I know the words to a lot of songs. Not bragging, believe me - it’s taking up valuable real estate up in there. State capitals? Basic formulas in Excel? Nope. My brain went all-in on the entire Beatles catalogue, 80s pop, 60’s soul, Tom Waits, Cole Porter, and thousands of cheesy oddities I don’t want to know- or even know I know, until they are on the radio or at some wedding. Toto’s "Africa". Candyman’s "Knockin’ the Boots", an ABBA B-side, Jim Croce. Taylor Swift. As I type this, Color me Badd is creeping in. It is badd.
And I’m rarely wrong about the lyrics. They all just kind of stick. But when I’m off I’m way off . I dedicated a whole newsletter to Sam Cooke singing about “chicken slacks”. I thought the chorus of ABC’s "Poison Arrow" was “She’s got a poison afro” (How would that even make sense?). Don’t ask, I was little and stupid. And not alone. It ran in the family. When the outro of Paul Young’s "Everytime You Go Away (You Take a Piece of Me With You)” played in the van, my little brother (age 5 or so) shyly inquired: “Mom, why does she take a piece of meat with her?. At least Timothy was a child- my mom had little excuse singing about “Dirty Dean and the Thunderchief' before being called out on having no business with AC/DC's "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap". This is also the same woman who thought Fogerty was howling “There's a bathroom on the right” on CCR's "Bad Moon Rising"...
But these misunderstandings are always hilarious to me, whether it’s my friend who thought the opening lines to "Brown-Eyed Girl" were “Hey, white amigo!” or another who heard Jimi Hendrix sing: “Excuse me… while I kiss this guy”. Sometimes we hear what we want and things just stick.
Tonight we’re focusing on a couple misunderstood varietals. A sort of "if you don't know, now you know" tasting. Up first: Muscadet. Cursed with sounding a lot like Muscat or Moscato (often a rather sweet wine), the Melon de Bourgogne grape of Muscadet is dry, stony, bright, and pure. Many of you know this already, but we’re going to set things straight for those who misheard. Cabernet Franc is the featured varietal for our red flight this evening. Not simply “French Cabernet” as a handful of folks may have heard, and quite unlike many bold, new world interpretations of this varietal- Cab Franc is not particularly “Cab like” at all. Often light or medium-bodied, Cab Franc can be elegant, lovely and lively, with wonderfully aromatic qualities. We’ll be pouring and exploring 3 of each of these often misunderstood varietals tonight from 4-8. The first two wines in the flight will be from the Loire Valley and the third wine in each flight will be a dynamic domestic expression. I’m hyped on this lineup. I think you will be too. Come check these out tonight!
THURSDAY NIGHT FLIGHTS 1/26
$12 tasting flights – 3 reds or 3 whites - tonight from 4 to 8pm
2015 Domaine de la Pepiere Muscadet
2015 Louis Metaireau Muscadet
2015 Bow & Arrow Melon Willamette Valley, OR
2013 Domaine de Nerloux "Clos des Chatains" Saumur Champigny
2015 Domaine du Bel Air "Jour du Soif" Bourgueil
2014 Inconnu Cabernet Franc Sonoma, CA