Hosted by former Rolling Stone staff writer and New York Times Bestselling author Anthony Bozza, Winyl is where wine meets music. In each episode, a life-changing record chosen by our guest is paired with a wine chosen by our host. Offbeat, educational, and candid, Winyl is wine and music education wrapped in offbeat, witty, and illuminating banter. Recorded live in our studio inside Sauced wine bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Winyl features guests involved in the arts or food and beverage world, all of whom share our passion for music, wine, and creativity.
Bonus Episode 6: Mick Fleetwood sits down to discuss his legendary career with Fleetwood Mac, the music of his youth and meeting his idols
Iconic drummer Mick Fleetwood has been playing in bands professionally since the age of fifteen. He began on the English blues scene in the early sixties before cofounding Fleetwood Mac, the group that bears his name, in 1967.
Anthony became Mick’s official biographer in 2015, when the pair wrote Mick’s autobiography Play On, and this chat captures their easy simpatico. Sitting in a Manhattan hotel a day before Fleetwood Mac played Madison Square Garden, the pair ran through Mick’s greatest hits and biggest influences in rock n roll. Split into early groundbreaking artists and the next generation to follow their lead, the conversation demanded two expressions of the same grape, Mick’s favorite, the ethereal Gamay. We chose a 2017 Morgon for its earthy, dark chocolate tones to reflect the originators and a fresh and spicy 2017 Edmunds St John Bone Jolly Gamay to reflect the innovators.
Guest: Mick Fleetwood
Album: Too many to name
Wines: Marcel Lapierre, Morgon 2017 and Edmunds St. John, Bone-Jolly Gamay Noir 2017
Bonus Episode 5: Jared Scharff stops by to discuss Radiohead, his solo project Pearl Lion and his time on SNL
For over a decade Jared Scharff was the lead guitarist for the Saturday Night Live Band, as he still was when we did this interview during the freewheeling, pre-pandemic Before Times. He has since left the show and relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a songwriter, a session musician, and a solo artist, releasing music under the name Pearl Lion. The move seems to have paid off: on his own and as part of the production team Queen Sixties, Scharff has been a part of four albums that debuted at Number 1 in the past two years, by a diverse range of artists from Da Baby to Machine Gun Kelly.
Jared joined Anthony to discuss Radiohead's iconic 1997 masterpiece Ok Computer. An album of this depth, magnitude, and detail required adequate and appropriate fortification, so Anthony chose two huge names in California Zinfandel, to reflect the album's moody grace and dead-serious themes: a 2018 Ridge East Bench Zin and a 2015 Ravenswood Big River Zin. Two expressions of the same varietal were chosen to mirror both the album's ethereal, angelic harmonies and its gloomy, deep, and dour dissection of contemporary consumer culture.
Guest: Jared Scharff
Album: Radiohead, Ok Computer
Wine: Ridge, East Bench Zin 2018 and Ravenswood, Big River Zin, 2015
Bonus Episode 4: Alan Light drops by to talk Beastie Boys, sampling and his storied career over a bottle of 2016 Leviathan
Alan Light is an insightful journalist who has been editor in chief of Vibe, Spin and Tracks. He is a consultant for the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame whose writing has appeared in Rolling Stone and The New York Times. Alan has authored and co-authored a number of books including Let’s Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain, The Skills to Pay the Bills: The Story of the Beastie Boys and My Cross to Bear, with Gregg Allman. He is also the cohost of Debatable with Mark Goodman on Sirius XM Volume.
Alan dropped in to discuss the Beastie Boys’ sophomore album, the 1989 classic Paul’s Boutique, over a bottle of exquisite 2016 Leviathan. Recorded over two years, the album is a masterwork of layered samples, a freewheeling hip hop opus that dropped before sampling laws became an income stream for music publishing companies. According to a 2011 article in The Atlantic, if released that year, the album would cost Capitol Records $20 million in sampling clearance fees. Paul’s Boutique established the Beasties as visionaries beyond the party boy antics of their debut, License to Ill. It seemed fitting to pair this layered and powerful hip hop classic with a wine that is a similar behemoth. Leviathan is a red blend curated by star winemaker Andy Erickson (Screaming Eagle, Harlan, Favia, Mayacamas and more) who, each year, coaxes the best of each varietal in the blend from notable vineyards throughout California, creating, essentially a sampled masterpiece.
