Cana­dian rocker Sass Jor­dan launches her own Ni­a­gara wine

The Niagara Falls Review - - Local - JOHN LAW [email protected]­a­ 905-225-1644 | @JohnLawMe­dia

One of Canada’s most en­dur­ing fe­male rock singers is get­ting in on Ni­a­gara’s wine in­dus­try.

Sass Jor­dan, whose hits in­clude “Tell Some­body” and “Make You a Be­liever,” has launched her own brand of red and white wine through Vineland Es­tates. They hit the shelves Jan. 1.

The 58-year-old Jor­dan says the brand — Kick Ass Sass — is “an­other way to con­nect with the peo­ple who like my mu­sic, and a way to con­nect all of us to the land we live on.

“Wine is such a vis­ceral, sen­sual liq­uid, filled with the en­ergy of the earth the grapes were grown on, the sun, the rain and the love of the wine­mak­ers them­selves.”

The part­ner­ship with Vineland Es­tates’ vice-pres­i­dent and wine­maker Brian Sch­midt had to over­come one amus­ing hur­dle: Jor­dan’s dis­dain for Chardon­nay and Ries­ling grapes. She ini­tially in­sisted they not be used, but they ended up be­ing in the fi­nale blend of the white wine.

“It’s cere­bral. I guess I’m a Sch­midt Ries­ling and Chardon­nay fan.”

Born in Eng­land, Jor­dan was a prod­uct of Mon­treal’s new wave/punk scene. Her 1988 de­but al­bum “Tell Some­body” had a string of hits, in­clud­ing the ti­tle track, “Dou­ble Trou­ble” and ‘So Hard.” She veered into harder rock for the fol­lowup, 1992’s “Racine,” and ap­peared on “The Body­guard” sound­track, which sold 27 mil­lion copies.

She won for most promis­ing fe­male vo­cal­ist at the 1989 Juno Awards, and was nom­i­nated for best fe­male vo­cal­ist in 1990, 1993 and 1995. From 2003 to 2008 she was a judge on “Cana­dian Idol.”

In 2017, she re­leased a re­mas­tered ver­sion of “Racine.”

Last year, her long friend­ship with Sch­midt prompted her to cre­ate two wines “filled with rock ’n’ roll at­ti­tude.”

The wines are avail­able at Vineland Es­tates and Jor­dan’s web­site at www.sassjor­

Sass Jor­dan has un­veiled her own wine — Kick Ass Sass.

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