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Rock and Roll Wine: Doobies and Whitesnake

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on June 17, 2010 by 30daysout

(Editor’s Note: This post was written by our L.A. correspondent Randy Fuller, who operates a cool blog about wine called Now and Zin.)

Every time I go to the supermarket I am struck by the music that’s piped in for my shopping pleasure. Nowadays it’s usually the kind of music I remember going underground for as a kid, the kind I had to keep hidden from my parents, the kind that I just knew would brand me as “cool” if I embraced it.

The reality is, I never got too far underground where I grew up, my parents didn’t really care very much about what I was listening to and the “cool” thing never seemed to take.  The latter item is a judgment call, but I think my family and friends would vouch for my lack of “cool” in my teenage years, maybe even today.

Today all those underground cheap thrills serve as an aural landscape for shopping.   Personally, I like a little Jimi Hendrix while I’m picking out what cereal to buy.  I don’t even mind when people can overhear me singing along, “Move over, Rover, let Randy take over.”  I guess I’ll just never be cool.

Fittingly, a rock and roll wine event comes to the grocery store in West Hollywood Thursday afternoon.

B. R. Cohn is not only a winery owner, but a rock and roll manager.  He has put in around 40 years as manager of the Doobie Brothers.  His Doobie Red is a blend of Bordeaux-style varieties sourced from the North Coast appellation.  It’s aged in French oak, has 13.9% abv and sells for just under $20 a bottle.

To herald the release of his 2008 vintage of Doobie Red, Cohn and members of the Doobie Brothers will make an appearance at the Pavilions Supermarket in West Hollywood Thursday, June 17th from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.  You’ll be able to pick up a bottle right there and have it autographed while you wait, no doubt with the Doobie Brothers trickling down from the speaker above your head.

Cohn’s website states that a portion of the proceeds from Doobie Red go to veterans’ charities and other charitable organizations.  Doobie Red was originally produced in memory of Keith Knudsen, longtime drummer of the band who died in 2005.

All 90 acres of Cohn’s vineyards are sustainably farmed, and select blocks are farmed organically. The winery is located just north of Sonoma in Glenn Ellen, CA.

Eighties hard rock hair band Whitesnake will soon have their own brand of wine for their fans to drink while rocking out to their music.

Healdsburg, California, winemaker Dennis De La Montanya has partnered with the rockers to produce Whitesnake Zinfandel 2010.  The wine will be in stores in July 2010.  It will be no surprise to find that it’s a deep purple wine, good for both Saints and Zinners.

Band member David Coverdale says, “It’s a bodacious, cheeky little wine, filled to the brim with the spicy essence of sexy, slippery snakeyness.”  Top those tasting notes, Robert Parker.

MP3: “Listen To The Music” by the Doobie Brothers

MP3: “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake

B. R. Cohn Winery official website

De La Montanya Winery official website

Randy Fuller’s Now and Zin wine blog

Review:(Un)Holy Headbangers!

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , on May 1, 2008 by 30daysout


Heavy rock isn’t dead, it’s just hiding out.  You don’t hear it that much on the radio these days (just what do we hear on the radio any more?).  But some of the genre’s top practitioners are still around, headbanging happily away.

Def Leppard misses Robert “Mutt” Lange, who in 1987 produced their 20-million-selling Hysteria, the band’s best (and best selling) album.  With Songs From The Sparkle Lounge, the band reaches for that pinnacle and falls short.  The album may be a bit of a mess, but it’s an entertaining one.  My better judgment tells me I should hate “Nine Lives,” the first single that inexplicably also features country singer Tim McGraw.  But I don’t, and I like the rest of the album too, although we’ve heard it all before.  The licks and the hooks and the singing are pure Def Leppard, they write pop songs that you can almost hear Sheryl Crow or Jon Bon Jovi crooning.  You gotta give these guys credit for flailing away, though.  They’ve put out the summer’s first mindless party album.

Iron Maiden perhaps unfairly gets lumped in with their gloomier brethren Black Sabbath and Metallica.  This riff-happy British band gets its umpteenth greatest-hits due on Somewhere Back In Time, a look back at their 1980s output.  Lead shrieker Bruce Dickinson can deliver tonsil-shredding vocals with the best of ’em (think Dio), guitarist Dave Murray cooks up the riffs with pure punk-rock intensity and grinds power chords with a Tony Iommi-like grandeur.  Like Def Leppard, they’re not terribly original; still they are good high-speed fun.  If you plan to catch the band in concert this summer (possibly with your teenaged son, ahem), this is a good place to brush up on your Maiden.  NOTE: You can download the entire new album free (good for three listens) at their website on May 7. Check there for more info.

UPDATE: Someone pointed out to me I missed one … Whitesnake is back with their 10th studio album and first in more than a decade.  David Coverdale, our favorite David Coverdale imitator, airs out his pipes on eight rockers and a few power ballads.  Giving it a quick listen, I locked onto “Good To Be Bad,” which should rank among Whitesnake’s best.

MP3: Nine Lives by Def Leppard w/Tim McGraw

MP3: Children Of The Damned by Iron Maiden

MP3: Good To Be Bad by Whitesnake