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Pinot Noir
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Pinot Noir

Oregon and Willamette Valley

       Thirty miles southwest of Portland sits the Willamette Valley, home of the greatest growing region for pinot noir in the United States. Although Oregon has been home to pinot only since the early seventies, an infancy by wine standards, the quality is already breathtaking. The Willamette Valley climate is perfect for pinot noir - cool, rainy winters and warm sunny summers. It is similar to Burgundy, home to some of the greatest, and the most expensive, pinot in the world.

       This is the perfect time to give these wines a try. 2012 was an amazing vintage, warm and consistent, yielding light, fragrant wines with silky texture and complex flavors. They're just arriving now, but because it was a smaller crop, they will sell out quickly. Here are a handful included in our
August Wine Sale.

2012 Eola Hills Pinot Noir2012 Eola Hills Pinot Noir
reg. $16.99 ... w/Binny's Card - Save 5%
A delicious wine if you haven't tried Oregon pinot before. Plush cherries and strawberries with a streak of cola and lush, ripe tannins. Generous for the price.

2012 Ponzi Tavola Pinot Noir
reg. $21.99 ... w/Binny's Card - Save 9%
Dick Ponzi, founder of Ponzi Vineyards, is an Oregon pioneer. He planted his vineyards in the late 60's, and produced his first pinot noir in 1974. For the last 40 years, Ponzi has produced exceptional wine, earning a legendary status in the Oregon wine community. This, their entry level pinot, shows a beautifully perfumed nose of spice and fruit before a sleek body and long finish.

2012 Sharecropper's Pinot Noir Oregon 2012 Sharecropper's Pinot Noir Oregon
reg. $23.99 ... w/Binny's Card - Save 8%
From the winery Owen Roe, this is one of our best selling pinot noirs. Year after year, Sharecroppers crafts a full bodied pinot. This vintage of Sharecropper's is excellent, with a nose of toast, nutmeg and mint and bright juicy cherry flavors.

2012 Brooks Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
reg. $25.99 ... w/Binny's Card - Save 7%
A blend of pinot noir from many different vineyards throughout the Willamette Valley, allowing the winemaker a better toolkit for excellent flavor while keeping the price reasonable. This is a traditional, refined style of pinot, and one of the best values in the market today.

2012 Beaux Freres Pinot Noir Willamette Valley2012 Beaux Freres Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
reg. $55.99 ... w/Binny's Card - Save 7%
One of the owners of this Oregon winery is wine critic Robert Parker, and although opinion may be divided about the critic, there is near universal praise for this winery. This wine is intense, with aromas of dark raspberry and blueberry leading to a silky, full finish. They claim it can age for up to 10 years, and the 2012 may be the best Willamette Valley bottling they have ever made.

Regional Spotlight

The Loire Valley

       Travel guides speak of the thousand chateaux you can visit in the Loire Valley, or the medieval castles strategically situated to rebut the advancing English forces during the Hundred Years' War. The sheer number of structures could never have been built without abundant local limestone. Hard and durable yet easy to cut and carve, limestone was the obvious choice for Medieval and Renaissance masons - as well as a telltale mark of great vineyard land.

       Light-colored limestone not only moderates soil pH, encouraging the vines to absorb nutrients, but it also reflects sunlight back up into the vine. These advantages encourage berries to ripen in this otherwise cool and inhospitable environment, yeilding wines with a rare mix of pure fruit notes, punchy flavors, and persistence on the palate. The wines of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume define sauvignon blanc for devotees, as have the chenin blancs of Vouvray and Savinerres. Here are a number of telling examples:

2012 Patient Cottat Sauvignon Blanc Le Grand Caillou 2012 Patient Cottat Sauvignon Blanc
Le Grand Caillou

reg. $9.99 ... w/Binny's Card - Save 10%
With lime suggestions and pungent gunflint nose, Cottat's Grand Caillou is an excellent introduction to french sauvignon blanc. Crisp and pure, mouth-watering and refreshing. And a great value too.

2013 Domaine de la Pepiere Muscadet
reg. $12.99 ... w/Binny's Card - Save 11%
Comprised entirely of melon de Bourgogne, with crisp pears and melon coming to the fore. With time, a salty note emerges in the finish. A mouthwatering and refreshing white ideal as an aperitif. Your guests will ask for another glass, so make sure to snag a few bottles if you can.

2013 Domaine de la Villaudiere Sancerre 2013 Domaine de la Villaudiere Sancerre
reg. $17.99 ... w/Binny's Card - Save 5%
Entirely sauvignon blanc, this expressive wine overflows with all the flavors that you expect. Lime and grapefruit on the attack, a savory element emerging with a swirl of the glass. Punchy and persistent, crisp and refreshing. Ideal to enjoy on its own during the August swelter.

2011 J C Dagueneau Pouilly Fume Domaine des Berthiers
reg. $19.99 ... w/Binny's Card - Save 10%
Even more full than the Villaudiere Sancerre, this Pouilly-Fume refreshes with its citrus notes and savory suggestions. Its mineral driven finish makes this ideal to serve with seafood or poultry - or delicious enough to enjoy on its own. A chardonnay drinker's sauvignon blanc!

2012 Champalou Vouvray Sec 2012 Champalou Vouvray Sec
reg. $19.99 ... w/Binny's Card - Save 10%
100% chenin blanc with crisp green apples and and baking spice on the attack, followed by chalky notes on the finish. A dry expression of chenin blanc, one to serve with salad or any other cold appetizer.

