Music and Wine: April 2020

Welcome to Delectable's column, Music and Wine! If you’re on the lookout for newly released music, grab your headphones. If you’re searching for a fresh bottle, grab your glass. And if you’re looking for the perfect wine to pair with that pop song you can't stop playing on repeat, then sit back, relax, and enjoy these Delectable tunes. Each month, we gather a playlist of newly released songs and pair them with wines that hit all the right notes. Listen on Spotify Now 1. Pretty Lady - Tash Sultana If you’re looking for a jam that has a groove that will without a doubt make you get up and dance and provide a little bit of light during this difficult time, then look no further than Tash Sultana’s latest release. The Australian singer-songwriter is sharing a ray of sunshine with the world with “Pretty Lady” and we’re soaking it up. The lyrics are quite simple and repetitive making it easy to learn and sing along to within your first few listens. To add to the joy that this song brings, Sultana got creative when it came to the music video. What are you supposed to do when you release a song during a time when quarantining and social distancing are happening? You ask your friends, family, and listeners to blast the song at full volume and dance. Then you edit them all together to make a video that reminds us music connects us even during times of distance. Fill a glass with Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and let the sunshine in. 2. Bad Friend - Rina Sawayama As much as we all probably hate to admit it, we have at some point or another been a bad friend. Whether we became too wrapped up in our romantic relationships, didn’t have the bandwidth to be there in all the ways a friend ideally should be, or sent one too many belated birthday cards, we’re familiar with the guilt and heartbreak that comes when friendships fade. “Bad Friend” off of Rina Sawayama’s debut album pens a letter owning her part in a friendship ending. Found towards the middle of the album, this song is sandwiched between more upbeat, pop songs that callback to pop of the early 2000s. If you’re wanting to host a pop concert in your living room, turn on “Comme Des Garcons”, but if you have a craving for a more reflective tune, turn on “Bad Friend” and open a wine that is just as truthful. Maybe a Languedoc Syrah ? 3. Remote Control - Amalie Bryde Following her debut single “You & Me”, Amalie Bryde releases “Remote Control'', a song that will make all of us procrastinators feel seen in a “wow, thanks for capturing how I feel” sort of way but also in a “wow, call me out” way. Bryde sings about turning on the television and the relief that comes with knowing you’ll be distracted for a good twenty minutes and won’t have to deal with the thoughts in your head. The chorus repeats “I’m searching for more” leading the listener to believe that Bryde is not only searching for something to watch to distract herself from life or obligations, but is searching for something more on a larger scale. Whether you’re looking for a distraction from your daily tasks or actually looking for something greater, we think you should contemplate this song with a bottle of Bandol Rosé that will aid you in your search. 4. Gimme Love - Joji Start practicing your deep breaths because Joji’s latest release off his upcoming album Nectar will get your heart racing. Right off the bat, our ears are hit with a quick electronic beat that is quite shocking if you aren’t sure what you’re getting into. However, you shouldn’t get too comfortable with the upbeat, high-energy level that you should definitely add to your running playlist or “I’m motivated and going to clean my house until it shines” playlist. Around 1:40, Joji changes gears and takes us on a totally different ride. The beat slows down and becomes almost dreamlike. What should you drink that has high energy but also dreamlike qualities just like this song? We recommend a bottle of Brut Champagne with layers of complexity! 5. Oh, What a World 2.0 (Earth Day Edition) - Kasey Musgraves In honor of Earth Day, on April 22, 2020, Kasey Musgraves released an updated version of the song “Oh, What a World” from her album, Golden Hour. Compared to the original track, the 2.0 version incorporates more nature and guitar sounds that ground the song and make it a feasible Earth Day anthem. With this release, Musgraves partnered with the World Wildlife Fund to raise money to be put towards nature conservation. While Earth Day has come and gone, a little bit of time can be spent every day outdoors and appreciating the natural beauty of the world. Take a seat outside and sip on a glass of Jura Savagnin . 6. Fire in Bone - The Killers Grown-up angsty teenagers The Killers have released their latest single, “Fire in Bone”. It’s a groovy, true-to-trends retro chill song that makes you want to go for a drive on the backroads in your convertible Mini Cooper with the top down. There’s an 80s Talking Heads-esque twang to it that we can’t quite put into words, but Brandon Flowers’ vocals wail in that familiar and cozy way that keeps every Killers song true to who they are and feels like a warm fuzzy blanket. This is not a song to discuss the meaning of life over, but one to just sit back and enjoy with a glass of trusty Rioja . Listen to last month’s playlist here .

Kentucky Springs Distilling Company

Basil Hayden's Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Almost floral undertones to the heavily corn-inspired sweetness. The best Bourbon I've ever had on the rocks. — 4 years ago

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Dom Pérignon

Brut Champagne Blend 1996

This was one of the better bottles of wine I’ve had in a while... Unreal layers of complexity, bright floral notes, and toasty brioche flavors. The acid, structure, and weight were seamless. — 2 months ago

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Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

Had some of these before delectable was born,

Château d'Oupia

Minervois Oppius Syrah 2016

Dominant Syrah. Another wine of truth that respects the fruit and the terroir without trying to constrain them. Tasty, racy, intense nose with aromas of black fruits and chocolate. powerful mouth with notes of leather. powerful but well-melted tannins, silky texture. nice minty freshness. — 7 months ago

Vanessa, Daniel and 2 others liked this

R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 1970

Charlie Abbott
9.7

Needs a few minutes to get everything warmed up but then firing on all cylinders. Transcendent — 3 years ago

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Domaine Tempier

Bandol Rosé Blend 2018

Wow! Best vintage I have had of this in several years. Six bottles is not enough. Great strawberry nose with the garrigue we associate with Provence. I don’t think there’s a better Rosé out there, but I keep searching! — a year ago

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Domaine de Montbourgeau

L'Etoile Savagnin 2012

One of the best wines I’ve had this year, it was fresh, characterful, with zesty acidity, not overly fruity yet had a lovely green apple, lemony note, yeasty, slightly nutty, elegant, weighty but not heavy, intriguing, minerally/almost salty with a finish that lasted several minutes. This wine was an experience. — 2 years ago