After being run out by law enforcement during prohibition, J.K. Williams has made their way back to Central Illinois. They are using the recipe their great, great, great grandfather passed down to make classic American whiskey. We’re welcoming them back with a J.K. Williams whiskey tasting. Find more information about the tasting after the jump.
Binny’s Wine Buyer, Bob Calamia traveled to Jerez to seek out Spain’s top sherry and learn a thing or two about this timeless region. Bob reports from the field:
World headquarters for sherry is Jerez in Southwestern Spain. Two things make sherry unique – its proximity to the Mediterranean and the high level of chalk in the soil. The chalk gives sherry some of its characteristic mineral flavors, but the soil’s biggest contribution is its ability to retain moisture. Jerez gets most of its rain in the fall and winter, and the chalk sustains the vines in the dry spring and summer. The climate is warm enough to ripen palomino fino – the primary grape of the region – and when grown in the chalky soil, it achieves a quality found nowhere else.
More photos and info after the jump!
Join us at the second annual Chicago Cider Summit, the largest ever tasting of artisanal ciders from around the world. It’s at the Lakeview Terrace Room at Navy Pier. You’ll get to meet cidermakers, sample from a selection of 90+ ciders and taste awesome food. We’ll be there to chat… so be sure to stop by the table with the big Binny’s banner. Who knows, maybe we’ll have surprises. More info after the jump.
White Dog. ‘Shine. White lightning. Moonshine. Whatever you call it, you’re going to love Ole Smoky’s Tennessee Moonshine.
Here’s your chance to meet Master Distiller of Ole Smoky, Justin King, and taste some of the best ‘shine out there. He knows his stuff. Justin has studied and learned distilling methods that were passed down from his great grandparents. Notably, Justin helped produce their award-winning Apple Pie Moonshine that was recently named Best of Class Moonshine by the American Distilling Institute.
Meet Ole Smoky Master Distiller
Binny’s in Bloomingdale
Wednesday, January 22nd from 6-8pm
Ch. Angelus and Ch. Daugay
Open House Tasting
Tuesday, January 14th, 5-7pm
Join us on January 14th from 5-7pm to meet Jean-Bernard Grenie, owner of the legendary Bordeaux estate Chateau Angelus and Chateau Daugay. Mr. Grenie will treat you to several vintages of Daugay and Angelus (recently promoted to Premier Grand Cru Classe “A”), including Daugay 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010 as well as Angelus 2006 and the 99-point 2009, which Robert Parker called “a candidate for one of the finest Angelus produced to date.” Don’t miss out on this special opportunity.
It’s been a while, so we’re catching up.
…or just a shortage of wine, globally.
Our very own Brett Pontoni contributes to this PVW article, as does John Hansell.
Love these recurring articles:
One about how not drinking correlates to shortened lifespans.
One about blind tasting crappy beer.
Halsted Vodka gets local love.
Congratulations to Binny’s in Champaign for taking home the coveted “Best Place to Buy Liquor” nod from the Daily Illini.
The faithful know it’s that time again, time for the Great Brophstradamus to make his predictions for the spirits world in the coming year. How wise is Brophstradamus? We aren’t sure, but his beard is legit. His predictions have been meticulously translated from the original quatrains by time, a secret decoder ring and Google. 2014 will bring more. More what?
Whether you’re impressing the boss, giving the perfect gift to your loving significant other, or just finding a special bottle for the holidays, Binny’s has the answer. Sure, we have hundreds of high end wines. But our friendly, knowledgeable and good looking wine consultants will help you find the perfect wine gifts without the dreaded stress. A few ideas to get you going:
Binny’s has the best people around. So we asked Binny’s specialists from Chicago to Champaign, Evergreen Park to Highland Park, for their Top Ten of 2013. We put an emphasis on value and on availability. The response was huge, and distilling all the great suggestions down to a list of just 10 wasn’t easy.
It’s called the Coravin, and you can get it at Binny’s. If you’re already in the know, then you’ll be excited to learn that Binny’s is pretty much the only retailer anywhere between New York and California where you can buy this thing. Check it out on binnys.com.
If you’re not in the know, then you’re probably wondering what kind of device famed wine critic Robert Parker would refer to as:
“The most transformational and exciting new product for wine lovers
that has been developed/invented in the last 30+ years.”
Holy cow, right? What could this amazing device be?