Wine List

Wine poured into a glass

If you’re having a dinner party this weekend, one of the choices you may be pondering over is what is the perfect music for the occasion? Another perhaps is what wine will you serve? Well fear not as Condiment Junkie have the solution to both your problems.

Did you know it is possible to design a playlist that not only entertains your guests but can actually enhance and compliment the wine you are drinking?

Music and sound can alter our perception of how things taste. This takes into account several factors - that our emotional state affects our perception, that music conjures up strong memories, and those memories can change our mood and also evoke other senses such as smell; and the fact that we have hard wired sensory links in our brains which certain sounds can trigger.
Studies have shown playing music with specific moods or associative qualities such as being smooth, sophisticated, upbeat or light etc, can influence perception of wine in exactly the same way. For instance, a red wine was judged to be 60% more ‘powerful and heavy’ when similar music (in this case Orff’s ‘Carmina Burana’) was playing in the background, as opposed to the same wine being judged ‘subtle and refined’ when listening to ‘Waltz of the Flowers’ by Tchaikovsky.
Hard wired ‘cross-modal’ sensory associations are proved to exist within all of our brains. Basically - our senses are linked, and stimulating one can alter our perception of another. Colours appear brighter when accompanied with a higher pitched tone, darker when a lower tone is played. All basic tastes - bitter, sweet, sour, salty, umami - have over many studies been shown to be linked with certain audio characteristics, from types of musical instruments, pitch, timbre and tempo

These discoveries provide us with all sorts of information that can influence everything from in-store music for food and drink retailers, background music in restaurants, advertising tracks or music at experiential events, and for designing a correct sound palette for a brand’s sonic identity.

But for now, Condiment Junkie have designed a short Spotify playlist for your listening and drinking pleasure. Below is a list of the tracks and their suggested wine pairings. We’ve given you two tracks for each wine. Be aware not to drink the wrong wine with the wrong piece of music! There’s nothing worse than accidentally making your Cabernet Sauvignon taste all citrusy. Enjoy.

Wine list

Track 1 - Nouvelle Vague - Just can’t get enough

 

Wine - Chablis or Chardonnay

 

Wines with zingy and refreshing qualities such as a citrusy Chablis have been proven to taste 40% more zingy and refreshing while listening to this track.

Track 2 - Blondie - Atomic

Wine - Chablis or Chardonnay

Again, the upbeat tempo will highten the zingy flavours and the higher pitched register of the track fits with the lighter wines.

Track 3 - The Jones Girls - Nights over Egypt

Wine - Cabernet Sauvignon

The smooth vibe will bring out the smoothness in the wine, while the mid-tempo will keep it lively

Track 4 - The Doors - People are Strange - Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine - Cabernet Sauvignon

clark Smith, a california winemaker and wine consultant, found after a number of tasting panels that participants described a Cabernet Sauvignon as ‘more deliscious’ when accompanied by this Doors classic.

Track 5 - Kettly Lester - Love Lessons

Wine - Merlot

This track has all the sophistication and depth you need for a good merlot.

Track 6 - Antony & the Johnsons - Another World

Wine - Merlot

The bassy frequencies are proven to be hard wired to bitter flavours, and will work well with the tannins in the wine, while Antony Hegarty’s angelic voice will bring out the smoothness, depth and sophistication.

Track 7 - Dusty Springfield - Who gets your love

Wine - Sauternes

The staccato rhythm of the keys, and the use of keyboards themselves are attributed with sweet flavours, particularly orange. Dusty’s high register will also work well with the syrupy sweetness.

Track 8 - Roxy Music - Dance Away

Wine - Sauternes

Again, the staccato rhythm and sweet vocals will work well with a good desert wine. Maybe have a nice panna cotta with this one.