Experience Wine The Vin Bin Way
The Vin Bin will harbor no mediocrity when it comes to selecting wines for our shelves. We routinely travel to wine making regions to get a sense of the terroir that provides the wines on our shelves. We actively seek unique and expressive wines that demonstrate value, quality and a sense of place. We do the work so you don’t have to – consider us your wine concierge!
Best Wines at Best Prices
You are probably thinking: “quality wines equal expensive wines”. At The Vin Bin, our mission is to find the best wines at the best prices. Every wine on our shelf is tested. No wine is sold unless we have determined it meets our quality to price standards, is an exceptional value and uncommon. You might have heard this before, but “we drink a lot of bad wine so you won’t have to.“
We generally stock 400 to 600 different wines each day. We try to have the best selection of wines from the different regions- our standards will not be compromised. If we cannot find wine good enough for our customers, we just won’t carry anything until we do. This is what we believe: “There is no good price for a bad wine.“
Best of all, The Vin Bin staff is knowledgeable about all our products and can help you whether you are a connoisseur or novice.
Intense blackberry and berry flavors are augmented by spicy, cedary, cigar box aromas and at times, herbal scents of lead pencil, tobacco, mint or bell pepper. Always a medium- to full-bodied dry wine with noticeable tannin, it is often aged in oak barrels to soften its attack and enhance its palate.
Aromas and flavors consist of blackberries, black cherries, crème de cassis, sometimes with notes of chocolate or mocha. Merlot ripens earlier than Cabernet and has a softer tannin structure. Always a medium- to full-bodied dry wine, like Cabernet, it too is often aged in oak barrel for added dimension.
Pinot Noir can be silky yet deceptively powerful, with perfumes of strawberry and red cherry fruit, cedar, spice, cola and clove. It can be delightfully earthy with seductive mushroom and forest floor notes. A finicky grape to grow due to its thin skin, it needs ample warmth to fully ripen.
Rich, dark, spicy wines with the scents and flavors of black raspberries, often with jammy, briary notes of plum and raisin. It takes well to limited oak contact, which adds nuances of cedar, vanilla and tobacco. Zinfandel can also be made into a sweet, late harvest style fortified Port.
Syrah typically offers purple plum fruit, with tell-tale black pepper, smoked meat and loamy soil nuances, and is a deeply colored, full-bodied wines with firm tannins. It is this smoky, earthy quality that pairs so well with game and grilled meats.
Some blends are not easily classified. Grapes are chosen for balance, structure, flavor and aromas and many – sometimes more than a dozen – are used to create the perfect wine. Food-friendly, usually dry, perfect when “what’s for dinner?” is “let’s grill!”
Syrah offers purple plum fruit, with black pepper, smoked meat and loamy soil nuances, and is a deeply colored, full-bodied wine with firm tannins. Pairs well with game and grilled meats. Grenache marries the aromas and flavors of light red fruit with spicy black pepper. You may find notes of chocolate, licorice, and tar. Roasts, burgers, and barbecue are good pairings.
Chardonnay is often described as buttery, nutty, creamy or toasty and can take on flavors that include apple, pear, tropical fruits, butterscotch, honey or lemon. Chardonnay goes exceptionally well with rich seafood (particularly scallops and lobster), pasta with cream sauces and seafood salads.
Also known as Fume Blanc, it is California’s second most popular white wine grape. The wine is crisp with grassy, green pepper and herbal flavors and should generally be consumed while young. Pairs well with chicken, fish, shellfish, soups, pasta with red sauces, sushi and light salads.
PINOT GRIGIO/PINOT GRIS
A light, dry white with moderate acidity and light fruit aromas and flavors. Look for a pale straw color; floral, peach, and pear flavors and aromas (some citrus). Light to medium in body, Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris (same grape) pairs well with salads, light seafood/fish dishes, and light appetizers.
OTHER WHITES [STANDARD]
California produces a bevy of whites from many less well-known grapes, such as the rare Viognier, with floral qualities and aromas of apricots, peaches, melons and pears. Also, look for Muscat (Moscato), a flowery wine with concentrated peach and apricot aromas and flavors. Great with fresh fruit and desserts. Riesling and Gewurtraminer are best bets for spicy foods.
Considered one of the great wine grapes of the world, Rieslings are complex and delicate, and can be made from dry to very sweet. These light, fruity wines often exhibit apricot and peach flavors and a flowery bouquet. Great for picnics, pairing well with chicken, pork, fish, salads and lighter foods.
Highly fragrant, known for its crisp, spicy characteristics, with aromas of rose petals, peaches, nutmeg, allspice and sometimes tropical fruit. Available with various levels of sweetness, from dry to medium-sweet to late-harvest. An ideal wine for spicy foods such as Asian cuisine or curried dishes.