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Monday, October 17, 2011

Trace Bundy and Whitehaven Pinot Noir

Trace Bundy is the original Acoustic Ninja, so called for his legato and tapping skills. As you’ll see in the videos linked below, he can often be found using both hands on the fretboard, creating intricate arpeggios and chordal structures. Born a Minnesotan, he now lives in Colorado.

His music uses harmonics, looping, multiple capos, and his unique banter that all adds up to a unique and unforgettable style. Trace is an independent and has sold over 67,000 albums on his own record label, Honest Ninja Music. Quite an accomplishment for and Indie. He’s won a few accolades that include being named "Most Promising New Talent" of 2008 by Acoustic Guitar Magazine, as well as winning third place in the magazine's "Best Fingerstyle Guitarist" category the same year.  Whatever you do, don’t miss his Oldies Medley. For those of us old enough to remember, he’s got some great songs. See if you can recognize all of them. Last but not least, check out his rendition of a Metallica song played on, of all things, his iPhone. A definite salute to Steve Jobs. Enjoy!

I’m going to pair Trace with one of my favorite Pinot Noirs, a 2008 vintage from   Whitehaven in New Zealand ($21.00). Established in 1994, Whitehaven Wine Company is a small, privately-owned winery located in Blenheim, New Zealand. Whitehaven winemaker Sam Smail focuses on producing brilliant, distinctive, award-winning premium Sauvignon Blanc (one of the best) and Pinot Noir from the world renowned Marlborough region of New Zealand. The wine is deep ruby and garnet colored with rich cherry and plum aromas and hints of spice and oak. The palate is light to medium bodied with a soft velvet texture, supported by flavors of cherry, vanilla, and spice with a firm, lingering finish. This is a very nice, eminently quaffable Pinot. Great for enjoying a cool autumn evening in front of the fireplace with a good book and the music of Trace Bundy. Enjoy!


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