When the band Train released the single “Drops of Jupiter” back in 2001, it was an instant hit. The popular song won two Grammies, including Grammy Award for Best Rock Song. Train has again released Drops of Jupiter, but this time it’s a wine. We got our first taste of the gorgeous 2010 Drops of Jupiter Petite Sirah yesterday and we are pretty sure (and happy) that Train has found its second calling.
Image by Cindy Ann Baldwin via Trainline Wine Blog
Jimmy Stafford, lead guitarist for Train, and fellow band member Pat Monahan really are wine enthusiasts…maybe even wine geeks! What does Jimmy do before a show? Sip a glass of the band’s Petite Syrah. And after the show? It’s another Train wine, “Calling all Angels” Chardonnay. When touring, it’s not all all unusual to find these guys out tasting local wines. Just listen to Jimmy, who says his wine cellar is his man cave, gush about Drops of Jupiter:
Fruit-forward, insanely loveable full-bodied Petite Sirah. The minute you uncork the bottle, the boysenberry fruit leaps from your glass. With soft, supple tannins, this wine is great with food or without. Serve it at cellar temperature to allow the flavors to evolve in the glass. Cheers, Jimmy and Train
Jimmy and Pat’s passion for grapes has even made its way into their latest music video for the single “Drive By,” with scenic drives through wine country and playful grape stomping clips.
Train created the Save Me, San Fransisco Wine Co. and collaborated with Concannon Vineyard to craft Drops of Jupiter. Concannon is legendary – it was the first winery to label an American Petite Sirah back in the 60s and it was the first successful U.S. winery in founded by an Irish immigrant.
The man behind Train’s wines is Adam Richardson, a 45-year-old Aussie Navy-man turned winemaker. His style of wine making – unapologetically fruit-forward and approachable – shines in the Drops of Jupiter Petite Syrah. Adam likes focusing on small lot techniques, which tame the tannins to make a wine that easy to drink without sacrificing all the depth and complexity that is uniquely found in Petite Sirah. “Just like music, we believe that wine should be accessible,” says Stafford. “…one can share and revel in Drops of Jupiter moments with the ones they love.”
Want to get your bottle? LetsPour has it! Click here to get Train’s Drops of Jupiter Petite Sirah. Oh, and did we mention that Train donates a third of the profits from wine sales Family House in San Francisco, which provides temporary housing to the families of sick children.