What goes with wine? Food. Companionship. A view. Music. None of these are essentials, although they all can be.
Some wines absolutely need food to soften the astringency of the tannins – think big fat reds like a Cabernet Sauvignon paired with a juicy steak. Perfect.
Chatting with a friend, a lover, a companion is a great joy.
Pragmatically, most of us don’t want to drink a whole bottle on our own either – if only to stave off moroseness and cirrhosis of the liver.
We all have our favourite views – mine is across the cold desert of Patagonia to the Andes in southern Argentina. Or perhaps it is from Mount Kinabalu. Or maybe it’s Uluru against a baked enamel sky. Location can be just as much part of the wine experience as the taste and aroma.
Music too can be part of the wine experience. A bottle of wine at a concert? A few glasses with friends while smashing out a few tunes? Again, we all have our favourites; below is a list of eleven songs that use wine as a theme, metaphor, or element of a story and make a great soundtrack to a bottle, or two, of wine.
Lilac Wine by Jeff Buckley
Not Jeff’s song, but his cover is gorgeous. Drowning the sorrows of a broken heart? A glass of lilac wine is for you. (Miley Cyrus’ cover is beautiful too).
Champagne Supernova by Oasis
No idea what the lyrics mean, but the song is a chilled and rocking epic anthem. Enjoy with, of course, a glass of bubbles.
Drinkin’ Wine Spo Dee-O Dee by Sticks McGhee
A song that, when released 1947, caused quite a stir as its about getting drunk. Made famous by Jerry Lee Lewis, who was a trifle notorious for his drinking.
Thunderbird by Seasick Steve
“If you’re going to sing a song about drinking wine then
You should, drink some wine.”
Says it all.
Summer Wine by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood
A bit of chilled spybeat 60s and country, a meeting of strangers, “a payment in silver spurs, a dollar and a dime”. Listen with a lighter-style red to combat the heat of summer.
Red, Red Wine by Neil Diamond
Choose your version – the original, or the pseudo-reggae of UB40. Either way, find a red wine you’ll enjoy and chill.
White Wine in the Sun by Tim Minchin
I love this song.
Christmas is family and extended family and drinking white wine in the hot sun.
Wine in the Afternoon by Franz Ferdinand
A celebration of wine in the afternoon. They may be from Glasgow, but the song makes me think of a rosé, frisbee and chilling in my local park in Melbourne.
Days of Wine and Roses by Andy Williams
Written by Henry Mancini for the Jack Lemmon film of the same name. Classic Hollywood crooning. Put on your rose-tinted sunnies, get to the park in your best frock or 60s knitted polo and chill with a chilled wine.
Tiny Bubbles by Don Ho
“When the tiny bubbles (tiny bubbles)
In the wine (in the wine)
They make me feel happy (make me feel happy)”
Listen whilst drinking some Spectacular Sparkles
Cheap Wine by Cold Chisel
A classic Australian song. Nothing wrong with cheap wine; you’ve just got to know which cheap wine is good wine.
Sweet Wine by Cream
City life too much? Time for a tree or sea change? Go bush and enjoy some sweet wine – Australia has ample of both.