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Summer’s here, and with it the swelter, weekend get togethers, and the raucous street festivals. What wine to enjoy under the sun and with BBQ, you ask? Red wines comprised of Grenache - whose pedal-to-the-metal wines overflow with spice-inflected red and black fruit - are ideal to serve with grilled meat. And no other varietals are as refreshing or says summer-in-a-glass like Riesling or Chenin Blanc. Below are a number of wines to savor throughout the summer!


Ravishing Rieslings


From citrus hints of lemon, lime, grapefruit, and oranges, to a cornucopia of orchard and tropical fruits such as green apples and pears, apricots, peaches, pineapples, even red cherries; with savory notes, spice hints, and even an unmistakable mineral core in its more fine expressions, and all expressed not only with a crystal purity but also with a knockout punch - the flavors of Riesling know no rivals! It’s a delicate balance, achieved only at the northernmost limit of the vine, and with the assistance of of a southward facing hillside and a river whose surface reflects sunlight. But should you find such conditions - as you do in the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer! - what you’ll enjoy is one of the wine world’s greatest wines: a white wine whose punch of flavors and lightness of touch will delight both the uninitiated and the seasoned palate! Here are a number of examples:

2013 Monchhof Estate Riesling
$16.99    ... w/Binny's Card

Orchard fruit on the nose. White peaches on the attack, with just a saline mineral water hint emerging with time. Undoubtedly ripe, yet remarkably light on its feet, with a freshness and energy that only a cool climate varietal can achieve. Delicious!

2013 Christoffel Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Kabinett
$26.99    ... w/Binny's Card

Dried apricot and and apples in the foreground, with gingersnaps lingering in the back. Displays wonderful cut, making it ideal to serve with fish or poultry. A textbook Mosel Kabinett that can also be enjoyed on its own.

2013 Christoffel Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Spatlese
$29.99    ... w/Binny's Card

Spice-inflected flavors of peach, ripe apple, and dried apricot, with savory suggestions of sage. More honey textured and plush, imparting a richness on the whole  - as you’d expect from late harvested fruit. Spot-on Mosel Spatlese, to be savored with scallops. Sumptuous!

Other Rieslings

Chenin Blancs

Town of Vouvray

Somms and discerning wine enthusiasts swoon over Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, and with good reason. From crisp dry expressions (and even sparkling wines!) to luxuriously decadent dessert wines, with a rare mix of pure and precise fruit notes, punchy flavors, and a persistence on the palate matched by few other wines - Chenin Blanc, in the hands of a craftsman, can expresses an abundance of flavors and textures unmatched by even a Grand Cru Chardonnay. From green apples and mineral hints in its younger, more dry expressions that are often labelled as sec; to brioche, CB’s hallmark flavor of quince (which some surmise to be the “golden apple” awarded by Paris to Aphrodite!), peach and pineapples, marzipan, barley sugar, and honey in its more rich and luxuriant instances that are often labelled as demi-sec or moelleux  - Chenin Blanc offers a wealth of seductive flavors and sensual textures well worth your attention! Here are a number of telling examples.

Chateau Moncontour Sparkling Vouvray
100% Chenin Blanc
$14.99    ... w/Binny's Card

Citrus hints on the nose. Bone dry, with green apples and lemon pith on the attack. Savory hints and saline suggestions emerge with time in the glass. Crisp, incisive, and mouth watering - the ideal aperitif.

2013 Francois Pinon Vouvray
100% Chenin Blanc
$21.99    ... w/Binny's Card

Green apples and lime on the attack, with savory and spicy hints emerging with time. Crisp and vital, yet persistent on the palate. Summer sunshine in a glass!

2014 Fouquet Vouvray Cuvee Silex
100% Chenin Blanc
$15.99    ... w/Binny's Card

A rigorous expression of Chenin Blanc whose more chiselled flavors and mineral hints will delight the most discerning connoisseur. Lime and orange zest on the attack, with savory mint, white flowers, and a saline suggestion emerging with a swirl of the glass. Displays a precision well suited for more advanced palates.

2012 Chateau Moncontour Vouvray Demi Sec
100% Chenin Blanc
$14.99    ... w/Binny's Card

Perhaps no better introduction to Chenin Blanc and its magical allure! Quince on the attack and the mid-palate. More tropical hints unfold with time, with brioche and marzipan framing all. Honey textured yet muscular, whose rich flavors nevertheless remain energetic. A classic expression of Chenin Blanc - and one of its most affordable.

