5@5 is a daily, food-related list from chefs, writers, political pundits, musicians, actors, and all manner of opinionated people from around the globe.
Robert Louis Stevenson wrote, "wine is bottled poetry" - but Steven Grubbs, the Wine Director of Empire State South in Atlanta and Five and Ten in Athens, Georgia, thinks you can (and should) kick up the tempo a little bit every now and then.
Five Wines Paired with Rock 'n' Roll: Steven Grubbs
1. Buddy Holly, "Rave On" (1958) and Claude Riffault ‘Les Boucauds’ Sancerre (2009)
As soon you get your nose on the Riffault, you want to make Buddy’s opening noise of ‘WELL-HUH-HEH-UH-ELL." Opulent fruit with loads of minerals, too. Like the volume’s turned up to 12. And soon after, you boogie barefoot on Mom and Dad’s rug.
2. Booker T. & the MG’s, "Green Onions" (1962) and Reuscher-Haart’s Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Mosel Riesling (2009)
Maybe make some little shallot rings for your loved one on their birthday? And keep that Piesporter cool but not cold. No need for extremes, man, we’re just feeling."
3. Wilson Pickett, "I’m Down to My Last Heartbreak" (1963) and Robert Sinskey’s Los Carneros Pinot Noir (2008)
But, Rob Sinskey makes wine with both slink and backbone. It promises not to do you wrong. It knows you’ve cried so many nights before. It knows you’re down to your last tears, down to one last heartbreak..."
4. Bo Diddley, "Bo Meets the Monster" (1958) and Charles Joguet’s ‘Clos de la Dioterie’ Chinon (2008)
The result is something unexpected, something grape-y from around the corner. It has muscle, but it has soft spots, too. So good it’s silly."
5. The Rolling Stones, "Under My Thumb" (1966) and Jean-Luc Joillot’s Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Beaune (2008)
It’s about laying it in on rails, behind the beat, about cool menthol and sweet, sweet tone. You mastered the racing wild cheetah. And what was the key to everything? That there’s power in restraint."
Is there someone you'd like to see in the hot seat? Let us know in the comments below and if we agree, we'll do our best to chase 'em down.
« Previous entryA mission of hope in an urban garden