When I met jazz singer Kurt Elling last night, I couldn’t think of what to say. He was kind enough to hang out in the Centre’s lobby, to sign the few CDs they cleared from the shelves of HMV in order to sell to concert-goers. By the time I got into line the CDs were gone, and he was left to grip and grin, and pose for pictures. So, when I reached him I said, “Loved your show. What kind of wine do you drink?”
He gave it a moment of thought and answered mostly Australian, Henschke, specifically. “I like the big bold flavors you get from the Barossa Valley wines, even if I have deal with the heartburn,” he said.
I asked if he’d had a chance to try BC wines. “No, I don’t drink on tour,” he said. “But recently I went to a blind tasting of Bordeaux icewines and the favorite turned out to be from Missouri!”
Now, here is a guy I would love to have a drink with.
For a clip and review of Elling’s concert, plus other shows at the Vancouver Jazz Festival, please see our Jazzcouverites blog.
This week, two thirds of North America are celebrating national holidays. With Canada Day now a sun-washed memory, some Canadians will celebrate the Independence Day of their neighbours to the South, if for no other reason than to keep the party going. I’m sure the Americans would do the same on Canada Day, if they knew it existed. Read the rest of this story at www.everythingwine.ca.
Happy Fourth O’ July, America. You deserve it.