With Wine Rocks Seattle just over a month away we asked local wine write Jameson Fink what his favorite songs were mentioning wine. Take a look at his pick and pop over to his website Wine Without Worry (and as contributing editor of the Grape Collective).
The Rolling Stones: Sweet Virginia
From my all-time favorite album, Exile on Main Street. Such a weary, sloppy, sleazy, groovy, druggy, beautiful mess.
“Thank you for your wine, California. Thank you for your sweet and bitter fruit.”
In a Broken Dream: Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart
Can I tell you what a huge fan I am of late 60s/early 70s Rod Stewart? (As in the 1960s and 70s.) His vocals on the Jeff Beck Group’s album “Truth” are smoking. And his work with the Faces, like “Too Bad”? Solo cuts, especially “True Blue”? Killer. This is a rare-ish gem.
“Every day I spend my time drinking wine, feeling fine.”
Red Red Wine: The Replacements
Not Neil Diamond or UB40! The Replacements were my favorite band in high school and college, until I got into the Grateful Dead. Somehow they never made it big like other indie rock bands they paved the way for, but maybe that makes me love ‘em more. The only thing I don’t like about this song is its disdain for white wine. But it is chock-full of awesome lyrics: “Hey now as long as it is red, set ‘em up until we’re dead. A Saturday sippin’ beer, let’s get a jug without a year.” And “Gallo or Moscatel, either one would be just swell.” Here’s a demo version of the song:
Body Movin’: Beastie Boys
Because, Chateauneuf-du-Pape. And though this is not from Paul’s Boutique, I just want to say that’s probably my second-favorite album.
“Like a bottle of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, I’m fine like wine when I start to rap.”
The video is pretty epic:
If you backed me into a corner, I’d say Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues is my top Bob Dylan song. And has the best wine lyric ever:
“Started out with Burgundy but soon hit the harder stuff.”
(And the Beastie Boys sample this song on Check Your Head.)
Here’s an awesome cover by The Handsome Family: