Its Dvine in Breck
April 2, 2009
I sat in the same office with Alex Rhodes, a coworker of mine at the Summit Daily News, for a year. It was just the two of us. We talked basketball (him); we talked dance (me); we talked shop (us). We even talked music, but he never let it slip he rocked on the guitar. Then a music listing popped into my e-mail, announcing, Alex Rhodes plays at Dvine Wine.Rhode-man! I shouted through e-mail, this you?Turns out he hid his talent like plenty of other locals who sit behind computers all day or only show their athletic skill, rather than their musical prowess. But then I walked into Dvine Wine Tasting Room in Silverthorne last Friday. And there sat a large table of Summit Daily employees, quietly chatting over glasses of red and white wine while Rhodes soulfully sang and played guitar. Turns out his four-year stint as a pseudo-rocker in the band Allday Afternoon while in college at Chapel Hill, N.C., left him knowing he had to get a real job but he decided he could also entertain on the side. And so, he shows up to Dvine every so often to play anything from pop rock to country grit and indie tunes.Dvine Wine Tasting Room in Breckenridge offers a relaxed setting for friends and coworkers to unwind at Music, Massage & Merlot, usually beginning at 6 p.m., every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The Texas franchise opened in Silverthorne about a year and a half ago, then poured into Breckenridge right before Thanksgiving, 2008. The business finds local acoustic musicians through word of mouth and craigslist. The owners preview the music before allowing anyone to play, which ensures they bring in quality performers. One such local is Jeremy Dion, a progressive folk rocker whos a cross between John Mayer and James Taylor. Dion is an emerging singer-songwriter who plays throughout Colorado, The Bay Area and the Pacific Northwest.I enjoy playing at DVine Wine because they draw an audience that seems savvy in fine wine and the arts, Dion said. They appreciate the music and the chance to unwind with a massage and some vino. The overall vibe is laid-back, relaxed and fun.And, Dvine isnt limited to solo acts. Saturday, Dvine hosts Trading Fours, a local foursome that plays a mixture of jazz, folk and originals. Overall, the tasting room steers away from the crowded club scene, said co-owner Allison Meriwether.People go there to have a glass and chat, Rhodes said. Sometimes they sing along, sometimes they applaud and sometimes its quiet, but they always have a good crowd.So, check it out. You never know: You might get to know your coworker in the next desk over much better.