Music and Wine: October 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. Diamonds – Sam Smith No stranger to breakup songs, Sam Smith releases their third album, Love Goes which focuses on, you guessed it, post-breakup mentalities. Apathy, loneliness, nostalgia, etc. can all be found within Smith’s lyrics and hiding behind the high energy pop beats. “Diamonds” represents the “I’m trying to get over my ex and show them that I don’t care they left” energy felt when you go out with friends post-breakup; however, lyrics such as “You’re never gonna hear my heart break” and “When you’re not here I can breathe” also point to the stage where you realize you are better off without your ex. Whatever stage you’re in or even if you’re not trying to get over an ex, this song is danceable and fun and pairs well with a Loire Chenin Blanc . 2. Redwood Tree – Cam Time, what a complicated yet straightforward aspect of life. Country singer, Cam highlights the passing of time in the first track off her sophomore album, “Redwood Tree”. Cam sings, “Don’t know what you have when you’re young / But you’ll know what you had when it’s gone”. It seems that in the blink of an eye, we’re older, our parents are older, and sometimes it’s hard to recognize yourself after the passage of so much time. While discussing time can send anyone into existential crisis mode, there is a sense of comfort and reality that can be found within Cam’s lyrics. However, if you are starting to feel an existential crisis coming, we recommend a glass of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that gets better with time to help get you through. 3. Maybe – Aby Coulibay Aby Coulibay’s latest single personifies laying on a blanket in the park and staring up at the sky with a cool breeze blowing. Self-love and getting to a place where you feel the most yourself are up for discussion throughout this slow jam. Appropriately titled, Coulibay sings about “maybe” getting to a place one day where she lives as her true self as confidently and unapologetically as possible. For this song, you need a wine that is as unapologetic as the future self of this singer. We recommend a California Tempranillo . 4. Chasing a Feeling – Léon Calm, honest, hopeful, and sad are the descriptors that immediately come to mind when listening through the fifth track off Léon’s latest release. Have you ever been stuck in purgatory when it comes to a relationship? You’re still together, but it’s just not working anymore and you’re wondering if you can get back to the way things once were or if the next best thing to do is end the relationship. Léon sings, “How do you know you know? How can you seem so sure?” conveying to the listener that this state of indecisiveness can cause pain to both sides. Grab a bottle of German Riesling to help you think things through. 5. FIND ME. – Xavier Omär Contrasting the breakup songs and indecisiveness of other songs on this month’s playlist, Xavier Omär brings listeners a song that is grounded in love and confidence. On this first track of his latest release, Omär sings, “No matter mountains / No matter valleys / Your love will find me”. Lyrics woven together with moments focused solely on the beat and then switches over to focus on the guitar brings forward a love song with depth in the lyrics and in the music itself. Omär sings about a love that won’t be stopped by the past or any events life throws its way. For this, we suggest a confident wine. Maybe a Sonoma Petite Sirah ? 6. In My Arms – Babeheaven Ahead of their debut album release set for the end of November, Babeheaven have released five songs off their 14-track album. You’ll feel like you’re floating through the clouds a bit while listening to “In My Arms”, and we’re not just saying that because the album cover art depicts fluffy clouds in a beautiful blue sky. The lead singer’s voice stays fairly consistent throughout adding to the calming, almost trance-like quality of this tune. “In My Arms” highlights getting to know another person and “getting closer to the bones” of someone you want to know and love on a deeper level. We suggest watching their performance Live at Real World Studios as well with a bottle of Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc . Listen to last moth’s playlist here .

Rivers-Marie

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Much better than my last go at the wine (was good last time as well) and the past couple of months have really done it some good as it feels much more balanced and the red and blue fruit showing very well with a bit more mocha showing itself this time I feel. Glad I have one more bottle - but will try and give that a few more years. — a year ago

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Lorimar Vineyards and Winery

Tempo Temecula Valley Tempranillo 2016

Opaque inky lake of simmering blueberry tobacco cinnamon sticks. It wafts my direction. The scent is so enchanting. I’m actually very excited to taste this one. Look, I know it’s Temecula Tempranillo. Not Spanish Rioja. It’s big, bold, baked. But that’s what you buy when you go there, right???
It has plenty of acidity on the palate, upfront, in-your-face throw acid in your enemy’s eyes acidity. These are young tasting berries that defy the nose, and last long long long on the lingering unapologetic finish. Well done, Lorimar. You’ve grown outside the overbaked overripe Temecula box and produced a tapas-friendly acid-loving unjammy delight with plenty of tannin to back.
— a year ago

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Weingut Geheimer Rat Dr. Von Bassermann-Jordan

Jesuitengarten Grosse Gewächs Riesling 2014

Study sesh!!!! Wine of the night is a GG (grosses gewachs) Riesling wine from Pfalz, Germany. 🇩🇪
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👁This wine has a medium lemon hue. This wine is clear with subtle effervescence.
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👃 The nose is clean. This wine has pronounced intensity of developing aromas including tart apple, apricot, lemon, lime, pineapple, gooseberry, elderflower, honeysuckle, honey, and wet stone.
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👄 This wine is dry and medium bodied. The acidity is high. The alcohol is medium. This wine has pronounced intensity of flavors including tart green apple, lemon peel, lime, apricot, passion fruit, gooseberry, wet stone, and honeysuckle. The finish is medium(+).
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Quality of this wine is very good. It is very good because it has strong balance of acidity and fruit characteristics. It has a good length and intensity of aromas. It could be improved with greater complexity and tertiary flavor development that would increase the honeyed and dried fruit flavor potential. This wine may be consumed now, but will benefit from more time in the bottle.
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Dr. Von Bassermann-Jordan. Riesling. Jesuitengarten. VDP. GG. Pfalz. Germany. Vintage 2014. ABV 13%.
— a year ago

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Château d'Yquem

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend 2009

Scott C
9.7

Golden nectar , would love to come back to this in a few years . So long and dreamlike — 5 years ago

Domaine de Noire

Amphora Chinon Chenin Blanc 2016

Wow, first off, the color is like liquid gold or canary diamonds. It's striking and beautiful, with a nose that's a nice balance between floral and fruity. The flavor is bold and lingering, with a striking acidity that lingers, and then peters away into a gentle flavor of toasted marshmallow. The flavors are crisp Apple, peaches, honeydew, and white and golden fruits, with a gentle gravelly minerality. Great wine. — a year ago

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Ridge Vineyards

Lytton Springs Petite Sirah Blend 2015

LMB
9.6

2015. Excellent right out of the bottle, didn’t even need to breathe. Snappy and crisp but a robust and confident base to balance out the fruitiness. Will repurchase. — 2 years ago