Monday, November 16, 2009


I was feeling a little bit “mushy” as my wife would call it over the weekend. It was one of those lazy Sundays where we listened to the cats and napped on and off all day, and I couldn’t help but think about spending as much time with her as I could, although she was pretty zonked out most the day. So I was trying to figure out what to write about for my Wine & Music Monday, and decided that the most apropos notion to speak of would be duets, duos, twosomes – like my wife and I. So for the music part, I found the duet between two of my favorite singers, Tori Amos and Tool’s Maynard James Keenan, performing Tori’s song “Muhammud My Friend.” I became enamored by Tori’s voice years ago when I was living in South Carolina. Her voice is haunting yet very angelic. And of course one of the best rock singers around, Maynard, is also an up-and-coming winemaker, with his Caduceus and Arizona Stronghold Wines out in the market (though not here in KY). And despite the fact that their music couldn’t be any more different, they have been known to collaborate over the years, like this performance:

A collaborative wine effort is the Eroica Riesling 2007, made by Washington’s Chateau Ste. Michelle and Germany’s Dr. Loosen. A delicious, late-harvest Riesling made from Washington state fruit by Ernst Loosen, one of Germany’s top producers, the Eroica is seductive and alluring, with supple, rich stone fruit and honey notes, and a finish that leaves the drinker in a passionate state of euphoria. Tori and Maynard and Chateau Ste. Michelle Eroica, a beguiling combination.

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