Friday Eve! Welcome back to the conversation regarding wine and music pairings. Yesterday, we laid the groundwork to my theory regarding the validity of music’s significant influence on how a wine is perceived. Today, I get into the actual pairings themselves. I wish I could through each wine but unfortunately, my editors ask me to keep my word count down! If you have a specific wine you would like to get paired, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to set something up for you.
Let’s start with Sauvignon Blanc. Most people characterize Sauvignon Blanc as fresh and crisp with notes of citrus and tropical fruits; its a fun and summertime wine. What better music to play with a fun, summertime wine than Jason Mraz with “I’m Yours”, the king of kickback. Any music with a fun light-hearted feel to it would pair perfectly with a Sauvignon Blanc and Jason does it better than most!
Next, Chardonnay. Depending on the style, a Chardonnay can either be opulent and mouth-watering with expressive notes of stone fruits and just the right touch of oak. Or, if it is a stainless steel fermented and aged Chardonnay, it can be much like a Sauvignon Blanc, only with higher notes for tropical fruits such as mango, papaya and pineapple. Regardless of your Chardonnay of choice, Sara Bareilles is your girl – Big, oaky Chard: “Not Alone” or steely, mineral-laced Chard: “Bottle It Up”. A little sass coupled with a passion and depth of her voice and lyrics, Chardonnay and Sara are a great match.
Onto reds! Cabernet Sauvignon, the king of the wine jungle in California, you have to team up the strength of a Cab with an artist with an amazing voice! For your big, bold “Napa Cabs”, I strongly recommend an artist like Adele with “Hometown Glory”. The strength of Adele’s voice, coupled with the power and cadence of her songs, this type of artist suits a big, bold Cabernet Sauvignon from The Valley!
Finally, my two favorite wine types/styles: Champagne and Pinot Noir. For the subtle, sexy and slightly hidden flavor profile of certain Pinot Noirs from the Cote d’Or, you may want you stick to Norah Jones and “Shoot The Moon”: an artist that no matter the weather, makes you wish you were inside with your loved ones, bundled up by a fire – much like a good red burgundy! Perfect match!
Bubbles is perhaps the easiest pair out of them all. The priceless class associated with Champagne could not be paired with any other artist than Frank Sinatra. “Fly Me To The Moon” is one of the few songs I can listen to and physically yearn for a glass of Champagne, a tuxedo, a beautiful woman and a dance floor. Frank and bubbles are the perfect setting for a beautiful night!
What is your favorite pairing? We will post a poll this upcoming Sunday. Vote enter your chance to win a bottle of our 2011 Pinot Noir!
Music is the poetry of the air.