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BIN 36: Bin There, Going back.

By L. Stolpman in Food on Feb 20, 2008 8:00PM

Bin36%20Wine%20Glasses.jpg Drinking wine can be an experience to savor and that experience is heightened when paired with some great cheeses. BIN 36 offers a nice atmosphere to do both these things. Chicagoist dined at the downtown location and not only enjoyed wine and cheese, but indulged in some of Executive Chef John Caputo’s cooking.

A glass of the Gruet NV Brut (BIN 1) started the evening with sparkling apple and citrus notes. BIN 36 not only offers individual cheeses but also offers eight different cheese flights. The BIN 36 Cheese Flight included: Fresh Chevre, Brigante Pepperoncini, Papillon, Grayson, Stilton and a Super Aged Gouda. These goat, sheep and cow’s milk cheeses provided an excellent sampling of the range of flavors available to cheese lovers and the inevitable variety of wine pairings to perfect.

The menu simplifies these wine pairings by recommending a wine with each selection. The Red Thai Curry Scallops were cooked perfectly and contained the exact amount of spice to please, but not overwhelm, the palate.

Overall, BIN 36 provides an excellent place for both novices and aficionados of wine and cheese. The menu is well designed to guide tasters by offering both wine and cheese flights and possible wine pairings to accentuate the flavor of a variety of dishes.

339 N. Dearborn