Music & Wine
14th May 2013
I'm not sure why Cherry Ghost aren't better known. I love the energy of Thirst for Romance and the line about demons dancing across factory floors. To stay with the demonic theme, how about a glass of Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile (£5.99 at Tesco), still one of the best value reds from South America?
30th Mar 2013
Martin Speake is one of my favourite modern jazz saxophonists. I love the mellowness of his tone. Here he is playing "When your lover has gone", which I'm listening to with a glass of fragrant, leafy, yet surprisingly supple 2008 GB Burlotto Barolo Monvigliero (£28, The Wine Society) in my hand. It's spring rather than more Barolo-friendly autumn right now, but who cares? This lifts my mood, despite the rather gloomy song title.
8th Feb 2013
It's always great to catch up with winemakers who love music. I hadn't heard of jazz singer Kurt Elling until Michael Hill-Smith MW told me about him over a glass of wine. So what better match with such a great voice than the sultry, perfumed 2010 Pinot Noir (£26.50, Wine Direct) from this Adelaide Hills-based winery, the best release yet from S&S?
13th Jan 2013
I'm getting ready to fly to New Zealand for a Pinot Noir Conference in a week's time, so my latest music and wine choice has a Kiwi theme. Neil Finn's Any Time doesn's sound like a very cheerful song on first listening, but I think it's an invitation to seize the day. What better way to celebrate life than with a glass of 2012 Dog Point Sauvignon, one of my favourite Marlborough whites? Two Kiwis in perfect harmony.