valentines day

  1. 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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  2. A Sweet Pairing with Our Favorite Chocolates

    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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  3. Wine and Chocolate Pairings

    Chocolate is one of the best sweets with wine. Maybe that's because the production of chocolate is so similar to wine: both are fermented with yeast. Despite their versatility, wine and chocolate pairings sometimes conflict. It only takes a little sugar to make even the softest wine seem bitter, so start with wines with sweet and salinic qualities – dessert wines, Port and sherries are a great start! When they work together, it can be divine. Here's a few suggestions to get you started:   White Chocolate Binny'sWhite Chocolate Because it lacks cocoa solids, white chocolate isn't isn't necessarily considered chocolate. But it does contain cocoa fat, making it a versatile wine pairing option.   Try white chocolate with: Softer sweet wines: Brachetto, Ice Wine, Lambrusco, Moscato d'Asti and Muscat, Tokaji, vintage Port.

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  4. Binny's Mailbag: Gluten Free Beer

    Let's keep the Binny's Mailbag rolling. Here's a question that is asked more and more frequently, and we're glad to be able to answer it with a smile:  

    Hi!  I talked with someone at your place who said there is a good gluten free beer that starts with a D and that you have trouble getting it in (and keeping it in I guess).  Ive been there twice to look for something like that and havent seen anything.

    Do you know the name of the beer Im talking about I want to tell another friend with Celiac - and do you have that in stock now?

    Thanks for the info.

    - A.M.

      Hi A.M, and thanks for the question! We get it a lot, and we want to make sure that everyone can enjoy a good beer, so we offer a reasonable range of gluten free brews.    We're pretty sure the beer you are thinking of is Estrella Damm Daura. It's our best selling (and best tasting?) gluten free beer for a good reason. It's actually made with an essential beer ingredient: malted barley. Estrella has a proprietary process that removes the gluten proteins to below 6 ppm. To put that in perspective, the FDA and international standard for gluten free labeling in food is below 20 ppm. Similarly, Illinois natives Two Brothers are now re-labelling their Prairie Path Golden Ale as gluten free. Prairie Path is made with an enzyme that destroys the gluten during the brewing process. Recent lab testing showed that it contains gluten in quantities less than 5 ppm. Plus it's delicious bright hops keep it light and refreshing. Watch for their labels to change soon.
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