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There’s a bunch of solar eclipse stuff you can buy, including a $500 wine

Breese soda bottling company mixes up soda for solar eclipse

The Darkest Hour, which is Excel Bottling’s black cherry flavor rebranded, can be found on local stores shelves in Southern Illinois.
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The Darkest Hour, which is Excel Bottling’s black cherry flavor rebranded, can be found on local stores shelves in Southern Illinois.

OK, no one was shocked when solar eclipse glasses and T-shirts hit store shelves. But when a $500 bottle of Solar Red Wine signed by Ozzy Osbourne emerged, the Internet noticed.

And it doesn’t stop there. You can buy solar eclipse playing cards, party cups, cookies and soda, too.

Your friends could eat and drink their way through the eclipse if they wanted. Not into food and wine? No worries, you might want to keep your solar eclipse clothes clean during this event. Online stores have solar eclipse neck-ties, baby bodysuits and dresses if you’re looking.

Ready to shop? Here’s a list of some of the most unique solar eclipse merchandise on the market.

Solar Eclipse Drinks

▪ Ozzy Osbourne Solar Red Wine — Toast to the moon with a medium bodied dry red wine made from a blend of Zinfandel and Syrah grapes. Walker’s Bluff Winery in Carterville is producing the wine as a part of their Moonstock festival featuring Ozzy Osbourne on Aug. 21. Want to try? You can order this item online for $50. The collector’s edition will set you back $500.

▪ Darkest Hour Black Cherry Soda by Excel Bottling Co. — Retailers and consumers have purchased about 4,000 cases of this solar eclipse drink. Located in Breese, the company wanted to do something special to mark the eclipse, so they decided to put solar eclipse label’s on their Black Cherry Soda. Want to try it? You can pickup a case for $18 at Excel Bottling Co., 488 S. Broadway. For more information, call 618-526-7159.

▪ Starview Vineyard — Located in Coben, this Southern Illinois winery has a special label for the big event. Starview’s red wine for the solar eclipse is a Chambourin ($21) that will be produced and bottled by the vineyard. For more information, call 618-893-9463.

▪ Blue Sky — Looking for a solar eclipse wine glass ($3) to go with your bottle of red? This Makanda winery is selling wine glasses along with its special label for the eclipse. The Chambourin is bottled ($25) and produced by the winery. The vineyard is selling posters, viewing glasses and T-shirts, too. For more information, call 618- 995-9463.

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Blue Sky is selling wine glasses along with its special label for the eclipse. Provided

▪ Alto Vineyards — Not into red wine? This vineyard’s special label is semi-dry white wine ($16.99) Pick up a bottle ahead of the eclipse or go for the event. Viewing glasses and T-shirts will be available, too. For more information, call 618- 893-4898.

The many ways that people and towns in Southern Illinois is preparing for the solar eclipse Aug. 21.

Food

▪ Cookies by Cristaudo’s — Located in Carbondale, this bakery is making solar eclipse cookies. Customers have five different designs to choose from, the bakery said. Prices for a dozen range from $10.99 to $14.25 a dozen. The cookies can be ordered online or you can pick a dozen up in person. For more information call, 618-529 -4303.

▪ Brownies and Cake pops — Sorry, these desserts don’t glow in the dark. But if you want to be fancy during the eclipse, the online store Zazzle has solar eclipse cake pops for $43.90 a dozen and brownies for $51 a dozen.

Dishware

▪ Mugs by Clay Lick Creek Pottery — Artist Karen Fiorino has created special pieces in her studio for the solar eclipse. Handmade mugs are available for $30 through Esty. Art lovers can also find her work at Nest Arts in Carbondale or Visions Art Gallery in Makanda.

Clothing

▪ Neck-ties and more — If you want to make a statement on the big day, Zazzle.com has everything from neck-ties and leggings to solar eclipse bodysuits for both dogs and babies. There’s even a sleeveless solar eclipse dress to keep you cool.

Cara Anthony: 618-239-2471, @CaraRAnthony

Members of Slooh watched and captured the total solar eclipse from Indonesia on March 8, 2016. You'll be able to see a similar event this summer here in the metro-east.

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