Binny’s Wine Managers Steve Reiter and Chris Speir joined Wine Buyer Barbara Hermann on a trip to one of France’s most famous wine regions, Bordeaux. They tasted barrel samples of the 2013 vintage – now in the early stages of its en premier campaign – visited Chateaux and negociants. Steve reports from the road:
I expected the city of Bordeaux to be large (the 9th largest in France) but not quite the expanse that it is. We’re staying in a charming, modern sprawl radiating from the river with a modern, urban feel. However, the “Centre” or old part of Bordeaux, is just as large, and definitely has the rustic feel I expected. With stone buildings, colored shades of earthy white, grey, orange and green, it reminds me a lot of Venice. Old churches and architecture dot town squares where people pass time. We wander a few hours through the alley-like, brick-layered streets. I would hate to have to park here. No wonder there are so many bikes.
I recently made a visit to our Des Plaines location. While there, I came across a box of cigars that were tucked away in the corner. This wasn’t a full box, but only had four cigars remaining. I was surprised to see these cigars still on the shelf, but at the same time I was glad they were there. They were going to go home with me. The cigar was the E.P. Carrillo Edicion Limitada 2010. We have a handful of boxes in our vintage program, and I won’t have a chance to try them for a few more years. Seeing these sticks on the shelf gave me the perfect opportunity to assess their progress.
The cigar was introduced in the fall of 2010 and quickly became a favorite. It was placed at #8 on Cigar Aficionado’s list of 25 Best Cigars in January of 2011, and scored a 94 rating. The demand went through the roof, but there already weren’t many boxes to go around. A total of 1,000 boxes, ten cigars each, were ever produced. Cigar Aficionado described it best, saying “The only flaw with this cigar is its rarity.” It was incredible four years ago, and possessed all the characteristics of a great cigar with flavor, balance, and construction. Could it hold up after all this time?
Join us for a night of microzymurgy, where we break down Bell’s Black Note to it’s basic elements and serve them as a flight!
Lincoln Park Tasting Room
Thursday, May 1st
Tickets go on sale 9am on May 1st. Call the store (312.664.4394) and they’ll be available to the first 100 people who purchase.
How do you celebrate the expansion of the area’s largest wine, spirits and beer superstore? By inviting an industry legend to host the festivities.
Binny’s Lincoln Park Tasting Room
Ribbon Cutting & Toast with
Jim Koch of Boston Brewing Company
Tuesday, April 8 from 6-8:30pm
An Open-House Event
More details after the jump…
Summer is coming, and that means that spirits companies are doing their best to get you out on the golf course. For free. Isn’t summer great? This year, the first to the tee is Gosling’s Black Seal Rum. The offer starts today and runs through August. It’s easy, and it works like this:
1) Find a specially marked bottle of Gosling’s at a Binny’s near you. Watch for the uniquely coded promotional bottle necker. It looks like that graphic over on the right.
2) Head to goslingsgolfexperience.com and input your unique code. You’ll have to give a little more info, then print and mail in your Claim Form, along with proof of purchase and all that stuff.
3) You’ll then receive an email with a link where you can pick out your favorite course and get your free golf voucher. Just make sure to use it before December 31, 2014.