Food & Drink
by Aspect County

The pairing of wine and music

A study has shown that people can get 15% more pleasure out of their wines by simultaneously drinking and listening to the right kind of music, which is fabulous news. Scientists have found that humans want to match sensations to taste. So, to make your wine taste better, choose your background music wisely, and next time you’re relaxing or out in the garden looking after the BBQ think of these wine pairings with music.

Sound can entirely change the taste and texture of the wine. For example, if you listen to powerful and heavy music, this will make the wine taste more dramatic, or if you listen to mellow and soft music, the taste of the wine will correspond. 

Enjoying wine is so much more than the 20- or 100-point test that the wine industry is programmed to characterise. What is important is surrounding yourself with good music and the appreciation of wine, enriching the zen-like moment. 

  • Malbec works well with instruments like the organ, so opt for artists like Mike Oldfield or Lionel Hampton.
  • Light white wines, like a Sauvignon Blanc pairs well with harp music. Try Anne Roos 
  • Sweet wines, such as a Late Harvest Riesling, with music of an even rhythm, a slow tempo, high pitched, yet soft – in fact, piano music would be best. But if your thing is classic or contemporary jazz, try Jamie Cullum.
  • Italian reds like Barbera, correspond with syncopated rhythm; brass instruments are also good.
  • Fino Sherry and other salty wines work well with brass instruments, but the wine prefers staccato.
  • Wines with fruity aromas such as Beaujolais is a good match with a high pitch sounds, whereas wines with smokey (Margaux), dark chocolate (Nero d’Avola) or cedar (Bordeaux) match with a low pitch. 
  • High tannin wines correspond with rock guitar of chunky, gritty strings; and full-bodied wines match with a symphonic orchestra. Foo Fighters even!
  • Wines with a strong orange aroma such as Sauternes, correspond with music that is bright, sharp and dynamic. A rhythm that is lively and fast. Think Bieber (honestly!).
  • Vanilla flavours, such as American-oaked Chardonnay blend well with music that’s soft, even in rhythm and a slow in tempo. Think Sting.