Wine, Women, and Songs
Amy and I recently came across an intriguing new concept–wine pairings with playlists. Certainly not an obvious combo but makes perfect sense considering the founders’ backgrounds. Rand Rognilen has spent a career spearheading music festivals and Jeff Bundschu hails from the legendary Gundlach Bundschu wine dynasty in Sonoma. Both Jeff and Rand love music and wine and have created a delightful blend with Vindie Wine.
I was a little skeptical about the idea that the right music can enhance the flavor of a wine. I was also skeptical about the quality of a $16 screw top wine. But we chilled down the Chardonnay, unscrewed the red, poured ourselves a glass of each, and input the scratch-off code on the back of the bottle to unlock the playlists on the site.
The Chardonnay was smooth. Surprisingly good. Quaffable. Dry. More citrusy and soft than overpowered by oak and butter. Our first thoughts? This would make a great summer sipper or party white. Then we tuned into the first track on the list: “Sedona” by Houndmouth. Not bad, very pleasant in fact. We nodded our heads with a glint in our eye. Interesting. What a unique concept to very consciously savor wine and music simultaneously.There’s something almost meditative about the process. It could definitely make drinking alone more pleasurable.
The Red Blend was also supple with none of the petrol-like fumes found in many wines under $20. Eye candy at the pour, berry nose, and lush on the palate. This could be a great wine for day drinking, of which we’re frequently guilty (dutifully performing our What “research”). Amy cued up the playlist and to my delight Chet Faker’s “Gold” streamed forth. Sexy choice. We put down our notepads and nodded our heads again in agreement. Wine paired with music … it’s going to be a thing for sure.