Listed below are a few of my favourite wine songs. I’m leaving out a number of that basically rejoice ingesting for ingesting’s sake — they may as properly be about beer or tequila. And I’ll provide a unique checklist a 12 months from now, relying on my temper. In just a few of those, wine makes solely a cameo look, however the songs characterize the methods wine matches into our lives. My two favorites on this checklist are the final and the primary.
Wine as Obsession. Anybody within the wine career or who has caught the bug and spends an inordinate quantity of money and time researching and exploring wine can relate to the sheer pleasure of “Gimme That Wine,” by Lambert, Hendricks & Ross.
“Now some people like cash, some like to bop and dine, however I’ll be completely satisfied when you gimme that wine! (Unhand that bottle!)”
Oenogeeks know the significance of getting a beneficiant patron, an older wine collector desirous to share information of the world’s best wines as a result of the classics are onerous to return by as of late. “Tasting Historical past,” by Al Stewart, from his 2000 assortment of wine-themed songs, referred to as “Down within the Cellar,” expresses the awe of a budding wine geek — truly the boyfriend of the collector’s daughter, who hangs round after the woman has left the scene so he can study extra about wine.
“And all by means of the evening in glass-filtered mild, tasting historical past.”
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Wine as Romance. Wine is liquid love, and Melody Gardot captures that feeling in her ballad, “From Paris With Love,” reflecting the fantasy of younger lovers who “fall in love like falling off the bed” in probably the most romantic metropolis on Earth. Easy moments spent people-watching in a restaurant create a lifetime of recollections.
“Half a silhouette of passersby, have a glass inside my hand. Drink to life as if there isn’t a finish.”
Romance settles in for Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors in “The Wine We Drink,” the place the mundane photos of day by day life characterize bonds of affection.
“It’s within the wine we drink, soiled dishes within the kitchen sink, and the lights exit til the solar comes up; we aren’t alone. It’s within the miles we drive, by no means having to say goodbye, to the issues we inform one another with out saying a phrase. You’re the one factor that I do know.”
Wine as Metaphor. Wine’s metaphorical use extends again to Biblical instances; on the Final Supper, it represents the blood of Christ and everlasting life. In Deana Carter’s “Strawberry Wine,” it symbolizes the primary blush of maturity. Sufficient mentioned, pay attention for your self.
Alas, the course of real love by no means did run easy. Joni Mitchell captured that sense of futility in “A Case of You,” the place she sings a few misplaced love ingrained in her very soul.
“Oh, you’re in my blood like holy wine, you style so bitter and so candy. Oh, I may drink a case of you, darling, and I’d nonetheless be on my toes.”
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Wine as Solace. Generally we simply wish to drown our sorrows. We all know “Pink Pink Wine” by the reggae group UB40, however the authentic model by Neil Diamond shows the sorrow of affection misplaced with out the stoner facet. Generally we solely want one drug.
“Just one factor makes me neglect — crimson, crimson wine.”
“Little Ole Wine Drinker Me” has been recorded by many artists, together with Dean Martin, however I like the nation twang of Merle Haggard’s model. And I crack up each time I take heed to it, as a result of this poor man who’s simply misplaced the love of his life is extra involved concerning the folks making the juice wherein he’ll drown his sorrows.
“I’m praying for rain in California, so the grapes will develop they usually could make extra wine. And I’m sitting in a honky in Chicago, with a damaged coronary heart and a girl on my thoughts.”
Wine for the Finish Occasions. In an period of pandemic, local weather change and warfare, when the very cloth of society appears about to render asunder, let’s cue up “French Fries and Champagne” by The Sizzling Sardines. The theme is “Let’s get together earlier than the asteroid hits,” as a result of there’s nothing we will do to stop the worst. I like this tune not solely as a result of it appears to suit our instances, but in addition as a result of the group has hit on the wine lover’s supreme pairing of luxurious bubbles with salty consolation meals — suppose champagne and popcorn, potato chips and fried rooster. It additionally features a line my mom might need mentioned: “If woes had been shiny nickels, we’d all be billionaires.” (Mrs. McIntyre’s model was, “If needs had been horses, beggars would trip.”)
“Pinkies raised, we’ll toast the times coming to an finish. My buddy, it’s time for french fries and champagne.”
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