Wine mingles with musical talent. We’ve seen the likes of Slayer, Metallica, John Legend, The Rolling Stones, E40, Dave Mathews, etc. They’ve all succumbed to the powers that are wine. Now, here’s a name we don’t hear often: Oscar Seaton Jr.
Who is he? Well, you’ve definitely heard his rhythm before. He’s an amazing drummer with an exceptional lineup of artists and movies he’s been involved with in his professional career.
Now you’re about to experience some of his influence in wine:
Hello Oscar! We know very little about Seatpocket Wine. What can you tell us about its origins?
Of course! It really is a simple story! It actually started as a conversation with my good friend, April Richmond, a few years ago when I asked if she thought having my own wine would be a good idea. After looking at the pro’s and con’s, I decided to go for it!
Our initial focus, aside from costs and logistics, was the brand and how we could create a complete experience that intertwined music and wine. We settled on using my nickname as a drummer, “Seatpocket”, and decided that each wine would have a music pairing and would be unique in style and varietal.
Professionally, you’re now entering another playing field. Is there a significant move that brought you closer to the wine world that we should know more about?
YES! I’ve always loved wine and knew I wanted to do something in that industry, but I had no idea what or how to start.
April started a wine business several years ago. Watching her success and talking to her about the industry over the years led me to take the leap with her. I probably wouldn’t be doing any of this if it weren’t for her. She brings the experience, background and knowledge along with being our Sommelier and winemaker.
Music and wine are something we talk a lot about and you’re truly bringing both universes into a bottle. We want to know what fuels your passion for music and wine.
I think passion can come and go, I have more of a love for music and wine than a passion. Love is continuous. My love for both is what keeps me really excited about them everyday. They’re both so similar in terms of the emotions they evoke and how we use both to celebrate, relax, get hyped up, etc.
Where did the main sources of grapes come from?
We sourced grapes from 3 different California regions. The Merlot grapes are from Santa Barbara county, the Chenin Blanc grapes are from Lodi, and the Rosé uses Grenache grapes from the Central Coast.
What processes went into making Seatpocket Wine?
We didn’t do anything outside of the normal wine making processes. We did use Eastern European oak for the Merlot which has helped maintain a full body that doesn’t feel heavy on the palate. The Chenin Blanc has slightly riper grapes that gives it the beautiful aromatics we were specifically going for, without the heavy sweetness. Our Rosé is all old school Saignee method using Grenache grapes.
What was the most important factor in making the Merlot? In other words, what did you have to taste in the Merlot to say, “YES. This is me.”
I really wanted a Pinot Noir at first, but the Merlot won me over. I wanted something that was dry, dark, smooth, rich but still somewhat light and easy to drink. Not an easy order.
Your #Rhythmandwine tag will be buzzing real soon, where do you expect to find your bottles traveling to?
We’ll be on the road with our Rhythm & Wine events throughout California this summer. We will also be pouring at a few other events across the country and we’re working on distribution in Illinois and Georgia!
Be sure to visit the Seatpocket Wines site where you can find their 2015 Chenin Blanc and 2014 Merlot!