Quick Flight, Small Pours

It’s been a while, so we’re catching up.

 

Doooooooooooooooooooooooooooom.

…or just a shortage of wine, globally.

 

Our very own Brett Pontoni contributes to this PVW article, as does John Hansell.

 

Love these recurring articles:

One about how not drinking correlates to shortened lifespans.

One about blind tasting crappy beer.

 

Halsted Vodka gets local love.

 

Congratulations to Binny’s in Champaign for taking home the coveted “Best Place to Buy Liquor” nod from the Daily Illini.

(Again!)

 

…Thoughts?

 

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Whiskey Whispers From the Great Brophstradamus

The faithful know it’s that time again, time for the Great Brophstradamus to make his predictions for the spirits world in the coming year. How wise is Brophstradamus? We aren’t sure, but his beard is legit. His predictions have been meticulously translated from the original quatrains by time, a secret decoder ring and Google. 2014 will bring more. More what?
 

Whiskey Whispers from the Great Brophstradamus

 
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Luxury Wine Gifts

Whether you’re impressing the boss, giving the perfect gift to your loving significant other, or just finding a special bottle for the holidays, Binny’s has the answer. Sure, we have hundreds of high end wines. But our friendly, knowledgeable and good looking wine consultants will help you find the perfect wine gifts without the dreaded stress. A few ideas to get you going:

 

Gift Ideas

 
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Binny’s Top Ten of 2013

Binny’s has the best people around. So we asked Binny’s specialists from Chicago to Champaign, Evergreen Park to Highland Park, for their Top Ten of 2013. We put an emphasis on value and on availability. The response was huge, and distilling all the great suggestions down to a list of just 10 wasn’t easy.

 

Binny's TOP TEN of 2013

 
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The Hottest Wine Gift of 2013

It’s called the Coravin, and you can get it at Binny’s. If you’re already in the know, then you’ll be excited to learn that Binny’s is pretty much the only retailer anywhere between New York and California where you can buy this thing. Check it out on binnys.com.

 

If you’re not in the know, then you’re probably wondering what kind of device famed wine critic Robert Parker would refer to as:

 

“The most transformational and exciting new product for wine lovers
that has been developed/invented in the last 30+ years.”

 

Holy cow, right? What could this amazing device be?

 

Coravin Banner

 
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Our New Favorite Value Bubbly

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 Blancsleblanc-12-12-2013

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

 

For more wine news any time, check out the Wine Hotline.

Confessions of a {Festive} Mixologist: Peppermint Grasshopper

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.
Grasshopper Cocktail by Binny's
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Cooking Christmas Dinner with Don Q Rum

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…
Cooking with Don Q Rum
Locations and times after the jump…
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