Wine

  1. Barrel to Bottle: Glassware and Ice

    Barrel to Bottle: Glassware and Ice
    Glassware. It's an essential part of the drinking experience, but there are so many options in wine, spirits and beer. Stemmed or stemless? Big bowl or small? Shaker pint or tulip? And what about ice? Big cube, small cube, sphere? Filtered water or tap? The Barrel to Bottle crew is here to help you sort through this madness and also prove that despite all the pretension it really does make a difference in how your drink tastes. Throughout the episode Pat will also be measuring how fast (or slow) the ice cubes are melting into the drinks with his fancy/ridiculous laser thermometer.
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  2. Barrel to Bottle: Australian Wines

    Barrel to Bottle: Australian Wines
    That's not a podcast! THIS is a podcast! Binny's Wine Manager Mike Bach spent two weeks in Australia last May, and this week he's joining the Barrel to Bottle Crew to share some of his favorites wines from the land down under. Forget about throwing a shrimp on the barbie, because Mike has wine and kangaroo pairings.
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  3. Barrel to Bottle: Bordeaux Basics

    Barrel to Bottle: Bordeaux Basics
    This week the Barrel to Bottle team covers the basics of the world's most prestigious region: Bordeaux! Doug Jeffirs, Director of Wine Sales for Binny's, joins the team to help demystify the topic and cover a few wines that provide excellent value. They're also discussing one of the best wine tasting events of the year, the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux on January 22nd at the Drake Hotel. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

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  4. Barrel to Bottle: Dry January

    Barrel to Bottle: Dry January

    Are you doing Drynuary? Dry January? Non-Alc New Year? Whatever you call it, there are many reasons our customers seek out non-alcoholic offerings. Non-alcoholic beers have been around for several decades, but now craft breweries have begun producing them in addition to the old stalwarts. Roger's offerings run the gamut from old stalwarts to new craft offerings. Meanwhile, Pat has a whole new category for the Barrel to Bottle crew to sample, whiskey and gin alternatives. 

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  5. Barrel to Bottle: Louis Martini

    Barrel to Bottle: Louis Martini

    Michael Eddy is the first winemaker at Louis Martini that doesn't share a last name with winery's founder. In his tenure with Louis Martini, Michael has witnessed a huge transition for this legacy brand. He's been presented with the unique challenge of growing the winery and moving it in new directions, while also maintaining the standards wine drinkers have come to expect. 

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  6. Barrel to Bottle: Champagne and Other Bubbly

    Barrel to Bottle: Champagne and Other Bubbly

    The last time Bob Calamia stopped by the Barrel to Bottle studio, it was to talk about something he loves but doesn't know, amaro. Now he's here to talk about something he both knows and loves: Champagne and bubbly. The holidays are a perfect time to have Binny's longtime Champagne buyer on the podcast. Although we here at Barrel to Bottle feel that every time of year is a good time for Champagne. Plus, we'll teach you how to taste and how to find what you like. Pop the cork on this vintage dated episode. 

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  7. Barrel to Bottle: Fortified Wines Part 1 - Madeira

    Barrel to Bottle: Fortified Wines Part 1 - Madeira

    Fortified wine, it's not just for grandma's post-dinner drink. Binny's Wine Educator Alicia Barrett joins the Barrel to Bottle to Crew this week to share her passion for fortified wines, particularly Madeira. Roger loves Madeira too and he is very eager to discuss it. So what is it? Why should you drink it? Where does it come from? All your questions will be answered on this week's Barrel to Bottle.

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  8. Barrel to Bottle: 10 Wines for (around) $10

    Barrel to Bottle: 10 Wines for (around) $10

    What can you get for around ten dollars? You can get a lot of quality wines for (around) a Hamilton. Barb and Alicia, Binny's Wine Educator, have selected ten wines that you can get for around $10.  They'll also help you identify grape varietes and winegrowing regions that offer quality wines at great prices. Don't throw away your shot at these quality wines for such a great price. 

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  9. Barrel to Bottle: You Say Garnacha, I say Grenache

    Barrel to Bottle: You Say Garnacha, I say Grenache

    Garnacha, Grenache; no matter how you say it, it's the grape you love to hate; it's the grape that has it all and is well traveled. It's the Most Interesting Grape in the World. From Spain to Australia, Binny's resident Grenache/Garnacha lover, Jason Palma, takes the Barrel to Bottle Crew on a tour of everything this grape can do. Stick around for a customer Q&A about wine etiquette at dinner parties. 

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  10. Barrel to Bottle: Courtney Foley

    Barrel to Bottle: Courtney Foley

    Wine royalty visits the Barrel to Bottle studios once again. This week, it's Courtney Foley, winemaker at Chalk Hill Estate. She discusses the challenges of jumping from a 4,000 cases to a 40,000 case production facility, implementing a sparkling program across the Foley Portfolio, and what "Estate Bottled" means at Chalk Hill. We've got more hockey talk then we've ever had, too! Stick around for a customer Q&A about grape stomping. 

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