Vintage girl easily distracted by music and wine poster

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Vintage girl easily distracted by music and wine poster :Share On Facebook! Share On Twitter! Share On Pinterest! Email This To A FrienIt’s 7 p.m. on a cold Monday night in December and I’m deeply skeptical. I’m in a swanky Upper East Side apartment with one of those elevators that opens right into a private residence. The scent of expensive perfume lingers in the air. A room full of impeccably clad wine professionals stand gathered around a grand piano. A pianist sits with his fingers raised above the keys, poised to start playing.The people gathered around him include an array of well-known journalists and big-time buyers from retail shops all over the city. But the most important guests are three members of the Coulon family. They have been producing wine in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, one of the world’s most sought-after appellations, for eight generations.Every guest is holding a glass of 1957 Châteauneuf-du-Pape between their carefully manicured fingers. They are gathered for an event billed as a “tasting recital.” Three generations of Coulon family wine have been paired with musical offerings uniquely suited to go with them. But as I step into that beautiful apartment, I’m just not buying it. Wine and music pairing? I think to myself. Is that really a thing now? Still, I’d made a pact with myself that if I were to come to the event, I’d come with an open mind. So I take a glass of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and take a seat.Vintage girl easily distracted by music and wine poster :The pianist seated at the gleaming instrument is Mark Markham, a world-renowned classical musician. He begins to play “Etude Pour les Octaves“ by Claude Debussy, a piece written in 1915 that’s famous for its beauty as well as for how hard it is to play.I listen, enthralled, and sip the incredible wine. It’s complex and alive, despite its many years of aging in bottle. There is a profound depth to it, one that you don’t come across every day. I can’t help but notice that that same complexity, depth, and life are also apparent in the unconventional chords of the piece. As Markham’s hands jump up and down the keys, the notes transition from soft and supple to aggressive and meaty, just like the nuances of the wine in the glass.Listening to the different pieces of music and tasting the different wines, similarities undeniably begin to emerge, and I start to think about larger similarities, too. Both glass and instrument are in charge of displaying works of art, vessels for layered objects of creativity, one oral and one audible. Before I’m fully conscious of it, my skepticism begins to wither away. Vintage girl easily distracted by music and wine poster :I’m inexplicably moved by the music and wine pairings, which are almost overwhelming. I leave that beautiful apartment with more questions than answers.But the event was hardly revolutionary. Music and wine pairings are ubiquitous. VinePair itself was born out of a rock concert series, Vivo in Vino, which paired bands with winemakers. How deep do these pairings go? When we pair wine and food, there is a set of scientifically proven chemical reactions that take place. Is it possible that the same is true of music? Does a certain song evoke certain types of reactions in the brain? Is there an objective way to tell whether one piece of music goes better with a certain wine, the way a certain dish does? Or are music and wine pairings no more than delightful little analogies?Vintage girl easily distracted by music and wine poster :

 

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