There are fabulous wine-tasting events held all over the country. I certainly haven’t been to all of them, but I’ve been to enough to know that my all-time favorite is Winesong.
It’s a benefit for the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation, held on the grounds of the gorgeous Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. You can read a media release about the 2014 edition of the event here.
In a nutshell, Winesong combines three of my favorite things in life: good wine, good food and good music. It’s a walk-around event, and each turn of a corner in the Gardens brings a new musical experience — much of it classical (performed in small groups), but also jazz, folk and even some zydeco. (Zydeco goers really well with Zinfandel, in case you were wondering…)
I’m told that the 2016 edition, held last month, was another big success, and that planning already is well under way for 2017. If the dates don’t conflict with the Millpond Music Festival, as they have in recent years, we’re going to do our best to be there.
Thinking about WineSong reminded me that it has been a while since we talked about “wine songs” in this blog. My definition of a “wine song” is any song that in any way mentions the word “wine” or a particular type of wine. The song need not be ABOUT wine.
About a month ago, country music icons Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood debuted a song from Brooks’ upcoming studio album. It’s called “Whiskey to Wine,” and the title alone qualifies it as a “wine song.” Check it out here.
Rolling Stone reported on the couple’s performance of the song at the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. According to RS, at one point, Yearwood’s microphone began cutting out, and Brooks said, “Let’s get another mic, please.”
That brought this response from Yearwood: “I thought you said, ‘Let’s get another glass of wine, please,’ and I was like, ‘Okay!’”
I think I like Trisha Yearwood…
And I’m definitely adding “Whiskey to Wine” to my ever-growing list of “wine songs.”