanche, shows the lift of fresh red berries with hints of citrus and spice box. The Cheyveron is also nicely balanced. The Per El (“For Her”) blanc, created by Louis for his wife who prefers white wine, is a sublime blend of 5 varietals aged in stainless steel vats.
With less than a week until doors open, the upcoming Binny’s in Evergreen Park is a flurry of activity. Yet more wine, spirits and beer arrive every day, and we have to sort it all, build displays and stock it to shelves. Nobody even has enough time to pose for proper photographs for our website. But somehow they have enough time to make comments like, “Hey jerk! Put down that camera and get to work.”
We’ll see you next week at Binny’s in Evergreen Park when we finally open the doors to the public. And maybe a week or two after that, store manager Jeff Bogdan can finally get some rest. (Pic of a tired Jeff Bogdan after the jump.)