Pairing wine with Middle Eastern music

Bonjour Clark!

How are you?

I just listened to the FWS Seminar that you hosted and I wanted to thank you for sharing your experience, your theories, your knowledge and your time. I am completely fascinated by your views!

Being a singer-songwriter, I am especially intrigued by the co-relation that you make between music and wine! One question... What kind of wine would Middle Eastern music inspire you to drink?!

I look forward to reading your book!

Hope you are well!

Merci et Santé


Clark writes:

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My idea is that as Liquid Music, wines carry emotional modalities just as music does.  There are joyful songs, sexy songs, sad song and angry songs, and these pair with like emotions in wine.  In general, Rieslings are joyful, Pinot Noirs are romantic and Cabernet Sauvignons are angry.

In this context, one cannot speak of a genre or even an artist.  Garth Brooks mostly does happy-go-lucky songs like Friends In Low Places, but he also does very dark pieces like Wolves and Thunder Rolls.

Therefore, asking what wine goes with Middle Eastern music is like asking what wine goes with French food.  You need to be speaking of a specific piece and performance.

I would love it if you could send me some MP3s of your work, hopefully depicting a good range of emotions, and I will experiment with pairings.  You can also do this yourself.  Your opinion is as valid as mine, and it will be fun to observe the level of agreement.  What this experiment shows is how aesthetically connected we all are despite the vast range of preferences.

Thank you for your interest in my work.