Guest: Alan Light
Album: Beastie Boys, Paul’s Boutique
Wine: 2016 Leviathan, Andy Erickson
Bonus Episode 3: Elle Rodriguez, aka @themodernpour, talks bouncing bottles, Jenny Lewis and navigating the wine world as a Mexican-American woman
In our latest Bonus episode, we sit down with Elle Rodriguez a native Los Angeleno wine influencer who goes by the Instagram handle @themodernpour. Anthony and Elle discuss their mutual love and appreciation of indie rock darling Jenny Lewis, pairing her 2019 album On the Line with a complex, aromatic and acidic bottle of Loire Valley Chenin Blanc by Francois Chidaine,. As a Mexican-American, Elle is unique in the wine world, representing women of color in a predominantly white (and blonde and female) subset of the wine related social media universe. Elle has worked long and hard to carve out a niche for other women of color to learn about wine and hopes to bring this experience to the next level through a branded wine club. Elle feels a real kinship with Jenny Lewis, as a fellow L.A. native, a fellow former actress, and an artist who blazed her own trail in the male dominated world of indie rock.
Guest: Elle Rodriguez a.k.a. The Modern Pour
Album: Jenny Lewis, On the Line
Wine: Les Tuffeaux Montlouis Sur Loire, Francois Chidaine 2017
Bonus Episode 2: Alex Skolnick of Testament and the Alex Skolnick Trio discusses his love of jazz and Esbjörn Svensson Trio’s Seven Days of Falling
Alex Skolnick has been a guitar hero since the age of fifteen when he became lead guitarist for the Berkley, CA thrash metal institution Testament. It’s no wonder: his teacher was none other than virtuoso Joe Satriani who, in his years as an instructor, also taught Steve Vai, Charlie Hunter, and Metallica’s Kirk Hammett. Skolnick has also been a member of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and was named one of the greatest guitarists of all time as well as one of the fastest guitarists of all time by Guitar World Magazine.
Skolnick also plays world music and jazz that ranges far afield from what he writes with Testament. Since 2000, he has recorded five records of nimble and engaging original work with The Alex Skolnick Trio which is simply fantastic.
Skolnick dropped in to discuss his storied career with Testament, taking the leap into jazz as a metalhead, the cosmic era of Miles Davis, and the jazz group and record that changed his life: Esbjörn Svensson Trio’s Seven Days of Falling.
EST was a piano-double bass-drums trio formed in 1993 that blurred genres, merging classical, rock, pop, and techno into an inimitable sound that broke the conventional boundaries of what modern jazz can be. Seven Days of Falling, recorded in 2003, is considered the group’s most artful work, charting simultaneously on the pop and jazz charts in Sweden, a milestone for an instrumental album.
We paired this singular, beautiful, moody masterpiece with a stark wine like no other: Recaredo Terrers, Brut Nature Cava 2017. This Spanish sparkling wine has been produced in the traditional hands-on manner since 1924, from organic grapes aged five years on the lees (spent yeast cells used in fermentation), giving the wine sumptuous depth. Typically this imbues sparkling wine with yeast and cream flavors but this wine has none of that. Brut Nature indeed, this zero dosage cava (no further wine/sweetening added in the fermentation process) is crisp, clean, and biting, like a white wine razor across the palette.
Guest: Guitarist Alex Skolnick (Testament, The Alex Skolnick Trio)
Album: Essbjörn Svensson Trio, Seven Days of Falling
Wine: Recaredo Terrers, Brut Nature Cava 2017
Bonus Episode 1: Doug Quint of Big Gay Ice Cream talks Duran Duran, INXS, the bassoon and brut rosé champagne
Doug Quint is the co-founder of Big Gay Ice Cream, a why-not idea that began as a food truck in 2009 and is now a chain in NYC and Philly as well as widely available in retail stores like CVS and Vons across the country. Doug discusses his former life as a professional bassoon player, his deep love of INXS, his dear friend Jane Wiedlin of the Go-Go's, and how he fit the Big Gay aesthetic and flavor into pints fit for big-box retail life. We paired Doug's life-changing record, Duran Duran, Rio with a sumptuous bottle of brut rosé champagne by Billecart-Salmon, a flagship of the two-hundred-year-old house's roster since 1970