A few weeks ago, my friend Adrienne and I went to go see Wonder Woman. Afterwards, we were filled with an unreasonable amount of vigor and chutzpah and definitely didn’t want to go home. Adrienne asked me if I wanted to go see her coworker perform in a punk show. I said “SURE!” So we blasted some music and headed to Midtown. It was in some record/thrift store that I’d never been to and the only beverage being sold was canned beer for cash. I looked around and noted that we were definitely the oldest people there with the median age probably being 23. It was fine, we drank our PBR and watched as a band full of dudes stripped down to their boxers and proceeded to play a song. They were sweaty and not in the best shape, but it was pretty funny and made for a great Instagram story. I’m not sure if funny was what they were going for, but we were amused. We eventually headed home since Adrienne has a toddler and I have two cats to take care of or whatever, but I’m sure the party lasted well into the night.
Inspired by our punk rock adventure, Adrienne and her husband Daniel decided to throw a punk rock band party. They are legit the coolest parents out there. So the premise was that we would get together, record the worst version of a Devo song ever and drink copious amounts of beer. I’m not a huge beer drinker, so I decided to bring a bottle of wine. I asked my wine guy what the most punk rock wine in the shop was and he suggested Mouton Noir’s Horseshoes & Hand Grenades. I’d had this wine once before on election night and enjoyed it despite being thrown into a pit of despair (from the election, not the wine). The musically-inclined recorded the song while the rest of us created album art. The majority of people in attendance work for The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (where I used to work) so the album art was actually pretty legit.
The wine smells like tobacco and leather and tastes like big dark fruits like blackberries, bing cherries and plums. It is tart but jammy. The Horseshoes & Hand Grenades is made of a blend of Oregon Syrah and Washington Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. You’d think a big bold red wouldn’t be ideal for a summer night, but we’ve had a bit of a coldsnap in KC (a.k.a. it’s like in the 70’s and 80’s which is uncommon for June) so it’s pretty perfect. I paired this with a Tangerine La Croix, which is a flavor I have never had and am now obsessed with, and some pizza while I colored in the lovely album art created by real artists. It was wonderful. Oh, I should mention, the band’s name is U Cunt Touch This so there were a lot of vagina drawings in the album art. It was a fantastic night and a great wine. You can check out the song and some of our album art below.
Girl U Want by U Cunt Touch This