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Bourbon Barrel Aged Wines

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Bourbon barrel aged wines have exploded in popularity alongside bourbon. We’re happy to offer three different takes on this up and coming style. These wines are aged in traditional oak and then finished for several months in used bourbon barrels to add complexity without the sweet bourbon notes overwhelming the wine.
 

Bourbon Barrel-Aged Wine

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Wine Hotline Hits the Road: Phelan Segur

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We visited the Phelan Sugur property after an already daunting morning of tastings in the Medoc. Pauillac and St Estephe are tough on the enamel but we persisted on to Phelan Segur and arrived just before lunchtime. We maneuvered down the long drive, walked through the expansive, serene grounds and discovered our gracious hosts in their beautiful, sun-filled tasting room.
 

phelan segur

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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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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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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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