Beastie Boys' Mike D starts new career as wine sommelier
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Michael "Mike D" Diamond of the Beastie Boys is launching a new career as a wine sommelier. According to Rolling Stone, Diamond will curate the wine list at a new Los Angeles restaurant called Hearth & Hound that's expected to open on September 22nd. The eatery is the new project from restaurant owner Ken Friedman, who's also behind the famous Spotted PIg.
Diamond, an avid wine collector, said about the project, "We are putting together a wine program that will get customers tasting things they might not taste. If you like California Syrah, I might point you towards a wine from another part of the world that's better value. We're going to pour half-bottles, so you can try different things."
- Diamond added that the list will be user-friendly for customers not versed in different wines, explaining, "If you want a glass of wine, you shouldn't have to spend an hour figuring out what that wine is, what you're going to drink."
- The Hearth & Hound is located in the same Hollywood location that used to house a British bar, Cat & Fiddle, which was a regular haunt for many musicians in Los Angeles.
- Prior to becoming a restaurant owner, Friedman worked as a band manager and A&R rep and recalled seeing acts like Guns N' Roses, Metallica, the Smiths, Oasis and others at the old pub.
- Diamond and fellow Beastie Boy Adam "Ad-Rock Horovitz are working on a memoir about the group, which ended in 2012 with the death of member Adam Yauch.