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        Here at Binny's Beverage Depot, we love discovering great new wines as much as you do. Here are just a few of our recent favorites, hand picked by Binny's Wine Consultants.

2012 Casillero del Diablo Carmenere
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"Carmenere, the "sixth grape of Bordeaux," found its way from its home in France to a friendlier climate in Chile. This particular wine, deep purple in color, has an inviting aroma of dark fruit along with some toastiness. On the palate the dark fruit is soft and undertones of mocha come through with spice. Pair it with game or aged cheese."
Megan, Wine Consultant, Binny's Champaign

2013 Araldica Gavi La Luciana 2013 Araldica Gavi La Luciana
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"A medium-body, lemon-laced dry white wine produced using 100% cortese grapes. Zesty green apples and fresh melon line the palate. Considerable acidity and a long finish make this wine an incredible value. Pair tonight with pesto or shrimp scampi, and bruschetta."
Lindsay VanBrocklin, Wine Consultant, Binny's Bloomington

2013 Domaine Grands Bois Cotes du Rhone Viognier
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"Delightful, with a lovely floral and stone-fruit nose and a touch of citric notes. On the palate, apricot and tropical fruit, great acidity and balance that keeps it from being 'too fruity.' This is a wine that made a strictly "sweet wines" friend decide there were other whites worth trying, even though it's not a fruity, sweet wine. The grapes come from from 10 to 60 year old vines that were picked by hand. Enjoy on its own or with fish, light chicken dishes or shellfish."
Nancy K, Wine Consultant, Binny's Champaign

2011 Waterbrook Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Waterbrook Cabernet Sauvignon
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"A great cab from the Columbia Valley AVA of Washington State. The wine is quite substantial on the palate. The nose reveals rich aromas of clove, cocoa and dried dates. There is a distinct hint of anise on the finish. One of the best $20 cabs I've had in a long time."
Brian C, Wine Consultant, Binny's Plainfield

2012 Neyers Zinfandel
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"A great zinfandel from Neyers Vineyards out of the Borden Ranch AVA, which is located inside the larger Lodi region. There is a wildness about the berry and jammy flavors, accented by 100% used French oak. This zinfandel is delicious with grilled pork chops and grilled potato fries."
Jennifer C., Wine Consultant, Binny's Champaign

Some of these hidden gems are only available at select Binny's locations. We're full of ideas, so if you don't see one of the above, mention it in the aisle. We'll find something great. Sale prices are valid with Binny's Card through 8/4/2014.

Varietal Profile


       Save the date for our biggest and best wine event of the fall! 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. Check out what a good time we had last year on the Binny's Blog.


Varietal Profile


       Yes, you can drink red wine in the summer. It seems like the talk is all about white and rose this time of year, but don't forget that pinot noir is the perfect lighter-style red. Pinot's lighter body and crisp acidity make it a wonder in warmer weather. Plus, it pairs well with lighter grilled meats, especially chicken breast and salmon. Here are some favorite selections from the July Wine Sale.

2012 Hahn Pinot Noir 2012 Hahn Pinot Noir
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One of our best values in pinot. Round and soft with a dash of lift and dark plum. This bottling is a blend from lots around California, but a good portion comes from Arroyo Seco in Monterey, from vineyards with cool breezes that allow the grapes to ripen evenly, yielding this balanced, vibrant wine.

2012 Bouchard Pere et Fils Bourgogne Rouge
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From France, the home of pinot noir. Bouchard is a standby Burgundy negociant - for both red and white - and they have only improved over the last few years. French pinot tends to be lighter than those from California, with explosive aromas and wonderful textures.

2012 River's Edge Pinot Noir Elkton Cuvee 2012 River's Edge Pinot Noir Elkton Cuvee
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A rarity at Binny's: River's Edge is one of the few from Oregon that isn't from the Willamette Valley, but instead from the northern part of the Umpqua Valley. The climate has a strong marine influence. This wine is rich and smooth, with cherry flavors and a hint of spice.

2011 Hitching Post Pinot Noir Cork Dancer
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Have you heard of The Hitching Post restaurant in Buellton? It was made famous by the movie Sideways. Well, the owners of this eatery also make some great pinot. Cork Dancer is their entry level cuvee, a fresh and lightweight wine full of grace and value.

2012 Flowers Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast2012 Flowers Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
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Flowers is a great California producer working in the Burgundian style. They have access to some of the greatest vineyards on the Sonoma Coast. Sonoma had a banner year in 2012, giving this wine the frame and complexity that makes it perfect for special occasions.


       Chablis, Champagne, Sancerre. All three regions lie so far north that their fruit fails to fully ripen. Each is a distant, distinctive appellation whose wines display their own set of flavors and textures. Despite the distance, these regions share one important feature: the white limestone soil.

       This clay soil reflects light back onto the vine, encouraging further ripeness of fruit. It is neither too acidic nor too basic; this balance promotes nutrients that sustain the vine. This soil is especially beneficial in these types of cool climates - climates that not only emphasizes brightness and energy, but also a pristine purity of fruit, with delicate floral nuances and savory complexities that are often lost with ripeness in warmer climates. Here are a few telling examples from the July Wine Sale.

2011 Domaine Servin Chablis Vieilles Vignes Massale  2011 Domaine Servin Chablis
Vieilles Vignes Massale

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Comprised entirely of chardonnay, Servin's Chablis VV Massales, a wine made with fruit from old vines, is an apt example of cool climate chard. The flavors are rendered all the more concentrated by the old vines themselves. Citrus notes, lemon pith, and stony, gunflint complexities lead into a long, long finish.

2013 Domaine Auchere Sancerre
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Comprised entirely of sauvignon blanc, Auchere's Sancerre is a benchmark example of French style with loads of grapefruit, white apricot, and savory herbal complexities. Enjoyable on its own, the Auchere is ideal with whatever you might be serving these summer months - from salads to grilled chicken or white fish.

2012 Serge Dagueneau Pouilly-Fume Les Pentes 2012 Serge Dagueneau Pouilly-Fume Les Pentes
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Like the Auchere Sancerre, this is undeniably Gallic in nature with its citrus notes and savory suggestions. But it flaunts a touch more muscle and heft that the Sancerre, rendering it ideal for any richer dishes you might serve tonight or this weekend. A white for the wine drinker who only enjoys red wine.

Michel Gonet Blanc de Blancs
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It would be impossible to cultivate chardonnay in the cold and unforgiving climate of Champagne, were it not for the limestone soils, which can yield a delicate sparkler like Gonet's Blanc de Blanc. Its diminutive beads highlight the creamy citrus flavors and stony nuances, while the finish is as focused and as long as one can hope. Supreme elegance in a glass!


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