A 2013 North Coast Pinot Noir from Ramsay Wines
& the 1971 studio release “Ram” by Paul McCartney
We’re going to let Celia Ramsay have most the words on this pairing.
“Even though I know how to use a Smartphone, I’d still rather go dancing than watch television, and I find nothing more satisfying than singing with my friends next to a fire. We are here so briefly that missing a single opportunity to connect with people seems a crime. That’s why we drink wine – it softens the hardness of the day, and loosens our tongues so that we may confide in a friend, share the day’s events with a spouse, or sparkle with a lover over a romantic dinner. This is why we are alive – to be together.” –Celia Ramsay
We’ll just add that this album & a most delicious Napa Pinot Noir as this makes a fine accompaniment for any life anytime, anywhere.
A 2014 Girl & Dragon Malbec from Mendoza Argentina
& Mike Doughty “Stellar Motel” also from 2014
It was a truly crazy night. There was a girl and a dragon and we were all in a Stellar Motel……. it’s concepts like this that I would imagine are why Mike no longer partakes of the wine but hopefully he can appreciate how this story might have ended happily. lol
Girl & Dragon Malbec has the slogan on the bottle of “Be Fearless” and I would say it makes a great slogan for Mikes’ music as well. If you’re not familiar with his work you owe it to yourself to check it out. It makes for the perfect soundtrack for parties as this pairing initially described.
This is a very nice Argentinian Malbec as many of them are. It took quite some time for it to truly open up. I mean literally it needed to breathe for about an hour before it truly revealed itself. A bit of patience and persistence yielded a really nice Malbec.
Here’s to unleashing your inner dragon!
A shadow slips over the land, as the day turns to night.
Glittering stars turn on, one by one; the dragon has taken flight.
Down below, a girl awakes. Her heart beating; his wings beating.
He searched the world for her. And now they soar as one
A 2013 Urlo Italian Red Blend &
the 1979 Joy Division release “Unknown Pleasures”
ur-lo \ur lo\ n. 1: A scream 2: A sudden vocal outburst 3: A blare of emotion 4: A means of making oneself heard. –
Given the above definition it seemed an appropriate pairing. Raw, energetic, passionate, dark, and haunting. Unknown Pleasures washes over you like a cathartic scream from a tormented soul. The wine on the other hand is a bit more tame but still has a bold oak enhanced flavor that strikes a well balanced chord in this varietal featuring Syrah 25%, Cabernet 25%, Merlot 25%, Sangiovese 15%, Alicante 5%, Petit Verdot 5%.
Have a safe and Happy Halloween weekend everyone! Scream!
A 2013 Slow Press Cabernet Sauvignon & the 1977 release “Low” by David Bowie
The description on this wine bottle states that it is “Rich, Smooth & Dark” and I would whole heartedly agree that this is a great description of the wine and the vinyl we picked for today’s pairing.
The Slower the press, the better the wine. Oak barrel aged and the oak flavors ring through in this delicious Paso Robles Cab Sav. If you’re into woody cabs then this is well worth picking up a few bottles. It is utterly delicious!
This particular release by Bowie is often identified as a Brian Eno production but he was really only a contributor on side B of this collection of works. The album itself was produced by Bowie and Tony Visconti. Let’s not let this ruin the famed Bowie/Eno Berlin trilogy since Eno still had a pretty big hand in at least half of the album. It is still one of my favorite Bowie records.
Typically a saying that goes well with bbq, but seems to be quite fitting for this particular pairing “Slow & Low”
Bushmills Irish Whiskey and Van Morrison Moondance
Northern Ireland Mystic Tidings
The distant homeland comes calling in this vinyl pairing made in Irish Heaven. All of the whiskey bottled under the Bushmills whiskey brand is produced at the Bushmills Distillery. A license to distill in the area was granted to Sir Thomas Phillipps in 1608 by King James 1. They are obviously doing something incredibly right to still be around all these hundreds of years later.
I can only imagine the sweet sounds of this Van Morrison album may just as well transcend the ages just as easily. For now I’ll leave you with a traditional Irish toast:
Here’s a toast to the roast that good fellowship lends,
With the sparkle of beer and wine;
May its sentiment always be deeper, my friends,
Than the foam at the top of the stein.
A 2013 Francis Coppola Ivory Label Diamond Collection Cabernet Sauvignon from California & 1977’s Fleetwood Mac Rumours also from California
An essential vinyl for any collection. Even if you are not much of a Fleetwood Mac fan, if you collect vinyl, you have no argument for not having this record in your collection.
Consistent Coppola Winery keeping it real with another successful Cav Sav. Hard to go wrong with this pair of California greatness.
