The flower of August is the poppy, and our summer song list tends optimistically toward the pop song as well. The wine pairings seek to complement and elevate both the music and the summer days we have left. May you find sand in your sheets!
Phoenix, “Lisztomania”: you’ll still love this shamelessly upbeat song 20 years from now. Because it’s so sunny – and so French – how about a 2000 Pech Redon Alicante ($26), a meaty Grenache (from the sunniest spot in Languedoc) that will make your grill pop.
Dan Auerbach, “My Last Mistake”: this nice bearded boy from Ohio makes dirty shack-whompin’ songs drenched in reverb, and this one sticks like hot Bazooka on your ballet flats. Drink in with an affordable red-blooded classic with teeth, a 2006 Firesteed Pinot Noir from Oregon ($14).
Andrew Bird, “Oh No”: what if Rufus Wainwright played a violin and had been on the soundtrack for Rushmore? I’m sure he would have drank a crisp wine to bond him with his everyman muse, something akin to a Bella Serra Pinot Grigio ($9).
Neko Case, “People Got A Lotta Nerve”: Neko was that quiet redhead in English class who wrote with a voice like light through pollen and dust. Neko hearts nature; pour an organic 2005 Arbois Ploussard Lornet ($23). Rich in terroir, but lite enough for summer.
Passion Pit, “Little Secrets”: these daft punks rock a dub falsetto and kid-chorus singalong that reassures us that MJ didn’t take the groove to the grave. A song this fun demands a little vie en rose: a 2006 Kosta Browne Rosé of Pinot Noir ($23).
Create your own music and wine pairing as you take in the sounds of summer…..