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Oregon Originals

Posted by guest, Jul 3, 2008.

For this week’s Wine and Music pairing I have chosen a band and a bottle from Oregon - a 2007 Adelsheim Rose from Willamette and Portland based Blind Pilot.

There is a great review of the wine by Matt Kramer in The Oregonian (June 16th) which has a reference to music and wine.

Matt comments that we can all grow fatigued by complex flavor filled "symphonic" wines but that this Adelsheim Rose can be considered a - "catchy pop tune" which "you'll be humming along with pleasure and the bottle will suddenly be empty." I would have to agree with Matt on this and I find that a catchy pop tune from a local band is a great match.

In addition to inducing pleasure and humming, this wine has a friendly and summery mood which won’t be out of place this 4th of July weekend on the picnic table with BBQ and beer.

Blind Pilot were introduced to me last week by a friend and I’ve listened to this album at least 20 times already. It’s a phenomenal pop/folk blend with intelligent lyrics and bountiful instrumentation. The band is touring the west coast this summer (on bicycles!) from Portland, Or all the way to Mexico. Learn more by visiting the band’s website or a check out this recent article in the Oregon Willamette Weekly which talks about the band’s first tour, and the band’s founding.

Music Region: Portland, Oregon
Music Label: Expunged Records
Music Year: 2008
Music Type: Pop
Blind Pilot:

I am equally excited about this Pinot Noir Rose which I discovered (and finished) last night with my friend Sean. Adelsheim Vineyards , is located in Oregon’s Willamette Valley and was founded in 1971. The 2007 Adelsheim Rosé is a clean and crisp wine with present, but light fruit (cherries and strawberries). We only picked up one bottle of the Rose last night (at K&L here in San Francisco), but I will definitely be picking up a few more before the weekend and will certainly be enjoying along with Blind Pilot’s debut album " 3 Rounds and a Sound ".

Wine Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Wine Label: Adelsheim Vineyards
Wine Year: 2007
Wine Type: Rose: Pinot Noir
2007 Adelsheim Rose:

Included with this post is the Blind Pilot song titled "The Story I Heard" which is my favorite so far on the album.

Blind Pilot - The Story I Heard - the_story_i_heard.mp3

Enjoy & Happy Independence Day to All!

Adam Rabinovitz is Senior Director of Retail Marketing at IODA , the global leader in digital distribution, marketing, and technology solutions for the independent music industry. IODA distributes music from over 4000 labels, representing over 50 different countries and over 170 different genre styles.


Blog comment by Sean, Jul 3, 2008.

Great pairing Adam! I still had the memory of last nights bottle of Adelsheim Rose fresh in my mind when I listened to the track and they compliment each other perfectly! Keep 'em coming!


Reply by Mark Angelillo, Jul 3, 2008.

Great stuff -- I'll be in Oregon on vacation next week. Looking forward to immersing myself in some of the area's Pinot (and hopefully music too)!

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