Yesterday we, unlike a majority of Northeast Ohio, were neither at or watching the Cavs/Lakers game. You might wonder what could possibly keep us (at least me, for sure) away from that game (which was the biggest home game to date for the Cavs)???
First off, it was not a playoff game so you know what a difference that makes, but secondly we had the chance to go drink wine for free (very special thanks to our wine consultant buddy, Krista) and that it is really nice any day of the week, but on a Sunday it makes for a great way to pass the time till the work week begins a new.
Note: Let us tell you, it definitely pays to make friends with your local wine lady/man at *insert establishment* here.
We were fortunate enough to attend a private Cleveland wine event at Playhouse Square's State Theatre showcasing primarily boutique wines sold/distributed to Heinen's, local restaurants, country clubs, and other fine establishments in our fair city. We had the tough job (ha) of going around to all the tables trying to help pick some wines that Heinen's should stock at our local store. There were a ton of wineries at this event -- including Benton-Lane , Henry's Drive (you may recognize their super tasty Pillar Box Red), Flora Springs (perhaps you remember their wines Soliloquy and Trilogy) and Dalla Terrra (mmm their Badia a Coltibuono is quite nice).
All in all, we got to drink a lot of great wines and eat some tasty cheese (this baked brie with grille marks was soo good) - Kelly had such a good time that she passed out in the car on the way home!
Some random jams for us as of late:
5. (mp3) Midnight Masses - Heaven Originally from ATL, now holding it down in BRKLYN -- we can't seem to pin this sound down, but it is entrancing and kind of has a 70's vibe about it. Either way, definitely leaves me wanting more.
4. (mp3) Casiotone For The Painfully Alone - Old Panda Days (featuring Nick Krgovich from No Kids) Some nice lo-fi indie-tronic bedroom pop music. Is that even a genre? His new one comes out on March 10th. We've never seen him live but I know he was in town at The Beachland back in Novemeber.
3. (mp3) The BPA - He's Frank (The Twelves Remix) A side project from Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim, on this remix we hear Iggy Pop but others included are Dizzee Rascal, David Byrne, Lateef and Martha Wainwright, et al. It's been proven time and again that The Twelves can do no wrong when it comes to remixes.
2. (mp3) Soy Un Caballo - Robin These guys are from Wales, despite their Spanish name, and make Sufjan Stevens-esque harmonies with bossa nova guitars. Despite what Justin says, Soy Un Caballo translates to "I am a horse" not "I am a stripper."
1. (mp3) Billie the Vision and the Dancers - Lilly from the Middleway Street Yes, there is yet another awesome group from Sweden making super catchy pop/twee/chamber music that makes you want to smile and dance :)