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grammy album of the year – paired with wine!

I probably care less about who will actually win Album of the Year than I do about what wine to pair with all of the nominees! There’s actually an app called drinkify that pairs music with cocktails (though the suggestions are pretty random). That’s why grapefriend’s here – to give you fun, relevant wine pairings!

some nights by fun.

fun-some nights album coverWith their massive hit “We Are Young” and a name like fun, obviously you just need a fun wine you can drink young.  Vinho Verde! It’s a Portuguese wine that literally means “green wine” – green because the wine’s new and young, meant to be drunk within a year of bottling. Although it can red, white or rosé, I’ve had the whites which are super light and refreshing and a killer value – you can find most for under $10.

try: 2011 Aveleda Vinho Verde, $9

blunderbuss by jack white

Jack_White_Blunderbuss album coverDue to his last name, we must go white here. And a blunderbuss is a  light, easily-handled firearm, one style of which is called flintlock. Our perfect pairing therefore is Sancerre (all Sauvignon Blanc). Much of it is grown in soil that includes flint deposits which make for a very minerally wine. They have the longest aging potential of all Sancerres.

try: Pascal Jolivet, Sancerre, 2011, $22

el camino by the black keys

black keys el camino album coverThis album was recorded in Nashville, so I’m gonna go with a wine that pairs well with southern food – sparkling rosé! Any sparkling goes great with fried food – the bubbles cut through the grease. And rosé just holds up a little better to heavier food.

try: Domaine Carneros Cuvee de la Pompadour Brut Rose Sparkling $36

babel by mumford & sons

mumford sons babel album coverChateauneuf du Pape is one of my favorite wines in the world. It’s made in the southern Rhone and is a blend of potentially 13 grapes – a babel of grapes. I used to be able to recite them from memory, but still know that the primary ones always used are Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. One of the best producers is Château Rayas – it goes for upwards of $500 so I’ve never had it but  “I Will Wait” for this wine. Yes, I went there.

try: Château Rayas 1995, $600 – and share it with me!

channel orange by frank ocean

frank-ocean-channel-orange album coverI will not be telling you to drink orange wine, because no one really drinks that except at obscure wine bars (and even that trend is dying). Instead, you should pop a wine that’s reminiscent of the seaside coast it comes from. The saltiest wine I’ve ever had is Txacoli (pronounced chock-o-LEE) – crisp, salty, and your pour it high above the glass so it gets a froth on top, just like the ocean.

try: Antxiola Getariako Txakolina 2011, $10

All of the nominees are good. But obviously the Grapefriend Grammy has to go to…

“Cherry Wine” by Nas featuring Amy Winehouse!

Like this lyric: “I want someone who like the champagne I like”

Loathe this one: “Pour my Pinot Grigio and Cris with some lime what is this”

Love the bridge: “Yeah, yeah, let’s pour some cherry wine
Everything’s good, everything’s fine
Yeah, yeah we bring it every time
Yeah, pour a little cherry wine
Yeah, Hey yo Salaam, yea, I think they know the time
Everything’s good, everything’s fine
Yeah, pour a little cherry wine, yeah”


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