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Lands' End bags up wine; Rattlesnake dinner to feature classic French wines

(Image courtesy of Lands' End)

(Image courtesy of Lands’ End)

Wine bags and fancy wine bottle bling don’t usually pass my specs for a story. But this wine tote does.

Lands’ End offers this single or two-bottle carrier made of durable cotton canvas that’s mightily stitched and looks handsome and smart. Plunk a bottle or two inside and you know the bottom is not going to fall out nor the handles fail.

You can even customize your carrier with a monogram — $4 for the single-bottle bag and $6 for up to seven characters per line for the double bottle. They range from $15 to $27, with the monogram extra. A great gift idea — especially to give to a hostess, with wine in the slots, of course.

Check it out at Lands’ End.


The Rattlesnake in Detroit will kick off a series of winemaker dinners Tuesday, Feb. 19, to celebrate the restaurant’s 25th anniversary. (Happy anniversary, Rattlesnake!)

The first dinner will feature the incredible wines of Mas de Daumas de Gassac, often¬†called the Grand cru of the Languedoc, aka the rugged, sun-drenched South of France. Virgile Rousseau, the Brand Ambassador of Mas de Daumas Gassac, will be on hand to discuss the wines and tell the story of winery owner Aime Guibert’s battle to protect his organic vineyards.

First course: grilled Nova salmon and sweet vegetable ratatouille with Pont de Gassac Blanc, a Chardonny. Next course: pepper-cured breast of duck with Pont de Gassac Rouge, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Main course: Beef tenderloin with caramelized yellowfoot mushrooms paired with the winery’s flagship wine, Mas de Daumas Gassac Rouge 2010, a predominantly Cabernet blend. A dessert of lemon and goat cheese tart will be matched with Mas de Daumas Gassac Blanc.


Cost per person: $70 plus tax and gratuity

Reservations required.

Call (313) 567-4400 or email for information and reservations.

The Rattlesnake is at 300 River Place Dr Detroit, MI 48207


The French Languedoc wines are widely available at retail stores in Michigan. The wholesaler is SOIF de Selections.

Here’s just a sampling of the stores where you will find Mas de Daumas Gassac: Gibbs, Detroit; Motor City Wine, Detroit; Western Market, Ferndale; Woods, Grosse Pointe Park; Joe’s Produce, Livonia; Red Wagon, Rochester Hills; Babo, Ann Arbor; Everyday Wines, Ann Arbor; Plum Market, Ann Arbor.

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