When It Comes to Wine, It Pays to Be a Celebrity

Peel me a grape, crush me some ice

Skin me a peach, save the fuzz for my pillow

Talk to me nice, talk to me nice

You’ve got to wine and dine me

 Don’t try to fool me bejewel me

Either amuse me or lose me

I’m getting hungry, peel me a grape

      When Diana Krall sings those words, she knows of what she purrs. The Grammy Award-winning jazz singer is a bona fide wine connoisseur, and includes very specific vinous requests for her dressing room when on tour.

      Demands on contract “riders” are the stuff of legends. Such documents typically detail what fans and media can and cannot do during a show audio-taping is always forbidden; flash photography usually is), and often list what food and beverages are expected to be available backstage.

      Folk/rock singer Al Stewart (“Year of the Cat”) built a fabulous

Bordeaux collection with such riders when he was filling amphitheaters

and other large venues. These days, the “Queen of the Grape” may well

be Krall, who lists literally dozens of wine preferences on her rider.

Among the bottlings on Krall’s dressing room wish list:

      Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon

      Rosemount GSM (Grenache-Syrah-Mourvedre)

      Clos Pegase Cabernet Sauvignon

      Matanzas Creek Merlot

      Chalk Hill Chardonnay

      Anything from Ravenswood

     Hey, this singer has good taste. Take it away, Diana…

Send out for Scotch, call me a cab

Cut me a rose, make my tea with the petals

Just hang around, pick up the tab

Never out-think me, just mink me

Polar bear rug me, don’t bug me

New Thunderbird me, you heard me

I’m getting hungry, peel me a grape

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