Lombardy more than sparkles
As a wine region Italy’s Lombardy zone is best known for the sub-region of Franciacorta, an area known mainly for sparkling wines, with the best examples rivaling those of Champagne. Lombardy produces over 1 million hectoliters of wine however, and there are currently 3 DOCG’s, 15 DOC’s and 13 IGT category wines within this northern region. Customers of Bin 905 will recognize Bellavista (a phenomenal sparkling wine produced in the Champagne style) as our flagship wine from this region but Lombardy is on the move. Lambrusco, once considered a poor cousin to Franciacorta, is now delighting wine lovers with its fizzy red wine that pairs perfectly with casual fare like pizza and paninis (this region also extends into the Emilia Romagna region where Lambrusco is better-known). Check out the Lini Scuro Lambrusco ($20), the perfect wine to compliment a turkey sandwich, for example. The region also produces some serious red wines, most notably Valtellina, but there are others as well. We recently had an opportunity to taste Civielle Pergola Valtenesi, Torrevilla Bonarda La Genisia Frizzante, Gaggiarone Bonarda and Vitgni Giovanni and were suitably impressed across the board. These wines are not in our market yet but keep an eye out for these producers in the future, Lombardy is worth watching.
My staff and I have been very good this year. We have worked through a flood of biblical proportions and have spent months toiling at a frigid warehouse while we wait for our store to be rebuilt. We wanted to be open for Xmas, you know, just to help take some of the pressure off of you, and so we put that wish at the top of our list. Now it looks as though we may not be open until January so my question to you my portly friend is this: What-up Santa-dog? Have there been some naughty issues that I am not aware of? That night of Bin 905 karaoke at Pizza Bob’s was just good clean fun (although Alex and Sherry are now the new Sonny and Sher) and no one got pregnant as a result. Jenny has been accepted in the prestigious Master of Wine program and we have continued to scour the world’s wine regions for exciting new wines to offer our loyal customers (and many of you have been very loyal throughout this ordeal, thank-you all). We have new wines arriving from France, Italy, Australia and Argentina and the new store will have a much larger focus on great wines that won’t break the bank. We have expanded our selection of craft ales and our new fine wine room will be crammed with our usual selection of viniferous treasures. Our owners have spared no expense in creating a beautiful and unique new store, so as you can see Santa, we have been very good. What’s that you say? Think of the children? It’s always about the children with you, isn’t it? All right, you are off the hook this year, but don’t push your luck. I have gotten accustomed to arctic weather so don’t think I won’t come up there; my dog is part husky (he works here too now). In the meantime you can order online at bin905.com and take advantage of free same-day delivery until we reopen.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at Bin 905, we hope to see you soon! Cheers!
Geoff Last, GM
On Thursday, June 20, Bin 905 was inundated with 3 feet of filthy disgusting flood water and muck. The store is now in the process of being rebuilt, better and even more beautiful than it was before. In the interim we are operating out of our warehouse location. Our customers can still enjoy all the service, selection and expertise that Bin 905 offers, albeit from a less glamorous location. All of our inventory is listed on this website and you can order direct and have the product delivered to your home or business.
Feel free to visit us the warehouse but we are not set up for normal retail. Please call to check on availability of product before coming. We are operating between 9am to 5pm Monday thru Friday.
Our Warehouse is located at 7056 Farrell Rd. SE
We can be reached at 403-261-1600 or 403-398-2934