Wine

  1. Barrel to Bottle: Michael Mondavi

    Barrel to Bottle: Michael Mondavi

    This week on Barrel to Bottle, a man whose name is synonymous with Napa Valley, Michael Mondavi. Mondavi shares his unique perspective in a conversation that's lighthearted but touches on some issues important to the wine world and beyond: from natural, organic and biodynamic viticulture; labor shortages in an age when a legal, documented migrant workforce is scarce: the impact climate change is having on grape vines today; the changing role of the wine critic; to the timeless, refreshing taste of rose over ice. Stick around for the Q&A segment, when the team answers your question about where to start with old world wine.

     
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  2. Barrel to Bottle: Spanish Wine Highlights with Binny's Wine Manager Jon Adam

    Barrel to Bottle: Spanish Wine Highlights with Binny's Wine Manager Jon Adam

    Spain is more than old school! Just back from his trip to Spain, Binny's Oak Brook Wine Manager Jon Adam joins the Barrel to Bottle team to highlight wines from two thriving Spanish winemaking regions: Rueda and Ribera del Duero. The team tastes whites from Rueda: Jose Pariente Sauvignon Blanc, Naia Rueda and Naia Naiades; and reds from Ribera del Duero: Torres Celeste Crianza Blue Label, Protos Reserva and Vega Sicilia Valbuena. Stick around for the Q&A segment, when your questions are answered for a $20 Binny's Gift Card. This week, the team explains why wine prices can vary so much from bottle to bottle.

     
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  3. Barrel to Bottle: The Triumphant Return of David Guffy

    Barrel to Bottle: The Triumphant Return of David Guffy

    Director of Winemaking at Hess, David Guffy, is back on the Barrel to Bottle podcast. Topics include his love of malbec and cabernet, earthquakes and fires and his daily commute, the impact of elevation, and of course, winery dogs. The team tastes through a flight of Hess cabernet, including Hess Select, Hess Collection Allomi Vineyard, Hess Collection Mount Veeder, and the iconic The Lion. Stick around for the Q&A portion of the podcast, when David and the Barrel to Bottle Team share their favorite wine coffee table books.

     
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  4. Barrel to Bottle: Descriptors

    Barrel to Bottle: Descriptors

    How do you describe what you're tasting? How do you put into words the difference between a navel orange and a mandarin orange? This week's Barrel to Bottle podcast is all about the language we - tasters and critics both professional and amateur - use to describe wine, spirits and beer, from flavor to texture and beyond. And stick around to the end. Host Kristen has some big news.

     
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  5. Barrel to Bottle: German Wine Across the Decades

    Barrel to Bottle: German Wine Across the Decades

    Aging red wines is common - but what about aging white wines? Kristen is joined by Binny's Wine Buyer Bill Newton and legendary German wine importer Derek Vinnicombe, plus producers Paul Anheuser and Stefen Bollig. The team talks recent German vintages, differences across years and drinking these wines aged and unaged. To illustrate, the team tries young and old bottles from the same vineyard side by side: Bollig Lehnert Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Spatlese from 2018 and 2006. Also Paul Anheuser Keuznacher Krotenpfuhl Riesling Auslese 2001. And it's not all about white! Germany also makes great red wines, and the team tastes Heyden Pinot Noir 2016. These guys are fun!

     
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  6. Barrel to Bottle: Barbara Widmer shares Brancaia

    Barrel to Bottle: Barbara Widmer shares Brancaia

    In 1981, the Widmer family fell in love with Tuscany, purchasing the Brancaia estate in Castellina in Chianti. Since then, with oenologist Barbara Widmer at the winemaking helm, Brancaia has grown to include three estates across Tuscany and a portfolio of accessible and world-class wines. Barbara walks the Barrel to Bottle team through some of her favorites, including Brancaia Tre, Chianti Classico Riserva, Ilatraia and Il Blu. And stick around for the Q&A segment, when the team answers your question about Bordeaux futures.

     
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  7. A Toast to International Women's Day

    A Toast to International Women's Day

    These wines hand-selected by Binny's Beverage Depot Wine Director Barbara Hermann - highlights some of the most talented winemakers in the industry, winemakers who happen to be women! Celebrate International Women’s Day every year on March 8 one of five featured wines from estates where women are calling the shots and crafting some of the finest wines in the world. And that’s despite the unique challenges that women face. From best selling bottles to cellar treasures, the wines below are marvels that ANYONE will enjoy!

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  8. Barrel to Bottle Episode 75: Syrah in the Northern Rhone

    Barrel to Bottle Episode 75: Syrah in the Northern Rhone

    Fruit, earth, meaty and savory and floral characteristics: when you're talking about wine, syrah from the Northern Rhone includes some of the most intense and complex reds in the world. Kristen leads the Barrel to Bottle team through a guided tour of the region and a tasting of excellent examples including Domaine Jamet Cote Rotie 2014, Barruol Lynch Hermitage 2016, J.L. Chave Selection Crozes Hermitage Silene 2016 and Domaine Vincent Paris Cornas 2016. It's wine for wine nerds. Stick around for this week's Q&A segment, when the team takes on three questions with a focus on the evolution of food and wine in the same region.

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  9. Barrel to Bottle Episode 74: Fire and Ice

    Barrel to Bottle Episode 74: Fire and Ice

    Winter keeps holding on in Chicago, so we're talking about wine perfect for the weather: mulled wine and ice wine. Part one: Fire. Mulled wine is a style that includes glogg and Glühwein - spiced wine traditionally served warm. The Barrel to Bottle team tastes Glunz Glogg and St. Christopher Gluhwein as examples. Part two: IOce. Ice wine is a dessert style where grapes reach extreme ripeness by hanging late into the season. The team compares Jackson Estate Vidal Ice Wine to Huia Botrytis Riesling. Stick around for the Q&A segment, when the team answers your question about different kinds of glassware.

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  10. Valentine's Day Wine Suggestions Featured on WGN Radio

    Valentine's Day Wine Suggestions Featured on WGN Radio

    There's no need to break the bank this Valentine's Day. Treat yourself to more than one bottle of wine for your special celebration. Check out our wine education coordinator Kristen's top picks for Valentine's Day below - as featured on WGN radio.

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