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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With Halloween around the corner, now is the perfect time to pair wine and chocolate! 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. Enjoy year round, not just for Halloween! 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.
The start of fall means another fantastic day for Binny’s Taste at the Track at Arlington Park. What made this one different? Guests sampled from hundreds of domestic and international wines with special high-end, allocated wines, including Caymus, Silver Oak, Rombauer and Cakebread. French and Italian large format bottles were also a highlight. This event featured an expanded craft beer selection with 20+ beers, with food tastings from top Chicagoland restaurants including Jake Melnicks, Bar Toma, Café Spiaggia, Cowboy Grille and Mr. D’s Sports Bar.
Check out these pics of the event – there’s a bunch more after the jump, plus a whole album of pics from the afternoon on this Facebook album. Check it out, and tag your friends! Read more
Join us and Food Network’s Executive Chef Rob Bleifer for a wine and food experience featuring entwine wines. Sample a few of Chef Bleifer’s favorite food pairings such as mini Chicken Mango Tostadas, Herb-Ricotta Meatballs or his famous Macaroni and Three Cheeses with garlic breadcrumbs. He will also be available for photos and bottle signings during the event. Arrive early to be one of the first 50 guests in line and you’ll receive a fun giveaway!
Just returning from Italy, on a trip to experience and discover and bring that energy back to you, Barb S, Binny’s Des Plaines Wine Manager, reports from the road:
The variety across regions is striking. Starting in the south, the region of Puglia has almost tropical heat humidity, yielding forward wines that are juicy and jammy and just a little rustic. But as we went north to Chianti in the heart of Tuscany, the heat became arid and dry. Then, on the west coast in Bolgheri, the air cooled with a nice breeze from the sea.
We came back with an overwhelming impression of the charming hospitality and incredible scenery. Even if you don’t care about the wine (which we do!) the sweeping landscapes, the color and beauty of the countryside are an incredible experience. We also came back suffering prosciutto withdrawl.
A small group from Binny’s visited Bordeaux, tasting samples of the 2013 vintage and more, with stops at chateaux and negociants. Find the rest of the trip here. Binny’s Wine Guru Steve Reiter concludes with day four:
Not everything is about the 2013 vintage. Our first stop is with Francois Thienpoint. While we taste a couple 2013’s, our focus here is more on previous vintages, mostly 2010-12, that are now bottled and ready for sale.
A few stand outs include the 2011 Roques de Jean Lice which offers nice dark plum, dried herbs and clay notes with a light spicy oak on the finish. The 2012 Manoir de Gravoux is equally nice with plum, hints of black cherry, light cocoa and soft tannins. The 2011, 2010 and 2005 La Violette are wonderful, exhibiting warm flavors of black cherry, cola, clay earth and light clove. But the best by far is a barrel sample of 2012 La Gravette de Certan, the second wine of Chateau Vieux Certan. With a heady perfumed nose of blue and purple flowers and fruit, hints of clove, followed by lush blue and black fruit, all balanced and round. This is what Bordeaux offers that no one else can!
A small group from Binny’s visited Bordeaux. They tasted samples of the 2013 vintage, with stops at both chateaux and negociants. Find previous reports here. Steve is back with more:
Day three starts with an appointment at Pichon Baron to taste and have lunch. We also have the distinct pleasure to taste with the winemaker, and to tour this lush and iconic chateau. Just check it out:
A team from Binny’s visited Bordeaux, one of France’s most famous wine regions. They tasted samples of the 2013 vintage – now available en premier – visiting chateaux and negociants. Read yesterday’s report here. Steve is back with more:
Day two and we’re on the right bank in St. Emilion and Pomerol. Vineyards spread out along the countryside, but upon reaching St. Emilion, the city is right on top of the vineyards. In fact, Chateau Ausone is on a hillside above their vineyards just 500 meters behind town. Just like we saw on the Left Bank yesterday, the local population and the vineyards are completely interwoven. Towns have grown as a result of the success and history of the wine region, which again is so different from the other regions I’ve visited. St. Emilion especially is a gorgeous old commune straight out of a fairy tale. Old with buildings staggered over steep hills, narrow passageways, vineyards enclosed by stone walls. A tourist destination and certainly worth the visit.