Wine

  1. Barrel to Bottle Episode 46: California Wine with Benziger and Concannon

    Barrel to Bottle Episode 46: California Wine with Benziger and Concannon

    This week on Barrel to Bottle, Kristen and Greg sit down with two VIPs of California wine, Chris Benziger and John Concannon. Chris Benziger carries the tradition of his family's winery into the next generation, with all of Benziger's releases certified sustainable, organic or biodynamic. John Concannon is an advocate for environmental stewardship and sustainability. As a fourth generation vintner, he is hoping for a future as bright as his family's rich legacy: from bottling the first petite sirah in 1961, to importing key cab clones from Chateau Margaux in 1893 that is now found throughout California. Plus, Chris and John stick around to help with this week's customer Q&A about wine in cans.

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  2. Top Ten Deals from the August Wine Sale

    Top Ten Deals from the August Wine Sale

    With 38 locations in the Chicagoland area, Binny's is your one stop shop for all your beverage needs. Below are some of our best wine deals from our August Wine Sale. All are ready to enjoy tonight!

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  3. New & Notable: A Dazzling Dozen

    New & Notable: A Dazzling Dozen

    Every day our buyers are tasting with winemakers and deciding which wines to stock on our shelves. Only the best bottles make the cut. Below are a dozen delicious new arrivals. All are Binny's approved and ready to enjoy!

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  4. Wine Hotline Hits the Road: Illinois Sparkling Co.

    Wine Hotline Hits the Road: Illinois Sparkling Co.

    A group of our wine specialists recently visited Illinois Sparkling Wine Company. Founder and lead winemaker Mark Wenzel walked us through the vineyard and shared his family's story. In their cave, we had a first-hand view of the winemaking and aging process and finished our visit to the winery with a hands-on demonstration of disgorgement and bottling.

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  5. Barrel to Bottle Episode 44: Rollin Soles and Oregon Wine

    Barrel to Bottle Episode 44: Rollin Soles and Oregon Wine

    Rollin Soles is a scientist. An early "flying winemaker," Rollin gained experience as a fixer at wineries around the world before founding Argyle in Dundee, Oregon. Rollin sits down with Kristen to talk about Oregon's natural splendor, his no nonsense approach to winemaking, and his newest project, ROCO Winery. Stick around for customer Q&A, when Kristen and Greg recommend citrusy wines. >

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  6. Top Ten New Wine Arrivals for Summer!

    Top Ten New Wine Arrivals for Summer!

    Every day our buyers are tasting with winemakers and deciding which wines to stock on our shelves. Only a select few make it through the doors, and fewer bottles still make the cut. Below are the Top Ten New Arrivals. All are Binny’s approved and ready to enjoy!

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  7. Barrel to Bottle Episode 38: Claire Villars-Lurton

    Barrel to Bottle Episode 38: Claire Villars-Lurton

    Claire Villars-Lurton is the embodiment of centuries of Bordeaux winemaking know how. She joins host Kristen to discuss the culture of French winemaking, managing a multi-generation family business across continents, and bringing that old-world experience into her new-world Sonoma winery. Plus, in this episode’s Q&A segment, Kristen and Greg square up against the red wine headache.  

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  8. Barrel to Bottle Episode 37: Italian Bubbles

    Barrel to Bottle Episode 37: Italian Bubbles

    What's fizzy and refreshing, delicious and mixable, always fun and an absolute value? Prosecco! In this week's Barrel to Bottle, Kristen leads the team through one of her favorite categories: Italian sparkling wine. Topics range from affordable Prosecco to world class Franciacorta to sparkling wine cocktails. Stick around for the Q&A segment, as the team tackles the mystery of the punt.

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  9. Barrel to Bottle Episode 35: Alberto Bianchi and Wine Making at Newton Vineyard

    Barrel to Bottle Episode 35: Alberto Bianchi and Wine Making at Newton Vineyard

    Kristen sits down with Alberto Bianchi, Winemaker at Napa Valley’s Newton Vineyard. Alberto traces his winemaking journey from Italy to New Zealand to Napa Valley, highlighting vineyard management in Napa and around the world. Plus, the Barrel to Bottle team tackles your listener Q&A about neutral oak barrels and their use in wine, spirits and beer production.

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  10. Wine Hotline Hits the Road: Illinois Sparkling Co.

    Wine Hotline Hits the Road: Illinois Sparkling Co.

    When one thinks of traditionally made sparkling wine the place of origin that comes to mind is rarely Illinois. But alas, expectations are shattered when you taste the product range from Illinois Sparkling Co. Life gets even better when you realize the quality to price ratio the wines offer. It's been a few years since the Wine Hotline made a visit to Peru, Illinois. Here's more info on our most recent visit.  

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