Now that we’ve finally made it to football season, it’s prime time for tailgating. While we have nothing against keg beer and a couple of shots of Fireball here at Drink Music City, there’s also room for more refined tastes at any pregame party. Unfortunately, it can get a little bit dangerous around the old tailgate after a few Fireballs, so it’s important to keep your bottles and your glassware protected.
Enter the Terroir Glass Gift Set from GSI Outdoors. This bottle carrier is both handy and dandy thanks to a stylish neoprene pouch to keep your bottles safe and also provide a zippered pocket to stow two included nesting plastic wine glasses. The carafe’s unique, two-stage cap and wide mouth opening make filling the bag from a bottle incredibly easy while the second, smaller opening makes dispensing the perfect pour simple and splash free so you don’t mess up the interior of your tailgating buddies’ vehicles.
If you’re particularly snobbish about your wines, there’s even a rewritable date bar on the reverse of the carafe to record varietal, vintage, vintner and uncorking date. A shoulder strap makes for easy carrying and the possibility of stashing it under your shoulder beneath a jacket in case you need to smuggle it in somewhere where it might not belong. (Not that we’re suggesting anything of the sort…but $9.00 for a warm draft beer from a concession stand with get you to thinking.) You can buy the Terroir Glass Gift Set from GSI’s website or at Amazon.
If you’re looking for something to fill that carafe with, may be suggest two excellent new wines from Michael David Winery. Although MD is perhaps best known for their red wines, especially the excellent Petite Petit, they’ve recently released two show-stopping whites.
Their 2012 Chardonnay features grapes that were harvest from the family vineyards at three different times during the growing season to create three different wines that have been blended to create a wine that showcases the character of a crisp, fruit driven style which was fermented and aged in stainless steel to a softer, more round, French oak barrel fermented Chardonnay. The result is full of tropical mango and pineapple notes, but with a more traditional Chardonnay finish of buttery vanilla.
For an even more accessible crowd-pleasing option, try Michael David’s 2012 Sauvignon Blanc. Crisp and clean with aromas of lemon and lime, this is an excellent wine for pairing with food, so considering the vast variety of snacks usually available at a typical tailgater, this is a clear winner. Both the Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are available for less than $20/bottle, so they are great choices to pack in your Terroir and carry to a game.