SOURCE: Just Grapes

November 18, 2008 13:01 ET

Just Grapes Packages Solutions to Tight Holiday Party Budgets

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - November 18, 2008) - The holiday season doesn't have to be as bleak as the economy! Just Grapes has crafted two right-sized Recession Relief packages just in time for seasonal celebrations.

Individuals and organizations can find a festive middle ground between all or nothing with the Recession Relief Event Package. For just $30 per person (including tax and tip), guests enjoy a tasting of six hand-picked wines, led by a guide who will conduct an educational overview of each wine as it is served in top Riedel crystal glassware. The tasting is complemented by a gourmet imported- and domestic-cheese platter. This 90-minute event for 12 or more guests is hosted in the attractive Just Grapes Wine Cellar. The package offers 100 percent class at a 56 percent savings off the regular price.

Events must be booked before December 12, 2008; call Maggie Smith at 312-627-9463 or write Cancellations must be made at least seven days before the event, and this special package is not valid with any other promotions or coupons.

For smaller parties or personal penny-pinching, the wine experts at Just Grapes have helpfully put together a Recession Relief Four Pack of wines that pack an impressive value for a modest price. For just $24.99, a 28 percent savings, Just Grapes is offering:

-- 2007 Marraso Chardonnay, Argentina: Unoaked, crisp, with bright, fresh characteristics. Refreshing on the nose with a bit of citrus, followed by a balanced acidity, tropical fruit and honey flavors that linger to the finish. Ends with a light creaminess and a bit of a buttery flavor.

-- 2007 La Terre Chardonnay, California: Subtle, with a smoky note weaving through its Macintosh apple, honeysuckle and vanilla flavors, and a round finish that lingers nicely.

-- 2006 Marraso Malbec, Argentina: A solid Malbec, suitably dry and fruity. Full-bodied with deep and forward berry and cherry fruit flavors, the wine has mellow tannins, good acid and hints of dark cocoa, vanilla and tiny notes of tar.

-- 2006 Leaping Horse Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi, California: Smooth and hearty, a deep red-purple color with black currant and hints of cherry, blackberry, fresh mint and a touch of oak.

At this four-pack price, shoppers and party planners can affordably purchase several packages to share at events or to serve their guests through the entire holiday season.

Just Grapes is a dynamic wine retail store, education center and tasting bar in a hip, loft-like setting in downtown Chicago. Its experts bring wine from diverse places around the globe -- New World and Old World -- and offer it with their recommendations, opportunities to try it, ways to learn about it, and chances to have fun with it. Just Grapes believes the best wine for you is the wine you like best.

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