Heard it Through the Grapevine: Ballet in Cleveland partners with Firelands Winery

Support ballet through Ohio's best wines!

Support the arts through Ohio’s best wines!

Wine and ballet lovers unite! Ballet in Cleveland has partnered with Firelands Winery, the oldest and most established winery in Ohio, to create two signature wines and beautiful special labels to match! A portion of the sale proceeds of each bottle of this special, private label wine will benefit Ballet in Cleveland’s mission to promote the presence, power and relevance of the arts in our lives through ballet.

This is the first time the Sandusky-based winery has partnered with a nonprofit organization, says Adrian Salvador. Ballet in Cleveland blogger Sara Macho Hill spoke recently with the wine extraordinaire who’s been working at his family’s winery since high school.

Ballet in Cleveland Wine debuted at PlayhouseSquare on May 2

What tastes can Ballet in Cleveland fans expect?

Firelands has created its Ohio grown Pinot Grigio, which is a drier, crisper white wine, and our Cabernet Sauvignon, a dry red wine that is aged in oak for between 12 and 18 months.

Tell fans about those gorgeous special labels.

The labels have the Ballet in Cleveland logo on them, along with a beautiful tutu. They were designed by Ballet in Cleveland graphic designer Erin Leslie Haslinger.



How did the partnership form between Firelands Winery and Ballet in Cleveland?

Founder Jessica Wallis held a blind taste-testing as a result of a relationship with the Ohio Wine Producers Association and our wines were chosen from among six other wineries.

How does Firelands stay vested in the community?

“This is the biggest private charity label we’ve done. We have an extensive history of partnering with for-profit businesses such as the Cleveland Clinic, but the aspect of this being a fundraiser for a nonprofit is new for us. And ballet is something very different! It is always a good thing to give back. As a business, you’ve got to make money, but you’ve also got to give back to the community. This is a great way to do that. It is not a one-day fundraiser, but rather a partnership that helps move the arts forward. It’s exciting to see what a dedicated group of individuals can do. Cleveland is such a vibrant city.

Where can these wines be purchased?

The Arabesque Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 and the Fouette Pinot Grigio 2008 will retail for $17.99 a bottle. A portion of every bottle will go to Ballet in Cleveland. You can find these wines in the Firelands Winery retail store, or by visiting www.balletincleveland.org/shop, or calling (330) 285-5779.

Ballet in Cleveland Wine is $17.99 per bottle

Ballet in Cleveland is also happy to announce that these wines will be available at the pre and post show VIP parties at PlayhouseSquare’s Bin 216, for Ballet in Cleveland’s World Premiere presentation of The Ashley Bouder Project: An Expose on Ballet Style. Purchase tickets for this once in a lifetime opportunity to see principal dancers of The New York City Ballet perform classical works by Petipa, neoclassical ballet by Balanchine, and a World Premiere creation by Joshua Beamish; music by Dimitri Shostakovich, costumes by B Michael. Purchase tickets here.

Ashley Bouder, Amar Ramasar, and Joshua Beamish rehearse for the World Premiere of The Ashley Bouder Project

Ashley Bouder, Amar Ramasar, and Joshua Beamish rehearse for the World Premiere of The Ashley Bouder Project

Firelands Winery is the oldest winery in Ohio. Tell Ballet in Cleveland about your history.

We’ve been in operation since 1880 and kept our doors open during Prohibition. The original wine cellar was incorporated into our current facility. For a complete history, along with news and events, visit www.firelandswinery.com.


Ballet in Cleveland THANKS FIRELANDS WINERY for its very generous support of its mission.

 Firelands Winery is located at 917 Bardshar Road in Sandusky, Ohio. The phone number is (800) 548-WINE.


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