Although my social life tends to be kind of lacking due to two jobs and weird hours, I was thankful that even though I had to work on the 4th of July, I was still able to get out in time to enjoy a delicious picnic and beautiful music, courtesy of the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, at Blossom. Surprisingly, I ended up being the first of the group there. I knew I had to watch my wine intake because I was driving, but I was also dying for a glass, and the others had all the alcohol! Imagine my surprise to find a booth selling not only GOOD wine (no Yellowtail or Sutter Home folks!) but wine at normal retail price! I’ve gotten so used to paying outrage amounts of money for concessions that I actually thought the Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc was $16/glass, not for the bottle! Anyway, kudos to Blossom for making these wines available. (I imagine it is different for non-orchestra concerts…) Once everyone arrived, we had quite the spread, and it was healthy at that – plenty of in-season fruits and vegetables, hummus, and of course, cheese! Just for kicks, I had brought a 4-pack of Sofia Coppola sparkling wine, which – for real – is sold in little cans with straws. And believe it or not, it’s pretty decent stuff! I also tried a bit of the Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc that my friend generously shared, and while it was great, I don’t think it’s necessarily worth the $31.99 – there are so many value-priced SBs out there!
Oh yes, the music was lovely too. It was mostly John Philip Sousa and other patriotic music, but the Magyars got a shout-out with Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody. The program finished with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and the requisite cannons, followed by some pretty spectacular fireworks. What a perfect way to celebrate Independence Day!