I played Flamenco guitar music for a wine tasting event where the organisers wanted the mood of the music to match the character of each wine.
I understood the idea and wanted to play flamenco music that really did suit the event and that helped to create the Spanish atmosphere.
Thus, for a very robust red wine I chose a strong and serious piece such as Soleares.
For a lighter red wine with more fruit I thought that Bulerias might be appropriate.
The white wines were more complicated because certainly one of them has a lot of body and quite a rich colour and in this case, I considered Granianas or Alegrias de Cordoba.
While for the brighter and lighter white wine I played a rather fast and fun Alegrias de Cadiz.
When Alegrias is played in the style of Cadiz it is always in a major key but in the style of Cordoba it is almost always in E minor.
For the Rose wines I felt that the flamenco pieces of South American origin such as Guajira and Colombiana really accompanied the delightful Rose wine.
I thought it was important to explain that Flamenco comes from Andalucia and many wines come from other regions of Spain and as such there could not always be a geographical paring between wine and music.
Nonetheless some of the flamenco pieces came to Andalucia as pieces from other regions in their original form.
Farruca from Galicia, Garrotin quiet possibly from Asturias and of course I also play the classical piece called Asturias by Isaac Albeniz.
Then we have Caracoles from Madrid, Sevillanas almost certainly originally from Castilla and all of the mining laments such as Tarantas, Mineras, Cartagenera, Levantica from the eastern levante region.
Thus, by understanding the wines themselves and then thinking about my flamenco repertoire I was able to provide flamenco guitar music that was entirely in character with the event.
It is sometimes said that back in the late 19th Century flamenco was used at events to promote wines and foods typically at places called ‘ventas’.
It was very good in the early 21st Century to play for a similar event.