All Wined Up

New Vintage Jazz and Wine Fest Pairings

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The second annual New Vintage Jazz and Wine Fest hits the Half Street Fairgrounds August 9th, so to whet your appetite we asked event producer Tom Pipkin to pair a few of his favorite jazz albums with the perfect wine. Behold the delicious results--a feast for your ears, nose, mouth and mind!

Okay out of the gate we have to go with perhaps the best known and widely acclaimed jazz album of all time, Miles Davis “Kind of Blue”. If you aren’t familiar, run, don’t walk to your nearest internet device and download this auditory triumph. Good for any mood, any setting, a timeless sophisticated classic. The perfect wine to sip while spinning this classic would be the Alberto Furque Malbec. This Argentine Uco Valley Malbec comes from their oldest vineyards and is clean and big, with sour cherry, plum and currant aromas. Miles and Malbec, a great pair!

I love the up tempo hard bop of Cannonball Adderley’s “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy”, a 1966 release that is still relevant. Every track will leave you wanting more, this is not the dusty jazz you remember. To drink with this I would go with the St. Eugenie Les Clos. This is an elegant wine that is lively and complex, with spices, incense, oak and tobacco all present. Exotic and delicious, turn up the hi fi! Or iPhone as the case may be…

The next album selection takes it back to D.C. with Ramsey Lewis’s “The In Crowd” recorded live at the Bohemian Caverns in 1965. Bohemian Caverns is located at 11th and U Street NW and still brings the “in crowd” every weekend. This Grammy award winning album deserves a great wine, the Domaine de Gournier Merlot. This Merlot exhibits a saturated purple color and a spicy, blackberry nose and flavors. This beautifully made chunky little Merlot is a great value and a great wine. I could go on and on but alas I have already run over my allotted words!

Last selection will lean toward the experimental soul funk of Herbie Hancock’s “Head Hunters” album from 1973. This spicy selection is one of the best selling jazz albums of all time. Gotta pair the Inacayal’s Pinot Grigio with Herbie. The perfect balance between sugar and acidity make this wine outstanding in its type. It is fresh and floral, with citrus notes mixed with white fruits and delicate traces of licorice.

All of these wines and more will be available as part of our Bobby Kacher curated portfolio of wines. Great jazz and amazing wine make for the perfect summer event. See you on August 9th!

To learn more about the New Vintage Jazz and Wine Fest find them on Facebook and see what the Washington City Paper had to say last year.

Tom Pipkin, is the producer of New Vintage Jazz and Wine Festival. He is a proud DC resident of 23 years, Tom produces events of culture, taste, and value.