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A Visit from Winemaker Philippe Guigal

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On a recent visit to Chicago, Philippe Guigal shared a sneak peak of his highly anticipated 2015 white wines. White accounts for 2% of Rhone Valley’s production so these are easy to overlook. However, at Guigal, white wine is 20% of their output, so there must be something to it, right? Could this be the next “big thing” in wine? After all, these wines are the perfect middle ground and are a great opportunity to try something new: lighter and zestier than Chardonnay and more guts than a Sauvignon Blanc. Across the board these wines show excellent balance, structure, and kaleidoscopic flavor, with near endless possibilities for food pairing.

 

Guigal

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A Visit from Louis M. Martini’s Winemaker Michael Eddy

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Louis M. Martini winemaker Michael Eddy was in our Naperville location showcasing his outstanding line up of wines for members of the Binny’s staff. He oversees the entire production process of creating wine, including: grape harvesting, crushing, fermentation, aging, blending, and bottling while keeping the individual characteristics of the Martini’s flagship varietal cabernet sauvignon consistent.
 

Louis M. Martini Winemaker

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A Visit From Olivier Krug

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Olivier Krug’s presentation resonated with me early when he spoke of pairing my two passions, music and wine. “Music is important to Krug” he said, “The experience is about what you feel”. I’ve always thought of my love of wine and my love of music separately, but it was enlightening to hear him speak passionately about intertwining both. Music proved an especially apt metaphor as he presented his four wines. The first three were all top notch wines that any Champagne house could claim as a tete de cuvee. But not Krug, whose non-vintage Grand Cuvee enjoys pride of place. Compared to the first three, the Grand Cuvee is a harmonious whole, with the other three sounding a strong note.

 

Oliver Krug

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Wine Hotline Hits the Road: Margaux

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“We are not lost,” she said. “I know exactly where we are.”
 

Margaux

 
I was on a bicycle in the middle of Margaux. A few of us had stopped for a photo and lost the rest of our group. Marie Helen of Brane Cantenac was my guide, and she assured me we would reconnect. “They are probably headed to Chateau Margaux.” I nodded and gleefully started peddling. A few minutes later, we coasted down the driveway to one of the most recognizable wineries in all the world. I didn’t mind being stranded. We unfortunately didn’t taste the famous first growth that day; but soon after we reconvened with our colleagues and continued our rainy but scenic adventure. In spite of the persistent clouds, we circled through vineyards and made brief stops at about a dozen other chateaux including Palmer, Rauzan Segla, and Lascombes. These are gorgeous, impeccable properties worth a visit, although I might recommend you drive instead.
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Gameday Goodies from the Wine Hotline

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Wine for tailgating or your game day party? Absolutely. The key? Seek out punchy wines with bold flavors. Here are a few to consider, all which come in screw cap. So leave the corkscrew at home if you’re heading to the stadium and bring an extra bottle or three of the wines below!

 

Gameday Goodies from the Binny's Wine Hotline

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All-American Wines for the 4th of July

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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!

 

wines for fourth of july

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Drink Pink – Rosé All Day!

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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!

 

Rose All Day

 
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