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Going “Aluado” on the Dance Floor The moon on the label was calling to our inner party animal – so we cued up the mixing board, turned on the black light, and got a little “crazy” with some fun dance tracks. Go ahead – wine really DOES make you a better dancer.
Rockin’ the Suburbs with Katie Winemaker Katie Carter is an up and coming winemaker who is making waves in Sonoma and beyond for her skill in the cellar (one taste of this amazing Chard and you’ll see what the hype’s all about). What inspires her in the cellar? Alt-rock darling Ben Folds and Ben Folds Five, for starters. Tune in at our blog or on Spotify.
The Mixup Mix Pecornio is a popular Italian cheese … and also a grape. The same names often cause confusion, just like the songs in this fun mix. So – if you once were (or still are!) convinced that “Somebody’s Watching Me” is a Michael Jackson hit, or that “Cat’s in the Cradle” was sung by Cat Stevens, then this playlist is for you.
(Gooseberry) Bush and Friends This mouthwatering white has a serious edge – like the gritty, unconventional sounds of ’90s grunge rock. Led by Brit rockers Bush, this playlist takes us back to flannels, wallet chains, and The Clinton era. Good thing you’ve got a little liquid courage (courtesy of South Africa’s Bon Courage estate) to help you through the reminiscing …
A “Grande” Connection Pop superstar Ariana Grande and Mas de Daumas Gassac have both been compared to legends – Mariah Carey for Ariana (the singers each boast huge vocal ranges) and Château Lafite Rothschild for Daumas Gassac. So take a sip and enjoy some of our girl Ari’s top hits with your crew. We’re pretty sure your friends will say “Thank U, Next” (glass).
Papa, Don’t Preach – It’s Time for Albariño You don’t need to wait until Father’s Day to celebrate dad, as this eclectic playlist – inspired by father/son winemakers Julián and Javier – demonstrates. Javier learned his trade by watching his dad in the cellar, and if you’ve already cracked this delicious Albariño open, we’re betting you’re feeling pretty grateful for that tutelage.
Gorgeous Green Darner + Janet Jackson Maybe it’s the eye-catching wings on the label or the fact that dragonflies are symbols of prosperity and change. But something about this stunner reminds us of the one and only Janet Jackson (or, Miss Jackson, if you’re Nasty). The 2019 Rock Hall inductee has certainly morphed over time, and remains one of the music biz’s iconic personas.
The Triumph of Triunfo Sip this “triumphant” Spanish Cab with progressive rockers Triumph and their kick-ass ilk (which includes the amazing trio Rush, Yes, and Night Ranger). We’re gonna Lay It in the Line for you – with its bold flavors and intense character, Triunfo and this playlist were made for each other.
Pour Some Malbec/Tempranillo on Me! Alambrado’s two-grape attack is SO awesome, it reminded us of British rockers (and 2019 Rock Hall inductees), Def Leppard, who have their own killer, two-pronged approach with guitarists Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell. No Foolin’ – this is one red that’ll have you wanting to take a Photograph. (If you do, tag us on Instagram @VirginWinesUSA!)
Take Me to the River (Don’t Forget Al-Ría) With a name that literally means “to the river” in Portuguese, how could we resist setting you up with a Talking Heads playlist. A chance to make a pun like that only comes Once in a Lifetime, right? For good measure, we threw in some B-52s and a little Violent Femmes too. Cheers!
Get Your Pinot Groove On Groove Records’s biggest hit may not ring a bell immediately, but those first few strains of the telecaster are sure to conjure up a famous scene from the 1987 blockbuster film, Dirty Dancing. So slide that 45 on the turntable (or, just cue up this Groove Records-themed playlist) and get into the GROOVE with this light-on-its feet Pinot.
The Magic of Saracosa & Stevie With her unmistakable style, 2018 Rock Hall Inductee Stevie Nicks was an obvious partner for our Saracosa Super Tuscan. Like the bewitching Stevie, Saracosa has a bit of mystique – hailing from a sacred hill where ancient pagans paid homage to the sun and moon. So, get out your Leather and Lace and enjoy this 2016 vintage beauty, born on The Edge of Seventeen.
Let There Be … LIPS! Are you shivering with antici … pation? Time to put on your fishnets, break out the makeup kits, and get down with the Time Warp. There’s no better wine to set the mood for a midnight showing (or listening) of Rocky Horror than our tribute SIN-fandel.
Pickin’ Wildflowers with Silver Puffs Sauvignon Blanc Crafted in tribute to a historic painter and a native wildflower, this lovely Sauvignon Blanc celebrates California’s natural beauty. Similarly, the soulful country songs in this playlist express their appreciation for nature and will inspire you to get outside and relax Where the Green Grass Grows.
