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Pitch Perfect Wine and Music Pairings
by Far Niente | 2020 | 4:13 pm
Discover a symphony of flavor and sound, with wine and music pairings that are totally on-key. Why should wine and food have all the fun?
From a Far Niente accounting manager who moonlights as a DJ to a digital analyst whose palate and musical tastes have incredible range, we turned to three of our music lovers for the wine and music pairings they’re loving now.
After all, sipping a wine that’s a pitch perfect pair to a great piece of music can draw out the nuances in both the wine and the melody, whether it’s a Napa Valley Cabernet that’s layered like a symphony or a Russian River Pinot that’s as silky smooth as R&B.
Badly Drawn Boy + 2017 Nickel & Nickel Kenefick Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
Bob Silva, Private Client Services
“The parallels between the 2017 Nickel & Nickel Kenefick Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon and Badly Drawn Boy’s The Hour of Bewilderbeast are hard to ignore. Like the best Cabernets, Kenefick Ranch opens slowly, with subtle aromas hinting at the flavors to follow. Similarly, this album opens with the seemingly simple duet of a cello accompanied by a French horn. Just as the music grows increasingly intense and effortlessly shifts between Indie Rock, Bossa Nova, Folk and Jazz, the wine also increases its depth and range in the glass. Ultimately, both show impressive complexity but with inviting characteristics that any wine and music lover can enjoy.”
Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3 + 2017 Far Niente Oakville Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Simona Han, eCommerce Analyst
“I believe a great bottle of wine is like a symphony. To reach harmony, composers need to fine-tune each instrument and let them express themselves in the most ideal range. Similarly, winemakers carefully select the varietals for the master blend while preserving the style of the terroir, just like our Far Niente Oakville Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. I love to pair it with Symphony No. 3 by Saint-Saëns. The music and the wine offer me an oasis, a place to unleash the senses, abandon all the other thoughts, and indulge in the magical reactions on my palate and in my ears.”
Mary Jane Girls & Ty Dolla Sign + 2017 EnRoute Pinot Noir, Les Pommiers
Amy Castro, Accounting Manager
“Any time I drink a glass of EnRoute Pinot Noir, the smooth palate and the slower, mellow tempo of the wine puts me in the mood to listen to R&B and hip hop. To get inspired, I turn to my playlist ‘New vs Old.’ I begin by playing a song such as ‘All Night Long’ by the Mary Jane Girls and mix it into a current song like ‘The Light’ by Jeremih and Ty Dolla Sign that samples songs from the original song ‘All Night Long.’ If my friends were with me, we’d open some herbed olives, rosemary herb crackers and rum runner cheese. Then we’d nibble, dance and sip until the playlist was finished and there was no more EnRoute to enjoy. For now, I’ll stick with mixing music from a distance and safely enjoying just a glass (or two) from home!”
Want more wine and music inspiration? Our wine club team couldn’t narrow down their top music picks and instead put together this comprehensive SIP Spotify list. Listen to the full set, cherry pick your favorite songs, open a great Napa Valley Cabernet or Russian River Pinot Noir and prepare to be transported.