Like friends who love each other's company, music and wine pair up naturally. Both are natural triggers for our memory and both weave an unexplainable path to our heart.
While at BottleRock Napa, we had the pleasure of speaking with Dave Shein, Napa Valley Vineyard Manager for the iconic Silver Oak Cellars. Those who know Silver Oak are familiar with its history and, of course, its premium price point (the current release is a 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet which will run about $100). This is the bottle you take to a dinner party for your boss when you're looking for a raise next year and don't have time to think about what to take him. It's class in a glass.
We asked Dave to tell us what he'd pair with a glass of Silver Oak Cabernet. His response was The Rolling Stones. His love for music was obvious as he provided insightful notes on his VINOMUSIC pairing:
"I have talked to a few younger sommeliers who feel like Silver Oak is 'their Dad’s wine' and that we aren’t new or trendy. I personally felt that way about the Rolling Stones for the majority of my life. But about 5 years ago, I felt like I owed it to myself as an avid music fan to go back and revisit some of the classics.
"I started with the Beatles, Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones. Listening to the Beatles and Dylan, I didn’t have any major revelations. With the Stones though, I was blown away. I instantly developed a new-found respect for them that totally outweighed my previous lack of interest.
"And when you asked me about millennial drinkers, I thought of a younger version of myself – probably drinking Malbecs, Tempranillos, GSMs and trying to find the hip new label. Silver Oak may be an established brand with a recognizable name and label, but that doesn’t mean we are dated. I’m so proud of the wines that we are making right now, and I think that whether someone is trying them for the first time or revisiting us (like I did with the Stones) they will be pleasantly surprised.
"The wines are vibrant and timeless, and our consistency from year to year is like a string of solid albums that balances perfectly the spark of artistry with a familiar sound."
When the occasion calls, pair a classic Stones album to a classic Napa Cabernet from Silver Oak. (We recommend Exile on Main Street, Let It Bleed or Sticky Fingers, all from the band's brilliant late '60-to-early'70s period.) The song titles from Exile tell you exactly what to do: Pour yourself a loving cup, pass the wine and shake your hips.
EXPLORE: Silver Oak
LISTEN: Rolling Stones
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