Nothing says summer like a big pitcher of sangria. The best part of mixing up sangria is that you can make it completely your own. Kiwi? Sure! Honey? Go for it! Brandy? The more the merrier. We like to mix ours with a splash of pineapple juice and Cognac. As for the wine, we like to use grenache because it adds a nice light, fruitiness to the mix. Check out the recipe below and let us know what you think!
The start of summer means another fantastic day for Binny’s Taste at the Track at Arlington Park. Guests sampled from hundreds of domestic and international wines, including special high-end, allocated selections. Some favorites included Faust, Miraval Rose, and Pingus PSI. This event featured an expanded craft beer selection with 20+ beers and food tastings from top Chicagoland restaurants including Jake Melnicks, Bar Toma, Café Spiaggia, Cowboy Grille and River Roast. You can view all of the pictures from this event on this Facebook album. Check it out, and tag your friends!
UPDATE: Check out the Taste at the Track list and plan your afternoon by clicking here!
Tickets for the next Binny’s Beverage Depot and Arlington Park Taste at the Track are on sale right now over on the Arlington Park website. The dates for this year’s events are June 6 and – just in case you’re planning waaaaay ahead, September 12. As always, get your tickets early; this event will sell out.
Spring is here and we’re celebrating with lots and lots of sangria! Taste LVP Sangria this Saturday with special guest, Pandora Vanderpump. Pandora is a lifestyle magazine curator and daughter of restaurateur, Lisa Vanderpump! Pandora and Lisa designed LVP Sangria to be an all natural wine with no additives. It’s best enjoyed over ice with fresh fruit.
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.
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.
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!
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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.
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.