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Monday, February 18, 2013

Ed Sheeran &Te Mania Estate Sauvignon Blanc

Ed Sheeran caught my eye while watching the 2013 Grammy Awards and after a bit of investigation, I think he is one fine singer/songwriter/guitarist.
Born in Halifax, West Yorkshire on February 17, 1991, born, his family moved to Framligham, Suffolk early in his childhood. Sheeran made his first recording The Orange Room EP in 2005. Sheeran also released 2 albums, a self-titled one in 2006 and Want Some? in 2007. He moved to London in 2008 to get gigging experience, starting off in very small venues, playing every day to as little as five people. He was a gigging maniac playing 312 gigs in 2009.

In April 2010, Sheeran decided to try Los Angeles as a venue. He played open mic nights all over the city before his talent was spotted at The Foxxhole by Jamie Foxx, who was so impressed that he offered Sheeran the use of his recording studio and the run of his Hollywood home for the rest of his stay. Sheeran built his initial following through YouTube videos and his fans included none other than Elton John. On 8 January 2011, Sheeran released his final independent recording, No. 5 Collaborations Project, that got him mainstream attention after it rose to the No. 2 most downloaded recording on iTunes. Later in 2011, he released his debut studio album, +, featuring the song, A Team, a haunting story of a girl trying to survive on the streets.

Taylor Swift contacted Sheeran after hearing his music while touring Australia in March 2012. He later co-wrote and provided vocals for Everything Has Changed, a song featured on Swift's fourth album Red.

The A Team received a nomination for Song of the Year at the 2013 Grammy Awards. Elton John, who runs Sheeran's management company, canvassed the award organizers to get Sheeran a performance slot at the ceremony, but was told that Sheeran alone was not high-profile enough. John decided to appear with Sheeran to circumvent the problem. He didn’t win, but dang, it was a good performance.

From March to September 2013, Sheeran is scheduled to play 64 dates at arenas and stadiums across North America as the opening act for Swift's “Red” tour. I’d be tempted buy a ticket just to hear him.

You need me, I don’t need you:

Got a blast of spring here on Sunday with temperatures hitting 62. Fixed salmon poached in white wine, lemon, and dill and served it with a yogurt/Dijon mustard/dill sauce and a 2012 Te Mania Estate Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. This was a new wine for me. Although Cloudy Bay is always touted as the best of NZ Sauvignon Blancs, my personal favorite has always been Kim Crawford. The Te Mania equals my fav. It has aromas of green apples and grapefruit that follow on the palate. It’s a mouthwatering wine, almost like a cross between French Sancerre and the Kim Crawford. At $17.00, it’s as reasonable as the Crawford, too. Went great with the salmon and the music of this young newcomer, Ed Sheeran. Try a bottle and catch Ed here and on iTunes.


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