The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of travel, at the height of cold and flu season. We spent four days at sea aboard the Carnival Legend, where we hosted the first annual Barenaked Ladies’ Ships and Dip cruise. Yes, that’s right—we spent days in the middle of the ocean with 2,500 of our biggest fans. Were we scared? You bet. Was it fun? Sure was.
In fact, it was even better than any of us had expected. We played a whole bunch of concerts, did solo shows, jammed with other bands, took a million photos, signed lots of autographs and generally had a great time. It made me think that this might be a miniature musical equivalent of Wine Spectator’s New York and California Wine Experiences: an opportunity to experience some of your favorites, try something new, and rub shoulders with the people who make something you spend so much time sharing with friends and family. That's why, as a wine fan, I’d love to attend one of the events; though I’ve never been to one, I may finally get my chance this year.
On the boat, the wine selection ranged from ordinary bar plonk to some decent selections in the dining room. (Good buys hidden among some of the overpriced wines included 2001 Tignanello for $80 and 1996 Château de Beaucastel for slightly more.) But the most fun I had with wine on the cruise was leading a wine tasting for the fans. The group was disparate; some of them were residents of Sonoma and seasoned tasters, others were complete neophytes. We tasted a range of varieties and styles, and for many there, it was a chance to finally understand what we mean when we use vivid descriptors to talk about wines—that it’s an opportunity to discuss, share and debate a common experience. The whole event was done with the usual Barenaked flair, that is, with fun and irreverence, but with a focus on enjoyment and understanding.
Sheri Codiana — Sunnyvale, CA — February 1, 2007 11:26am ET
R M Kriete — February 2, 2007 2:48pm ET
Lorenzo Erlic — victoria canada — February 3, 2007 12:40am ET
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