Running Out of Wine at Ravinia: A She-Sips Guide on What To Do and What Not to Do

Running Out of Wine at Ravinia: A She-Sips Guide on What To Do and What Not to Do

When most Chicagoans think of summer, a trip to Ravinia is on the list. There’s no better way to take in good music–with the sky, a picnic basket (or table), and a bottle of wine (or rather BOTTLES of wine).

On Wednesday, a group of friends and I met up at Ravinia for The Swell Season, the Oscar-winning duet from the movie Once,  Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová. The music, as expected, was amazing. “Falling Slowly” is, in my opinion, one of the best songs ever written. Check out a 30-second clip of the end of the song from Wednesday night’s show, all that saved on my phone, unfortunately:

As you can see, everything was lovely, despite the humidity, and I was enjoying myself immensely until…

we ran out of wine
. What?!

A common rule among my friends for BYOB events is a bottle of wine per person. This may seem like a lot, but, hey, we like to drink. On Wednesday, we had six bottles and nine people, so right away our usual formula was off. And that night, it was so hot that the wine went down easy and fast. Too fast, clearly.

What were we to do? The show wasn’t even half over, and we were OUT OF WINE. What?! She Sips is here–and it’s her son’s first birthday and she wants to drink because last year at this time she was in a lot of pain!

I digress. Anyway, we were in luck, because Ravinia is awesome and has a market that sells BOTTLES of wine. Now, this may be old news to those of you lucky enough to hold season tickets, but to me this was like finding an oasis in the middle of a desert.

We bought two more bottles, which in hindsight we probably didn’t need, but at the time, it was a necessity; so much so that we even contemplated “borrowing” some bottles off of the corporate party tables (we’re bad when we’re drunk).

So, if you’re heading to Ravinia for Sting this weekend (so jealous), bring at least a bottle a person, but if you run out, here’s a list of the wine that the Ravinia Market sells. Trust me, this list might come in handy:

Torresella Riesling
Torresella Nero D’ Avola
Torresella Pinor Noir
Torresella Prosecco
Seven Daughters White Blend
Seven Daughters Red Blend
Markham Sauvignon Blanc
The Federalist Zinfandel
Quick Fire Chardonnay
Sokol Blosser Evolution
Sokol Blosser Meditinia
Rutherford Hill Sauvignon Blanc
Quick Fire Cabernet
Sanford Chardonnay 375 ML
Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio 375 ML
Rutherford Hill Merlot 375 ML
Sanford Pinot Noir 375 ML 

They even carry a few half bottles, if you only want a little more but not a lot!  The prices, which I forgot to ask for, are not here, but we purchased two bottles of the Sokol Blosser Evolution for $36/bottle, which typically retails for $17-$20/bottle. 

So, expect a mark-up, but let’s be honest, if you’re buying wine in the middle of a show because you ran out, you probably don’t, as we didn’t, care about the price.

The Sanford Chard and Pinot are excellent California wines (a gorgeous winery in the Santa Rita
Hills), but they’re only half bottles–or we would have bought them

Don’t forget: bug spray, a blanket, and a bottle to a bottle-and-a-half per person. And you’ll be good to go.

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Tags: concert, music, Ravinia, Sting, Swell Season, wine


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  • Dear She Sips, THANK YOU for mentioning Sokol Blosser Evolution and Meditrina in your blog! We are a family owned and operated and organic and sustainable farm in Dundee, OR and we love free press. I too have the same rule, 1 bottle per person, with my friends. We are lushes, but lovely lushes. Thanks for turning me on to yet one more thing to do the next time I am in Chicago. I would kill to see Sting there this weekend! He is #1 on my top 10 list (no offense Trudy). Again, many thanks for the shout out of our wines!!! Staci P. Sokol Blosser Brand Ambassador

  • In reply to stacip:

    Staci, Thanks for your comment. I'm glad you liked the post. I started drinking Evolution in Austin, TX several years ago. Always one of my go-to whites, so I was very happy to see it Ravinia!

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