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Barrel to Bottle Episode 22: Wine Talk with Paul Hobbs

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This week on Barrel to Bottle with Binny’s Beverage Depot, hosts Kristin Ellis and Jeff Carlin share Kristin’s one-on-one conversation with acclaimed winemaker Paul Hobbs. Paul shares stories about his work on Opus One, globetrotting around the world learning about wine, his time in Argentina and Chile helping to bring the South American wine industry into the modern era, and why he prefers Sonoma County’s laidback culture over Napa’s commercial scene.

 

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A Sweet Pairing with Our Favorite Chocolates

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We were assigned with the daunting task of pairing chocolate with our favorite beverages. It was tough, but we made it happen. When pairing sweet treats with wine, try to go for a wine that is sweet or slightly sweet for a successful pairing. Very dry wines and desserts just don’t work well together. We also worked with bourbon, brandy, and beer during our experiments to find the best pairings to help you celebrate love on Valentine’s Day.

 

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Binny’s Staff Faves!

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Binny’s Beverage Depot not only offers the broadest selection of wines, beers, and spirits. We’re also staffed with the most knowledgeable enthusiasts in the industry, and we’re thrilled to share our opinions and discoveries with you. Here are some of our absolute favorites and recent discoveries. All are ready to enjoy tonight!

 

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Barrel to Bottle Podcast Episode 14: Bring out the Fizz! A Guide to All Things Champagne

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There is no better wine to take us through the holiday season than Champagne. Kristen Ellis chats all things ‘fizz’ with her co-host Jeff Carlin in this bubbly episode of Barrel to Bottle. How do the bubbles get in there? What kind of glass should I use to serve Champagne? Why does it taste like it does? Join us as we break it all down just in time for your New Year’s toast.

 

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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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Wine Hotline Hits the Road: Burgundy

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With so much history surrounding Burgundy, I was thrilled that my first trip to France would start here. As we walked through the streets in the heart of Beaune, I was fascinated by the exquisite 15th century architecture, specifically the Gothic design of the Hospices de Beaune.

 

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Wines

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Bourbon barrel aged wines have exploded in popularity alongside bourbon. We’re happy to offer three different takes on this up and coming style. These wines are aged in traditional oak and then finished for several months in used bourbon barrels to add complexity without the sweet bourbon notes overwhelming the wine.
 

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