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Iggy Pop, sommelier

Punk legend enjoys a fine vino on occasion

High-end red wine and punk rock generally don’t mix. Concert riders barely ask for anything beyond a bottle of reasonable quality vino.

Sure there are rockers who enjoy a fine bottle. Tori Amos. Not surprising. Al Stewart. Again not surprising. Tony Iommi, guitarist of Black Sabbath. Well, why not.

Iggy Pop has caught the bug, too.

“I don’t have the collection fetish,” he clarifies, speaking from his Miami home before heading to the South by Southwest Festival, where the Stooges perform Saturday. “But that is my preferred poison.”

And he’s specific: French Bordeaux and, here’s the kicker, generally less than 20 years old.

“I find it is difficult in the Americas to get a really good bottle of French wine, pre-1989 in the condition to enjoy it the way you want,” he says. “And I haven’t had much luck with California wines. It’s the mentality — grape juice plus plastic boobs. They’re not too subtle.”

Pop sticks to the dependable houses: Lynch Bages, Mouton Rothschild, Lafite Rothschild. He leans toward Pomerol and away from the Medoc.

“But I’ve never had a Petrus,” he said, referring to the extravagantly priced Merlot-based wine from Pomerol.

Pop is quick to point out he always drinks with food and rarely pushes it to an excessive level.

“It takes two days to kill a bottle when we’re touring, three days when we’re not.”

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