I know that normally I talk about wine and Derek talks about music, but today I’m going to talk about both, but mostly music. Because Derek and I saw The Pixies last night and it was amazing… absolutely, amazing.

When I think about The Pixies, I don’t think about wine. I think
about rocking out to "Here Comes Your Man" in my best friend’s room. I think about sneaking out at night just to walk around the neighborhood. I think about my first beer and my first cigarette. I think about the lifeguard at my local pool who must have noticed some spark in this chubby girl on the verge of adolescence, because he gave me a dubbed tape of Doolittle, and it changed me. I started listening to the Pixies and they were dark and frightening and sexy and exciting and it made me realize that my life was just beginning and there was a lot more out there than prep school and country clubs and suburbia.

Seeing them last night, 20 years later and playing Doolittle live from start to finish was a transcendent experience. I behaved like a teenager. I bounced up and down, whipped me head around and screamed at the top of my lungs. And yes, today I feel as if I was beaten about the neck and shoulders with a lead pipe, but I also feel giddy. I feel like once again, I’ve been awakened. I feel like I’ve been pulled back out of the doldrums I was falling into. I remember what it’s like to feel like you’re on the verge of something, that the best is yet to come.

We decided to pair this album with the 2006 Tablas Creek Tannat. How did we arrive at this decision, you may ask? Well, it’s a California wine with European undertones. Tannat is a strange, obscure grape from the Basque country that is dark and sexy and mysterious. It’s known for its big tannins and needs to be made in a way that tames the grape into submission. It’s bottled rage. The Tablas Creek Tannat is somehow new and somehow old world. It’s transcendent. It’s strong and soft at the same time. It’s a velvety and luscious wine with big red fruit and notes of tobacco, coffee and leather. It is also a wine that even with a bit of age, is still going strong. For all of these reasons, and the fact that it is just a plain awesome wine, we recommend listening to The Pixies’ Doolittle while drinking a bottle of 2006 Tablas Creek Tannat- Head banging and jumping up and down,optional.