What do you think about matching music to a wine? Is real or a load of rubbish?
Music is one of the most important things in our lives. Who doesn’t love a good tune in the morning to help kick start the day or in the evening when we want to wine-d down. We listen to music in so many different contexts depending on who we are with, the occasion we are celebrating or simply for pure enjoyment. In our latest blog we explore music and wine pairings. We’ll take a look at our favourite main grape varieties and give you a recommendation on an album that will make your vino taste a whole lot better. Let’s dive in!
Wine 1 – Sauvignon Blanc
This is an aromatic grape variety that produces wines with lots of fresh aromas which flow out of the glass – all you need to do is to stick the end of your nose in the glass and they will be there waiting. Sauvignon Blanc typically has high acidity which make them very refreshing and easy to drink. In most instances, Sauvignon Blanc won’t undergo any oak treatment in order to preserve the natural and elegant notes. Like 99% of grape varieties, the climate that you grow Sauvignon Blanc in will influence the different aromas you may expect to experience. Starting from citrus fruits like lime and lemon [found in cooler climates] going all the way to tropical fruits like passion fruit and pineapple [found in moderate climates].
Music 1 – Jack Johnson – All the light above it too – 2017
Jack Johnson is a cool guy. He is a super laid-back singer/songwriter, professional surfer and filmmaker from Hawaii. His songs are relaxing and easy to listen to and they are perfect to start our music and wine pairings. Listen to Jack whilst working your way through a bottle of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and you wont be disappointed in either the wine or the music.
Wine 2 – Riesling
Another aromatic white grape variety which used to have a bad reputation for making sweet wines. These days however it’s a different story, with the majority of winemakers using the grape to make unreal dry style white wines. Wines made from this grape have floral aromas, citrus fruits, stone fruits and even tasty tropical fruits like mango and papaya. They are very intense white wines without a high alcohol content. These wines are super drinkable and playful. All Rieslings have high acidity which is great for food pairing makes them a great choice with fatty dishes. This grape also offers a great deal of residual sugar making them a perfect fit for spicy Asian cuisine.
Music 2 – The XX – XX – 2009
British Indie Pop band released an album back in 2009 which went gangbusters across the globe. The albums starts off relatively down beat and works its way into more high tempo melodic tracks. One of our favourite albums of the last 10 years which will work extremely well when you getting re-acquainted with a few glasses of German Riesling.
Wine 3 – Chardonnay
This is probably the most famous white grape variety in the entire world. Chardonnay is capable of producing many different styles of wine depending on the climate and the particular soil its grown in. You can taste wines that are cool and fresh with citrus fruits, apples and without any oak treatment, such as Chablis from Burgundy. But you can also enjoy a delicious Chardonnay full of tropical fruits with vanilla notes coming from Casablanca in Chile. Get comfy and relax when you think about which music to listen to while drinking a glass of Chardonnay because their styles can be very different!
Music 3 – Buena Vista Social Club – Buena Vista Social Club – 1997
This band of amazing retired Cuban musicians rocked the world back in 1997 with this great album. The latin american rhythms are irresistible when you want to have some fun with your friends. Salsa, son and bolero are all in this album that will make you want to keep on dancing.
Wine 4 – Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir is one of the hardest grapes to grow. It requires a lot of effort and attention to detail to produce a banging Pinot. When it’s done right this grape variety will blow your mind. Wines made from Pinot Noir are very elegant with red fruits like strawberry, cherry and cranberry. It’s an easy to drink red wine because it has low levels of tannins and a restrained use of oak treatment. Pinot Noir’s are fruit driven wines with some savoury notes of mushroom and even scents of farm yard in some instances. If you want to go a bit further, chill the wine for 15-20 mins in the fridge to get the best out of it. Perfect for lunches or to complement light meals.
Music 4 – Diana Krall – Turn up the quiet – 2017
This Canadian singer and pianist is probably one of the best jazz musicians in the world. Her voice has the potential to send you into a trance and the classic jazz standards that she sings are the perfect choice if you are in a sexual mood. 60 minutes, Diana and a glass of Pinot Noir is all you need.
Wine 5 – Cabernet Sauvignon
This is the big boy of the red wine grape varieties. If you are looking for a rich and powerful wine then say hello to Cabernet Sauvignon. Wines made from this grape are deeply coloured with aromas of black fruits like blackcurrant, plums and black cherries. They also offer flavours of black pepper, toast and even some tobacco notes. These are full bodied wines with firm tannins and a long persistent finish. Cabernet Sauvignons are perfect when you want to go big and crazy. They won’t let you down if you want to have a good time, so let’s get the party started!
Music – Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II – 1969
Led Zeppelin are the godfathers of 60’s and 70’s rock and roll! Listening to this album is a powerful experience. Their sound is big, loud and full of energy. A full bodied red wine made from Cabernet Sauvignon will enhance the whole experience when listening to these guys rock out.
Wine 6 – Syrah
This grape can produce incredible wines full of character. Syrah offers deep coloured wines with lots of spicy notes like black pepper, clove, liquorice and nutmeg. Some delicious flavours that you can get from Syrah are animal notes like meat, game and leather. Wines made from this grape will show black cherries and black currants and are very elegant, intense, powerful and sexy all at the same time. Normally aged in oak barrels, they tend to have some toasty notes. Syrah wines are great with some meat dishes, spicy soups and cured meat.
Music 6 – Amy Winehouse – Back to black – 2006
Amy Winehouse had a very intense style of singing. Her tracks are a spicy mix between a retro-jazzy mood and a contemporary rock / pop. Her voice is unique, her songs are playful and sexy in the same way that a good Syrah is.
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