A Night On The Town with Chateau Ste Michelle

By Alicia Courtney

Once we got Annalise squared away with the babysitter, Sara, I my changed clothes again only to change back into my first pick. Once I put my seatbelt on, Chris ran back inside because Annalise had taken his license and debit card and hid them once again.  Luckily, I saw her hanging out around the basket full of throw blankets so I had a hunch as to where they might be hidden. Chris then grabbed his hat and I told Sara one last time to call me if she needed anything.  As we pulled out of the driveway I thought, this is our crazy life.  And did I turn off my hair straightener??

We turned off the exit towards the Malton Gallery and I checked last minute emails from my phone.  As we walked up to the gallery they checked our names on their iPads and we were greeted with a glass of Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling.  And so began our an evening of unlimited wine, glittery chocolate, local folk rock music and great art.

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People were wall to wall clinking the souvenir wine glasses etched with the Chateau Ste Michelle’s signature.

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The Malton Gallery filling up quickly.

We walked up the stairs to the VIP area where it was less crowded and we could look at the art and try more wine (obviously).  I ended up chatting with a couple but was a bit distracted by the gold glitter all over the man’s face.  I had some suspicions but decided to keep them to myself.  About 30 minutes later, Alisha (the VIP ticket winner), asked me if I had tried the chocolates by Haute Chocolate yet.  She then warned me to be careful that they are covered in edible glitter. Ah ha, the man was redeemed in my head.

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@alishakarp and company.

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Cheers in the VIP section!

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Art and wine. Husband and wife.

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Wine and chocolate pairings by Haute Chocolates.

Chris was hungry and I realized I had tried the Riesling and the Merlot (twice).  I’m always chatty but decided to grab something to eat before I become “toooo chatty”.

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Delicious hors d’oeuvres!

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The crowd.

The band The Heartlanders began to play and the crowd of people had migrated towards the stage.  I admired the layout of the event.  The sun was setting and there were large glass windows behind the band so the scenery and light were changing as the night progressed.  It was almost canvas like as it changed which is suitable for the art gallery.

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I spied a photo booth. What?! I didn’t know this was going to be here!  I LOVE photo booths.  My poor husband is constantly being dragged into them.  It was a perfect touch to the event because it added just enough fun and goofiness.  The hors d’oeuvres, the wine, the art gallery, the chocolate were all very classy, and the photo booth definitely added that spark of spontaneity that I think brought the night full circle.  And the photos got better the more people drank… obviously.

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Maybe it was funnier at the time because I was obsessing over the Riesling but Chris went up to the bar to grab some water and the bartender said, “You guys sounded great up there!”  I guess Chris’ choice of hat was similar to one of the band members so he just rolled with it.  ”Thanks, man!”

I went up to talk to a couple of the band members and find out where there next gig was going to be.  I hadn’t heard anything from Sara so I assumed the night was going well for her and I was already planning our next date night.  Unfortunately, the band is no longer playing gigs together and they are focusing on their new line of mens’ jeans.  The are even opening a store in Over the Rhine called Noble Denim.  That took an awesome turn, huh?  Definitely going to check that out!

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The founders of Noble Denim and members of The Heartlanders.

We met some hilarious people from the winery, some fun people from Q102, and just some overall great individuals who like to have a good time.  Overall I think the night was a success… wait… what is that?!  Free massage chairs?!

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Nope. Not going home just yet.

 Okay, where was I? Oh yes, it was so much fun and we had a blast out on the town with people from all over Cincinnati.  A HUGE thank you to the Chateau Ste Michelle Winery for putting on such a great event in our city.  Go like their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter to keep up on the latest they have to offer.  And have I mentioned their Riesling??

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Cheers!

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