This thing about pairing music and wine is going to be fun. If wine tastes better with certain types of food, ¿Why wouldn’t it taste better according to the music? The positive experience wine drinking is conditioned by various circumstances. It makes sense to think that if we choose a particular wine to have a good time, we could also take care of other elements such as music, hairstyles, lipstick shades, or even the chair we sit on. We take in anything that might make that moment a better one, and, because at Casa we like to do just that, from today onwards, and, hopefully for a long time after that, you’ll find articles where we speak about the marriage of music and wine, in other words, about having a good time, just by clicking on “music”.
Keren Ann is one of those inspiring musicians we love to listen to. We like the fact that her lyrics speak of moments where wine appears -such as in All the Beautiful Girls-, and how her lyrics describe spaces without missing a single detail of the mood and overall picture of the song.
In her latest album, this cosmopolitan musician (from an Israeli background, but born in The Netherlands and now living in France) already has a much more mature air to her; she is not your typical folk singer who is stuck on her guitar. Instead, all her records maintain a freshness that surprises us in their attempt to approach different styles.
The Syrah could be one of those varieties that would make a good match with 101. As we grow old, the Syrah acquires great character. The Syrah from Casa conserves all its elegance but surprises us with spicy touches and a prolonged end note with some memories of black olives that won’t let you miss a beat. Every note is important, and so is every detail in the song. When the record comes to an end, the presence of the tannins won’t let you forget what you’re drinking, or what you’re listening to: Syrah and Keren.
It is unusual for me to speak about a South African rap band and to suddenly try to argue why I would recommend a young Grenache Noir wine to go with it. The dryness needed to cultivate Grenache strongly reminds me of the suffocating style of this enigmatic band. The Grenache from Casa is shamelessly young, very fresh with a blue rim; it’s not too full bodied, but it has its ways. Perhaps such a powerfully alcoholic band calls for a calorific wine, and this varietal’s lack of acidity allows you to consume it pleasantly and to follow the rap. A Grenache wine from the Terra Alta is considered highly exotic in certain markets, it’s a very universal variety that has a local touch in the Terra Alta, and which has great opportunities in the international market.
Die Antwoord + Grenache Noir: sounds like it might just be a hit.
Do Catalan wines go well with Catalan speaking bands? Well, not necessarily, but I would actually dare to say that good Catalan wine makes a perfect match with good Catalan music.
Lately here at Casa we’ve been listening to Animic, a Catalan band that has just released their third album. I hadn’t listened to their former albums much, but I find this last one, called Hannah, exquisite. Their former album covers are beautiful, and that of the new album already denotes more complexity, more seriousness, and, just like the record, a more nocturnal atmosphere.
The vocal quality of the album is as surprising as the care taken over the music, which you can really feel in this musical production.
In this record, the band combines songs in Catalan with songs in English. They have a highly theatrical touch to them, which surprises me and strikes me as more unusual and new when sung in English. I can’t imagine any wine with this band, I find what they do so magical that little by little, the urge to open a bottle of cava arises in me. One with delicate bubbles and plenty of aging time. I open a 48-month-old Brut Nature, I serve two glasses and am surprised by its persistent mousse. The strings, always present in this album, are at their peak, but without losing their respect for the vocals. In my mouth, I think that out of all our cava, this is the one that best conserves the strength of the Xarel·lo, the delicacy of the Macabeo and the freshness of the Parellada. It’s harmonious. To finish, when the record is coming to an end, one discovers a song called Wine Drops (aha!), a waltz that makes the two glasses meet, the two mousses persist, and slowly, but marking the rhythm, the record ends: Animic+Cava Brut Nature 48 months.
I inverted the process today. I’ve thought about which music I would like to listen to with a glass of rosé in my hand, and quickly thought about pop music… but the experiment didn’t turn out so well. Certain rosés, when combined with overly melodic music, can turn out to be a bit too cheesy. I went over my record collection and took a good few out of their sleeves, pressed play and breathed in the Cupatge Dinamic Rosé made with Merlot and Syrah, but the combination didn’t quite work. That’s what sommeliers would call contrasted pairing; they’re there to prove just how important matchmaking is. Pop music with our Merlot and Syrah rosé: the floral and fruity undertones in the mouth give an energy and impact that pop music doesn’t need. I wouldn’t say that a rosé wine works with pop music. Both pop music and rosé wines have not gained much respect in each of their fields, yet both of them have a great many followers, they are both attractive, consumer friendly products.
Out of all the pop I’ve listened to that didn’t quite fit with the wine, Beach House was perhaps the band that least appealed to me together with the rosé. When I thought about the wine, I thought about sexiness, and this band doesn’t need any more sexiness. The so-called “dream pop” band takes a trip through psychedelia using organs, keyboards and pianos, sounds that are all too intense and evocative for the company of our rosé wine.
I stay on with Beach House, but I still don’t know what I want to listen to whilst drinking this rosé.