Wine Pairing with The Cure’s “Three Imaginary Boys”
Forlorn Hope “Nacre”
The Semillon grape is not well known by the average American wine consumer. Originally hailing from southwestern France, it was mainly used in dessert wines.
However, Sémillons grown in Australia’s Hunter Valley have started to make a lot of joyful noise around the world. They are generally un-oaked, and can age for decades while still maintaining it’s acidity.
This particular version of Semillon comes from Yountville, California(Napa Valley) and is made by amazing winery, “Forlorn Hope”. They use farm dry farmed(no irritation) and organically treated vines. After the grapes finish fermentation in stainless steel tanks, they were bottled in June of 2014 in order to allow the significant portion of the wine’s aging and development to occur under cork. To this end, it was aged five years in bottle prior to its release in the winter of 2019.
Like a speeding train, crisp acids race down the back of your tongue. Zesty citrus fruits immediately reveal themselves, yet there is still a richness on the palette with hints of beeswax and jalapeño on the long finish. Drink with food or by itself. This wine can stay open for a LONG time and will continue to change and add different flavors then the previous day. Good luck not finishing this on the first day though.
The Cure “Three Imaginary Boys”
“Three Imaginary Boys” is the first studio album from the “Cure”. No one can deny the rawness that they bring to their music. On the surface one might think that the primitive guitar riffs, toy drumming and spoken/atonal style of singing makes them unremarkable. However, when these qualities come together, they can fill you with electricity and make you feel like a rebellious 16 year old again.
I chose to pair this album with Forlorn Hope’s “Nacre” because when the energy from the wine combines with the music, it feels like two supernovas colliding to merge and become one. You will definitely find me dancing around the house in my underwear with a glass filled to the brim whilst singing into the bottle like a microphone.
With songs like “10:15 Saturday Night”, “Another Day” and “Grinding Halt”, the messages feel just as relevant or if not more than they did when they made this album 41 years ago. https://www.thecure.com/release/three-imaginary-boys/
Music & Wine Column by Eric Benny Bloom
Eric Bloom is a New Orleans based trumpet player for the psychadelic funk band, Lettuce. While Lettuce has been touring the country and the world, Benny has been developing his knowledge and love of natural wines.