Bin there, done that

wine lists are notorious for being stuffy documents, filled with tough-to-pronounce terms, confusing varietals, and an intimidating number of choices. But it doesn’t have to be so, judging from Bacon Hill’s new addition, Bin 26 Enoteca, and its exhaustive (and quite entertaining) wine book. Created as a collaboration between general manage Andy Cartin and siblings/Co-proprietors Babak Bina and executive chef Azita Bina-Seibel, the wine book breaks down the restaurant’s 200-plus wines into categories like “Remember the Old Days,” “a Syrah by Any Other Name,” and “Spanish Wines: Hip-Hip-Jorge!” It also includes a glossary, a pronunciation page, and a more tradition index. The whole point? To make sure the label “wine snobby” will never apply to Bin 26, to keep the mood light, and to introduce patrons to wines that they might never have tried otherwise. Another unique offering is the list of approximately 50 wines by the glass, available in four different sizes: 100ml, 250 ml, 500, ml and 750 ml (a full bottle). Customer reaction to the book has been “ecstatic,” Bina raves—and we’re on the bandwagon too.

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