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Wine Hotline Hits the Road: Canon la Gaffeliere

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When I started looking forward to my first trip to Bordeaux, one of the places I was most excited to visit was Canon la Gaffeliere. Beyond the great esteem I have for the wines, I was fascinated at the idea of meeting Comte Stephan von Neipperg. The guy/count is a legend; every person I know who’s visited talks about an experience with him. Known for his colorful style, wit, and enthusiasm, he spent the last thirty years innovating and elevating the quality of wines at his family’s estates.
 

Canon la Gaffeliere

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Binny’s Humidor: Cohiba Blue

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The new Cohiba Blue is an exciting blend from an established producer. Featuring a Honduran wrapper and fillers from the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Nicaragua, this cigar has been blended beautifully. The Cohiba Blue is available in four sizes. It offers the quality and excellence of Cohiba into an approachable price for everyday smokers. Medium in body, this new Cohiba is a great way to try an old world smoking experience with rich and smooth flavors. If you have never picked up a Cohiba let the new Cohiba Blue be your first.

 

Cohiba Blue Binny's

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Confessions of a Mixologist: Adonis

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Sherry has long had an unfair reputation. Dismissed as the stuffy drink of choice for aging British aristocrats, or sickly sweet jug wine more suited to cooking than drinking. Fortunately the variety and quality of sherry is being rediscovered. Sommeliers and bartenders are putting it back on menus and serving up classic, sherry-based cocktails from more than a century ago. This cocktail takes its name from the musical “Adonis,” one of the first Broadway hits back in 1884. Easy to prepare and lower in alcohol than most cocktails, it’s a fine way to begin an evening, or end one. I’ve seen some recipes that call for fino sherry, but I prefer to use oloroso or amontillado, such as the ones from Lustau. The richer, rounder flavors of these sherries pair well with a more full-bodied sweet vermouth like Carpano Antica. Orange bitters are key as the citrus pulls it all together.

 

Adonis

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Whiskies of the Week: Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Co.

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As more releases from the Orphan Barrel line of bourbons keep coming, their consistent value pricing continues to surprise us. In all honesty, the prices of theses bourbons are surprisingly low considering the age of the barrels and current demand for mature bourbons. Finding this much juice at such an advanced age really is an oddity in this boom portion of the space-time bourbon continuum. As with the previous releases, grab them while you can. They will most certainly disappear at a quick pace.

 

Orphan Barrel Binny's

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Hop Vapin’ with Lagunitas

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Brewers Mary Bauer and Joe Flores of Lagunitas Chicago recently led an exciting seminar on hops at Binny’s Lincoln Park. To enhance our understanding of hops, Lagunitas placed ground hops into a volcano vaporizer. As different beers from Lagunitas were sampled, attendees got a whiff of a corresponding hop used in that beer.
 

Dan Hop Vapin' Lagunitas

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Binny’s Humidor: Introducing PDR 1878

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In our efforts to hunt out the best cigars at the best price, we came across PDR cigars. PDR has been producing high quality cigars for years under the watchful eye of Master Blender Abe Flores. Rolled in the true Cubano entubado method, PDR is a mark of quality that has us excited. The 1878 Capa Natural and 1878 Capa Maduro will be available in our walk-in humidors in the robusto and toro sizes. With an attractive look and price point, we are sure these will become a go-to for you.

 

PDR 1878

 

PDR 1878 Capa Natural Toro

PDR 1878 Capa Natural Robusto

PDR 1878 Capa Maduro Toro

PDR 1878 Capa Maduro Robusto

 


The Whiskey Hotline Hits the Road: Islay

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The Whiskey Hotline is currently on sabbatical on Islay, but the line between work and play is always blurred. We visited a few of our favorite distilleries in between eating haggis burgers, haggis pizza, haggis nachos and black pudding and managed to get an advance tasting on some upcoming releases you’ll want to keep an eye out for. These are all currently on the water and we expect to have them within a month or so. We’ll be sure to let you know here as soon as they arrive.
 

Islay Whiskey Hotline

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Binny’s Wheeling: Now Open!

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Binny’s Wheeling is now open! We’ve closed our store in Buffalo Grove after 22 years and moved just a few blocks away to Wheeling. Our new home in Wheeling is 20,000+ square feet and has a 21 door beer cooler, a temperature controlled wine cellar for fine and rare wines, a walk-in humidor and the widest selection of 8,500+ wine, spirits and beer products. The spacious interior has tall ceilings and large aisles for a more comfortable shopping experience. You’ll notice something new – a much bigger store – but you can still count on the personal touch, knowledgeable service and low prices that have been the mission of our local family-owned business since 1948. 

 

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The Dark One Draws Near – Are You Prepared?

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For those lucky enough to have snagged a ticket, one of the years most anticipated beer events is just around the corner. Each year throngs of 3 Floyd’s devotees from all around the country make a pilgrimage to Munster to celebrate the release of Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout. For the uninitiated, DLD is quite an experience. Great beer and food abounds, but get ready to wait in some amusement parkesq long lines. Thankfully 3 Floyd’s allows attendees to bring bottles of beer to share with fellow craft compatriots. As such, DLD represents much more than just the beer from which it takes it’s name. It’s in these lines, that some of the most imaginative and carefully crafted beers in the world are shared with friend and strangers alike.

 

Dark Lord Day Bottle Share

 
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