A Girl and a Dragon in a Stellar Motel

Girl-&-Dragon-in-a-Stellar-Motel

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

Purple Haze

 Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced &
a 2010 Alex Elman Malbec from Mendoza Argentina

There are lots of Malbecs out there that I find a bit too strong. They have me reaching for the antacid before I can even finish a glass. This particular Malbec is one that is quite pleasing and so well rounded without the harshness or acidity of many Malbecs. Still, it’s a very hefty wine with a pleasingly smokey grape nose that once it opens up, truly just screams “yummy”! There’s a haze of licorice and currants that runs deep but the grape always rolls out on top in the end.

Perfect for gaucho style Argentinian grilled cuisine this is truly one of the better Malbecs in its price range that I’ve experienced lately and it is just that, an experience ;).

So without further ado, let’s get to the vinyl for the evening. Without a doubt it is one of the most quintessential rock albums of all time. Truly an album that changed the game, changed history and laid the groundwork for what rock and roll was to become. Along with the likes of Jim Marshall, James Marshall Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix) reinvented the nature of what is expected from the electric guitar as an instrument of rock and roll. He was a master of the blues and a purveyor of the infinite universe. The man had soul and he knew how to pour it into his music.

When Jimi came onto the scene he changed the game and influenced everyone else that was making the scene at the time. He became the scene.

This 180 gram reissue of Are You Experienced is a true treasure for any Jimi fan with a turntable. The sound quality is pristine and the track list of this album, well, as many of you well know, every song is a classic, start to finish. An encyclopedia of rock guitar.

As a guitar player myself, I’m a bit surprised that there hasn’t been a Hendrix pairing yet, there are surely many more albums by Jimi in my collection that are worthy of a pairing but it seemed appropriate to start at the beginning.

Released in 1967 this album was #2 on the charts next to Sgt Peppers. In March 2000 a poll from Guitar World Magazine named Are You Experienced the greatest album of the Millennium. Later, in 2006, a reader’s poll from that magazine placed the album at #3 on a list of the greatest guitar albums of all time. “The Jimi Hendrix Experience are a musical labyrinth—you either find your way into the solid wall of incredible sound, or you sit back and gasp at Hendrix’ guitar antics and showmanship, wondering what it’s all about,” a review from the article “Walker Surprises” by Keith Altham from the New Music Express Magazine on April 8, 1967.

All in all, this album and a tasty bottle from Alex Elman is truly a safe bet for stirring up the haze and getting the emotions flowing. Third Stone From the Sun, we should be so thankful for such awesome wine makers and master musicians that allow for such evenings as this.

Until next time! Cheers! Salud!
Enjoy!

 

Late for the Sky

“Late For the Sky”

A 2011 Yellow & Blue Malbec Tetra Pak paired with the Jackson Browne masterpiece “Late For the Sky”

Late for the Sky is the third album by American singer/songwriter Jackson Browne, released in 1974 (see 1974 in music). It was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1975. It peaked at #14 on Billboard‘s Pop Albums chart. It is considered by many fans, critics and musicians to be his best and most influential album