The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: What pieces of classical music and what kinds of beer best go together? See the answers from an expert in both brews and music from NPR’s “Deceptive Cadence” blog.

August 19, 2012
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By Jacob Stockinger

Yesterday it was wine; today it is BEER.

We all know the game of matching the right food with the right wine – though there does some to be some disagreement over whether white really is required with fish and about when rose is appropriate.

Anyway, a while ago NPR’s “Deceptive Cadence” asked  someone is very experienced in both wine and classical music to come up with a list of complements – with which wine goes with which composer of which piece of classical music.

I showed in my post yesterday some of the matches made by Alex Sherman – who is a professional sommelier (wine steward) for a prestigious Chicago hotel and also plays percussion in the  acclaimed Chicago Symphony Orchestra — proved expected.

But The Ear found some others very intriguing and unanticipated.

Now, the NPR blog has asked Sherman to do the same thing for beer.

My reaction is much the same except that there is even a local Wisconsin angle featured in the form of a microbrew from New Glarus. (The photo below comes from iStock.)

So once again, take a look – as well as a sip and a listen – for yourself.

Here a link:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2012/07/25/157357229/the-classical-kegerator-pairing-beer-with-music

And feel free to make your own suggestions for similar match-ups by leaving something in the COMMENT section.


Classical music: What pieces of classical music and what kind of wines best go together? See the answers from an expert in both wine and music from NPR’s “Deceptive Cadence” blog.

August 18, 2012
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By Jacob Stockinger

We all know the game of matching the right food with the right wine – although there does some to be some disagreement over whether white really is required with fish and about when rose wine is appropriate.

Anyway, NPR’s “Deceptive Cadence” asked someone who is very experienced in both wine and classical music to come up with a list of complements – with which wine goes with which composer of which piece of classical music. (The photo below come s from iStock.)

Some of the matches made by Alex Sherman – who is a professional sommelier or wine steward for a prestigious Chicago hotel and also plays percussion in the acclaimed Chicago Symphony Orchestra — proved expected.

But The Ear found some other very intriguing and unanticipated.

Take a look – as well as a sip and a listen – for yourself.

Here a link:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2011/11/21/142590064/perfect-pairings-programming-wine-with-music

And feel free to make your own suggestions for similar match-ups by leaving something in the COMMENT section.


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