Calling All Angels Chardonnay

Train US Tour Dates Announced

rock band train - California 37The band Train has been hitting the airwaves hot and heavy lately, including an unprecedented, week long, guest appearance on Rachael Ray, and another appearance on Dancing With the Stars.

All to celebrate the release (April 17) of their latest album – California 37 and the launch of their third varietal wine from Save Me, San Francisco Wine Company, also called “California 37.”

And it’s working!

The Grammy Award winning band’s single “Drive By” has already surpassed one million in sales.

And according to Train guitarist, and all around good guy, Jimmy Stafford, after only two days California 37 has been certified platinum in the US.

On the heels of all this attention, Train has announced their first set of tour dates in support of California 37, beginning July 26 at the Time Warner Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Guest artists Mat Kearney and Andy Grammer will open select dates of the tour.

Jimmy Stafford

Released as a digital download in January, “Drive By” has become Train’s latest bona fide international sensation and is top 5 across the world and #1 in Germany, Netherlands, Finland, India, New Zealand and Switzerland. As of today “Drive By” remains in the top 20 digital downloads.

Expect to see more of the American rock band since they are scheduled to appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (April 23), The Talk (April 24), and The View (May 22).  The group will also appear on “Sesame Street” (with air dates TBD). I have it on good authority that Train has already taped the Sesame Street appearance.

Train will also be launching a brand new Cabernet Sauvignon from the Save Me, San Francisco Wine Company.  The much-anticipated third varietal from the acclaimed craft winery, “California 37″ is a worthy addition to previous varietals, “Drops of Jupiter” (Petite Syrah) and “Calling All Angels” (Chardonnay).  A portion of the proceeds from the varietal will go to the San Francisco charity Family House, which provides temporary housing to families of seriously ill children.  For more information please visit


July 10      Montreal, QC                        Metropolis
July 11      Toronto, ON                         Sony Center
July 26      Charlotte, NC                       Time Warner Center
July 27      Raleigh, NC                         Raleigh Amphitheater
July 28      Des Moines, IA                      Stars In The Park
July 29      St. Louis, MO                       Peabody Opera House
August 4     Indianapolis, IN                    Indiana State Fair
August 5     Nashville, TN                       The Woods at Fontanel
August 7     Rochester Hills, MI                 Meadowbrook
August 8     Cincinnati, OH                      PNC Pavilion
August 10    Kansas City, MO                     Starlight
August 11    Highland Park, IL                   Ravinia Festival
August 12    Highland Park, IL                   Ravinia Festival
August 14    Toledo, OH                          Toledo Zoo Amphitheater
August 15    Springfield, IL                     Illinois State Fair
August 16    Cleveland, OH                       Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
August 18    Philadelphia, PA                    Mann Center for the Performing Arts
August 19    Uncasville, CT                      Mohegan Sun
August 21    Vienna, VA                          Wolf Trap
August 24    Canandaigua, NY                     Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
August 25    Essex Junction, VT                  Champlain Valley Exposition
August 26    Gilford, NH                         Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion
August 27    New York, NY                        Rumsey Playfield- Summerstage
August 30    West Long Branch, NJ                MAC Center -Monmouth University
August 31    Lenox, MA                           Tanglewood
September 1  Atlantic City, NJ                   Borgata
September 2  Virginia Beach, VA                  American Music Festival
September 5  Boca Raton, FL                      Mizner Park Amphitheater
September 6  St. Augustine, FL                   Saint Augustine Amphitheater
September 7  Atlanta, GA                         Chastain Park Amphitheater
September 9  Dayton, OH                          Downtown Revival Music Festival
September 11 Tuscaloosa, AL                      Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
September 12 Memphis, TN                         Mud Island Amphitheater
September 13 Oklahoma City, OK                   Zoo Amphitheater
September 15 Grand Prairie, TX                   Verizon Theater
September 16 New Braunfels, TX                   WhiteWater Amphitheater
September 19 Morrison, CO                        Red Rocks
September 22 Portland, OR                        Edgefield
September 23 Puyallup, WA                        Western Washington Fair
September 28 Berkeley, CA                        Greek Theater
September 29 Los Angeles, CA                     Nokia Theater
September 30 Phoenix, AZ                         Comerica Theater Protection Status

Train Rolls Out New Varietal

Save me, San Francisco Wine Company in collaboration with Underdog Wine & Spirits issued a press release yesterday, announcing the new release of Calling All Angels Chardonnay.

If the names sound familiar, it’s because they are backed by the Grammy Award-winning band Train.

As I mentioned in my last write-up about Train, I was able to talk with Train’s wine enthusiast, and guitarist Jimmy Stafford just before he was scheduled to go onstage at Thunder Valley Casino and Resort.

At the time, Stafford was excited about the successful launch of their inaugural varietal, Drops of Jupiter Petite Syrah, named after their chart-topping single. The wine was featured as the wine of the month at Bonefish Grills across the US and is currently available at select stores and restaurants. Stafford said he enjoys a glass of Drops of Jupiter Petite Syrah just prior to their shows.

Well shoot ““ What to do for that perfect after performance drink?

Calling All Angels Chardonnay to the rescue!

According to Stafford, “Chardonnay is my go-to choice of wine after rockin’ out under the bright lights on stage.” He goes on to say, “This blend has a fantastic citrus scent, a hint of pineapple that is refreshing to enjoy both with dinner or drinks with friends.”

While I haven’t had a chance to try the new chardonnay, I have been able to try the Drops of Jupiter Petite Syrah. The Syrah is comparable to any of the high-end wines I’ve tried and much cheaper with a price of $9.99. It also helps that they get their grapes from a region known for their petite grapes, the Livermore Valley in California.

Wine enthusiast and sometime guitarist Jimmy Stafford - Click for more images

Red being my favorite drink of choice, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it will be nice to have a backup wine for those hotter days while I’m kicking it in the backyard listening to Train wondering where all my angels went.

Save Me, San Francisco Wine Co. vintner Adam Richardson put together this wonderful blend with Calling All Angels in mind. His interpretation – “The song is uplifting and fulfilling, as is Calling All Angels Chardonnay with its soft tannins and long finish.”

Save Me, San Francisco Wine Co. will be donating a portion of the proceeds from Save Me, San Francisco Wine Co. sales in support of Family House, a non-profit organization providing temporary housing to families of seriously ill children.  For more information on Family House, visit

Calling All Angels Chardonnay is available in 750ml size for SRP $9.99.  Online pre-sale begins October 26, 2011 via and the Train Wine Club ( Calling All Angels Chardonnay will also be available in select markets nationwide beginning December 2011.  For more information, visit

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