Thursday, January 26, 2012

Grapes Under Pressure: Rush and Wine

I love music and wine, so I'm always excited to find connections. Here's an excerpt from an article in Guitar Aficionado that features an interview with Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee of Rush. Rush were the one of the bands I first saw in concert, so an article about rock and roll wine and them is just perfect.

Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee of Rush

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson recall in vivid detail the night of November 12, 1974, when a bottle of wine changed their lives. Ontour, they ordered bottles of Château Margaux and Château Latour Bordeaux and instantly turned into wine connoisseurs.

Lee became a serious collector about 10 years after Lifeson did, and their shared passion for wine has helped the pair maintain a strong, lasting friendship, one that goes back to their childhoods. Though they’ve enjoyed many experiences during their time in one of the world’s most successful bands, the ones they treasure most involve memorable bottles of wine savored during their travel adventures and on each other’s birthday.

What have you been drinking recently?

LEE I’m not just a wine snob. At home I drink a lot of Cru Beaujolais. I’ve become quite a big fan of Loire wines recently.
LIFESON I’m drinking mostly white wine.. My wife and I love Gewürztraminer. We also like Huet Vouvray Moelleux, which has a similar sweetness of fruit to Gewürztraminer, although it’s not as crisp.

What are some of the most memorable bottles you ever drank?

LEE I was in this little out-of-the-way restaurant en route to visit another winemaker when I had this spectacular bottle of Burgundy with a friend of mine.
LIFESON I went to work at Joseph Phelps Vineyards in 1990, and I would get up every morning at 5:30 and work until 7:00 that evening. Towards the end, Joe had a dinner for some of his best supporters in the industry. It led to a conversation about the whole history of winemaking in California and what inspires people like Joseph Phelps who come from other areas of commerce and industry to become winemakers, get their hands dirty, and become just a few notches above farmers. I can still see the room, table, and lighting, and the glow in my face when he tried the wine and gave it a huge thumbs up.

Read more of Chris Gill's article at Guitar Aficionado.

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1 comment:

  1. My first concert--Rush! I would not put these guys and wine together, so it's really interesting to read this. And Lifeson worked a winery, even. Very cool