Looking to up your brunch game? Give the Aperol Spritz a try. You might not want to indulge in a “bottomless Aperol Spritz” marathon (it’s tempting) but one or two of these with a plate of fruit makes for a lovely and fresh treat. Aperol’s herbal bitterness is tamed by orange juice and bubbles, making for a complex and deceptively drinkable sipper.
Aperol Spritz recipe after the jump. Read more
Here’s another classic cocktail recipe worth featuring. The Sidecar – a classic cocktail and a great choice for fall. The sidecar is round and easygoing with a little sweetness and plenty of warmth, a great balance of cognac and citrus.
Sidecar recipe after the jump. Read more
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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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.
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.
Check out these pics of the event – there’s a bunch more after the jump, plus a whole album of pics from the afternoon on this Facebook album. Check it out, and tag your friends! Read more
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….
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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!