Wednesday, December 28, 2011
New Year's Eve is champagne's time to shine. Our weekly wine column discusses what types of champagne are best for specific occasions.
We'll soon be ringing in the New Year, a time when champagnes and sparkling wines rule the drink menu. Choices of these great sparklers can be overwhelming, so let's review which ones may be best for your New Year's Eve dinner or celebration. Generally speaking, people refer to all sparkling wines as champagne. Actually, the only wines that can be called champagne are the ones that are produced in the Champagne region of France, hence the name. Wines produced outside this region of France are called by different names. The primary grapes used to produce champagne are Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. There are now only five family-owned champagne houses in France, and Laurent-Perrier is the largest of the three. Champagnes …
Friday, December 31, 2010
Plainfeild taxi services will be available tonight for those who make party a bit too much and want to avoid an accident or a DUI.
Friday, December 31, 2010
If you need a taxi tonight, here two places you can call: Plainfield Taxi, 815-254-1992, 815-609-7533, www.plainfieldtaxi.com AAA Plainfield Express Taxi Cab, 815-436-2500, www.plainfieldtaxicab.com Also, this just in from MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving): "By dialing #TAXI (#-8-2-9-4) on any mobile phone, callers will be connected to the first available or preferred taxicab company in their local calling area. Callers don't even need to know the name of a cab company and the service helps avoid busy signals at peak times. #TAXI is available for $1.25 to $1.79 per call, depending on the wireless carrier and takes no money from taxi companies. #TAXI makes it easy to get home safely."
Service provides a ride home for folks who have over-imbibed -- and for their cars, too.
Some Plainfield partiers may get a ride home from the bar this New Year's Eve in the Paddy Wagon. But this Paddy Wagon isn't a ride to a DUI. In fact, it's a good way to avoid one. Paddy Wagon is a New Lenox-based service started by Kevin McTernan that sends two guys to pick up people who have "over-consumed" at a nightclub, wedding or party. One drives the tipsy person home in their own car, while the other fellow follows in a back-up car. "We never use the D-word," McTernan told me. Paddy Wagon will have two cars standing by to drive home customers who pony up for one of Limestone Brewing Company's New Year's Eve party packages, which range from $35 a person to $150 per couple, depending on whether you want finger food or a three-…
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
No shortage of places to eat, toast and usher in 2011 in style, and a couple will even drive you home when you're done partying.
So, you're still not sure what you're doing for New Year's Eve. Allow us to offer some close-to-home options, including a couple that feature free transportation for those who want to celebrate but fear climbing behind the wheel later. 1. Finnegan's Irish Pub and Restaurant, 24102 W. Lockport St., 815-733-5177. Prime rib dinner special, $65, includes rib carving station, mashed potatoes, green beans, thyme-scented au jus, mini ruben spring rolls, pork tacos, and baked mac-n-cheese. Designated driver rate is $30 and includes dinner, soda, favors and music. Tripel Karmiliet toast at midnight. 2. Limestone Brewing Company, 12337 Route 59, 815-577-1900. Live music by 4Cast starts at 9:30 p.m. Three package options: 1) $85/person or $150/couple…
The blended wine that combines cabernet, merlot and zinfandel is selling big at area liquor stores, as is muscato and "boutique" beverages.
This New Year's Eve, ménage à trois is the trend. We speak of the wine, of course. The blend of cabernet, merlot and zinfandel, named Market Watch 2010 brand of the Year , is topping sales at Plainfield area liquor stores, says Thomas Czajczyk, owner of Route 30 Wine & Liquor at 14210 U.S. 30. In fact, New Year's partiers are stocking up on all varieties of wines, a clerk at Discount Liquors told me. On the white side, muscato is leading the cheer charts this year, Czajczyk said. Moscato, also known as muscadel, muscat, muscato and moscatel, sports a musky flavor and it's the base white wine in asti spumante, the sweet Italian sparkling wine. Many revelers sip muscato as a dessert wine, but dryer versions are out there if you look. …