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Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Rolling Stones & Costa de Oro Pinot Noir

I’m bringing the weekend to a close with the Rolling Stones, a group that was almost as influential as the Beatles and is still going strong today. While the early Beatles had a clean cut image, the Stones were the bad boys. The group was originally formed by guitarist Brian Jones who hired most of the others. But alcohol and drugs took their toll on him and in June, 1969 he was asked to leave the group. A month later, he was found dead in his swimming pool. He was replaced by Mick Taylor, but Mick was a true lead guitarist and didn’t fit the style of the group. He was replaced in 1975 by Ron Wood, a former member of Jeff Beck’s band, and continues with the group today.

One of the Stone’s most infamous incidents was a concert they gave at Altamont California. It was rumored that, on the recommendation of the Grateful Dead, the Stones hired members of Hells Angels as the security. The rumor has been denied over the years. Regardless, the concert was marred by excessive violence. One man was stabbed to death in front of the cameras. Hit-and-run drivers killed two people and scores were injured.

As a someone who lived through the Viet Nam war era and sweated out the draft, their song “Gimme Shelter” has always been a favorite of mine. The video I’ve included has pictures characteristic of the times. Check out the lyrics sometime. They are quite poignant.

The weather was like spring yesterday. To me, mild weather means Pinot Noir, so with the Stones, I recommend a 2010 Costa de Oro Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County. It’s a lighter, spicy style of Pinot Noir with strawberry and cherry fruit aromas. The sweet red fruit aromas are carried onto a palate full of fresh baked cherry pie with a buttery vanilla crust.  A very nice Pinot Noir for drinking with the music of history. Enjoy!


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