Paul Cullen, Former Dangerous Firm Bassist, Feels Like Makin’ Wine, Too

Maybe you’ve already heard of Paul Cullen – a musician, inventive chef and skilled sommelier. Maybe you already know him as a bass participant for the enduring rock band Dangerous Firm or have heard him in live performance.  Possibly you’ve skilled a memorable in-home eating occasion (like me!) at which Paul arrives at your property and cooks a superb Italian dinner for you and your company. Then once more, perhaps you’re nonetheless occupied with your travels to Italy and Spain or on cruises hosted by Paul and his spouse, Bonnie.  And oh, yeah. He has his personal non-public wine label, too.

Paul Cullen, Bass Guitarist with Dangerous Firm

As you may think about, it was an unbelievable expertise to play with an iconic Rock Band that I grew up listening to. In actual fact, in 1976 I noticed them in dwell in Buffalo. If my buddy would have stated “You’re going to play with these guys in the future” I might have stated, “Are you excessive” – which we in all probability had been. It was a rollercoaster trip for positive. Rockin’ in entrance of 4,000 to 55,000 followers per evening, staying in Ritz Carlton Motels, using in million-dollar tour buses and making some severe money!! As equally because it was superb, it was devastating when it ended. Fortunately, I made it by means of the powerful instances and in some way (by laborious work) reinvented myself. I’m blessed to have an incredible life with my pretty spouse Bonnie and our whippets Brunello & Jaco. Paul Cullen

Within the following video, try Paul on the left with the pink bass guitar.

Paul Cullen, Chef and Sommelier

Having met by means of a mutual buddy, I requested Paul to come back to my residence for one his notorious eating experiences. Certain sufficient, the subsequent time Paul was in Chicago, he took over my kitchen with all issues meals and wine… and music. His idea is good. Not solely will he put together a scrumptious, conventional Italian meal utilizing contemporary substances accompanied by loads of wines for pairing, Paul entertains hosts and company with a forty five minute live performance of his unique compositions and Dangerous Firm hits. Weeks previous to our dinner, Paul and I mentioned the menu that included roasted asparagus wrapped in speck,  Tuscan rooster liver pate with capers, anchovies, garlic, shallots sage and white wine, hearty Tuscan Bean Crostini, savory risotto from scratch, do-it-yourself ravioli with kale pesto. Fact be advised, I nonetheless have associates who remind me of that particular evening and since, Paul and I stay associates and in contact with every others’ happenings.

Paul Cullen preps dinner

Paul Cullen Wines

If his chef and musician passions aren’t sufficient, Paul has his personal wine label (attractive paintings on every bottle, by the best way) and I used to be lucky to have been despatched three wines (as samples). Reasonably priced and meals pleasant, everybody with whom I shared the wines had been enamored.

Paul Cullen

Paul Cullen Wines Arneis DOCG 2021 ($20) from Piemonte was a quick white wine that I served chilled however not too chilly in an effort to keep the attractive profile. Florals, lemon zest, citrus and herbs had been attractive aromas and on the tart, dry palate, tropical fruit, uncooked almonds, pears and herbs had been luscious. Get pleasure from this with sushi, a pear gorgonzola salad or grilled fish for a style sensation.

A transparent alternative for anytime sipping is Paul Cullen Wines Rockin’ Rose DOC 2021 ($18), a mix of Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto cultivated in Piemonte. Tart with vibrant acidity, aromas and flavors of contemporary watermelon, roses, peonies, Italian herbs, and ripe pink peaches had been mouthwatering with cheeses and contemporary fruit on a latest heat spring day.

Straightforward consuming and ideal with meals, Paul Cullen Wines Barbera d’Asti DOCG 2021 ($18) from Piemonte burst with aromas of cherries, earth, thyme and oregano. On the palate, comfortable tannins and reasonable acidity framed spice, darkish fruit, crushed raspberries and chocolate. Your pasta dish will style even higher with sips of this nicely crafted wine.

Different wines within the portfolio embrace Rosso di Toscana, a Sangiovese from Montalcino, and Lambrusco di Emilia, a dry fizzy pink wine from Emilia Romagna. Coming quickly are Prosecco di Treviso and Moscato d’Asti – two extra of my favorites. Wines will be shipped to 26 states and when you dwell in Delaware or Maryland, Paul’s wines can be found in chosen wine retailers and eating places. Click on right here for extra.

Cheers! ~ Cindy

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