Monthly Virtual Tasting

Each Month, Bin 412 will lead you through the background and tasting of a widely available wine in your local Pittsburgh area wine store.

April 2020 - Zinfandel - A Tale as Old as Vines

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Follow along through the history of Zinfandel, it’s origins, what makes it so special, and highlights o some of the most talented winemakers today working with this variety and doing their part to preserve these historic vineyards and pieces of California wine making history  

Then we’ll taste and review a very special wine from a very special site   

🍷2014 Carlisle Winery Hayne Vineyard Zinfandel 

March 2020 - Ridiculous Rioja Red Value

 ►Subscribe for monthly wine reviews: We take a journey to Rioja, Spain for our Wine of the Month in February 2020 and uncover a tremendous value.  Watch to learn more about Spanish Wine, the Rioja wine region, and taste along with us as we dive into the 2010 Carlos Serres Rioja Gran Reserva -  Wine tasted in Schott Zwiesel Tritan Pure Crystal Stemware

January 2020 - Do Wine Glasses Really Matter?

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What happens when you pour the same wine into different glasses? In a world where you can buy a wine glass for $1 or spend over $100 per stem, where should you start?  

How does a $1 glass compare to:

Wine tasted - 2014 Ryan Cohcrane Solomon Hills Pinot Noir

October 2019 - Travel Around the World with Chardonnay

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Take a trip around the world exploring the history of Chardonnay, factors that influence its flavors, and four sample wines that demonstrate the differences this grape can achieve.

Tasted in Riedel Vinum Burgundy Stems

Wines Tasted

2017 Gilbert Picq Chablis Dessus La Carriere

2015 Ravines Chardonnay, Finger Lakes, NY

2016 Porter Creek Russian River Valley Chardonnay

2016 El Enemigo Chardonnay, Mendoza, Argentina

Sept 2019 - Riesling on the Rise - a Classic Finger Lakes Wi

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2017 Forge Cellars Classique Dry Riesling -

Tasted in Gabriel Glas Gold Edition Stems -

0:39 - Background of the Riesling Grape

1:50 - Background of Finger Lakes Wine Country

4:40 - Background of Forge Cellars

7:11 - The Tasting

July 2019 - Bring on the Bierzo

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Our July 2019 Wine of the Month

The 2015 Vinos de Arganza Século Mencía -

Tasted in Reidel Vinum Bordeaux Stems -

Purchased in a Pennsylvania Fine Wine & Good Spirits state store (PLCB code 79005) for $9.99 -

June 2019 - A Study in Sauvignon Blanc

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Join Eric Hiltz from Bin 412 as he compares Sauvignon Blancs from around the world.

  1:26 - 2016 Pascal Jolivet Sancerre

  3:15 - 2016 Brancott Estates Sauvignon Blanc

  5:10 - 2017 Mulderbosch Western Cale Sauvignon Blanc

  7:15 - 2017 Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc

May 2019 - Pennsylvania Made Wines Worth Trying


Never met a Pennsylvania made wine worth drinking?

Let us help change your mind as we review three wines we’ve recently had that are making us rethink the heights they can achieve.

Final verdict: It’s time to start taking them more seriously.

Wines tasted include:
Silver Mark Cellars Super Tuscan
J&D Cellars Petite Sirah
Courtyard Winery Noiret

March 2019 - Spanish Red Wine Values

Spanish Red Wine Values

Want to learn more about value priced Spanish wines from key regions and their grape varietals?  Taste along with Eric Hiltz of Bin 412 as he explores values from key Spanish wine regions such as Jumilla, Montsant, Ribera del Duero and Bierzo.  Grape varietals include Mencía, Garnacha, Cariñena, Tempranillo, Monastrell(Mourvédre) and Cabernet Sauvignon.

February 2019 - Come Back to Chianti

Is your knowledge of Chianti limited to those cheap, straw covered bottles that used to hang from the ceilings in Italian restaurants or double as funky candleholders? If so, it’s time to learn more and rediscover this historic Italian wine region.

Join Eric Hiltz from Bin 412 as he discusses the history of Chianti and Tuscan wine in general, its wine laws, how the resulting wines have been impacted over time and then tastes and reviews the 2015 Castello Di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva.

January 2019 - Blind Tasting Argentinian Malbec

This month Eric walked into a PA state store and picked up two bottles of Argentinian Malbec.

Watch as he discusses Argentina's wine making history, what makes this region unique, and blind tastes his way to selecting our January Wine of the Month.

Wines tasted include:

-2016 Vina Cobos Felino Malbec

-2017 Achaval-Ferrer Mendoza Malbec

December 2018 - Syrah from a California Master

What does going to a  Kinks concert have to do with becoming a winemaker? Watch our latest video to learn about the legendary Bob Lindquist and our December 2018 Wine of the Month, the 2013 Qupé Santa Barbara County Syrah. 

Released at $30, this is now on sale and widely available in  PA state stores for an astounding $12.99, offering a unique opportunity to buy an age-worthy cool climate central coast Syrah from impeccable vineyard sources by the case!!!

November 2018 - The Côte-Rôtie of California

Background and Virtual Tasting of our November Wine of the Month - the 2016 Halcón Theopolis Vineyard Tierra Petite Sirah

October 2018 - $15 Cotes du Rhône that could pass for $30+

2016 Saint Cosme Côtes-du-Rhône

September 2018 - Tremendous Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Dea

2015 Solena Grand Cuvée Pinot Noir

August 2018 - Pinot Grigio from the Source

Background, History and Wine Tasting Notes for our August 2018 Wine of the Month:

2017 Tiefenbrunner Pinot Grigio.