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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Susan Tedeschi & Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc

One again I find myself wide awake at 4:00 AM in a foreign country. Fortunately the day looks light: A 3 hour ride on a high speed train to Paris, the afternoon free, and an evening dinner with a scientist who could be a very exciting collaborator. But for now, how about some music? Born November 9, 1971, Susan Tedeschi is a blues and soul musician who has received multiple Grammy nominations. She’s known for her soulful singing and blues guitar, and her marriage to Derek Trucks, the slide playing blues guitarist for the Allman brothers has enhanced her music by adding an extra dimension to her creativity.

Back in 1995, her then boyfriend, Boston musician Tim Gearan taught Tedeschi how to play blues guitar. It must have set her on fire because it was then she really began to hone her skills on the instrument. Since then, she’s opened for the likes of B. B. King, John Mellencamp, the Allman Brothers Band, and Buddy Guy. In 2003, she even opened for the Rolling Stones.

Musically, she’s been influenced by Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Freddie King, and Doyle Bramhall II. In 2001, she married Derek Trucks whom she met when she was the opening act on the Allman Brothers Band’s 1999 tour. With Tedeschi’s powerful vocals and Derek Trucks playing incredible slide guitar, they compliment one another like no other blues couple and now tour as the Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band. And if you want to see two of the greatest slide guitarists add a bit of Allman Brothers flavor to Tedeschi’s act, check out Comin Home. Warren Haynes wailing like no other can. If you like the blues, you’re going to love them. Enjoy!

When I left Lincoln, winter had hit with a vengeance, meaning snow, ice, cold, and crummy driving. It makes me long for the days of summer and sitting in the yard with a chilled Sauvignon Blanc. In fact, I’m going to live in that memory and suggest you get a bottle of Cloudy Bay Sauv, chill it, and stare at a picture that reminds you of summer, even if you do have the fireplace going.

Along with the Sauvs from Kim Crawford and Whitehaven, Cloudy bay is one of my favorite New Zealand wines. Its color is a pale green with fragrances of ripe stone fruit and citrus. The subtle grapefruit flavor that I so love in New Zealand Sauvs comes out in the palate, zesty and succulent. This is a plush Sauv with a lingering crisp finish. Oh yeah, can’t you just feel the sunshine, can’t you just feel the moonshine…that’s James Taylor going to Carolina, which doesn’t sound like a bad idea. Here in the Netherlands, I’ll let the memory cut through the cold drizzle and take me back to blues on the iPod and a classic Sauvignon Blanc in my glass.


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