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A Visit From Olivier Krug

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Olivier Krug’s presentation resonated with me early when he spoke of pairing my two passions, music and wine. “Music is important to Krug” he said, “The experience is about what you feel”. I’ve always thought of my love of wine and my love of music separately, but it was enlightening to hear him speak passionately about intertwining both. Music proved an especially apt metaphor as he presented his four wines. The first three were all top notch wines that any Champagne house could claim as a tete de cuvee. But not Krug, whose non-vintage Grand Cuvee enjoys pride of place. Compared to the first three, the Grand Cuvee is a harmonious whole, with the other three sounding a strong note.

 

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Gameday Goodies from the Wine Hotline

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Wine for tailgating or your game day party? Absolutely. The key? Seek out punchy wines with bold flavors. Here are a few to consider, all which come in screw cap. So leave the corkscrew at home if you’re heading to the stadium and bring an extra bottle or three of the wines below!

 

Gameday Goodies from the Binny's Wine Hotline

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Vintage Wines Ready to Serve

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Only a select number of wines will gain nuance and refinement over time, and even then will require years if not decades undisturbed in a cool cellar. Yet the alluring fragrance and multi-layered complexity of a great wine at its peak are well worth the wait and effort. Below are a selection of mature wines at a variety of price points – all ready to enjoy tonight.

 

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Beyond Burgundy

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Wild red and black orchard fruit, a dash of exotic spices, and if you’re lucky a bloom of roses in the finish – all you will find in a glass of finely crafted pinot noir. Burgundy is the benchmark. Yet a number of regions throughout the world yield fine expressions that can stand shoulder to shoulder with anything from France. Here are 10 riveting examples that display all the flavors found in fine pinot noir, all from sites other than Burgundy.

 

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Beyond Chardonnay

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Chardonnay’s appeal is undeniable. Yet there are a number of white varietals, grown throughout the world, that offer a breathtaking array of flavors and textures. From crisp, lime-laden albarino to peach-scented, honey-textured viogner, and everything else in between – there is a wealth of white wines to enjoy. Here are 10 to sip on their own or to savor with any meal you might serve.

 

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Summer Rosé

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Summer is here, and with it the sweltering days and thirst for something cool and refreshing. If you can’t tell, we really like rosé. From orange and tangerine hints to red cherries and aromatic herbs, the refreshing flavors of rosé wines are the IDEAL summer sipper, suitable with food or on its own. Here are a number of stunning examples, all bound to sell out soon!

 

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Beers for the Wine Lover

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Here are five Belgian (or Belgian-inspired) ales that blur the lines between beer and fine wine. Belgian brewers are masters of oak, and many of their finest ales undergo long and slow fermentation in old oak casks, some of which date back to the 19th century. This treasured oak is home to unique microflora whose activities yield the classic sour and funky terroir of Belgian Lambic and Flemish Red ales. All display a telltale wine-like fruit note that when served cool make them ideal to enjoy during the warm summer months. Sante!

 

Beers for the wine lover

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