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Seven Spanish Songs for 7 Spanish Wine Styles

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Recently, there has been a fair amount of buzz surrounding music’s influence on the way you perceive wine.

Rocket science? Maybe not, but I love the idea of pairing wine with music and was ecstatic when Robert McIntosh tagged me to participate in a lighthearted music meme. Originally, based on a creation by Andrew at 7 Songs, the challenge proposed to me was to list the 7 top songs I love at this very moment. But as our niche is Iberian wine, I couldn’t just list my current favorite songs without putting a little twist on it.

Hence, what I’ve compiled here are 7 Spanish songs to pair with 7 Spanish styles of wine, most of which I’ve stumbled across on Last FM. Note that I’m used ‘styles’ loosely, but I trust you’ll get the idea ;-)

Bongo Bong – Manu Chao
Originally from Galicia, Manu Chao now resides in Paris recording a wide range of music, some of which appeals to my funky, rap/chill side. This is the type of music you flip on during a bbq when you’ve got a glass of Albarino in one hand and a piece of sweet honeydew in the other as your hips sway back and forth to the bass.

Cuando Quiero el Sol – Presuntos Implicados
I’m not entirely sure if I like this song because of the dramatic and melancholic voice of the main Andalusian singer, Sole, or because the video actually attempts to romanticize The Matrix. Whatever the reason, it’s a great jazzy song that marries well with a glass of amontillado.

Todo Tienda – Ojos de Brujo
Hands down this is one of my favorite Spanish groups! I was first introduced to them a few years ago by my old roommate who just happened to be the main singer for a Spanish Pink Floyd cover band called The Pinktones (incredible group), and have been obsessed with the group every since. Ojos de Brujo, translating to “Wizard’s eyes” in Spanish, is an eight-piece band from Barcelona and described as a blend of hip-hop with a dash of flamenco mixed in for good measure. What to drink with this song? Cava! You want something bright, fun and full of life, as I hope you will be dancing when your sipping your Cava ;-)

Pokito a Poko – Chambao
Chambao like Ojos de Brujo also blends flamenco in their music, but instead of hip-hop, this group has more of an electronic edge. Its namesake stems from an improvised beach tent that used to block rain, wind and sun. Formed in 2005 by a trio of Malaga musicians, they have now gained large international following, which it rightfully deserves. For this type of music, I’m going to go on a limb here and suggest sangria. Yeah, I realize that it is the bastard child of Spanish wine, but hey, there are times when sangria fits the occasion, and this is one of them!

Killed me – Amparanoia
Sexy and seductive Amparo Sanchez, the main singer, has the voice of Billy Holiday and the style that dances between chillout, paris cafe music and old school jazz. For me, I want a red from Ribera del Duero. Dark, robust and silky, this region offers bold aromatic wines that express both balance and elegance – the perfect match for a sultry song. PS – Listen carefully to the way in which Amparo pronounces the title of the song.

Son Son – Macaco
I had heard of the band last year from a teacher I had worked at the school I was teaching at, but never took time to really sit down and listen to their music until a few months ago. Began in 1997 by Dani Mono Loco, the band is a collective of people from all over the world including Brazil, Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Venezuela and Spain. Blending reggae, flamenco, pop, rock and hip hop, it’s a style you want to enjoy with a something festive, but serious. My suggestion, Txacoli from Northern Spanish region of Pais Vasco.

Toca y Toca – Mala Rodriguez
A Spanish hip hop singer, born in Jerez de la Frontera. Young, jazzy and funky, Mala requires a wine with a bit of edge and attitude, such as a Toro red. Rich, complex flavors and aromas, this style requires music with a powerful bass and beat.

Hmmm, who do I pass on this completely enjoyable and totally non work-related task to? I tag: Winehiker, My Wine Education, 1 Wine Dude, Confessions of a Wino, Algarve Buzz, Celebrate Wine and Wine Scamp

  • Robert

    he he he – nice post and response, now I need to listen to all these songs

  • Robert

    by far my favourite was Son Son by Macaco, but I did like the non-bongo-playing Bongo Bong song; need to try again with the wine pairings next time oh, and in case anyone is confused by the task, here are the original instructions: List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now, shaping your spring. Post these instructions in your blog along with your 7 songs. Then tag 7 other people to see what they’re listening to :)

  • http://www.wineconversation.com Robert

    he he he – nice post and response, now I need to listen to all these songs

  • http://www.wineconversation.com Robert

    by far my favourite was Son Son by Macaco, but I did like the non-bongo-playing Bongo Bong song; need to try again with the wine pairings next time

    oh, and in case anyone is confused by the task, here are the original instructions:

    List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now, shaping your spring. Post these instructions in your blog along with your 7 songs. Then tag 7 other people to see what they’re listening to
    :)

  • winehiker

    Sounds like a fun meme! Funny, too, in that I spent most of yesterday afternoon listening to Latin jazz and sipping (non-Latin) wine. I'll put a post together this week.

