Beaujolais Nouveau 2014 – Get a Taste

 

Get ready for the year’s first wine, arriving Thursday, November 20! Beaujolais Nouveau is ideal for your Thanksgiving table. With fun, fruit-driven personality and expressive, colorful labels, Beaujolais Nouveau is an annual hit. This year’s selections include:

 

Rodet * Bouchard Aine * Cambon
Joseph Drouhin * Georges Duboeuf

 

Beaujolais Nouveau is always released the Thursday before Thanksgiving. It’s no simple feat, picking grapes, fermenting juice, bottling and shipping these fresh wines all around the world. Somehow they make it to Binny’s shelves, ready for you to try and buy!

 

Get a taste of 2014 Beaujolais Nouveau at all Binny’s locations this Thursday, November 20.

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

Meet Christina Milian of Viva Diva Wines

Christina Milian – American actress, singer-songwriter and wine connoisseur is coming to Binny’s for an exclusive bottle signing to help promote Viva Diva Moscato! Viva Diva makes naturally infused moscato in four different flavors: peach, mango, strawberry and pina colada. The brand is owned by Christina, her mom and her manager, and has an emphasis on taste, quality and value. With three female owners, a passion for success and a vision to add creative new products, Viva Diva plans to set the brand aside from any other on the market. Be the first to sample and get a signed bottle!

 

Christina Milian Viva Diva Wines Binnys

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Wine and Chocolate Pairings

With Halloween around the corner, now is the perfect time to pair wine and chocolate! 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. Enjoy year round, not just for Halloween! Here’s a few suggestions to get you started:

 

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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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Wine Hotline Hits the Road: Illinois Sparkling Co.

On our latest wine adventure, we went south to Peru, IL for a unique experience exploring the best sparkling wine we’ve tasted from the midwest. August Hill Winery, which grows grapes for Illinois Sparkling CO. is owned and operated by Mark and Teri Wenzel. They take great pride in their work and don’t narrate the typical “this winery has been in our family for 12 generations…” story. Rather, they are two hardworking winemakers with a passion for Champagne and sparkling wine.

 

Illinois Sparking CO

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Pics from September 2014 Taste at the Track

The start of fall means another fantastic day for Binny’s Taste at the Track at Arlington Park. What made this one different? Guests sampled from hundreds of domestic and international wines with special high-end, allocated wines, including Caymus, Silver Oak, Rombauer and Cakebread. French and Italian large format bottles were also a highlight. This event featured an expanded craft beer selection with 20+ beers, with food tastings from top Chicagoland restaurants including Jake Melnicks, Bar Toma, Café Spiaggia, Cowboy Grille and Mr. D’s Sports Bar.

 

Taste at the Track

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Meet Food Network’s Executive Chef Rob Bleifer

Join us and Food Network’s Executive Chef Rob Bleifer for a wine and food experience featuring entwine wines. Sample a few of Chef Bleifer’s favorite food pairings such as mini Chicken Mango Tostadas, Herb-Ricotta Meatballs or his famous Macaroni and Three Cheeses with garlic breadcrumbs. He will also be available for photos and bottle signings during the event. Arrive early to be one of the first 50 guests in line and you’ll receive a fun giveaway!

 

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Confessions of a Mixologist: French 75

This gin-soaked sparkling cocktail takes its name from an historic 75mm field cannon. You might guess why: this drink packs a big kick. Like, really big. You can hold back on the gin, but we recommend going for the full pour. Substitute the French 75 for your next bubbly toast. Your pals will be surprised and delighted.

French 75

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Veuve Clicquot Mail Truck Tour

It’s mail time! Veuve Clicquot is touring the USA in a specially branded mail truck, and they’re making a stop at Binny’s in Lincoln Park! You’ll have a chance to snap a selfie at a special photobooth, grab some quick bites, rock out to tunes provided by a live DJ and sip some refreshing Veuve. Plus games, including but not limited to humongous Jenga. And because this is a mail truck, you can even write a letter and mail it to a friend. You remember how to write a letter, right?

 

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Veuve Clicquot Mail Truck Tour
Binny’s Lincoln Park
Saturday, August 9th
12-3:00pm

Follow along with #CLICQUOTMAIL on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

 

Veuve Clicquot Mailbox

Confessions of a Mixologist: 5 Sangria Recipes You Need To Try

Wine + Fruit = Perfection.

 

There really is nothing better than a warm summer night, a chilled cocktail and good company. Next time you’re hosting or want to whip yourself up a refreshing drink, try one of these exciting sangria recipes. Share ‘em with your friends and let us know what you think online. Click here to see more of our favorite cocktails.

 

Tropical Frozen Sangria

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