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What Wine Pairs Best with Pink Floyd?

Editor’s Note. We’ve noticed that folks who are into music generally enjoy life’s other pleasures, too, including food and drink. So we thought it’d be fun to combine those two pursuits and see what comes of it. We enlisted one of our favorite polymaths, Josh Turner, whose palette is as fine as his chops, to join us in this experiment. If you don’t know Josh, you owe yourself a visit to his YouTube channel. But we digress. Let’s get onto the premiere episode of Wine & Vinyl.


In worlds as subjective as those of wine and music, one has to be careful throwing around words like “classic” and “quintessential.” Even so, I think you’d be hard pressed to find either a music lover or oenophile who would dispute those terms when used to describe Bordeaux and Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here. These two have much more in common than unanimous designation as classics — in fact, they make something of a perfect match for one another.

Just as the nearly 25-minute epic “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” slowly layers in synths and guitars, good Bordeaux has layer upon layer of flavor that builds long after you’ve taken a sip. The specific wine that I recently enjoyed with the album, a 2010 Merlot-heavy expression from Lussac-St. Emilion, needed a good two hours in a decanter before it was really expressing itself. As with the album, my patience was rewarded.

The synth tones on “Wish You Were Here” are admirably naturalistic, effortlessly transcending the feel of a novelty instrument that many contemporaneous records seemed to relegate synths to. That same earthiness comes through loud and clear in Bordeaux, in the terrior specific to that corner of France. Both the wine and the record are simultaneously huge – the record in instrumentation and sonic feel, the wine in mouthfeel and duration – yet restrained. On the record, look no further than David Gilmour’s opening solo on the title track as evidence of the band’s incredible ability to never play one more note than necessary. In the wine, see how the exact same grapes found in many lush, fruity Californian wines are here much earthier and more acidic.

So open yourself a bottle of good Bordeaux, give it a few hours, then sit down with a glass and “Wish You Were Here.” I promise your patience will be rewarded.

Josh Turner

Photo Credit: Pink Floyd by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images

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6 comments on “What Wine Pairs Best with Pink Floyd?

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    Henrique Miranda Machado

    ” And hum… For having high acid content” Made my day. Creative idea and great video. I don’t even like wine…

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    Tim Corcoran ( TC )

    Hi Josh. Left this link on your YouTube channel as well. I believe you will be inspired by it with this new direction. The link is from Cambria winery. Enjoy.
    https://youtu.be/s3WlaTVsWpQ

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    Loved it. Thank you for an insightful pairing.

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    Ffrancky

    What a creative idea to compare wine to music. I would love to taste the wine, unfortunately i cant – but i can always play wish you were here, the best album ever made. Cheers

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    Nice Josh. An interesting combination. At first I thought it was a bit tongue in cheek, but it makes neurological sense. The auditory, olfactory (smell) and Gustatory (taste) are all paired together very closely in the temporal lobe of the brain. Music memory centers sit beside taste and smell and it makes sense that there would be some overlap and interaction.

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