There’s no better way to toast the Fourth of July than by enjoying some of California’s (as well as Oregon and Washington state’s!) sumptuous wines. Sunny yet cool vineyards dominate the West Coast, yielding both stunning values and cellar treasures. The wines below cover a broad range of styles – all are full of flavor and perfect for this holiday weekend. And all, by the way, are on sale through the Fourth!
No category in wine is hotter than rosé! It’s a great choice for those seeking something more than a white, less rich than a red, and more suited for the spring and summer months. And roses are the IDEAL wine to enjoy with the warmer weather and the grilled meats/vegetables served during this time. Below are the latest releases, ready to be enjoyed tonight or this weekend!
Struggling with what wines to pair on Thanksgiving? It can be tough. Here are our Thanksgiving wine suggestions – by the numbers!
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.
Something 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.
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:
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.
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
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.
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?”