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Vinosonic’s Unusual Pairings


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When folks discuss wine pairings they’re usually talking about appropriate foods. But this Sunday Experimental Sound Studio will pair 11 wines with 11 pieces of experimental music commissioned for the event. Vinosonic is a collaboration between Michael Malinsky of the Andersonville shop In Fine Spirits and Matt Griffin of ESS.

I’m only familiar with a couple of the composers involved—Chicagoan Olivia Block and John Twells of Manchester, England (who performs under the name Xela)—but I’ve hunted up the others on the Web, and they all seem to have different approaches and occupy different sound worlds.

Those composers are Eric Powell, Max Alexander, Nick Storring, Mike Vallera, Tanner Menard, Felipe Otondo, Knut Auferman, Christy Matson, and Zygote (aka Antti Sakari Saario and Martin Iddon).

I love to drink wine, but I’m far from an expert—I know the names of my favorite grapes, but that’s about it. Still, it looks like In Fine Spirits is providing a pretty strong selection, with a good variety of old- and new-world offerings.

Here’s the list, with descriptions from Malinsky:

Aveleda Vinho Verde (Portugal) light, zippy, effervescent—a good welcome wine
Monte Palma Verdejo/Viura (Spain) citrus and minerals from the desert
Schlink 2006 Dornfelder (Germany) light-skinned red here this year thanks to global warming
Vika Oak 2007 Malbec/Syrah (Argentina) ripe and smoky
Kana 2006 Workingmans Red (Washington) zin, malbec, syrah—dark and minerally
Gilbert 2006 Earth Series (Washington) carmenere, syrah, malbec, petit verdot—dark and brooding
Stafford Hill 2007 Riesling (Oregon) bone dry and sharp from a cold, cloudy vintage
Schmitt 2008 Pinot Meunier Rose (Germany) super rare grape makes an appearance in a soft easy rose
Les Trois Clochers 2007 Beaujolais Villages (France) easy gentle fruit with just enough skin and spice
Curatolo 2006 Nero d'Avola (Sicily) Pinot Noir’s Sicilian cousin with thick skins and color
Yard Dog 2006 Red (Australia) a high percentage of petit verdot makes this scream with dark, smoky violets

The actual wine-music pairings haven’t been determined yet. Weather permitting the event will take place in ESS’s beautiful garden space. There’s a suggested $15 donation and an RSVP is requested: contact Lou Mallozzi at lou [at] exsost [dot] org.

Today’s playlist:

Liberty Ellman, Tactiles (Pi)
Sim + Otomo, Monte Alto Estate (Doubt Music)
Deolinda, Canção ao Lado (Four Quarters)
Andrea Neumann, Pappelallee 5 (Absinth)
Opsvik & Jennings, A Dream I Used to Remember (Loyal Label)