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Wine Hotline Hits the Road: A Recap on the 2017 Napa Wildfires

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Talking to winemakers and grape growers during the Premiere Napa Valley weekend the conversation often returned to the destructive 2017 wildfires, the lives lost and the damage done to the region. Beyond wanting to let people know that they were rebuilding and that the wine was still flowing in Napa, there were lingering questions of how the fires would effect the 2017 vintage.
 

Napa Valley Wildfire

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Barrel to Bottle Episode 26: California Winemaking with The Hess Collection

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This week on Barrel To Bottle with Binny’s Beverage Depot, Kristen Ellis and Jeff Carlin present an intimate conversation with Director of Winemaking for The Hess Collection, David Guffy. David talks about his passion for making fruit-forward wines, the success of the Lion & the Lion Tamer wines, why California wines are best when they forgo trying to mimic old-world styles in favor of highlighting the region’s unique terroir, and of course, the importance of winery dogs. Plus, Kristen and Jeff look at how Napp Valley is recovering from devastating natural disasters and one lucky listener wins a $20 gift card.

 

Binny's Barrel to Bottle WGN Radio

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Bourbon Women Night 2018 Single Barrel

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Bourbon Women Night is an opportunity to taste spirits and network with the women of the spirits industry. Each year, Bourbon Women Chicago members choose a single barrel that will be released the night of the event. Over the last few years, they have picked single barrels from Smooth Ambler, Four Roses, J. Henry & Sons and Journeyman Distillery. This year’s handpick comes from Dekalb, Illinois.
 

Whiskey Acres Bourbon Women Chicago Handpick

This single barrel is young. It smells of saw dust and caramel. It’s spicy on the palate and the finish has a mix of delicious cherry and vanilla notes.

 

Bourbon Women Whiskey Acres Binny's

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Barrel to Bottle Episode 25: The Wide World of Gin

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This week on Barrel To Bottle with Binny’s Beverage Depot, Kristen Ellis and Jeff Carlin sit down with a co-founder of Scofflaw and gin aficionado Danny Shapiro to talk about the often misunderstood world of gin, as he offers a guide to tasting the complexities of quality gin. Working his way through three distinct categories of gin, Danny tastes through three unique examples: Sipsmith, Nikka Coffey, Scofflaw Old Tom. Also on the docket, recipes for three great gin cocktails that will make you rethink the way you drink gin.

 

Binny's Barrel to Bottle WGN Radio

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Fresh From Odd Side Ales – Binny’s Dank Juice!

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Odd Side Ales’ Dank Juice series is easy to love. Hugely aromatic, super soft and juicy, with a creamy fruit filled finish – when it comes to New England style IPA, these Midwesterners have it dialed in. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but Mosaic Dry Hopped Dank Juice is right near the top. With that in mind, Odd Side Ales crafted this special edition.
 

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Barrel to Bottle Episode 24: Delphine Laborde of Maison Veuve Clicquot

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This week on Barrel To Bottle with Binny’s Beverage Depot, Kristen Ellis and Jeff Carlin present a conversation with winemaker Delphine Laborde of Maison Veuve Clicquot. Born in the heart of France’s Champagne region, Laborde shares stories about her life among the vines, celebrating the 200th anniversary of Madame Clicquot’s Veuve Clicquot Rosé, and the difference between French and American winery dogs. Plus, one lucky listener wins a $20 Binny’s gift card for asking a great question about Champagne that won’t break the bank.

 

Binny's Barrel to Bottle WGN Radio

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