Sound Sommelier: pairing wine with music

Sound Sommelier: pairing wine with music

Wine? You can listen to it. Paolo Scarpellini (born in 1953) has declared himself a Sound Sommelier, after 20 years as a music critic and another 20 as a judge and reporter for various newspapers. His creed? To consider wine as “music to drink” and music as “wine to listen to”. Here are some pairings between Italian wine and music suggested by our Sound Sommelier. For information:

Swing | 2012 Tignanello – Antinori



With Ella Fitzgerald – Begin the Beguine. The superb voice of the first lady of Jazz, Ella Fitzgerald, in harmony with Antinori’s 2012 Tignanello. The soft start, with a muted trumpet base, can be likened to the first glimpse of the wine, with its intense ruby-red colour and purplish highlights. The assertive vocal attack stimulates aromas of red and black fruit on the nose, mixed with spicy and balsamic notes, while the explosion of high notes and rhythm from the wind instruments and drums, fills both your ears and palate, which is besieged with a well-orchestrated body, in an exemplary silky tannic balance. At the finish, the full orchestra with stringed instruments reveals fleeting hints of fruit and spices in the mouth.

Listen to Ella Fitzgerald – Begin the Beguine
(from Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook, 1956)


Bossa nova | 2009 Perlé Brut – Ferrari


With Astrud Gilberto – Fly Me to the Moon. A well-known standard in the bossa nova version by  Astrud Gilberto, teaming up with Ferrari’s 2009 Perlé Brut. It starts off with the delicate Brazilian voice dubbing the trumpet, while the golden-yellow in the glass becomes brighter and livelier, with a fine and continuous perlage. The refrain arrives hand in hand with the intense bouquet of white flowers, Golden Delicious apples and crusty bread. While the soft rhythm from the drum brushes supports the elegant and velvety palate, overtones of apple reach the palate from the piano, while almonds arrive from the trumpet. When the song abruptly finishes, the wine, in contrast, lingers.

Listen to Astrud Gilberto – Fly Me to the Moon
(from The Shadow of Your Smile, 1965)


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