|Thursday, 09 September 2010|
Tune in to a selection of musical wines
‘Who loves not wine, women and song remains a fool his whole life long’ (Martin Luther). So, music, wine and good cheer this October as we go into winter. What musical wines to put onstage this month? A concerted effort and the spirit of Brahms and Liszt has been invoked deeply at many rehearsals – a symphony of drinks.
Personal musical memories – as a 12-year-old chorister recording under the gimlet gaze of a six foot six Wagnerian bass. Or singing Handel in the now vanished St Andrews Halls a few days before they burnt down with the lads from school. ‘Nothing to do with us, officer’. Or rushing off at the interval for some fizz having sung Auld Lang Syne under the baton of Sir Alexander Gibson in Die Fledermaus – our cue for the Waxed Bat, deep dark and brooding (any politician you know?). Shiraz petit verdot and malbec trio (£8.99, Laithwaites) from don’t cry for me Argentina.
‘The CD box is about three feet long – what would Mozart have done if he had had a keyboard, an MP3 player and lived to be 84?’ Dr Wagner Riesling (£7.49, Waitrose); can’t get more German than this. Has a certain ring to it. Some don’t take to German wine or opera. The wine is easier to understand and need not last five hours.
Bach white wine – very drinkable. Tried this in the Canaries, where air on a g-string means something else.
Vinho verdhe (I hear you groan) but these articles are more about perspiration than inspiration, you know. Fortunately, this isn’t the day job – yet. OK Trattoria Verdi – sharp or flat available in red or white (or green) (£3.91 or £2.99, Tesco). Slips down easily as an everyday vino de tavola, especially at lunchtime by the pool – on weekends, of course.
Mozart, the great prolific genius. My children gave me the complete boxed-set. ‘Have you listened to them all yet, Dad?’ The CD box is about three feet long. What would he have done if he had had a keyboard, an MP3 player and lived to be 84?
You can now drink Mozart in three varieties and, at 15% proof, probably sing castrato as well. White, black and chocolaty, Baileys is cheaper and easier to find but this Mozart Gold (£25, Selfridges) is from the lovely city of Salzburg, unless you too have taken that back road to the bus station on a wet day in February when it looks a bit like Digbeth or Anderson.
Carmen Winemakers Chardonnay 2008 (£9.99, Majestic) – just the thing after a shift at the cigarette factory. Well, presumably there are such things – they don’t grow on trees – not that I am encouraging smoking. Said to be the world’s most popular opera, except for soap opera that is. A bit sugary cloying and overdone – the drink or the arias?
We ignore popular music at our peril; Jackson Estate Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand (£9.99, Majestic) has nothing in common with sad Michael, although the lawyers should have a good chew over the estate for a decade or so. Think rhubarb and gooseberry. Well, some of his costumes were particularly fruity. Do let us know if you find an Elvis or Crosby wine.
Bernard Ferrie, Consultant Urologist at Manor Hospital, Walsall