Jun 25 2010

A Three-Hour Tour… A Three-Hour Tour…

Ginger, Mary Ann, the Professor, Gilligan—they could only dream of cruising Lake Michigan and the Chicago River with Don Sritong and the Just Grapes crew, supplied with a storehouse of handpicked summer wines to sip and explore.

It’s a dream you can easily experience though! Join us tomorrow, Saturday, June 26, for the Just Grapes Food & Wine Cruise along Lake Michigan and the Chicago River aboard the 90-foot private yacht, Anita Dee I, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Click Here For Tickets.)

Oh… don’t call it a booze cruise. There will be several amazing summer wines poured, paired, and pored over, but that’s combined with unique views of the Windy City skyline, delicious food, and a bit of wine education too. Here are some of the bottles we’ll be enjoying:

187ML Heidsieck Blue Top, Champagne, France [$9.59]
A non-vintage bubbly from one of the most prestigious Champagne houses, Heidsieck & Co. Monopole. Blue Top was the official champagne aboard the ill-fated Titanic. When you pop open a bottle of this super premium sparkler, you’ll know why the world has been singing champagne’s praises for centuries.. Elegant and expressive, this delivers floral, pear and toffee flavors matched to a creamy texture. Beautifully integrated, this lingers nicely on the mineral finish.

2008 Big Woop Chardonnay, Viognier & Pinot Gris White Blend, South Eastern Australia [$11.99]
The color of this wine is like a faint ray of sunshine. Pineapple and lemon on the nose. Nice acidity on the palate, with a hint of pear, strong lemons finish of lingering, palate cleansing acidity.

2004 Dassault, Merlot, St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France [$15.99]
89 Pts – Robert Parker
Since being purchased by Bordeaux’s well-known aircraft manufacturer, Dassault has gone from strength to strength. The fruit-forward, supple-textured 2004 offers abundant amounts of plum, black currant, and cherry fruit, medium body, silky tannin, low acidity, and an undeniably charming, sensual style. Drink it over the next decade.

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