by Deb Rao
– Senior Columnist —
In this Exclusive interview for Hardrock Haven, Warrant guitarist Erik Turner talks about the release of Warrants new wine I Saw Red – Autographed Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon.
HRH: Erik, tell us what attracted you to become interested in wine making? Tell us about the release of Warrants I Saw Red – Autographed Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon.
Erik: I finally tasted some amazing wine in 2007 during a camping trip up in Big Bear,my cousin Paul brought the bottle. I wish I could remember the name. Before that it was Boone’s Farm and 2 buck Chuck… which didn’t taste nearly as good as Coors Light or Kettle One that’s for sure, (Laughter) After that it became fun looking for and finding new wines that are delicious. I am not a winemaker, I am guitar player who loves wine and I am having fun combining my love for music and wine and creating a new brand. I find wine making and tasting very interesting obviously.
HRH: Where is the wine harvested?
Erik: In California at SouthCoastWinery.com … all estate grown grapes, we harvest and crush right on property!
HRH: What kind of flavor were you trying to achieve with I Saw Red Autographed Limited Edition wine?
Erik: A beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon, that is smooth and soft but full of delightful up lifting aroma’s and flavor… a warm Oak Barrel character.
HRH: As a winemaker, what is your goal with the release of I Saw Red – Autographed Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon?
Erik: Again, I am not a winemaker… My hope is that drinking a WARRANT wine would be a wonderful enhancement to a great meal, social or musical setting, special occasions and make the experience that much more special for everyone. It’s cool and fun too for people that collect wine and rock memorabilia… save a signed bottle for years and it only gets better and more valuable over time!
HRH: What techniques have you learned from other winemakers when orchestrating the release of I Saw Red wine?
Erik: Every time I hang out at the winery with Jon McPherson master winemaker and winemaker Javier Flores I learn something new about the art and science of wine making, and really enjoy trying there latest and greatest creations! Please read more about them at: http://southcoastwinery.com/winery/winemakers
HRH: Is there any special equipment that really impressed you when making I Saw Red?
Erik: The entire operation at SCW is over whelming… Beautiful property with all the latest and greatest equipment and technics are used in the making of WARRANT – I Saw Red and coming soon: Erik Turner – Rocker Red – Syrah
HRH: How can fans purchase I Saw Red – Autographed Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon?
Erik: You can purchase from the comfort of your own home online… we sell hand signed and numbered bottles at SouthCoastWinery.com We don’t have national distribution, the wine is produced in small high quality quantities. Here is a list of places that do currently sell the wine and the list grows like a grape every week :)
Azo Vino Wine 144 W. Badillo Street Covina, CA 91723
Henry’s-Temecula (Hwy 79) 32413 Hwy 79 South Temecula, CA 92592
Henry’s-Temecula (Winchester) 39606 Winchester Rd Temecula, CA 92591
Holiday Wine Cellar 302 West Mission Ave Escondido, CA 92025
Redhawk Cantina 45100 Redhawk Parkway Temecula CA 92592
Rustico’s 29940 Hunter Rd St 102 Murrieta CA 92563
SOL Markets 2855 Perry Rd San Diego, CA 92106
Sprouts-Corona 120 W. Ontario Avenue Corona, CA 92882
Sprouts-Escondido 510 W 13th St Escondido, CA 92025
Sprouts-Hemet 1295 S State St Hemet CA 92543
Sprouts-Huntington Beach 9861 Adams Ave Huntington Beach, CA 92646
Sprouts-Riverside 475 E Alessandro Blvd Riverside CA 92508
Sprouts-Santee 9361 Mission Gorge Rd Santee, CA 92071
Sprouts-Savi Ranch Yorba Linda 22401 Old Canal Rd Yorba Linda CA 92887
South Coast Winery
Tasting Room 34843 Rancho California Rd Temecula CA 92591
Whole Foods – Encinitas 687 S Coast Hwy 101 Encinitas,CA92024
Wine on a Dime 28061 Jefferson #5 Temecula CA 92590
World Market – El Segundo 720 S. Sepulveda El Segundo, CA 90245