Take This California Red Out to the Ball Game Whether you’re enjoying the view from The Cheap Seats or playing Centerfield, the baseball-themed songs in this playlist will add serious fun to any game. They also make the perfect partners to All Out Red Blend, a sumptuous, fruit-driven California red that honors America’s national pastime.
Wine and Music Dream Teams The Assist showcases how several grapes work together to make a wine far greater than the sum of its parts. In the same way, the iconic duets in this playlist feature singers who’ve combined their talents to create gorgeous harmonies that stand the test of time.
Talkin’ Bout a Revolution and a Bold French Cab Toast Albert Marcelin’s revolutionary spirit with a glass of his namesake Cabernet and this punch-packing playlist. These rock and hip hop tracks have invigorated rebels across the world and might just inspire you to Fight the Power too.
I Love Rock ’N Roll … and This Rockin’ Tannat To rise to fame in the music industry, you need to have a thick skin. Like the grapes that produced this lush California Tannat, these leading rock ladies have tough exteriors and hit bold, sultry notes. One Way or Another, this daring wine-and-playlist combo is sure to win you over.
A Full Rack of Ribs & Southern Rock Full Rack is the ultimate barbecue red and an ideal sip for summer. Whether you’re grilling in Sweet Home Alabama, enjoying the Green Grass & High Tides by the beach, or dreaming of warmer weather, Full Rack and this southern rock playlist will fit the bill. (Just don’t pour too generously, or you could be Flirtin’ With Disaster!)
An ‘Alternative’ Wine Meets an Alternative Rock Icon Just as California’s Rhône Rangers put their unique spin on Rhône-style wines like silky Côtes d’Ynez, so have 2019 Rock Hall of Fame inductees Radiohead made their mark on the alternative rock genre. From their 1992 debut single, Creep, to 2016’s popular Daydreaming, this playlist brings you many of the band’s biggest hits.
Treat Yourself to Cabernet & British Rock Classics London Calling! Inspired by a traditional British dessert, Currant Bun makes an indulgent match for classic British rock. Come Together with good friends and enjoy this bold Cab alongside these equally bold rock jams.
Enjoy the Queen of Whites with the Queens of Pop Chardonnay is often called ‘the Queen of Whites,’ and Ticking Clock has exactly What a Girl Wants: layers of luscious, vibrant fruit flavor. It’s the perfect companion for these timeless queens of pop – invite over your Single Ladies, pour a glass, and Don’t Stop the Music.
The Cure Receives Rock & Roll’s ‘Gold Star’ Just as our California expert honored this Grenache Blanc with her Gold Star label, so has the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame honored The Cure by selecting the band as a 2019 inductee. Enjoy some of their top singles – from Boys Don’t Cry to Friday I’m in Love.
Summer Trifecta: Pinot Blanc, Seafood, and The Beach Boys Wouldn’t It Be Nice to enjoy this seafood-inspired California Pinot Blanc alongside songs from The Beach Boys, one of California’s most iconic rock bands. Just pour a glass, crank up the tunes in this playlist, and pretend you’re Surfin’ U.S.A. in the summer sunshine.
Every Song (and Glass of Wine) Tells a Story There’s nothing like sipping a glass of this creamy California Chardonnay and swapping stories with friends. If you’d like a musical backdrop, put on this exclusive playlist. Each story-themed song features mellow melodies and spins its own unique tale.
Bask in the Sunshine With 80s Summer Hits With its vibrant fruit flavors, Sonnenstrahl delivers sunshine to your glass, and these upbeat 1980s “songs of the summer” will bring it to your stereo. If you Wanna Dance With Somebody, just put on this playlist and Roll With It.
Head to the Ocean … BILLY Ocean The upbeat, sunny music of British R&B singer-songwriter Billy Ocean (not to mention his maritime-feeling stage name) reminded us of the equally sunny, carefree vibe you’d experience while on vacation in Spain’s seaside Valencia region – where Palacio del Conde was born.
Please allow us to introduce the 50th Anniversary edition of our custom crafetd Merlot.It’s Rock n’ Roll in a bottle. Fill your glass, turn up the volume, and enjoy the taste of the Rolling Stones.
Get Down on the Farm with Chenin Blanc Stellenrust has gone From Farm to Fame, and this dazzling ‘Heritage Collection’ Chenin Blanc pays tribute to that legacy. Whether you drive a Big Green Tractor or sporty sedan, this country playlist will help you get in touch with this white’s humble roots.
Bubbly Hits From France, Germany, Sweden, and Beyond France’s Perlé wines rarely make it out of Europe, so you’re lucky to taste this elegant, gently sparkling find. Sip it as locals would, with a playlist of uplifting European pop and rock songs that will have you Hooked on a Feeling of happiness.