What does nice weather, backyard barbecues and a long wedding season have in common? Moscato, of course!
May 9th is National Moscato Day, and Binny’s is ready to celebrate! Sure, moscato is delicious year round, but is especially tasty in the summer months. With its fresh and fruity taste, it’s just too hard to pass up on a warm, summer day. With aisles full of moscato, where should you start? We asked our moscato buyer for some favorites.
2012 Saracco Moscato d’Asti
Light and sparkling with aromas of peach, apricot, lemon peel and white flowers. Enjoy with a dessert or a spicy barbecue dish – the sweetness of the Moscato will reduce the heat of spicy food.
Emeri Pink Moscato
For a full on sparkling wine, you can’t go wrong with Emeri. At its low price, you’ll still get the fruity and refreshing taste you so long for on your back porch.
2011 Bartenura Moscato d’Asti
You’ll find this Moscato to be crisp, refreshing and filled with flavors such as pear, tangerine, melon and even nectar.
New to Moscato? A few tips:
- Don’t sit on it. Moscato is made to be fresh and ready to drink!
- There’s no perfect food pairing with Moscato. Drink it with whatever you love.
- Regular Cork vs. Champagne Cork: bottles finished with Champagne corks will have more bubbles.
- Glara vs. Moscato Grapes: Glara grapes are a little more dry while moscato grapes are sweeter.
- What’s the “d’Asti?” It denotes that the wine came from a specific region in Piedmont, Italy.
Have you met Elmwood Park Binny’s Wine Consultant Mike Kiessel? Mike has been working with Binny’s for seven years, and his interest in good wine and food goes a lot further back than that. Critical to this was the decade and a half he spent living in San Francisco, within striking distance of some of the world’s greatest wine producing areas.
“With easy access not only to the great wines of northern California, but abundant fresh fruit and vegetables too.” Mike recalls, “It was a great time to cook, eat, drink, and learn how to make flavors work together.” Now he likes to share these wine and food pairings with customers on the Binny’s sales floor. He has discovered over the years that some combinations are more difficult than others.
Paring asparagus and wine can be a tough proposition, but it’s a challenge Mike doesn’t fear.
“The key,” Mike says, “is the combination of spices to enhance the flavor, the ideal method of cooking, and then the right wine to bring it all together.”
Smoky Grilled Asparagus
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 tablespoon sweet smoked paprika
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 pound thick asparagus, trimmed
In a shallow dish, whisk mayonnaise with oil, lemon juice, garlic, paprika, salt and cumin. Add the asparagus and toss; let stand for 30 minutes.
Grill asparagus over moderately high heat, turning, until tender and blistered in spots, about 6 minutes; serve.
Learn the ins and outs of this ancient beverage from Lindy Mangubat, CSP, current Sake specialist for Southern Wine and Spirits. She will teach you the rich history and wonderful variations of Sake, while of course, tasting several different Sake types and styles.
What: Sake Tasting with Lindy Mangubat
Where: 802 Town Center Blvd
Champaign, IL 61822
When: Friday, April 5th at 6:30pm
Seating is limited.
To RSVP email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 217-355-0625.
Free with your Binny’s card.
Outside of a few small areas in Bordeaux, Napa is making the greatest cabernet sauvignon on the planet. We recently visited some of the greatest wineries in the country. For more info on some of our favorite wines from the region, check out the current edition of The Wine Hotline. We snapped these pics on our journey down Route 29 and the Silverado Trail.
As you prepare for these crafts (By drinking Bailey’s and wine, of course) brush up your knowledge on these key Irish sayings!
“Grab us a snug” means “Snag us a booth!”
Be sure to ask for the Black Stuff! Translation? A Guinness!
When asking for a “spot, drop or touch” of a drink, it means “fill er’ up!!”
|Melted Candle Dripping Centerpiece
Candle (At least 4 in. tall and thick enough to fit in bottle)
1. Insert candle stick into bottle. (Begin this process over foil)
2. Apply heat to where candle is inserted to merge the two together.
3. Allow candle to melt until it begins dripping.
4. Hold Crayon close to heat and the Crayon will begin to melt/drip down the bottle.
5. Repeat this process until you have your desired centerpiece look.
Start collecting those corks… we’re getting crafty!
Lots of corks!
Hot glue gun
String of yarn
Cardboard wreath (You can find this at your local craft store)
Or… try cutting a circle out of a thicker cardboard box
Join winemaker Matt Smith, who oversees all Bordeaux varietals at Kendall Jackson, at a blending seminar and tasting of some of the finest wines crafted in California. Matt is a graduate of the University of Michigan and UC Davis and has traveled and studied winemaking in France and Spain. Since 2006 he has been in charge of all Bordeaux-style wines.
With Matt’s direction, you’ll fashion your own blend with Grand Reserve Cabernet component wines from KJ’s Knights, Alexander, and Bennett Valley vineyards. Seating is limited and reservations are required.
Binny’s in Bolingbrook
Wednesday, February 27th, 6pm
Reservations Required, Call 630-972-1187
$10 w/Binny’s Card, $20 non-members.
The South Loop Tasting Room
Binny’s South Loop
Thursday, February 28th, 6pm
Reservations Required, Call 312-768-4400
$10 w/Binny’s Card, $20 non-members.
Monday, February 18th is National Drink Wine Day! We’re celebrating with some outstanding recommendations from our fabulous wine buyers!
Graham Beck Brut
This non-vintage “mini Champagne” will suprise you with its soft and fresh fruit flavor. It’s a South African favorite of Binny’s and will be sure to please any taste buds!
2011 Altos Las Hormigas Malbec
For this price, it can’t be beat! This Argentina beaut is smokey with fantastic blueberry and bacon character. For the complexity of the wine, it really should be sitting in the $14-17 category… but you can snatch it for just $9.99!
2011 Coquena Torrontes
If you’re a big fan of torrontes and are ready to take off the training wheels, this is a great place to start! This is a more serious version of this popular grape. Very forward and more dialed in to what you should be tasting.
2011 Patient Cottat Sauvignon Blanc Le Grand Caillou
A great value from the Loire, this vibrant, juicy white drinks like Sancerre but at half the price. The perfect summer quencher.
2010 Ridge Lytton Estate Petite Sirah
Ridge, one of America’s greatest wineries, first made Petite Sirah from Lytton Estate in 1972. This surprisingly elegant Petite has a pure, deep blackberry aroma, dense sweet mouth and firm but supple tannins.
Lustau Manzanilla Papirusa
One of the world’s greatest but more overlooked white wines. Bone dry, like a razor’s edge with an intriguing, nutty aroma and a salty, tangy mouth. One caveat, like any white wine, it will keep opened in the fridge a few days before it declines.
Salut to you on National Drink Wine Day! (We’ll use any excuse to drink more wine…)
It’s time to enhance those old picture frames!
Hot glue gun
Get ready… we’re giving you more reasons to drink wine!
Yarn (the thicker the better!)
Hot glue gun
To get the labels off, soak the wine bottles in hot water and dish detergent soap for about a half hour. They will begin to peel on their own, but the help of a razor blade can’t hurt.