Wine Hotline Hits the Road: France Part II

A group of Binny’s wine people traveled to the Rhone Valley in France, joined by legendary importer Peter Weygandt. Check out day one from Binny’s South Loop Wine Manager Don Sheil here. He continues to share his experience:

 

Wine Barrels

 

We spend time at Domaine Les Aphillanthes, near the village of Rasteau, with vigneron Daniel Boulle. We tasted several interesting wines – the 2011 Rasteau 1921 Cuvee is epscially good (2010 here). The name refers to the year the vines were planted – aromas of blackberry, licorice and Provencal herbs abound. The finish is long and the flavors complete across the palate.

 

Wines of Domaine Les Aphillanthes

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Wine Hotline Hits the Road: the Rhone & Southern France

Several Binny’s employees, led by Binny’s Wine Buyer Barbara Hermann, traveled to the Rhone Valley and Southern France, in search of the greatest wines the region offers. Joining them was legendary importer Peter Weygandt. Binny’s South Loop Wine Manager Don Sheil shares the experience:

 

Raymond Usseglio Vineyards

 

The business part of our journey begins when we meet Peter Weygandt, an importer of European artisan wines, in the hillside town of Chateauneuf du Pape. First stop, Domaine Raymond Usseglio, where we tour the vineyards and taste wines with Raymond’s son and heir apparent, Stephane. The impressive array of 2011 cuvees and 2012 barrel samples show the quality and care of this vigneron. Surprisingly, at least to me, the 2012 whites are amazing – lush and balanced with rich tree ripened fruit.

 

Raymond Usselgio Bottles

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Binny’s in Evergreen Park: One Week Away

Binny's Beverage Depot in Evergreen Park

 

Yet more progress at the upcoming Binny’s Evergreen Park! We’re hard at work filling the South Side’s biggest wine and spirits superstore, coming soon to 3447 W. 95th St. Beer has arrived. Check out this pic of our fully stocked, 28-door beer cooler. Cigars rolled in too, and we’re sorting through one of the largest collections of cigars we’ve ever seen. Next up, large displays and yet more wine will roll in. We’ll keep you posted. See you on the 20th!

 

Fully Stocked Beer Cooler

 
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Perennial Abraxas Release

Join us Friday, November 15th at 5pm at Binny’s Lincoln Park for the 2013 launch of Perennial’s sought after Abraxas to Chicago! If you didn’t already know, Perennial Abraxas is an Imperial Stout brewed with Ancho Chile, Cacao Nibs, Vanilla Bean and Cinnamon Sticks, and is delicious.

 

We’ll have some special beers open to sample and people from the brewery to chat with. Hope to see you there!

 

Perennial Abraxas

Binny’s in Evergreen Park: More Progress

Wine Shelves at Binny's in Evergreen Park

 

Here’s a quick, out-of-focus update (I didn’t bring the good camera this time) on the new Binny’s in Evergreen Park. What a difference a day makes! Trucks arrived first thing in the morning yesterday, dropping off the first shipments of wines and sprits from all over the world. We still have a long way to go – and many, many more trucks full of merchandise to unload, sort through and stock on shelves before we open the doors for business on November 20th. And we do have some surprises coming, too. So keep your eyes on this space, and we’ll see you on the 20th!

 

Empty Boxes

 

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Party with Trojka!

Trojka: A colorful collection of flavored liqueur. All the way from Switzerland, we’d like to welcome Trojka to the shelves of select Binny’s. We’re celebrating their arrival with a tasting at Binny’s in Champaign. Stop by to taste Pink, Yellow, Red and Green. There will be Trojka representatives on hand talking about the brand, Trojka cocktails and more!
Trojka Vodka Tasting
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Binny’s in Evergreen Park: 12 Days and Counting

Binny's Evergreen Park Storefront Sign

 

That’s right – we’re counting down the days until we open the doors at the newest Binny’s Beverage Depot in Evergreen Park. That means that at 9 am on November 20, 2013, you can come inside the South Side’s largest wine, spirits and craft beer superstore. It’s at 3447 W 95th St, the former home of Bleeker’s. And it is an amazing building.

 

We still have a long way to go until the store is ready. After the jump, the last you’ll ever see of Binny’s in Evergreen Park without the beverages.

 

Binny's Evergreen Park Registers

 
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