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Staff Picks from The Wine Hotline

What makes Binny’s Beverage Depot the best place to find your new favorite wine? Is it our low prices? Our breathtaking selection? We like to think it’s because we have the friendliest, most knowledgeable wine staff around. So for this month’s Wine Hotline Staff Picks, we turned to our Downers Grove wine department for their favorite holiday recommendations.
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Wine Staff Picks

This month, we turn to Binny’s Highland Park Wine Consultant Keith Akers for a few of his top recommendations. With his eye for value, he offers up five great selections from all over the world.


2011 Chateau de la Ragotiere Muscadet
Aromatic and mineral driven with seashells, crushed rocks, white fruits, and a touch of floral notes. Light bodied with crisp and refreshing medium/high acidity. Summer is over, but this is still perfect with lighter foods and is a pleasure to drink all the time.


Tissot Rose Tissot Rose jura-9-20-2013
Crisp and aromatic with a red fruit base of red berries, red fruits, warm dough, and a bit of mineral tones. Medium bodied with zippy high acidity, this is a great sparkling rose that competes with many Champagnes that are twice the price. Also, be sure to check out Tissot Indigene, a dead ringer for a Blanc de Blancs from Champagne at half the price. The sparkling wines of Tissot only at select Binny’s locations.


2011 Evening Land Blue Label Pinot Noir
The pretty and perfumed nose shows fresh picked red berries, cherries, spice tones, and roses. Medium bodied with nice and tart medium acidity. This beautiful pinot leans more towards the nuanced side instead of raw power.


2010 Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico rocca-9-20-2013
Tones of red cherries, berries and roasted herbs fill the glass and have a great savory quality. Medium bodied with medium acidity and silky tannins, this Chianti Classico is great to drink on its own and to have with food.


2009 Argyle Brut
The nose is lively and balanced with red apples, yeast, white fruits, and mineral tones. There is a real freshness on the palate as well, with a silkiness to the medium body and medium/high acidity. This is a great sparkling wine buy that is a real pleasure to drink.


Keith has been a fixture in the Highland Park Binny’s wine department for six years. He especially loves the wines of Italy, Champagne and Burgundy, having graduated from beer to wine after falling for wine’s sense of place. Email Keith at or stop by Binny’s Highland Park.


For more wine news any time, check out the Wine Hotline.

Celebrate National Drink Wine Day

Monday, February 18th is National Drink Wine Day! We’re celebrating with some outstanding recommendations from our fabulous wine buyers!


Bob’s Recommendations:



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.


Barb’s Recommendations:


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…)


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