For this week's Wine and Music pairing, we have a Michigan based 5 piece band called Frontier Ruckus and a 2005 Petit Sirah from California based Ursa Vineyards .
The wine and the music both have a rustic and laid back feel which is very rewarding when the two are enjoyed together. Special thanks to the band's label Quite Scientific for letting us post this track 5 weeks before release date. I can only assume from the statement below that folks at Ursa Vineyards would also approve of this pairing.
“We love wine and want everyone else to love it too. We encourage people to taste everything, have fun with pairings & break a few rules.” - Ursa Vineyards
Ursa Vineyards - 2005 Petit Sirah Vineyard Blend
Wine Style: Red: Petit Sirah
Wine Region: California - Paso Robles / Sierra Foothills / Central Coast
Wine Year: 2005
Wine Label: Ursa Vineyards
Wine Link:Ursa Vineyards Petit Sirah
Wine Description: This 2005 Vineyard Blend is a mixture of the Ursa Vineyard's 2005 roster of Petite Sirahs. It includes 33% of their Central Coast, 33% of their Sierra Foothills, and 33% of their Paso Robles. 425 cases of the Vineyard Blend were produced. It is a fruity and dark wine with a deep texture but it is not overwhelming or abrasive. It really opens up in the glass and lingers on the palate.
Ursa Vineyards is a collaborative effort between a husband and a wife team who both used to work for David Bruce. All of the fruit is fermented in small fermenters and worked by hand. The handmade approach which this band and this winery take in creating their products offers a very credible and “vintage” experience which is especially present when pairing the two. The barn included on the website for Ursa Vineyards looks like just the sort of place you would find the band Frontier Ruckus performing their songs.
Music Style: Folk: Americana
Music Region: Orion Town, Michigan
Music Year: 2008
Music Label: Quite Scientific
Music Link: Frontier Ruckus
Frontier Ruckus, as their name alludes, is as honest and down-home Americana as you can get (banjos/story telling) yet maintains a strong sense innovation and modern appeal (one of the more interesting and dynamic websites I have seen in a while). In the same way which the wine is a blend of local regional grapes, so too is this band which includes artists from a few different Michigan regions.
The band's first album, titled The Orion Songbook (Orion Town is a made up place), is full of mystical lyrics and story telling extravagance. This album is a lyrical roller coaster taking the listener on a wild ride of words and phraseology that can truly be appreciated when you view the entire hand-written “scroll” of lyrics on their website.
The track included with this post is called “Dark Autumn Hour” and is a perfect track for sunset in October with a glass of this Petit Sirah from Ursa Vineyards. For added context, check out the band performing this song live.
Dark Autumn Hour
Adam Rabinovitz is Senior Director of Retail Marketing at IODA, the global leader in digital distribution, marketing, and technology solutions for the independent music industry. IODA distributes music from over 4000 labels, representing over 50 different countries and over 170 different genre styles.