Rock group Train launches new wine

Rock group
Train has announced they'll be bottling "drops of Jupiter" in a new wine label that will launch this month.

In addition to being the guitarist for the San Francisco-based group Train, Jimmy Stafford is an oenophile and has been keeping a blog called the Train Wine Club where he announced that the group will be launching their Drops of Jupiter Petite Sirah 2009 wine - named after their 2001 Grammy-award winning song - this month.

"The minute you uncork the bottle, the boysenberry fruit leaps from your glass," Stafford wrote on the new wine website.

The wine is described as an approachable vintage, soft, with supple tannins that can be consumed with food or on its own.

He also advises drinking the wine at cellar temperatures to allow flavors to "evolve" in the glass.

Their new wine label will be called the Save Me San Francisco Wine Company! and is in association with Concannon Vineyard.

Train is a San Francisco-based rock group whose most recent 2009 Grammy-nominated song "Hey Soul Sister" reached No. 1 in 16 countries. The song was from their latest 2009 album Save Me, San Franciso.

Part of the proceeds will also go to Family House, a non-profit organization which offers temporary housing to families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at the University of San Francisco's Benioff Children's Hospital.

In addition to forums for fellow oenophiles where they can share favorite labels - or just fawn over their love of the group - members can also subscribe to a monthly wine club and receive two bottles of wine from California. The inaugural shipment also comes with a free 8-track recording of "Live From the Vine."

Wine Bar Wednesdays features a new wine each week, and Fan Recommendation Fridays highlights all the wines recommended by readers. The group also holds a monthly contest for concert tickets.

It's not an unusual pairing to see rock bands venture into the refined, cultivated world of wines.

British rock group Whitesnake of 1980s fame launched a Zinfandel last year described as "bodacious," "cheeky," and brimming with the "spicy essence of sexy."

Kiss also has a wine dubbed "The Destroyer" bottle, a 2004 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that sold for $100.

And Sting and Dave Matthews also have their own vineyards.

The Drops of Jupiter Petite Sirah will be available July 18 and can be ordered presale now. One bottle is $9.99.

Visit http://savemesfwineco.com/ for more info.

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