The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame will induct new members on April 14, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. It's the 27th annual induction ceremony, the 27th time rock fans get to yell "It's about time!" or "Where's KISS?" With all that shouting, we're going to need something to soothe our nerves.
that in mind, let's take a look at the 2012 inductees and pair a wine
with each. Our pals over at the excellent rock music blog 30 Days Out have had this post up for a while now, with some tasty pics and music attached.
you're singing along with “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To
Party!)” it's a good bet you're doing jello shots or drinking beer from a
glass with quarters at the bottom. The Beastie Boys' blend of funky
rock, rap and hip hop need not be reserved for the lesser beverages. In
fact, Beastie Mike D has dabbled a bit at wine criticism. Not
surprisingly, he likes wine with a bit of funk. Root around a bit in
the Côtes du Rhône aisle and pop for a Châteauneuf-du-Pape. You should be able to find a wine that brings enough funk to get a party started without fisticuffs.
music is poetry, a delicate flower at one turn, a handful of
psychedelics at the next. His lyrics abound with references to wine,
including a lovefest for the "maroon-coloured wine from the vineyards of
Charlemagne." Sounds like a Burgundy is about to be opened.
Bonneau du Martray should do nicely, from the Corton-Charlemagne Grand
Cru. You may want to select a white wine, as Charlemagne's wife is said
to have preferred her royal hubby not mess his beard with the red
stuff. You are probably a much neater drinker than Charlemagne, though.
Guns N' Roses
the mid-1980s, when Guns N' Roses exploded from L.A. with a balls-out
Sunset Strip strut and an Appetite For Destruction, they redecorated a
rock and roll landscape that had become rather tired and listless. G
'N' R offered up a brashness which made other acts seem like they were
mailing it in. You may be tempted to go with a beer for them - a cheap
one, in a bottle you can hurl at something - but California has a wine
worthy of the Guns N' Roses brand of excess in old vine Zinfandel. Both
winemaker Joel Peterson and his Ravenswood Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel are brash enough for rock and roll.
any one of these inductees screamed for a wine pairing, it would have
to be Laura Nyro. It was, after all, she who suggested we go "down by
the grapevine, drink my daddy's wine." She also suggested "there'll be
lots of time and wine," but, sadly, her time ran out. Lift a toast to
her with Schramsberg's 2008 Brut Rosé. It's complex and dry and will fit with anything you bring to a Stoned Soul Picnic.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
would be a good name for a wine, if the Red Hot Chili Peppers hadn't
already claimed it as their own. Their funky guitar rock and throbbing
sexuality certainly puts one in the mood for a glass of something nice
to pair with their spicy gastronominal moniker. Chili peppers call for
something a little on the sweet side, like a nice Spätlese Riesling.
Dr. Loosen' Mosel-Saar-Ruwer efforts in that vein should provide enough
ripe fruit sweetness to offset the power of the pepper.
The Small Faces/Faces
dual-identity entry is remembered more for their hard-rocking,
hard-living '70s style than their mod '60s diminutive version. Rough
and rowdy, never afraid to let the rough edges show, The Faces have Tannat written
all over them. Choose a varietal selection from Madiran for that
swagger, or pick one blended with Cabernet Sauvignon to dress up the
palate like a skinny tie on a sharkskin suit.
electric blues master known as the Texas Cannonball, Freddie King left
his fingerprints all over rock and roll. He was a huge influence on
anybody who ever picked up a guitar and intended to do some damage with
it. So affected by his entire persona, Grand Funk shouted him out in
one of their big hits. Mr. King deserves a vintage Port,
full-bodied and luscious, with a whiff of smoke to reference the dance
halls and pool rooms of Texas, where the blues is still the king.
Ahmet Ertegun (non performer) Award
The Ahmet Ertegun Award goes to the late Don Kirshner,
a songwriter and song seller who played a big part in shaping the pop
music side of rock and pioneered the maturation of televised rock
concerts. For good or for bad, he was the creative fire in the hole for
The Monkees and The Archies. Kirshner's wine should be a commercial
success - natch - and should carry its years well. Mouton Cadet is a
best-seller from Bordeaux, so you can expect good things from it
with age. It's easy on the pocketbook, too. A bottle of the current
vintage will probably set you back less than a Monkees Greatest Hits CD.
The Award For Musical Excellence
You might not recognize his name, but Cosimo Matassa's
New Orleans recording studio was the place from which many great rock
hits of the '50s burst forth. Matassa eschewed gimmicks and audio
manipulation, preferring to let the music speak for itself. The
winemaking hasn't changed much at Lopez de Heredia since the 1800s -
they didn't like gimmicks and manipulation then, and they still don't.
Their 1991 Viña Tondonia Tinto Gran Reserva is pure Rioja elegance.
As a scientist, Tom Dowd
worked on the Manhattan Project that gave us the atom bomb. As a
recording engineer, he worked at the Atlantic Records console and gave
us Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton and the Allman Brothers.
Both sides of his career packed a whallop. Would a fruit bomb be out of
place here? How about a warm-climate Syrah with plenty of depth under
all that fruit? Andrew Murray's 2008 McGinley Vinyard Syrah comes from the hot microclimate of Santa Barbara County's Happy Canyon - and it is the bomb.
British recording engineer and producer Glyn Johns
helped nuance storm out of the speakers with acts as diverse as Led
Zeppelin, The Eagles, Joan Armatrading and The Who. He could coax a
heartfelt ballad out of the recording session as well as bring the
thunder and lightning right through those gold-plated wires. Merlot here, with a silky, mellow side playing counterpoint to the rock and roll smoke and leather notes.
This article ran originally on the excellent music site 30 Days Out.
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