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  1. The Wine Hotline Hits the Road: Bordeaux - Rethinking Sauternes

    The Wine Hotline Hits the Road: Bordeaux - Rethinking Sauternes

    Sauternes has the unfortunate distinction of being a wine everyone loves, but few people actually drink. It suffers from the perception that wine must be dry to be fine. When it is drunk, it’s often paired exclusively with desserts, relegated to the end of the meal at restaurants with the cordials and liqueurs.

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  2. Wine Hotline Hits the Road: Bordeaux - Good and Bad Vintages

    Wine Hotline Hits the Road: Bordeaux - Good and Bad Vintages

    “Americans are allergic to bad vintages,” observed one person in Bordeaux during a recent trip. I couldn’t disagree. The view here is often absolute: a vintage is either good or bad. And people don’t want to drink “bad” vintages.

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  3. The Wine Hotline Hits the Road: Bordeaux

    The Wine Hotline Hits the Road: Bordeaux

    As we gear up to focus on Bordeaux for the month of September it seems fitting to recap the annual Binny's en premier trip.

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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. The Beer Buzz Hits the Road: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp

    The Beer Buzz Hits the Road: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp

    Back in 2014, the Binny’s Beer Team had the pleasure of attending Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp #110 in Chico, designing a spicy IPA that came to be known as Ryeday the 13th. Fast forward to 2017, we were pumped to return to camp, this time in Mills River, North Carolina.

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  6. Cigar Team Hits the Road: La Aurora Factory

    Cigar Team Hits the Road: La Aurora Factory

    Our Cigar Team recently hit the road to Santiago to visit the La Aurora factory in the beautiful country that is the Dominican Republic. As we drove through the city of Santiago after we arrived in the evening, the city was alive with motorcycles and traffic. Congested narrow streets with daredevil bikers weaving in and out of traffic. Although, we would rather be stuck in Dominican traffic then on I-90 during rush hour. Our bus began the arduous task of climbing the steep winding roads leading up to the top of Camp David. The bus carried all ten of us up to the top and when we reached the peak we were speechless looking at the view over the top of the city. After the long flights and our perilous ascent we all welcomed the sight of Manuel’s travel humidor full of Sapphire, Ruby, and Diamond robustos.

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  7. Wine Hotline Hits the Road: Premiere Napa Valley

    Wine Hotline Hits the Road: Premiere Napa Valley

    Known as Napa Valley’s homecoming, Premiere Napa Valley is the annual tasting and futures auction that raises money for Napa Valley Vinters to invest in and support the Napa County community. Culminating with the auction on February 24th, this year took on extra meaning for the participants, being the first Premiere Auction after the devastating wildfires of 2017. Throughout the weekend numerous wineries open their doors and cellars for tasting and educational events making this a unique chance to dig deep into Napa.

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  8. Whiskey Hotline Hits the Road: Moonshine University

    The Whiskey Hotline team just got back from a whirlwind trip around Kentucky visiting some of the best distilleries, selecting new handpicks, building barrels and even distilling their own bourbon.  

    Moonshine University Binny's Beverage Depot

     
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  9. The Beer Buzz Hits the Road: Lagunitas Born Yesterday

    It’s that time of year again… fresh hop season! The hop harvest is a joyous occasion where freshly plucked hop cones head straight off the bines and into the kettle. Okay, in many cases it means overnighting the hops across the country, and Lagunitas did just that for their super dank, super wet and super tasty Born Yesterday Pale Ale. We wanted to be there for its birthday, so we called up our friends at Lagunitas and headed over for a visit.   Born Yesterday is all about freshness. Freshly picked hops are usually dried and processed as quickly as possible in order to prevent spoilage. For Born Yesterday, freshly picked “wet hops” from the Yakima Valley are the key component of this amazingly flavorful and aromatic brew.  

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  10. Whiskey Hotline Hits the Road: Whiskey Acres Distilling Co.

    The Whiskey Hotline recently took a brief adventure west which led us to a quaint little farm + distillery in DeKalb, IL. We were led around by the Whiskey Acres team which is run by father + son duo Jim and Jamie Walter, and co-founder Nick Nagele. They like to think of our area as the "Napa Valley of corn," so it made sense to them to start turning this agricultural gold into delicious whiskies.  

    Binny's Whiskey Acres

     
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