2009 Champalou Vouvray Les Tries
100% Chenin Blanc
$59.99    ... w/Binny's Card

Chenin Blanc at its most decadent! Quince preserves on the attack, with peaches and pineapples folded in the mid-palate; cinnamon, sea salt, and butterscotch lend a welcome accent. Honeyed, almost creamy, yet vivacious and full of life, a decadent dessert wine whose corseted curves will seduce even the most jaded of palates. Life affirming!

Other Vouvrays


Grenache Vineyard

Super-ripe, savory, and sumptuous - the red wines of the Southern Rhone enjoy a broad appeal. And no wonder! In the Southern Rhone Grenache reigns supreme, supremely fit not only for the Southern Rhone’s sunny swelter but also for the ravages that the northerly wind known as the Mistral often leaves in her wake. Near Avignon emerged Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Vacqueyras (pictured above), Rasteau, Tavel, and some others. All to varying degrees often overwhelm with red fruit laced with a cabinet of baking spices, balanced with a dash of aromatic herbs and even violets if you’re lucky; all are heady, high-alcohol reds (14%, often more, by volume) that will satisfy both the hellbent hedonist and the connoisseur. Seeking a powerful wine with bursts of flavor, with broad shoulders or a full-figure?  Or one with an intensity and persistence of flavors that unfold with every sip, with a fine bone structure and silky texture? Each the reds of the Southern Rhone offers. There's something here for everyone!

2014 Chateau Trinquevedel Tavel Rose
$15.99    ... w/Binny's Card

Roses are Tavel's raison d’etre! Here you will taste Grenache at its most delicate. Expect red berries, blood orange, and floral nuances, with just a hint of minerality with time. Benchmark Tavel. Benchmark Rose!

2013 Domaine les Aphillanthes Cotes du Rhone Carmin
$13.99    ... w/Binny's Card

Here’s one where Grenache plays a supporting role with its suggestions of red berries and cherries; Syrah dominates the blend with its blackberry-and-blueberry notes. Black pepper spice and lavender hints lend a complexity to all. A stunning value.

2013 Domaine la Garrigue Vacqueyras
$22.99    ... w/Binny's Card

In Vacqueyras, Grenache takes a more aromatic expression - but in no way compromises its broad-shouldered appeal! Expect perfumed aromas of red berries, fresh flowers, white pepper and allspice. Silky, seamless, smooth and long, with lingering spiciness and just a kiss of tannins.

2012 Domaine Saint Damien Gigondas La Louisiane
$31.99    ... w/Binny's Card

In the limestone-rich soils of Gigondas, Grenache approaches the heights of Premier and Grand Cru Pinot Noir! Vibrant floral inflected red fruit, with deeper cherry and earth notes in the background. Juicy yet precise, sappy and almost exotic. Well delineated yet seamless, with silky tannins in the finish. Graceful, sensual Grenache!

2012 Domaine Giraud Chateauneuf du Pape les Premices
$37.99    ... w/Binny's Card

Powerful and heady, rich and densely flavored, with a concentration and length on the palate that only the very best wines display - the reds of Chateauneuf-du-Pape are undoubtedly the greatest expressions of Grenache! You’ll find exotic raspberry preserves, potpourri, even incense in the Premices. A full-bodied, pedal-to-the-metal red (15% alcohol by volume!) that nevertheless remains bright and vivacious. Stunning!

2013 Domaine Vincent Paris Crozes Hermitage
100% Syrah
$17.99    ... w/Binny's Card

We know - it’s a SYRAH from the NORTHERN Rhone. But how can one resist a wine from a person named Vincent Paris??? It screams Vive le France and La Vie en Rose! And it’s on sale - and moreover crafted by one of the world’s young and upcoming estates. Expect freshly picked red berries and cherries, with a lingering smoke note and a lavender hint swirling in the background. A sexy, savage red!

Other Grenache

Bordeaux Futures

“The Left Bank made truly superb wines while the Right Bank made many very good to outstanding wines….”
James Suckling
on the 2014 Vintage
former wine critic for Wine Spectator
from his website  www.jamessuckling.com
April 2015


“Tasted from barrel, the 2014s
present exquisite aromatics, super-finessed, silky tannins and finely
sculpted fruit,

all signatures of a late-ripening year.
...a vintage of superb

The best 2014s are incredibly persistent, with shapes and textures that are all about length and less about sheer volume.”
Antonio Galloni
former wine critic for The Wine Advocate
from his website  www.vinousmedia.com
April 2015

Make no mistake: the 2014 Bordeaux vintage enjoyed a number of resounding successes. But what’s more, en primeur pricing favors the enthusiast; here are a number of successfully crafted wines, and all at unbelievable, almost rollback prices!

