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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Joss Stone and Stolpman Vineyards Rose Santa Ynez Valley

I realize tonight’s  featured artist isn’t a guitarist, but there’s some very nice guitar in the videos I’ve linked to below.  Jocelyn Eve Stoker (born 11 April 1987), better known by her stage name Joss Stone, is in my humble opinion, the finest blues/soul singer working today (apologies to Adel). Stone rose to fame in late 2003 with her multi-platinum debut album, “Soul Sessions.” She was born in Dover, Kent, and spent her teen years in Ashill, a small villiage near Cullompton in Devon. She attended the Uffculme Comprehensive School, but left at the age of 16, as she says, not because she was stupid, but because she suffered from dyslexia and as a result was more artistic than academic.

Her soulful singing style developed as she grew up listening to a wide variety of music including 1960s and 1970s American R&B and soul music performed by such artists as Dusty Springfield and Aretha Franklin, the latter one of her idols.

Her second album, “Mind, Body, and Soul” debuted at number one on the U.K. charts and she became the youngest person to ever top the British charts. She’s had a varied career touring, recording, acting, and producing, yet she’s only 26. Yikes! She’s gonna be a monster…as if she’s not already. Hope you enjoy one of the best soul vocalists on the scene today.

Here comes the rain again:
Tell me what we’re gonna do now:
Summertime (with LeAnn Rimes):
People get ready (with Jeff Beck):
I put a spell on you (with Jeff Beck):  
Stop dragging my heart around (with Rob Thomas):
Hot legs (with Rod Stewart):

Joss Stone’s cool rendition of summertime with LeAnn Rimes calls for a cool wine and I suggest a 2012 Stolpman Vineyards Rose Santa Ynez Valley ($17.00). I am a big fan of Stolpman Vineyard’s Syrah, one of the best I’ve ever tasted and at a price that can’t be beat. Likewise, this rosé, a blend of Grenache (60%) and Sangiovese (40%), can’t be beat for a fantastic summer wine. The wine is rose colored with Ferrari red highlights. It’s filled with aromas of strawberries, rhubarb, and a touch of citrus. The flavors follow the nose with loads of berries and a hint of cinnamon spice. It’s a fresh, fruity wine, very refreshing chilled, which you’ll want when you hear the hot soulful voice of Joss Stone. Enjoy!


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