We were lucky enough to participate in a virtual wine tasting that was unlike any we've done before. Sponsored by Wente Vineyards, the tasting was a session on Music and Wine Pairing Video with Karl Wente and Shannon Koehler of The Stone Foxes. In addition to being a world class winemaker, Karl is also a serious musician. For this special tasting, Karl paired the below wines with up and coming indie bands performing during his Front Porch Music Series. As a way of supporting emerging talent, Wente Vineyards holds 3 performances at their property every summer featuring local and up and coming bands. This tasting was a prelude to the second concert on August 3rd.
I've never thought much about music and wine pairing, at least not in a conscious or methodical way. It was great fun to listen to these guys riff on both the wines, their experience as musicians, and also what in the wine brought forth specific musical pairings. Great evening, great wines, great fun.
Tasting Notes and Musical Pairings:
2011 Louis Mel Sauvignon Blanc: star fruit, melon, and citrus aromas; floral, melon, citrus, touch of honey flavors; nice acidity, well-balanced, crisp finish. Music pairing suggestion for this wine was Brown Bird, but I'd pair this Sauvignon Blanc with Split Enz.
2012 Eric's Chardonnay: aged in stainless rather than oak; subtle green apple and citrus aromas; stone fruit, green apple, pear, subtle citrus flavors; light body, crisp finish, pleasure to drink. The Wente music pairing suggestion was Wheeland Bros, but for me it was more Tom Waits.
2012 Riverbank Riesling: floral, spice, subtle petrol aromas; honey, melon, green apple, underlying citrus flavors; luscious mouthfeel, well-balanced, nice acidity on finish. Music and Wente wines pairing suggestion was The Kin, but for me, Liz Phair.
2010 Sandstone Merlot: vanilla and plum aromas; smoky, earthy, plum and dark cherry flavors; vanilla tannins on the finish. The Lone Bellow was the music suggested, but I'd pair the Merlot with Rusted Root.
Here's the video from the evening:
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Disclaimer: These wines were provided as media samples for review purposes.
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