  • Edgar Mendoza

    curious recommendations :D I have another one, PLENITUD de LACOMUNA great song to taste wine <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK1_aqXZGqU “>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK1_aqXZGqU

  • Edgar Mendoza

    curious recommendations :D I have another one, PLENITUD de LACOMUNA great song to taste wine <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK1_aqXZGqU “>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK1_aqXZGqU

  • Edgar Mendoza

    curious recommendations :D I have another one, PLENITUD de LACOMUNA great song to taste wine <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK1_aqXZGqU “>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK1_aqXZGqU

  • Edgar Mendoza

    curious recommendations :D I have another one, PLENITUD de LACOMUNA great song to taste wine <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK1_aqXZGqU “>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK1_aqXZGqU

  • http://www.californiawinehikes.com/winehiker winehiker

    Sounds like a fun meme! Funny, too, in that I spent most of yesterday afternoon listening to Latin jazz and sipping (non-Latin) wine. I’ll put a post together this week.

  • http://www.vinustv.es/ Edgar Mendoza

    curious recommendations :D I have another one, PLENITUD de LACOMUNA great song to taste wine
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK1_aqXZGqU

  • Andrea

    Hey, who tagged me? Dude, I freaking LOVE Presuntos Implicados, and haven't listened to them in ages upon ages. Thanks for the reminder. I bet I can partake of this meme without getting the bean too tipsy! Fun idea; thanks!

  • Andrea

    Hey, who tagged me? Dude, I freaking LOVE Presuntos Implicados, and haven’t listened to them in ages upon ages. Thanks for the reminder.

    I bet I can partake of this meme without getting the bean too tipsy! Fun idea; thanks!

  • Gabriella

    Thanks Robert for a more detailed explanation of the meme! Winehiker and Andrea, I look forward to hear how you add your own twist to this challenge. God knows I can already think of a dozen songs that would pair well with a great hike! And Edgar, I trust by "curious" you mean, "wow, what great pairings you've suggested for us to listen to with a glass of Spanish wine in hand!" :-) Thanks for the suggestion on the song as well. I wasn't familiar with it, but have enjoyed discovering it!

  • http://www.catavino.net Gabriella

    Thanks Robert for a more detailed explanation of the meme!

    Winehiker and Andrea, I look forward to hear how you add your own twist to this challenge. God knows I can already think of a dozen songs that would pair well with a great hike!

    And Edgar, I trust by “curious” you mean, “wow, what great pairings you’ve suggested for us to listen to with a glass of Spanish wine in hand!” :-) Thanks for the suggestion on the song as well. I wasn’t familiar with it, but have enjoyed discovering it!

  • Edgar Mendoza

    Exactly you read my mind Gabriella, when I say “curious” I mean wonderful recommendations :P I love Mala Rodriguez

  • http://www.vinustv.es/ Edgar Mendoza

    Exactly you read my mind Gabriella, when I say “curious” I mean wonderful recommendations :P

    I love Mala Rodriguez

  • Andrea

    The 1st and 6th songs sound like great pairings, as those are 2 of my favorite artists and 2 of my favorite wines to casually drink, so I'll have to put them together! As for the others, I have not heard of the songs/artists by name but I've probably listened to them before and the wines I definitely know and love so I'll have to explore those combos as well. Great ideas to ponder on a Sunday afternoon, thanks! :) Andrea

  • Andrea

    The 1st and 6th songs sound like great pairings, as those are 2 of my favorite artists and 2 of my favorite wines to casually drink, so I’ll have to put them together! As for the others, I have not heard of the songs/artists by name but I’ve probably listened to them before and the wines I definitely know and love so I’ll have to explore those combos as well. Great ideas to ponder on a Sunday afternoon, thanks! :)

    Andrea

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