Aug 13 2010

Air, Water, and Wine Show

The Chicago Air & Water Show returns to Lake Michigan this weekend, with more than two-million people expected to pack the lakefront on Saturday and Sunday.

Even though the City of Chicago prohibits alcohol at the event, that doesn’t mean you can’t find a rooftop downtown, or simply stay home and throw your own Air & Water Show party. You’ll still hear/feel the jets buzzing by (I can hear them practice as I write this), have easy access to “essential” facilities, and it’ll be far less crowded.

Best of all though, we’ve got the supplies to complete the theme here at Just Grapes. Stop by and pick up some of these items to help keep your Air & Water Show party afloat, soaring often, and never sinking:

Drink this while watching the Blue Angels:

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.

Drink this while searching the skies for jets, historic propeller planes, and parachutists:

2009 Skyleaf Riesling, Waipara Valley, New Zealand [$8.79]

Pale yellow/green color. Apple, melon, honey and lifted wine flowers on the nose. Crisp Waipara acidity softened with enough fruit sweetness to make the wine soft and inviting while still having structure.

Drink this while contemplating “what it all means” during a break in the action:

2008 Red Car Winery, Heaven and Earth Pinot Noir, La Boheme Vineyard, Sonoma Coast, California [$54.39]

The 2008 Heaven & Earth offers heady aromas of fresh evergreen branches, black currants and wild herbs. Deeply concentrated, it layers the palate with essences of dark cherries, oriental spice and cola nut. It remains expressive throughout with excellent delineation and inner mouth perfume. An ethereal marriage of sky and soil.

Chill your whites, sparkling wines, and rosés “on the fly” with:

Delux Cooper Cooler [$79.99]

Chill your wine in just minutes! Simply fill the reservoir with ice and water, push a button, and the Cooper Cooler will chill your bottle of wine 20 times faster than your refrigerator.

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