When you drink a lot of wine you can get bored. If you stay in the realm of the easy-to-find, affordable bottles, things can start to taste the same. You may be tempted to drink beer for a while, or mix up a few cocktails rather than pop open another bottle of predictable red wine. Thankfully there are plenty of winemakers out their that make it their jobs to keep things interesting, and plenty of wine stores that are willing to stock these distinctive bottles.

Here is a fantastic example: Matteo Correggia's 2007 Anthos. The winery is located in the region of Piedmont, Italy. The grapes that produce this wine are known as Brachetto and they come from vineyards in the Roero. It is a little-known grape that is normally made into one of my favorite inventions ever, the wine that is appropriately named, "Brachetto.".

When you see this word on a bottle hailing from Piedmont you are more often than not looking at a sparkling wine. It may be just frizzante (meaning a little bubbly) but it's going to have some bubbles and it's going to be an awesome color of almost a fuschia-like pinky purple, and it's going to be a little bit sweet. Not syrupy, cloying sweet, but softly and lusciously sweet. It is one of the best things you could possibly serve with dessert, especially anything chocolatey. I could really go on about it for a while if I choose to, it's just that cool.


So, anyways, the Anthos is a still wine, meaning non-bubbly, and a dry wine, meaning not sweet. But, you've got this Brachetto grape that besides making a damn good semi-sweet sparkler also happens to have some of the most description defying aromatics of any grape out there. You say mandarin orange, I say blueberry pie. You say pomegranate and tobacco and I say spice, licorice and cedar. And these are just words that you come up with to try and give yourself an idea of what it is you're experiencing; it's that crazy and unique, you really don't even know what it is you're tasting. But, you like it. It intrigues you. Every sip opens up new flavors, new aromas. On the palate it has the weight of a Beaujolais, but it's like a Beaujolais on acid. A wild, psychedelic Beaujolais fresh out of a Timothy Leary love-in.

So yes, this wine is good, and different and interesting. And so is this album. Like the wine, at times you have no idea what you are listening to, and then all of a sudden you hear a familiar lyric and realize you have been listening to the cover of a song you know well but could barely recognize. But it is good, and it intrigues you and you want to hear more. A unique take on wine with a unique take on music, the perfect pairing when you're feeling a bit bored with the usual.

MATTEO CORREGIA ANTHOS, 2007