Music & Wine
25th Jul 2013
I like to think that John Martyn, one of my favourite singer song writers, would have enjoyed a glass of burly, growling 2012 Old Vines Grenache Noir (£8.99, Marks & Spencer), even if spirits were more his thing. Here he is singing one of my all-time favourite songs. May you never lose your temper...
5th Jun 2013
Pink Martini and a summer rosé is my kind of match. I love the sultry tones of China Forbes' voice (I'm secretly in love with her, like most male Pink Martini fans) and this is a great value Spanish rosado from Tesco to sip while you listen: strawberry, rosehip and cherry flavours and tangy acidity. A bargain at £4.59.
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.