The priority of Boz Scaggs is still music as he is performing with Michael McDoald and Donald Fagen on a cross country tour that comes to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on October 1. But now he is as much involved with wine as he is with music. He is known as the most engaging rhythm ’n’ blues artist since the 70s but he has now created his own wine brand, Scaggs Vineyard and its first wines are supposed to hit the market soon.
He along with his wife launched his wines, a rose and a blend of aromatic Rhone varietals at a celebratory wine dinner hosted by chef Sean O’Tool. Ken Bernards, the man behind Ancien is making the wines for Scaggs. The hillside vineyard was planted over three years starting in 1998. The 2.5 acres of the vineyard stretches at an altitude of 1,100 to 1,400 feet.
It contains syrah, mourvedre and Grenache. They have added some cunoise in 2007 and most important the vineyard has been declared and certified organic since 2005. Scaggs was sharing the story about his vineyard and wines with the guests, “We made our first wine in 2000 and have experimented over the years, testing techniques and blends, learning more about our grapes, our soil, our preferences. Each harvest has a story to tell.”