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Wine at Binny's: what do you like at $10-15

jfoumb May 14, 2010 01:06 PM

Which wines from Binny's are you drinking? My price point is $10-15

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    Masonville May 21, 2010 06:30 PM

    This is a little off-topic--well, OK, it's pretty much off-topic--but I was wondering: I just heard that Binny's has acquired Sam's. It's been 30 years since I frequented Sam's, having by reason of location switched to Wine Discount Centers. Still it's always been a comfort knowing Sam's was there, as I always was impressed with them. Binny's, on the other hand, does not seem in the same league as Sam's. For anyone who frequents Sam's-now-Binny's, have you noticed any change in inventory, quality?

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    1. re: Masonville
      imclear May 21, 2010 07:49 PM

      Masonville, in response to your question, stick with Wine Discount Centers, Trader Joes, anything but Binny's. Their prices are too high and their selection has become so pedestrian, you can walk into any Jewel or Dominick's with your preferred card and get a better or equal deal. Being out in the suburbs, I find the best deals at Trader Joe's for wine and Woodman's for wine, beer and liquor. The last 4 times I walked into Binny's, I walked out without buying a thing. I kept hoping they would get better, but they are like the Best Buy of liquor stores. Poor service and loss leader pricing on one or two items while everything else is a buck or five above the competition.

      1. re: imclear
        odee May 21, 2010 10:02 PM

        Last Sunday I went to the location of Binny's on Grand. Some deals - some of the 2005 Bordeaux was well priced , others less so but the Duckhorn Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown at $50 is a great deal . Many of the Californians - Burgess, Cakebread, Steltzner, Stags Leap Winery and Wine Cellars were cheaper than in California. I found the Dominick (Safeway) and Jewel prices downtown considerably higher.

        1. re: imclear
          Masonville May 22, 2010 06:27 PM

          Thanks, imclear. Your experience pretty much corresponds with mine, at two different locations. By pure luck, I did find something at Binny's that I needed one time. Wine Discount Centers was trying to decide whether to buy another shipment of Duval Leroy Brut Rose, and I couldn't wait--found it at Binny's. But that's hardly a general endorsement.

        2. re: Masonville
          Eldon Kreider May 22, 2010 10:48 AM

          Sam's varied a lot over the years and ran downhill pretty badly during the time it was largely owned by a private equity firm and had huge debt.

          Binny's stores vary a LOT in size, inventory and quality of staffing. For example, the River Grove store has very limited selection compared to the Ivanhoe Binny's on North Clark in Chicago. Any discussion of Binny's without noting which store you are talking about is almost worthless.

          1. re: Eldon Kreider
            cajundave May 22, 2010 11:59 AM

            I have been to the Binny's in Schaumburg, Des Plaines and Niles. They are all pretty large with good inventory. The staff is pretty knowledgeable and the prices seem reasonable ( I don't really do any comparison shopping).

            What I like is that they have wine tastings. What I don't like is that the two stores close to me (Niles and Skokie) rarely have wine tastings. I have to drive out to Des Plaines or Schaumburg. Does anyone know why these two stores don't?

            The only other thing that I wish they would do is have some cheese to go along with the bread that they usually have.

            1. re: Eldon Kreider
              bourj May 23, 2010 06:59 AM

              I would agree. The best Binny's I have been to is the one in Willowbrook on Route 83. It was a DeCarlo's/Armanetti liquor store for decades, and got bought out several years ago. Probably the largest wine selection of any liquor store I have ever been in, and the original staff is still there, so the service is still excellent.

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            rigs May 21, 2010 01:39 PM

            Geyser Peak Cab Sauv '06 is running at 13.99 - great solid wine for the money

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              vrollings May 17, 2010 02:33 PM

              Cline Old Vine Zinfandel is always a winner at that price point. Also, Thousand Flowers by Hop Kiln, although I've had trouble finding that more recently.

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                jfoumb May 16, 2010 01:55 PM

                today I picked up Dogajolo from Tuscany for $9.99, House Wine (California) for $8, and Tinto Lena (Spain, 1 liter!) for $7.99 which isn't amazing but good for a party. The Dogajolo is great!

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                1. re: jfoumb
                  wineaux May 16, 2010 07:11 PM

                  A friend of mine picked up a bottle of Peter Clancy (blend) at Binny's that we shared over some great vietnamese food last night. Very smooth. Link from Binny's below:


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                  wineaux May 15, 2010 05:14 PM

                  Do you prefer red or white??

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                  1. re: wineaux
                    cajundave May 16, 2010 11:31 AM

                    Great Spanish wines for under $15.00. My wife and I picked these out of 50 wines at a wine tasting recently at Binny's Schaumburg. The Alceno Roble 2007 is a Sarah for $12.59, the Agoston 2008 is a cabernet/temperanillo for $8.99 and the Barco Piedra 2008 temperanillo is $13.49.

                    Great post idea! Hope we get lots of replies.

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                      jfoumb May 16, 2010 01:56 PM


                      1. re: jfoumb
                        Chicago Wine Geek May 17, 2010 11:46 AM

                        You've got to try The Show. 2007 Cabernet from California made by Joel Gott. Great stuff for the money. $12.99

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                      bourj May 14, 2010 05:04 PM

                      In that price range, I'm drinking Mark West and Mirassou pinots.

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