Spill some wine


“Spill th’ wine – dig that girrrl, Spill th’ wine – dig that girrrl”

Anyone? Anyone?

Like so many other confused adolescents I remember listening to that 1970 song performed by Eric Burdon thinking it was about female adoration. Imagine my surprise when I finally got around to reading the liner notes and found out I was way off. The song is about a dream…and a girl. But she was saying “take that pearl.” All of my visions had been shattered. I was deflated. But I soon learned many people mistook the lyrics. All in all, whenever I see someone spill wine I can’t help but repeat my version of the chorus “Spill th’ wine – dig that girrrl, Spill th’ wine – dig that girrrl.” And really, it seems inevitable that you can’t have a big wine get-together without spilling some wine–or gossip, or brainless insights about the way you think songs should be written.

Anyway, here is your chance to do all of the above. Light appetizers and over 400 wines will be on hand. Pat Fleetham, the honorary organizer of the Community Wine Tasting, has done it again. On Wednesday, June 10, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., the 27th annual benefit will take place in the same location as last year. The event returns to the parking lot next to Cowboy Slim’s at 1320 West Lake Street, sponsored by Hennepin Lake Liquors, Cowboy Slim’s, Stella’s Fish Cafe and Great Clips. So set aside $25 of this week’s drinking fund and donate to yourself by donating to your neighborhood–buy yourself a ticket that is a 100% donation to the neighborhood of your choice.

And if I may,

“I could feel hot flames of fire roaring at my back

As she disappeared, but soon she returned

In her hand was a bottle of wine, in the other, a glass

She poured some of the wine from the bottle into the glass

And raised it to her lips

And just before she drank it, she said:

Spill the wine and take that pearl, Spill the wine and take that pearl

Spill the wine and take that pearl, Spill the wine and take that pearl”

Bruce Cochran is Art Director in charge of production for the Uptown Neighborhood News and lives in CARAG.

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