2007 Domaine Huet Vouvray Demi Sec Le Mont
reg. $35.99 ... w/Binny's Card - Save 8%
One of the greatest estates in France, and the acknowledged leader of Vouvray. This 2007 Demi-Sec is richer and sweeter than the Champalou, yet still displays the brightness and crispness that all good chenin blanc wines share. Expect luscious red apples and quince on the palate, with a mind-boggling balance of honey richness and citrus zest in the finish. Chenin Blanc at its finest!


       Tickets are on sale now for our biggest and best wine event of the fall. Get yours soon, because this event always sells out. Join Binny's at Arlington Park for Taste at the Track - an afternoon of wine tasting, horse racing, live music and food. Wine paired with the heart pounding sport of thoroughbred horse racing? Sounds fun to us. For more info and to purchase tickets, click here.


Savings on Rose

       It's true that rose is fantastic year round, but there's something about enjoying a chilled glass of refreshing pink wine in this August heat that makes the humidity seem a little less sweltering and the smoke from the grill a little more inviting. Especially if that smoke is rolling off cedar planked salmon. This month, we have great savings across the rose aisle. Remember, these wines won't last long, and when they're gone, they're gone for good. Not all of these are available at all Binny's locations:

2013 Domaine de la Petite Cassagne Rose...reg $9.99...SALE $8.99
2013 Mulderbosch Rose...reg $9.99...SALE $8.99
2013 Chateau Pesquie Terrasses Rose...reg $12.99...SALE $10.99
2013 Chateau Miraval Rose...reg $22.99...SALE $19.99
2013 Chateau de Segries Tavel Rose...reg $17.99...SALE $15.99

2013 Sierra Cantabria Rose...reg $13.99...SALE $12.99
2013 Domaine de Figueirasse Rose...reg $11.99...SALE $9.99
2013 Les Vignes de Bila Haut Rose...reg $12.99...SALE $11.99
2013 La Bastide Blanche Bandol Rose...reg $21.99...SALE $19.99
2013 Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Rose...reg $17.99...SALE $16.99
2013 Fritz's Rose...reg $13.99...SALE $11.99
2013 Chateau Revelette Rose...reg $13.99...SALE $12.99
2013 Chateau Beaubois Rose...reg $11.99...SALE $9.99
2013 Domaine Grand Veneur Rose Reserve...reg $15.99...SALE $14.99
2013 Villa des Anges Old Vines Rose...reg $11.99...SALE $9.99
2013 Domaine St Antoine Rose...reg $10.99...SALE $9.99
2013 Chateau de Calavon Rose...reg $17.99...SALE $15.99
2013 Vieux Chene Cotes du Rhone Rose...reg $12.99...SALE $10.99
2013 Schnaitmann Evoe Rose...reg $18.99...SALE $16.99

*Prices valid with Binny's card through September 2, 2014, or while supplies last.

Staff Picks

        We love discovering great new wines as much as you do. We especially love to discover value. Here are just a few of our recent favorites, crowdsourced from members of the Binny's wine team:

Broadbent Selections Vinho Verde
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"The Broadbent Selections Vinho Verde is one of the most traditional examples of vinho verde on our shelves. It has the spritz, it has several varietals (50% Loureiro, 40% Trajadura & 10% Pederna) and has low alcohol content. I tasted it with octopus and fresh greens salad, and the pairing was perfect. Vinho verde and seafood are made for each other."
Gregory Fulham, Wine Consultant, Binny's Hyde Park

2011 Argiolas Costera 2011 Argiolas Costera
reg. $12.99 ... w/Binny's Card - Save 7%
"This wine from Sardinia is made from the cannonau grape, otherwise known as grenache. Fresh and lively on the palate with a hint of spice up front. Soft tannins glide across the palate followed by flavors of strawberries, tobacco, and dark cherries. I could easily enjoy a couple glasses of this soft red even on a warm day. Enjoy this with some BBQ ribs before summer is over."
Jon K, Wine Manager, Binny's Bloomington

2011 Filon Real Garnacha
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"The 2011 Filon Real is a big, bold Spanish garnacha. This wine is easy to like and would be great for parties. Although it clocks in at 15% alcohol, it lacks the bite that one would expect. Instead, you get aromas of sandalwood and intense flavors of blackberry, vanilla and baking spices. Mellow tannins and a creamy texture round out this approachable expression. A great value."
Brian C, Wine Consultant, Binny's Plainfield

2013 Nora Albariño 2013 Nora Albarino
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"This pale golden albarino is from Rias Baixas, Spain's prominent white wine region. It has aromas of ripe apples and melons and is smooth and silky on the palate with flavors of fresh fruit. Crisp, clean and refreshing for a hot summer day. Albarino's traditional pairing is seafood, but it is highly food-friendly and can stand up to international fare, from spicy Indian and Thai cuisines to Mexican and even Chinese take-out."
Ashley C, Wine Consultant, Binny's Bloomington

2012 Heidemanns Bergweiler Bernkasteler Badstube
Doctor Riesling Spatlese

reg. $26.99 ... w/Binny's Card - Save 11
"This wine is alive with flavors that come in waves of intensity and ebb into a long pleasing finish. Sweet honey, peach, fresh apricot and lemon smash against your taste buds, then resolve into a clean, minerally finish that leaves your palate refreshed and craving more."
Tim E, Wine Manager, Binny's Plainfield

Some of these Staff Picks are available only at select Binny's locations. We're passionate about great wine values, so if you don't see one of these at your favorite Binny's store, mention it - we'll happily offer something similar. Prices valid with Binny's Card through September 2, 2014.

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*Prices valid with Binny's Card until September 2nd, 2014, or while supplies last. Not responsible for misprints or typographical errors. Advertised items limited to quantities on hand. Sizes 750ml unless otherwise stated. Not all wines are available at all Binny's locations.
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