Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Tuesday Tasting: Rock and Roll Wine

I love finding references to rock and roll with a wine element. The May 2013 Men’s Journal has a page on 6 celebrity wines, including Maynard James Keenan of Tool and Dave Matthews. They also posted some great tasting notes online:

The story: David Coverdale, the lead singer of Whitesnake, collaborates with Northern California winemaker Dennis De La Montanya.

The blind test: “Tart, with a hint of sweetness. This is well structured and tastes like its an expensive wine to make. It almost has an Italian feel and would go great with pasta and red sauce.”

The story: The band that brought you “Cherry Pie” teams with winemaker Kristian Story. The members taste the wine with Story and work with him to adjust the blend.

The blind test: “Bright cherry, almost black cherry cola — it’s a lip smacker. This would be a great takeout wine — maybe with pizza because it’s got that juiciness that would go well with tomatoes.”

The story: Jonathan Cain, the keyboardist for Journey, brought on winemakers Dennis De La Montanya and Daryl Groom but participates in winemaking.

The blind test: “Earthy, smells great, really balanced — which is a tricky thing for winemakers to do. This is not an inexpensive wine. I’d eat this with game meats like lamb.”

The story: Bruce Cohn, the Doobie Brothers manager, owns the Sonoma-based vineyard and winery.
The blind test: “Bright and drinkable with a leathery note — a backyard BBQ wine. It’s pretty juicy, but it shuts off pretty quick and almost has that synthetic fruity smell to it.”

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