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Lou’s Wine Picks of the Week: Saturday, December 9th

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Mr. Fix-It aka Lou Manfredini shares his favorite wines for the holidays from Binny’s Beverage Depot!

 

 
Corte Seresina Pinot Grigio 2016: Lemon-green in color, aromas of key limes and white peach complement undertones of green apple. On the palate, it is smooth and refreshing with a long, pleasant finish.
 
Owen Roe Abbot’s Table Red 2016: This blend out of Columbia Valley in Washington State was created in the spirit of hospitality – companionship with great food and wine. A mouth-filling blend of Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Blaufrankesh, and Malbec, the lush red fruit flavors and balanced acidity will be a perfect compliment to our traditional holiday dishes.

 
Guigal Cotes du Rhone 2013: Year after year, this is a trusty go-to for the Holidays and colder months in Chicago. Full, round yet racy with supple tannins. A sure crowd pleaser.

 
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Lou’s Wine Picks of the Week: Saturday, December 2nd

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Mr. Fix-It aka Lou Manfredini shares his favorite wines for the holidays from Binny’s Beverage Depot!

 

 

Cuvelier Los Andes Cabernet Sauvignon 2014: Argentina is often forgotten about for varieties other than Malbec. This Cab is an absolute steal for the price. Balanced structure with a ripe, lush mid-palate. A perfect reminder of how great Cab performs in Argentina.
 

Fossetta Prosecco NV: An excellent option for New Year’s toasts or even brunches. Light on its feet, with bright citrus, stone fruit, and green apple aromas. A solid Prosecco.
 

Argyle Pinot Noir 2015: This Reserve Pinot Noir is truly a celebration of balance. Sourced from vineyards on volcanic, red soils, contribute to its red cherry, rose mallow, and grilled meats. The tannins are firm, but rounded, an underlying minerality which drives the mid-palate through the long finish.

 
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Lou’s Wine Picks of the Week: Saturday, November 25th

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Mr. Fix-It aka Lou Manfredini shares his favorite wines for the holidays from Binny’s Beverage Depot!

 

 

Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs NV: Translated as white wine from white grapes. This bubbly Chardonnay shows finesse and depth of being aged on the lees for over two years. Vibrant, fruitful, and crisp with a creamy mousse.
 
Arani Sauvignon Blanc 2016: Citrus nose with unique stone fruit character. Rich and soft on the palate with a mandarin-like ripeness balanced by the bright citrus on the nose. A ripe, fruit forward alternative to many of the Grapefruit bombs on offer from Marlborough.
 
Tres Lagunas Garnacha 2016: Wild strawberry and tart cherry notes fill out this impressive red, highlighted by hints of roasted nuts and framed in black pepper. Fresh and focused, with a persistent lavender finish that lingers long on the palate. Top-tier wine selling for a song.
 
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A Visit from Winemaker Philippe Guigal

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On a recent visit to Chicago, Philippe Guigal shared a sneak peak of his highly anticipated 2015 white wines. White accounts for 2% of Rhone Valley’s production so these are easy to overlook. However, at Guigal, white wine is 20% of their output, so there must be something to it, right? Could this be the next “big thing” in wine? After all, these wines are the perfect middle ground and are a great opportunity to try something new: lighter and zestier than Chardonnay and more guts than a Sauvignon Blanc. Across the board these wines show excellent balance, structure, and kaleidoscopic flavor, with near endless possibilities for food pairing.

 

Guigal

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A Visit from Louis M. Martini’s Winemaker Michael Eddy

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Louis M. Martini winemaker Michael Eddy was in our Naperville location showcasing his outstanding line up of wines for members of the Binny’s staff. He oversees the entire production process of creating wine, including: grape harvesting, crushing, fermentation, aging, blending, and bottling while keeping the individual characteristics of the Martini’s flagship varietal cabernet sauvignon consistent.
 

Louis M. Martini Winemaker

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A Visit From Olivier Krug

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Olivier Krug’s presentation resonated with me early when he spoke of pairing my two passions, music and wine. “Music is important to Krug” he said, “The experience is about what you feel”. I’ve always thought of my love of wine and my love of music separately, but it was enlightening to hear him speak passionately about intertwining both. Music proved an especially apt metaphor as he presented his four wines. The first three were all top notch wines that any Champagne house could claim as a tete de cuvee. But not Krug, whose non-vintage Grand Cuvee enjoys pride of place. Compared to the first three, the Grand Cuvee is a harmonious whole, with the other three sounding a strong note.

 

Oliver Krug

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Wine Hotline Hits the Road: Margaux

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“We are not lost,” she said. “I know exactly where we are.”
 

Margaux

 
I was on a bicycle in the middle of Margaux. A few of us had stopped for a photo and lost the rest of our group. Marie Helen of Brane Cantenac was my guide, and she assured me we would reconnect. “They are probably headed to Chateau Margaux.” I nodded and gleefully started peddling. A few minutes later, we coasted down the driveway to one of the most recognizable wineries in all the world. I didn’t mind being stranded. We unfortunately didn’t taste the famous first growth that day; but soon after we reconvened with our colleagues and continued our rainy but scenic adventure. In spite of the persistent clouds, we circled through vineyards and made brief stops at about a dozen other chateaux including Palmer, Rauzan Segla, and Lascombes. These are gorgeous, impeccable properties worth a visit, although I might recommend you drive instead.
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Gameday Goodies from the Wine Hotline

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Wine for tailgating or your game day party? Absolutely. The key? Seek out punchy wines with bold flavors. Here are a few to consider, all which come in screw cap. So leave the corkscrew at home if you’re heading to the stadium and bring an extra bottle or three of the wines below!

 

Gameday Goodies from the Binny's Wine Hotline

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