Part One – Clefs & Vins: The Ultimate Pairing

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There have been extensive studies regarding food and wine pairings. It seems no matter where you are in the world, every restaurant has a suggested food and wine pairing on their menus. Recently, there has been a movement towards wine and music pairings. If you think about it, this makes as much sense as food and wine pairings, if not more. Food can be attributed towards unlocking the true potential of wine, allowing the release of hidden flavor compounds that are unable to be expressed by only tasting wines. I think if you go to 100 people on the street, over 90 will say they believe in the validity of food and wine pairings. What about food and music? Maybe ten people out of 100? Well, I am one of those ten.

Why am I one of the ten people? It is pretty simple, actually. The atmosphere around tasting wines is just as important as the wine itself. I cannot tell you how many times I have been out with some great friends, having a blast tasting wines all day, and bought a bottle because I thought it tasted just like DRC, only to taste the wine two months later and regretting my purchase. I know for a fact I am not the only one who has experienced this. I mean, I am a wine professional and still, I am victimized by great-at-THAT-moment wines. Was it the people with me? The “tasting room” experience? Or was it the “having a blast tasting wines all day“? Probably a combination of all three. Nonetheless, the atmosphere plays a significant on how we perceive wines. I don’t think there is much objection to this fact.

So, back to the music. If we can all agree that the atmosphere plays a role in how we perceive wines, then we can at least venture to say music, which sets an atmosphere with its presence, also plays some role in how we interpret wines. From there, we can start to dive into wine and music pairings.

With food and wines pairings, there is the simple rule of “white [meat] with white [wine]” and “red [meat] with red [wine]”. From this simple split of wines, we can dive and say Cabernet Sauvignon with steak, Pinot Noir with duck, Chardonnay with chicken and Sauvignon Blanc with fish. Futhermore, you can get into the sauces and accoutrement to classify whether it is a fruit-forward Pinot Noir versus a earthier, more Burgundian style. As you can tell, the division and classifications are endless. With music, I fear that these divisions and classifications are even more severe and endless, as there are more, different songs in the world than different wines. Let’s stick to the basics. I won’t use a simplicity approach, as I did with “white [meat] with white [wine]” and “red [meat] with red [wine]”, but I will not dive into the different bands in different years on different albums – that could be a pretty awesome book though!

Tune into tomorrow! I will continue with what guidelines I think one should use for selecting what music to pair with what wines and finally lay out a couple selections from today’s music and wine scene.

(Yes, the “To be continued…” sign just rolled across this blog, just like your favorite “Full House” episode. Did I just date myself? Definitely.)


In music the passions enjoy themselves.
Friedrich Nietzsche