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Wine Hotline: New, Novel and Notable


We’re excited to announce the new and improved Wine Hotline, featuring a knowledgeable, experienced wine team eager to take your calls and answer your emails. From rooting out rare and collectible wines to discovering new and hidden values, we’re ready to talk to you.


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 2013 Armas de Guerra BlancoSomething you probably haven’t tried before: 2013 Armas de Guerra Blanco. Its principal grape is doña blanca, usually seen in smaller doses in white blends. Great for spring, this Spanish white is fresh and rich without sweetness. For under $12, you have to try this.
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Spooky Wines Straight Off The Vine


Looking for some spooky wines for your Halloween gathering? Binny’s has you covered!

Halloween Wines Binny's


ApothicVampire7 Deadly ZinsBoneshaker ZinfandelPrairie State Pumpkin • Illinois River Halloween Wine • Cranberry WineLeelanau Witches BrewCasillero del DiabloThe WolftrapBogle PhantomGhost Pines
Freakshow Cabernet SauvignonSinister Hand Red Blend
Velvet Devil MerlotPoizinSin Zin

Wine and Chocolate Pairings


Chocolate is one of the best sweets with wine. Maybe that’s because the production of chocolate is so similar to wine: both are fermented with yeast. Despite their versatility, wine and chocolate pairings sometimes conflict. It only takes a little sugar to make even the softest wine seem bitter, so start with wines with sweet and salinic qualities – dessert wines, Port and sherries are a great start! When they work together, it can be divine. Here’s a few suggestions to get you started:


White Chocolate Binny'sWhite Chocolate
Because it lacks cocoa solids, white chocolate isn’t isn’t necessarily considered chocolate. But it does contain cocoa fat, making it a versatile wine pairing option.
Try white chocolate with:
Softer sweet wines: Brachetto, Ice Wine, Lambrusco, Moscato d’Asti and Muscat, Tokaji, vintage Port.
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Pics from June 2014 Taste at the Track

This past weekend, a couple thousand handsome and enthusiastic wine fans joined us for some amazing weather that we’re totally taking credit for, delicious foods provided by Bar Toma, Jake Melnick’s, Fulton’s and Cafe Spiaggia. And as always, attendees enjoyed the heart-pumping thrill of live horse racing and even some newly added beer samples. Thanks to everyone who came out!



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 all your friends! Read more

Wine Hotline: Varietal Profile


Blind Tasting: Chardonnay & Cabernet


Recently, a bunch of Binny’s wine consultants got together to do a blind tasting of chardonnay and cabernet. No, we didn’t blindfold our employees. We put a bunch of wines in brown paper bags and let the chips fall where they may. Wine education comes in many forms, but one of the most humbling is to asses a wine without knowing the name, region or price. Here are six of our favorites after the jump, all chosen blind.




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Wine Hotline: Ask The Wine Guy


This month, our “wine guy” is actually Barbara Hermann, Binny’s fine wine buyer. Barbara has traveled all over the globe and has decades of experience under her belt. She is an eight-time winner of Geja’s blind wine tasting. So we went to her with this month’s Ask the Wine Guy question. Check out Barb’s answers after the jump.

“I sometimes hear wine drinkers use words like ‘jammy’ or ‘buttery.’ Are these typical wine descriptions?
Do they literally mean what they sound like?”


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Wine Hotline Hits The Road: Jerez


Sherry Barrel Room

Binny’s Wine Buyer, Bob Calamia traveled to Jerez to seek out Spain’s top sherry and learn a thing or two about this timeless region. Bob reports from the field:


World headquarters for sherry is Jerez in Southwestern Spain. Two things make sherry unique – its proximity to the Mediterranean and the high level of chalk in the soil. The chalk gives sherry some of its characteristic mineral flavors, but the soil’s biggest contribution is its ability to retain moisture. Jerez gets most of its rain in the fall and winter, and the chalk sustains the vines in the dry spring and summer. The climate is warm enough to ripen palomino fino – the primary grape of the region – and when grown in the chalky soil, it achieves a quality found nowhere else.


More photos and info after the jump!


Cutting the sherry grape vines


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Taste Chateau Angelus and Chateau Daugay at Binny’s Lincoln Park


Chateau Angelus and Chateau Daugay Open House Tasting



Ch. Angelus and Ch. Daugay
Open House Tasting
Tuesday, January 14th, 5-7pm


Join us on January 14th from 5-7pm to meet Jean-Bernard Grenie, owner of the legendary Bordeaux estate Chateau Angelus and Chateau Daugay. Mr. Grenie will treat you to several vintages of Daugay and Angelus (recently promoted to Premier Grand Cru Classe “A”), including Daugay 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010 as well as Angelus 2006 and the 99-point 2009, which Robert Parker called “a candidate for one of the finest Angelus produced to date.” Don’t miss out on this special opportunity.




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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