Wine Varietals To Pair With Music

Wine ain’t just about the alcohol (well, that’s often not true). It’s a journey of sorts that unites taste, smell, sight, hearing and touch for a sensory occurrence that few other indulgences can match. In fact, every good experience you can think of can only be made immensely better with the right wine.

I like this grape. talks a lot about pairing a specific wine with a particular artist (helloooo #VINOMUSIC). But have you ever zoomed out and wondered which varietals would go with a certain genre of music?

Today, to help you drink to the sound, I present the ideal wine varietals for your favorite type of tunes:

La Marca Prosecco

This versatile sparkling wine from Italy is fresh, crisp and clean, and requires a fresh sound to go with it. Pop on some Michael Buble and let his smooth voice and upbeat style serenade you all evening. What’s great about Buble is that he is one of the few singers today whose voice is filled with old soul.

For some variety, try Norah Jones, Harry Connick Jr., Jamie Cullum or Matt Dusk. You’ll be in for a treat.

Cabernet Sauvignon

One of the most popular types of red wine, Cabernet Sauvignon comes in cherry, plum, spice and blackcurrant flavors. It’s often the preferred choice to unwind and recuperate after a busy day at work. Come home, kick back with a glass, and you’ve got a slice o’ heaven. This red wine is great for both celebrations and chillax, thus deserves the right music to back it up.

If you’re a fan of Bob Dylan, you’re in for an amazing evening. The combination, a classic grape meets classic story, will let Dylan’s poetic lyrics mesmerize you.

For a more modern spin, we can’t recommend Australia’s Courtney Barnett enough. Her rambling, witty album is strong evidence why she just might be the heir to Dylan’s throne. Jason Isbell, Laura Marling, Jake Bugg, Cold Specks and Jessica Pratt make awesome companions too.

Slovenian Orange Wine

This innovative wine is for hip-hop fans. Just like how hip-hop redefined music, Orange Wine packs funky flavors and boasts an army of passionate fans.

90’s kids, your playlist would consist of legends like Tupac and NWA, while younger wine enthusiasts would fine Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Drake, Iggy Azalea and Eminem to go great with Orange Wine.

Chardonnay

What can we say? Chardonnay is one of the most popular white wines in the world. Complex taste, rich, moderate acidity and fruity are all fitting descriptions for this amazing drink. Some of the fruity flavors include apple, watermelon, pineapple, peach and pear.

This sipping wine blends well with many types of food. If you’ve been bingeing too much Netflix, open up a good book, slap on some Bach (the classical composer; not the Skid Row frontman) and you won’t even feel the time whizz by.

Easy-listening music works well with Chardonnay. Josh Groban is an option. Other fantastic choices would be from the likes of Taylor Swift (the older cuts), Jason Mraz, Mary Juane Clair and Lighthouse Family to name a few. Just typing out these names made us want to stop all work and reach for that bottle.

Pinot Noir

“Distinct, smooth and laid back with no shortage of character”, is how 5th generation winegrower Karl D. Wente describes Pinot Noir. Featuring flavors such as classic berry, currant and cherry, this wine’s silky textures blend beautifully with smooth jazz.

Pinot Noir is best enjoyed with jazz greats such as Duke Ellington, Nina Simone, John Coltrane or Miles Davis. The likes of Marquis Hill, Craig Hartley, Theo Croker and David Sanborn keep doing justice to their predecessors. Definitely worth being on your playlist as you kick back with a glass of Pinot Noir.

Try out the above pairings and drop is a line telling us what you think. We are always on the lookout for awesome pairing options that help enjoy the wine experience. We’d love to know what you’re experimenting with. 


About your author

David Wilson

David Wilson is a wine professional with over 20+ years of industry experience. His love for wine has seen him travel and work in various locations throughout Australia, a four-year stint in the USA and a lot of trips to New Zealand. He spent eight years with one of Australia’s largest retailers before working for the fourth largest wine producer globally; he is the owner of Block78 an Australian online wine company based in Australia. If he could be a wine, it would be Shiraz!

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