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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. 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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  5. 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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  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. 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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  8. 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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  9. Wine Hotline Hits the Road: Burgundy

    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.  

    Binny's Burgundy

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  10. Bourbon Barrel Aged Wines

    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.  

    Bourbon Barrel-Aged Wine

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