Friday, March 12, 2010

Pairing Wine with Music

This morning as I was flipping channels, I landed on a segment on The Today Show about pairing wine with music. I decided to withstand Al Roker's cheesy jokes for a few minutes to see what restaurateur Joe Bastianich had to say about the topic. This is actually an idea that I've been thinking about posting on After the Harvest anyhow, so now is as good a time as any. So without further ado, I bring you my wine and music pairings:

Music: Anything You Want - Jason Mraz
Wine: Viognier
Description: With its tropical fruit aromas and exotic taste of honeysuckle, Viognier is a great choice to sip while enjoying any reggae-infused music. Floral and rich, it's a a great wine for a summer night and it can transport you to the islands with its fruity nature.

This is an extended version as he introduces the band...

Music: The Boy Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn - Alison Krauss & Union Station
Wine: Pinot Noir
Description: Just like any type of country music with its deep roots and honest stories, Pinot Noir is rich in history, earthy and easy-drinking. Cherry, violet, mushroom and cinnamon can all be detected in this varietal, which is also often described as having a bouquet of "barnyard". Now that's country.

  This one's quite long, but worth the listen!

Music: If You Don't Wanna Love Me - James Morrison
Wine: Syrah
Description: Deep and soulful, listening to a great blues voice is much like enjoying a glass of Syrah. Intense and rich, with dark fruit flavours and aromas of damp earth, leather and spice; Syrah is a rugged wine with a sense drama.

Music: Chelsea Morning - Joni Mitchell
Wine: Riesling
Description: Light and crisp, this wine is a great summer beverage and pairs well with vibrant melodies and lively acoustic guitars. A great mix of sweet and tart from notes of apple, stone fruit and melon flavours.

Music: "Born to Run" - Bruce Springsteen
Wine: Cabernet Sauvignon
Description: Rich and complex, this wine gets better with age. Aromas such as cassis, blackberry and plum are common in Cabernet, but this wine can also have some complex secondary aromas such as cedar, leather and eucalyptus. All of these aromas meld together over time, making this wine smooth and rich after some barrel and bottle aging. The Boss also gets better with age...

Now of course, these song choices were highly biased, as many of these musicians are favourites of mine -- but I hope you enjoyed them as well! If you'd like to see more of these types of pairings, let me know and I'll match a wine to your favourite song! So, this weekend why not test out some of these pairings? Crank it to eleven and crack open that bottle :)

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