What are your favorite albums or musicians to pair with cellar work?
“Wagner, Aaron Copland, Alexander Borodin and Tchaikovsky. Strong classical music is the best.”
Dan and Nancy Chapel, Cardwell Hill Cellars
“As a trio of female feminist winemakers, we like to play a plethora of angry chick music. I like some ’90s head-shaved, punk-inspired beats, [such as] Sinead O’Connor, Kate Bush, Siouxsie and The Banshees, Cranberries, as well as sappy rip-your-heart-out Puccini arias — “O mio babbino caro!” Alone, I blast tried-and-true original punk, flamenco and John Denver — but only when the wines need to feel their natural magic and just mellow out.
Anais likes Fiona Apple, PJ Harvey and Ani DiFranco to keep us from shaving our armpits and avoiding conversations about body image or comparing how badly we suffered as wallflowers in high school. (Strangely, during these playlists we long for full sleeve tattoos and Bioré nose strips).
Talia rocks Snoop Dogg and show tunes, with a penchant for “So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish!” Every now and then she blasts mariachi music in honor of the compadres who work so hard in the vineyard. In fact, we all like mariachi music. ¡Arriba!”
Rachael Horn, AniChe Cellars
“Radiohead has a chaotic drive and energy that pairs perfectly with the frantic start of harvest. When everything is in and begins to ferment, it’s time for the calm flow and momentum of The Shins. Once in barrel, elevage requires the calm dance of something like Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1.”
Tom Fitzpatrick, Alloro Vineyard
“War on Drugs, Misfits, The Head and The Heart, “Top Gun” soundtrack, INXS and Alice in Chains... These are just some group and personal favorites..
Nick Shown, Left Coast Cellars