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The History of Heavy Metal in 9 Wines, Part 2
Tom's wine journey through the history of Heavy Metal continues, with big headliners both in terms of artists and wines. If you missed Part 1, you can read it here.
Black Sabbath - Paranoid (1970)
There is nothing complex about this. It must be a single variety (from Birmingham). Uniquely Tony Iommi, the guitarist, had to loosen his guitar strings due to an accident in metal factory, creating the classic Black Sabbath 'off tone' sounds (dark and moody) while the lyrics play to the suicidal adolescent post-love male. No compromises.
The Velvet Devil Merlot 2014, Charles Smith Winery
Satanic-named, single varietal dominance, dark and moody but energetic and high-toned, perfect for Ozzy Osbourne the self-styled 'Prince of Darkness'. Made in Washington State by Charles Smith, who not only looks like a roadie but managed Scandinavian rock bands in Europe for nearly a decade before turning his attention to wine...
AC/DC - Whole lotta Rosie (1977)
This also plays to the adolescent male - but a red blooded, hot headed Australian one who is singing about the most incredible night he's ever had with a fantastic, huge woman (Rosie). Wonderful blues foundation (slow the tune down and you have classic blues). Low complexity, but wonderfully clean, fruity and great, great fun. No Snobs allowed.
Red Car Rose, 2014
The one pun I allowed myself and unforgivable if I'd brought a lean, anaemic Provencal effort to the party - but this very powerful, fruit-driven pink Pinot from Sonoma really is a while lotta Rose. Whole-bunch pressed with flavours of tangerine, pink grapefruit and cherries.
Motorhead - Overkill (1979)
And so punk arrived. It turned the musical world on it's head. And heavy rock was blown away by it. And Motorhead was born - perhaps the original heavy, heavy metal band. No one made stuff like this. Raw, unbelievably powerful, relentless, taste bud numbing, and completely over the top. With an unstoppable and almost infinite finish. once heard, never forgotten. (Maybe never liked either!).
Armand de Brignac ('Ace of Spades') Brut Gold NV
Whilst the brand is more often associated with another genre of music, thanks to owner Jay-Z, the Ace of Spades, alluding to Motorhead's most famous song, has similarly persuasive impact and unmistakeable presence. Showing impressive balance and persistence - this was also a killer combo with the tempura oyster that was paired with it.
Music selections and accompanying notes c/o Charles Garthwaite.
Tune in next week for the final part!
Written by Tom Harrow
Published on: November 9, 2016