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Beware “The Butcher”

If you’re like me (and I’m sorry if you are), you enjoy poking fun at all those wacky wine descriptions (hints of baked rhubarb pie cooling on a window sill, notes of wet sidewalk, etc.). And if you’re like me, you sometimes use those crazy descriptions to describe a wine. Granted, I do this with a smirk on my face. But I’m betting you’ve all smelt and tasted some unusual things in wine.

One of my favorite aroma descriptors (and one that’s not far-fetched, given the use of new, heavily toasted barrels) is “cigar box”. Which brings us to the point of this post… The Butcher!

Butch Metzger is a guy we met at the winery a couple of weeks ago. He was playing acoustic guitar with Rainier Billings- a super talented musician himself. At one point during one of their breaks, Rainier asked if Butch could bring in and play one of his “home-made” electric guitars. Little did I know that this was going to be a modified cigar box, complete with beer cap volume knobs and a marshmallow cream jar cap to hold some of the guts together.

After we all had a good laugh from this, he slid a wine bottle neck onto his pinky, and began to create amazingly rich and deep sounds from these creations- blowing everyone in the tasting room away. Then the old drill bit box guitar came out. Are you kidding me? I pulled out my phone, took pictures, videos (see below), and demanded he come back and do it again.

And he is. This Saturday, 4/2, Butch and Rainier will be in the winery playing original music on God knows what. Here are the websites for these guys- check it out:

You never know what you’ll find in the country… Who knew there was such talent in Goldendale?! These guys are something else, and Rainier is really doing some special things in the local arts community- a tall order anywhere you are, and especially in rural areas.

Here’s a couple little previews of what you can expect from The Butcher. Bon appetite!


3 responses

  1. Rainier

    Hey Jarred,
    So cool you posted this…. It really is Art in action! Just wanted to say thank you again for the opportunity to play original music for your customers. Cascade Cliffs, and you, are on the cutting edge of wine pairings with performing arts! Looking forward to doin it again!
    Ya’ll Rock…

    April 3, 2011 at 9:41 am

  2. Rainier

    PS – I’m not sure if you caught on to the serendipitous meltdown of “The Butchers” Amp at yesterdays performance… It immediatly followed a moody and hardcore take of his “HellTrain” song! He took it well… looked at me and said, I guess it’s starting!

    April 3, 2011 at 9:50 am


    totally worth it, i would blow up my amp up again for that gig!!! and i probably will blow up 2 amps next time ARRRRRRRRRRRRRGH ! chop chop !

    April 3, 2011 at 1:58 pm

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