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Jazz & Juice

NYC based jazz vocalist/songwriter/sommelier

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Happy Friday! Before I get to this week's pairing, I wanted to let you know I'll be singing a few songs each set with Ted Nash's Big Band at Dizzy's Club on August 5th -- the band couldn't be better, and the theme is "Jazz Meets Pop." It's going to be a great time -- hope to see you there. Onto your weekly pairing! Juice Gemischter Satz is the name Vienna has given its signature melange of white grapes — maybe more important that than what grapes it contains (riesling, grüner, etc.) is the...

Greetings and Welcome! 7.5.24 Hope those of you in north america are enjoying a post 4th lull, and everyone else your Friday. On to the pairing... Juice 😛 The movie "Sideways" didn't get everything right (merlot is awesome), but Giamatti's monologue about pinot noir ever rings true. It's a finicky grape that requires a lot of care, and I generally avoid any under $20 -- the math doesn't support the likelihood of success in winemaking given the care required. But this is not a usual Friday,...

Happy Friday! 6.28.24 Hope you're looking forward to a beautiful weekend. Special thanks to Jeb Patton for this week's music recommendation, passingly mentioned in a rehearsal together. Oh, and check him out with Adam Birnbaum (who I paired with Bordeaux a few weeks back) and Aaron Diehl at the 92nd Street Y on July 25th in person or streaming -- I know I'll be there.:) Juice extra extra La Felce's "Felcebianco" 2022 is a wine I enjoyed immensely. It is just so good -- when I studied up on...

6.21.24 Happy Friday! Greetings from a sweltering New York City! I hope you find some time to chill wherever you are, and this pairing helps the process.:) Juice a lil' luli I love the grignolino grape. I mean, I might not get a tattoo, but I would buy a t-shirt… It’s usually an herbaceous, lean red that has just enough structure to keep things interesting, and takes a chill well — a secret weapon for the summer al fresco pasta feast of my fantasies. I have never liked a grignolino better...

6.14.24 Happy Friday! This week's pairing had me tasting and listening to some new things that are also popular (and wine-wise, findable, which is a change from the last few weeks!) I hope it brings you into the weekend refreshed. Juice When you start learning how to blind taste, sauvignon blanc from New Zealand is one of those wines that is easy to identify — the grape’s characteristic citric zing comes with a ripe lushness there that’s unmistakeable. It’s a popular wine category, and for...

6.7.24 Happy Friday! I'm excited to welcome some new subscribers today, and of course welcome you returning back - just a reminder, all the past Friday's pairings can be found here. Onto the wine & song! Juice I couldn’t resist this week’s wine when I saw it on the shelf — I'm usually lurking around the Piedmont section of any store, and I found this bottle irresistible since it contained many grapes that I’d never heard of. So I opened Coutandin’s Pinerolese Ramìe 2019 with anticipation,...

5.31.24 Happy Friday! Glad to be back with you, pairing away...let's get to it shall we? Juice I don’t know much about Croatian wine, but that’s changing — over the last few weeks: I’ve been snagging bottles wherever I can find them and delighting in their variety and style. I’m starting our Croatian travels together with this little number: Ikons from the producer Voštinić – Klasnić, from the area of Moslavina, featuring the grapes škrlet and graševina. If we keep drinking from here I will...

5.16.24 Happy Friday! I’m hitting ‘send’ the morning of recording — hopefully my own prelude to a great few days in the studio! I’ll be taking next week off for a vacation, and back at it the following Friday. In the meantime, perhaps you’ll have a wine and music pairing of your own you’d like to share? Send ‘em my way.:) Jazz I am fortunate enough to collaborate with Adam Birnbaum, and I’m a huge fan of his work. I got to hear him at the Jazz Gallery last week playing his album “Preludes”:...

5.10.24 Happy Friday! Hope your week went well, but that you're still happy to reach the end of it! I'm getting ready to go into the studio next week, which doesn't mean I'm not still having fun, as you'll read (I am making an EP of songs about wine, after all...) Juice swipe right I once heard that charisma is the co-existence of two opposing traits in one person. I'm not sure about people, but I do know my favorite wines (and music) always have contradictions and oppositions that challenge...

5.3.24 Happy Friday! Greetings from me, back in NYC, where writing you is a welcome respite from trying to lasso some lyrics.:) This week we're venturing outside our titular genre, but since the Rolling Stones are playing JazzFest, perhaps the jazz police should be patrolling elsewhere... Juice Hybrid grapes are crosses of different species — indigenous North American grapes with their more ‘noble’ cousins from Europe -- they are hardier and can thrive where more familiar vines cannot. Early...