2014 Bordeaux Futures will not be available until EARLY 2018
Required minimum purchase is 6 bottles per item.
Ordering Futures along with currently available items will result in 2 separate orders and 2 separate charges to your credit card.

Score Legend
JS: James SucklingWA: Wine AdvocateVM: Vinous MediaWS: Wine Spectator
Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac96-97pts JS$310.00
Chateau Pichon Longueville au Baron Pauillac95-96pts JS$85.00
Chateau Cos d'Estournel Saint Estephe96-97pts JS$115.00
Chateau Margaux93-95pts WA$310.00
Chateau Calon Segur Saint Estephe93-96pts VM$55.50
Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes 375ml97-98pts JS$30.50
Chateau Lynch Bages Pauillac95-96pts JS$78.00
Chateau La Mission Haut Brion Pessac Leognan95-97pts WA$180.00
Chateau Doisy Vedrines Sauternes 375ml95-96pts JS$18.75
Chateau Haut Brion Pessac Leognan94-97pts VM$295.00
Chateau Pontet Canet Pauillac95-96pts JS$85.00
Chateau Talbot Saint Julien94-95pts JS$39.75
Chateau Larcis Ducasse Saint Emilion93-96pts VM$57.25
Chateau Haut Bailly Pessac Leognan93-96pts VM$57.00
Chateau Pavie Macquin Saint Emilion93-96pts VM$54.00
Chateau d'Armailhac Pauillac93-94pts JS$33.00
Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild Pauillac93-94pts JS$105.00
Chapelle de la Mission Haut Brion93-94pts JS$45.00
Chateau Beychevelle Saint Julien93-94pts JS$57.00
Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion Pessac Leognan92-95pts VM$43.50
Le Clarence de Haut Brion Pessac Leognan93-94pts JS$67.25
Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux Margaux92-93pts JS$105.00
Carruades de Lafite Pauillac92-93pts JS$120.00
Chateau Coutet Barsac Sauternes 375ml92-93pts JS$20.00
Chateau Clerc Milon Pauillac91-94pts VM$45.00
Chateau Gloria Saint Julien92-93pts JS$29.25
Chateau Du Tertre Margaux92-93pts JS$28.50
Chateau Les Ormes de Pez Saint Estephe92-93pts JS$24.00
Chateau Brown Rouge Pessac Leognan91-93pts VM$20.00
Chateau Nenin Pomerol91-93pts WA$36.75
Chateau Potensac Medoc91-92pts JS$20.50
Lagrange SOLD OUT91-92pts JS$33.00
Chateau Marquis d'Alesme Becker Margaux90-93pts VM$31.50
Marquis de Calon Saint Estephe90-93pts VM$21.00
Clos du Marquis Saint Julien90-92pts WA$40.00
Chateau Grand Corbin Despagne Saint Emilion90-92pts WA$23.00
Chateau Lilian Ladouys Saint Estephe90-92pts WA$17.00
Chateau La Croix Saint Georges Pomerol90-92pts WA$38.75
Chateau Berliquet Saint Emilion90-92pts WA$28.50
Chateau Kirwan Margaux89-92pts WS$30.00
Echo de Lynch Bages Pauillac89-91pts VM$30.00
Chateau La Dauphine88-91pts VM$16.75
Chateau La Fleur Saint Emilion89-90pts JS$25.00
Chateau Palmer Margaux94-95pts JS$206.00
Chateau Le Conseiller Bordeaux Superieur86-88pts WA$12.00
Chateau Ampelia Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux84-86pts WA$12.00
Alter Ego de Palmer Margaux92-93pts JS$51.00
Chateau Lanessan Haut MedocN/A$14.50
Chateau Puygueraud Francs Cotes de Bordeaux91-92pts JS$13.25
Chateau Leoville Las Cases Saint Julien94-96pts WA$123.00
Chateau Montrose Saint Estephe95-97pts WA$113.00
Vieux Chateau Certan Pomerol95-97pts WA$135.00
Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac93-95pts WA$84.00
Chateau Pape Clement Pessac Leognan93-95pts WA$63.00
La Dame de Montrose Saint EstepheN/A$30.00
Reserve de la Comtesse Pauillac90-92pts WA$30.00
Chateau Lalande Borie Saint JulienN/A$22.50
Chateau Pedesclaux Pauillac91-93pts WA$32.50
La Croix de Beaucaillou Saint Julien90-92pts WA$33.00
Chateau Cheval Blanc Saint Emilion95-97pts WA$450.00

*Prices valid with Binny's Card through 08/03/15, or while supplies last. Not responsible for misprints or typographical errors. Advertised items limited to quantities on hand. Not all items are available at all Binny's locations. All bottles 750mL unless otherwise stated.

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