'Our Evening Began in Peter Sichel's Comfortable Study in His New York Townhouse'

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If you've ever wondered about the origin of the dinner-party wine-talk sample in the Beastie Boys' "Blue Nun" (Check Your Head), look no further.

It's from an audio guide to wine titled On Wine: How to Select and Serve by wine merchant Peter M.F. Sichel, who was responsible for popularizing the Blue Nun wine brand throughout the world. He tells the Beastie Boys story after the jump.

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To refresh your memory:

Our evening began in Peter Sichel's comfortable study in his New York townhouse, where the candlelight was just right, the hi-fi was in the background, and the wine was delicious.

Sichel's daughter, Sylvia, was friends with the late Adam "MCA" Yauch, which is how the Beasties discovered the record. But that's all in video above. Go press play already!

And please forgive the extended mourning of MCA's death. I finally segued from nonstop Paul's Boutique to Check Your Head this morning and the sample piqued my curiosity.

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