A Black Label 8 year old George Dickel Whisky
& 2012’s Blunderbuss by Jack White
The lesser known Middle Tennessee sour mash due only to the fact that they don’t spend money on advertising like their sibling Jack, on the other side of the mountain does. This keeps the price of Dickel much more to my liking and the whisky itself is just as good if not better. So while I will give Jack my patronage when I’m out in a bar, when I stock my own everyday whisky at home it’s the 8 year old George that I reach for.
Jack’s camp has been setup in the area for quite a few years now and I’d have to say I like what he’s doing with the place. Since Tennessee is my old stomping grounds, it’s nice to see some radical things coming out of Nashville again. Blunderbuss is a start to finish course in quality vintage sounds. The vinyl has an amazing warmth and sense of definition to it, due to the fact that it was made in the old school approach through pretty much the entire process of the production.
Sit back, sip and enjoy, such quality seems to be getting rarer and harder to find these days. Let’s savor it while we can. Cheers!
An Irish Crafted Boru Vodka and the Irish Crafted “Jailbreak” by Thin Lizzy
The Boru vodka is a mid shelf Vodka “Inspired by Ireland’s visionary High King Brian Boru” as the bottle states. It’s a decent enough Vodka with just a bit of bottom shelf gruff on it, so the Martini might not be the best option for this particular bottle but with such a cocktail one certainly gets the full picture of the Vodka.
1976 was quite a year for Rock n Roll and this album is one of many true staples that were created that year. A vinyl that I would venture so far as to say, a must have for any record collector.
A 2013 Apothic Red & the 1988 release
“Tender Prey” by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
The wine was left behind at a party I hosted and I have to admit it is way to sweet for my tastes. However, if supple sweet red wine is your thing then the Apothic might be to your liking.
As for the Nick Cave, well it’s about time we featured one of his masterpieces on this blog. It was hard to pick which album to go with but the color scheme won out on this one. Tender Prey is a start to finish spine tingling event. Nick’s writing has only gotten better with time. I’m sure we’ll find a way to get another one of his albums up in a pairing again soon.
An Evening of Ghosts – Ghost Pines Pinot Noir and Nine Inch Nails Ghosts I-IV
It’s been some time since my last post. It’s been a year of major personal revelations which when you finally move on feels a bit like leaving some ghosts behind in the past. We all move on in time and things are always in a constant flux of change. All we can do is hold on and hope for the best. In that spirit, I present the Ghosts pairing,
Aromas of blueberry and blackberry pie are framed nicely by salted caramel, spice and truffle notes. Rich and full-bodied, this blend offers chewy tannins and a long, luscious finish. Blend: 31% Zinfandel, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Petite Sirah, 7% Syrah
Ghosts I-IV is the sixth studio album by this American industrial rock band. Reznor described the music of Ghosts as “a soundtrack for daydreams”, a sentiment echoed by many critics who compared it with the work of Brian Eno and Robert Fripp. The songs are unnamed, and are identified only by their track listing and group number.
Together this supple blend makes for a great companion to an album of alternative textures and ambient scapes that twist and turn and move you along a journey that spans a four record set. Eight sides of euphorically disturbing Reznor imaginations and the 14.5% alcohol content actually went quite well together.
Gentleman Jack and the first 45rpm single pairing! “Sara Smile” for my cousin Sara. Love you cousin always, rest in peace dear.
Sara requested a pairing when she mailed me her and Dave’s collection of 45’s this past July. It was her request that since I don’t typically make 45 pairings, that I use a small airplane bottle of Jack…. unfortunatley, that would hardly suffice, with the pain I’m feeling now that she’s gone. So here it is from her collection a 45 of #sarasmile by #hallandoates. I’ll always remember your smile cuz.
Merle Haggard’s 1982 release “Going Where the Lonely Go” and
a 2009 Row Eleven Pinot Noir
Maybe not Merle’s first choice in a beverage but it’s truly working here at the moment.
A 2011 Vin D’ Alsace by Charles Baur from France and
1979’s Reggatta de Blanc by the Police
“Pinot for Paws”
A 2011 One Hope California Pinot Noir and the Beach Boys 1966 Pet Sounds
This pairing seemed pretty obvious. A great cause and one of the greatest audio productions of all time. Read more about One Hope Wine on their website. Lots of great causes and I can attest the wine is fine. The Pinot is light and yet lush like you expect from a nice Pinot grape. I truly recommend for both reasons, a great cause and a great wine. Cheers!
Gentleman Jack Neat and Billy Joel’s Song’s in the Attic
A taste of Captain Jack for my birthday celebration and Miami 2017 in honor of 9/11.