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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Paul Gilbert & Lattanzio Family Syrah

Paul Gilbert, born November 6, 1966, is an American shredder guitarist. He is well known for his technical guitar work with Racer X and Mr. Big, as well as many solo albums and numerous collaborations and guest appearances with other musicians.
He was voted # 4 on GuitarOne magazine’s list of the "Top 10 Greatest Guitar Shredders of All Time", and holds a spot in Guitar World’s list of the 50 Fastest Guitarists of All Time. His guitar playing is reminiscent of Yngwie Malmsteen, with his fast-driven solos and extreme-level technique. Gilbert gained recognition as one of the fastest guitar players in the world due to incredibly technical pieces like "Technical Difficulties" "Frenzy", "Scarified", "Y.R.O." and "Scit Scat Wah".

In 1988 he left Racer X to join with Billy Sheehan in forming Mr. Big. Gilbert continued playing in Mr. Big until the late 1990s. He left the band in 1997 to pursue a solo career. Although he’s a shredder, he has an interest in classical pieces, which he adapts to his guitar style, several of which are included below.  This is “pump it up” music to get you up for the weekend, so let’s get to it. Enjoy!

I’m pairing Paul Gilbert with a 2007Lattanzio Family Syrah, Sonoma Valley. This wine is sourced from fruit taken from Fedrick Ranch, a Syrah vineyard planted with clones from the great appellations of France’s Northern Rhône – Cornas, Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie. These cool-climate appellations produce the world’s greatest Syrahs.

It’s a vivid, deep purple and from beginning to end the wine has a fragrance of blueberries, blackberries, and violets with flavors that match the aroma. Its taste will send shivers down your spine as the first burst of sweet dark fruit combines with the fresh spiciness that makes up one heck of a bottle of wine. As the wine breathes, the spiciness grows in classic Syrah fashion. It’s a muscular wine to go with the muscle guitar of Paul Gilbert. Enjoy!


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