What an exciting time it is to be backstage during a large concert...
The Lilith Fair has an amazing history and reins as the top "Female Focused" live music show in the U.S. I was setting up a wine tasting table backstage on July 5th at the Shoreline Amphitheater for what was an absolutely amazing day of performances by HEART, Colbie Caillet, The Bangles, Miranda Lambert and Sarah McLachlan to name just a few of the 11 acts at the Lilith Fair.
Talking about and pouring incredible hand crafted wines for Rock Stars is one of my perks being a Rock-n-Roll Sommelier. I am blessed. I was so excited to be able to pour the 2008 Amorosa Bella Chardonnay backstage at the Shoreline Lilith Fair as many of the Rock Stars that I know have heard about the wine but had never tried it. Until now... and the wine was very well received!
Not only that, but I had the Amorosa Bella candles set up on my wine tasting table and everyone went absolutely nuts for them! As a fun giveaway, I also had a Champagne bucket filled with the Amorosa Bella condoms! It didn't take long for word to spread among all the artists that THE place to be backstage was the "Ziggy, The Wine Gal" table!
The crowd at my table was pretty solid from the time I set up the wines, lit the candles and lined up the stemware. I think one of the most rewarding moments for me the entire day was when I poured Kristian Attard, Bass Player for the band HEART, a taste of the Amorosa Bella Chardonnay; as he said not only did he like it, but told me how he was really a red wine only kinda guy.
A while later, he came back to me and I asked him if I could get him some red wine and he said, "no, what I really want is some more of the Amorosa Bella Chardonnay, I love it!" Craig Bartock, the Guitar Player for HEART was at my table at the same time and said he was so happy to try the Chardonnay as he was already a big fan of the Amorosa Bella Pinot Noir!
The band was getting ready to take the stage and they were glowing with glasses of Amorosa Bella Chardonnay! Yeah! I should tell you that the few tastes of Amorosa Bella Chardonnay before their performance definitely got their 'chops' ready! Note: The definition of the term "Chops" in the music world means: technical ability, to execute music physically and to negotiate chord changes. After their performance and encore, the musicians flocked to my table to reward themselves with glasses of Amorosa Bella Chardonnay.
I am glad too, that the HEART tour buses have Amorosa Bella candles on board... it was a fun parting gift to many of the musicians that performed at Lilith Fair. Oh, and the condoms? Not a single one left... they were a fun conversation piece among the musicians and roadies!
The 2010 San Francisco, Shoreline Lilith Fair concert, was, by far one of the most memorable backstage wine tastings for me to date... ahhh, another day in the life of a Rock-n-Roll Wine Gal... I love what I do!