A 2010 Lodi Appellation Zinfandel & Muddy Waters Fathers & Sons
Somewhere within the realm songs within “Fathers and Sons” as well as most classic blues albums, there is going to be a reference to at least one of the seven deadly sins as listed in Christian ethics. It’s a pretty bad pun that they used to name this wine but there actually is some meaning behind it. The grapes that go into 7 Deadly Zins come from seven different growers in the Lodi region. It’s not clear if the concept came first or the name but either way the results are actually quite amazing for this fairly inexpensive bottle of Zinfandel. Average price around $14.00.
The wine truly was a surprise. Typically Zinfandel’s are not my first choice when selecting a wine but I have to admit the name concept caught my eye and I thought it could make a cool pairing with an appropriate vinyl. The wine is surprisingly smooth, not too sweet and the spicy notes that are typically found in a Zin are balanced amazingly. There’s a zip to this zin that you don’t normally get in a single grape zin. It had a supple cinnamon like front that was balanced by a full bodied grape that would go well with many meals. I truly enjoyed this wine!
When you glance at Don WIlson’s take on Michelangelo’s design on the Sistine Chapel, something somewhat angelically cool is obviously taking place on the cover of Fathers and Sons and if you dig the blues, then the same vibe is also pressed onto this wax. The album features both studio and live recordings recorded in April 1969 with an all-star band including Michael Bloomfield and Paul Butterfield of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Donald “Duck” Dunn of Booker T. & the M.G.’s and Sam Lay in Chicago, Illinois. This double LP gate fold vinyl is a testament to the way the blues should be heard.
The blues of Muddy Waters is timeless and epic. It’s the vocabulary and the soul of rock and roll. The attitude, the feeling and the spirit. Any student musician that claims to have mastered improvisation without some reference to the blues is missing a big piece of the heart in my opinion. In fact I would dare say that you can’t master improvisation in any style of music without at least a minor study and appreciation of the blues.
Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth. Wrath, Envy & Pride. In many ways, they are the vocabulary of the blues when you think about it. I think you need at least one of these sinful elements to have a decent blues song anyway. I’d have to believe that’s why in the past it was often referenced to as the Devil’s music by many that never bothered to look below the surface. The blues are something everyone needs a little taste of from time to be human. Much like dealing with the 7, you can do your best to avoid them but no person is completely without them and this my friends is why we all have the blues.
Many think the blues are all about sad, these people truly don’t understand the music of the blues or they just aren’t capable of feeling anything below the surface. The blues run deep. The blues are both joy and they are sad but mostly, it’s something that just makes you feel better and that’s the whole point. Kind of like tasting a bit of fine wine.
Ask anyone, anywhere, if they’ve ever had to deal with at least one of the seven deadly sins and if they say no, they’re either lying or they’re not human. I believe the blues is much the same. It’s unavoidable if you want to understand how to feel anything.
Does the name of the wine level up to the size of the pun used to market it? Yes, I believe it did and did so very well. Until next time! Relish in the joy my friends!