Wine Hotline Hits the Road: Napa


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.


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The Wine Hotline: November Update is Huge

Okay, the new WINE HOTLINE is freshly updated and live for your reading pleasure.


Of course, the big story is that Wine Spectator released their #1 wine of 2012 today, rounding out their Top Ten for the year. We list which of these coveted wines are still at Binny’s – meaning the info will be accurate for about three more hours. Watch for the full Spectator Top 100 early next week.


But there’s so much more! We highlight some of our favorite wines from the Binny’s November Wine Sale on Binny’s Best Buys, and of course they will all make perfect pairings for your big Thanksgiving dinner (By the way, somebody told us your house was the place to be next Thursday… Where’s our invite?). Then there’s our Small Batch Highlights, showcasing world-class wines available only in limited quantities. Des Plaines Binny’s Wine Manager Barb Steadman gave us her fave five for Thanksgiving in Staff Picks, and our cellarmaster gave us a couple Cellarmaster’s Selections from the Douro. Plus a there’s a Regional Spotlight on the Southern Rhone, and seriously, a whole bunch more stuff.


Like we said, it’s huge. Go check it out.


The Wine Hotline: Binny’s Best Buys

The new edition of THE WINE HOTLINE is updated and online now!


Let’s see… this edition features includes Binny’s Best Buys (reprinited below for your convenience), Ratings Rants & Raves (plus Binny’s savings under list price), a great sparkling Staff Pick, the latest in New, Novel & Notable, a classy Rhone Cellarmaster’s Selection, plus info on Weekend at Binny’s, our free, staff-pick wine tastings held each Saturday at all Binny’s stores. And if all that isn’t enough for you, well, hit us up with an email or a call at The Wine Hotline: 866-975-6188.


Binny's Best Buys


After looking through the Binny’s October Wine Sale, we had to grab some bottles and pull some corks. Just as a reminder of what makes these Binny’s Best Buys:


2010 Chateau St Jean Chardonnay Sonoma
reg. $10.99 $8.99 w/Binny’s Card
This crisp Sonoma chardonnay has been a consistent value for decades. A straightforward blend from throughout Sonoma County: citrus and spice on the nose with just a hint of baked pineapple before a mouthful of white fruits and spice. Make St Jean a regular pour at your table.


2009 Seven Deadly Zins2009 Seven Deadly Zins 
reg. $13.99 $12.99 w/Binny’s Card
A top seller in the zinfandel aisle, yet somehow we hadn’t tasted it in a while. Wow! We’ve been missing out. This is the definition of Lodi Zin. It has all the big, ripe berry fruit and that minty chickory spice you only find in warm climate zinfandel, plus cola and molasses. We see why Robert Parker awarded this killer zin 90 points.


2011 Cercius Cotes du Rhone Vieilles Vignes 
reg. $14.99 $13.99 w/Binny’s Card
Want a value from off the beaten path? The Cercius Cotes du Rhone from Michel Gassier offers notes of ripe, fresh and juicy berries, plus a touch of gamy meat and spice. The mouthfeel is broad with a spine of fresh acidity. For fans of fresh grenache.


Four Vines Naked2010 Four Vines Naked Chardonnay 
reg. $10.99 $8.99 w/Binny’s Card
What makes this chardonnnay “Naked?” The absence of wood aging leaves chardonnay pure, fresh, in the buff. With just a touch of perfume on the nose, it wears its voluptuous fruit handsomely. And at two dollars off through October, it’s easier than ever to enjoy this birthday suit chard.


2009 Las Rocas Garnacha 
reg. $10.99 $9.99 w/Binny’s Card
Another to receive 90 points from Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, the ’09 Las Rocas is bigger than ever. This Spanish grenache is loaded with plush candied fruit and cracked black pepper. It rocks for just ten bucks. We’re dying to pop this one with a good peppersteak.



…Find tons more on The Wine Hotline:

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* Listed prices valid through 10/31/2012 with your Binny’s Card.

The Wine Hotline: New, Novel & Notable

We’re proud to unleash the brand new THE WINE HOTLINE, your online insider’s guide to the world of wine. This thing includes Best Buys, New Releases, Staff Picks, Sneak Previews, and tons more.  Check it out on Here’s an excerpt featuring some of our favorite new releases:


New, Novel & Notable


2010 Selbach Oster Estate Spatlese 
If only people would drink more riesling! It comes and goes as a fad, but we hold the white in a sweet place in our hearts. Why? Taste this new Spatlese from Selbach Oster and you’ll see. Streamlined acidity balances with broad sugar and fruit in a way that is simply sublime.


2010 Marilyn Merlot2010 Marilyn Merlot
One of the most glamorous releases of the year is here. 2010 Marilyn Merlot is on shelves, at least for now. Every year this wine is snatched up by collectors and supply never lasts. Plus, the 2010 bottle has the most risque label in two and a half decades of Marilyns.


Allendorf Riesling Secco
Made from 100% riesling, this German sparkling is bone dry, but shows wonderfully plush peaches and pears with delicate floral notes. A day at the beach in a bottle, and a perfect BYO pick for Thai restaurants.


2010 Andre Brunel Cotes du Rhone
Don’t miss 2010 from the Rhone. We got a taste of the new Andre Brunel Cotes du Rhone and we are impressed. Brunel is known for his Chateauneuf du Pape, Les Cailloux. The less pricey Cotes du Rhone is like a mini Chateauneuf. With the same briary garrigue character, it’s all about elegance and complexity. What more could you want for ten bucks?


Avissi ProseccoAvissi Prosecco
Looking for fun and easygoing bubbles? Check out this Italian sparkler. It has fresh fruit, delicate floral notes, just a hint of sugar keeping it soft but not sweet. A value sparkler, this Prosecco never gets too serious – and we like it that way.


2011 Evolucio Furmint
Pretty peach fruit with just the right amount of citrus acidity, 2011 Evolucio Furmint has it all. We fell in love with this zippy Hungarian white as soon as it was in our glass. Once we heard that we could sell it for under ten dollars a bottle, well, we were sold.


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