Wine Rocks

Note for note, music and wine are a truly harmonious pairing.


The communion of art and science never had a more beautiful medium than wine. Equal parts agriculture, scientific analysis and creative alchemy, that delicious liquid would be less magical without the balance of personality and techinical precision.

Winemakers, with their palette of sites, grapes, yeasts, barrels and blending philosophies, wield a personal power not unlike painters or composers, utilizing science and construct to create works of art.

It’s no wonder that the world of music, populated by expressive characters with offbeat visions, has a direct connection with the wine world. Everywhere we travel, we see the two communities mingling and riffing off of one another. Musical composition is a balance of expression and technique. Sound familiar?

In this issue, our Music and Wine package tackles the topic with aplomb, talking with top stars about their wine passions, suggesting editor-chosen wine pairings for every style of music and offering a glimpse into what bottles bands request backstage. We (and musicians who travel the globe) also tell you where to get the best glass of Sancerre or single malt in the U.S., from top-end wine bars to semi-dives with style.

Champagne’s link with art—specifically in blending but also in style, elegance and creativity—makes it a great match for this issue. European Editor Roger Voss breaks out the best bottles for summer by price. This is an essential guide for summer drinking, whether you’re planning a refined dinner party, throwing a wedding or just watching the sunset from your favorite patio chair.

Making wine is an adventure in its own right, so it’s not surprising that the profession attracts hearty souls. Contributing Editor Paul Gregutt tells the story of three professional rock-climbers in Washington State who split their time between the rock face and the barrel room.

Summer is the time for white wine, but as Italian Kerin O’Keefe explains, not all warm-weather pours need to fit the cheap and cheerful profile. Soave Classico, Trebbiano d’Abruzzo and Etna Bianco, among others, are refreshing but also ageable, with complexity and character that keeps them in the glass all year-round.

Finally, Contributing Editor Kara Newman heads to Texas and comes back with wine-friendly chili recipes you can easily make at home.


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