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adulthood and then middle age. In the final verse of the song, as an older
man, he reflects on his past with a sense of nostalgia and satisfaction, as one
might recall a great wine:
But now the days grow short, I'm in the autumn of the year
And now I think of my life as vintage wine from fine old kegs
But from the brim to the dregs, it poured sweet and clear
It was a very good year
We started this article with the late, great Don Ho, and we leave you with
the words of Joni Mitchell and her memorable song “A Case of You”.11 In the
song, the protagonist suffers a sense of loneliness and a longing for home
while at the same time clinging to a romance she knows is doomed. To
demonstrate the strength of her attraction to her lover, she compares him
Oh you’re in my blood like holy wine
You taste so bitter and so sweet
Oh I could drink a case of you darling
Still I’d be on my feet
Oh I would still be on my feet
MARQUÉS DE MURRIETA CASTILLO YGAY GRAN RESERVA ESPECIAL
The authors had an opportunity to taste and purchase some of the wines
from this venerable Rioja estate two years ago, and this one was our “wine
of the year” in 2019. Crafted from eighty-one per cent Tempranillo and nineteen
per cent Mazuelo, all of which comes from a single vineyard known as
“La Plana”, you will not easily find a more complex and elegant red. The
Castillo Ygay is made from only the best vintages and is admittedly expensive.
But fear not, for the Gran Reserva Limited Edition (made in certain
years and aged for 24 months in American oak) is available for about $74,
and the Reserva (made every year and aged for 18 months) is available for
about $48. All of them are excellent.
1. From the song “Bobcaygeon” by the Tragically Hip,
from the album Phantom Power, released in 1999.
2. Indeed, Messrs Lennon and McCartney were only 26
and 24, respectively, when they recorded this song,
and 64 probably seemed old to them too.
3. Released in 1977 on the album The Stranger.
4. Written by Matraca Berg and Gary Harrison,
released in 1996 on the album Did I Shave My Legs
for This? The song won a Grammy for “Best Country
5. Featured on the album Last Man on Earth in 2001.
6. Words and music by Freddy Mercury, from “Killer
Queen” on the album Sheer Heart Attack.
7. Words and music by Glenn Frey, Don Felder and
Don Henley, and released in 1977 on the album
Hotel California, which won a Grammy for “Record
of the Year” in 1978.
8. The subject of the song lived in a “little hotel, older
than hell, cold and as dark as a mine”.
9. By Jimmy Page and Robert Plant and featured on the
album Led Zeppelin IV, released in 1971.
10. “Wine After Whiskey” was written by Dave Berg,
Tom Shapiro and Carrie Underwood and appears
on her 2012 album Blown Away.
11. From the 1971 album Blue.