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Movies, music and Bordeaux wine according to The Dandy Warhols

nov022010 001.jpgThe Dandy Warhols' lead singer Courtney Taylor-Taylor and keyboardist Zia McCabe stopped by our studio before their show at Le National.

They're promoting their greatest hits album.

And they are aren't afraid to share their opinions on many topics.

Courtney Taylor-Taylor maintains a one-sentence movie review page on the band's Web site.

And Zia McCabe shares her picks for music, movies, books, food and cars.

While waiting outside of the Homerun studio, Courtney was reading "The Gun Seller" by Hugh Laurie.

"The worst thing about it is that it is going to end," he says. "It's the most fun I've had with my clothes on. I hope Hugh Laurie isn't sleeping in. I hope he's up working on another book or I'm going to be pissed off!"

Courtney says his favourite thing about Montreal is the great restaurants and the facility with which he can buy Bordeaux wines.  


"It's hard to find good wine in America because everyone is drinking the $#!& from the Napa Valley."

He says his love of Bordeaux wine started when he was being taken out to dinner on record company budgets and drinking $500 a bottle wine.

"I didn't like it," he laments.

He wondered why others were describing wine drinking as a euphoric experience while he was barely tolerating it. "I was only drinking it to get drunk."

So Courtney Taylor-Taylor decided to hold a series of dinner parties at his house, starting with mixed cases of wine and guests like The Stokes, The Vines, David Bowie and Duran Duran.  

He told his guests, "You'll get drunk and forget which one you like, so write it on your wrist."

At the end of each dinner party, he went back to his wine merchant to his picks. The merchant told him, "You have the wine palate of an old French person."

And his love of Bordeaux was born.

"The first words I learned that always got me good wine were Chateauneuf-du-Pape."

Courtney Taylor-Taylor's other wine recommendations:

  • Chateau Villars 2001 "Fantastic wine."
  • Clos les Lunelles 2000
  • For Italian wine, Barbaresco always seems to be awesome.

Courtney Taylor-Taylor now has a wine cellar with hundreds of bottles of wine. The oldest Bordeaux is from the 1950s, and the oldest bottle dates back to 1845.

Not bad for someone who once struggled to tolerate wine.