Let’s talk about two things we all love. Wine and music. Both make us feel good and can turn an average day into something special. Songs remind us of certain memories, and some wines may too. So, why not mix the two and see what happens? Here’s a fun guide to pairing wines with music genres.
- Pop Music & Sparkling Wine:
You know those catchy tunes you just can’t help but dance to? Think of artists like Taylor Swift or Justin Timberlake. That energetic and bubbly feeling matches sparkling wine or champagne. It's lively, fun, and perfect for dancing the night away.
- Jazz & Pinot Noir:
Jazz is smooth. It’s soulful. Pour a glass, turn on some Miles Davis or Thelonious Monk and sway to the organized chaos. Pinot Noir is the wine equivalent. It’s light and has a smooth taste that unlocks the door to another dimension in your brain.
- Rock & Cabernet Sauvignon:
Rock music is bold. It’s powerful. Think of the Rolling Stones or Led Zeppelin. You need a wine that can match that energy. Cabernet Sauvignon is bold, rich, and full-bodied. Just like rock, it makes a statement.
- Country & Rosé:
Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings wrote stories of love, heartbreak, dogs and good times. It’s relatable and down-to-earth. Rosé is easy-going and versatile, making it the perfect match. It’s like a summer day in a bottle, with a legendary country song in the background.
- Sangria Wine: Jerry Jeff Walker, Jimmy Buffett (RIP) and Pharrell Williams wrote songs about sangria wine. This low cost, tasty as heck drink can be easily made, or comes in a can, shipped directly to your door. Excellent by the pool, on a boat or in the club!
- R&B & Merlot:
R&B is smooth and often has deep emotional lyrics. Merlot is just as smooth and rich. When you’re listening to artists like Alicia Keys or John Legend, a glass of Merlot in hand just feels right.
- Reggae & Sauvignon Blanc:
Reggae gives off chill vibes. Think Bob Marley, beach, sun, and relaxation. Sauvignon Blanc is light, zesty, and refreshing. It’s the wine you want on a hot day and chillin’.
- Classical & Chardonnay:
Classical music is timeless just like Chardonnay. It’s elegant and sophisticated. It's a classic wine that never goes out of style. Enjoy Beethoven or Mozart and Chardonnay.
- Hip Hop & Syrah:
Hip hop is full of energy and can be intense. Drink Syrah with some Post Malone, Snoop Dogg or Drake in the background. Flavor and beats that make your taste buds dance.
- Blues & Zinfandel:
BB King, Muddy Waters and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Blues has so much soul it touches on the highs and lows of life. Zinfandel has depth and complexity. It’s the kind of wine you want when you’re diving into emotions and sinking into the blues.
Think of wine and music as a duo. Just like peanut butter and jelly or movies and popcorn. They enhance each other. So, next time you’re picking a playlist or pouring a glass, try one of these pairings. And remember, there’s no right or wrong. It’s all about what makes you feel good!