Harmonious Wines

There are few things I love more about Madison than enjoying a glass of wine while listening to tremendous classical music at Concerts on the Square. If it’s a Wednesday night in July, then pack a baguette, some cheeses, and a great bottle of wine and head up to the square to listen to the orchestra. To add an extra touch of sophistication to your evening, try to tie your wine choice to the theme of the music.

The European Greats The raciness and tickling acidity of German Riesling will refresh you on a hot night and pay homage to Bach or Beethoven. An Austrian master such as Mozart deserves his homeland’s best: a complex, herbaceous Gruner Veltliner or a powerful but elegant Pinot Blanc.

Bombastic Beauties When the big brass comes out or Tchaikovsky’s works are on the schedule, you’ll want something robust to match the music. An opulent, succulent California Chardonnay, the Marilyn Monroe of wine, is the white for tonight. If you’re a “reds only” drinker, a full-bodied, spicy Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon should satisfy you.

Showstoppers Whether you love Broadway musicals or one of the more subtle themes, pick one night this summer to drink a splurge-worthy wine. A bottle of bubbly, particularly small-growth Champagne, will instantly create a memorable evening. Perhaps you’ve had your eye on a particular wine, French Sancerre or Alsatian Gewurztraminer, so stop and pick it up on your way to the concert. Pop it open tonight and celebrate!

Whatever you’re drinking, enjoy the music, the company, and the wine. Concerts on the Square is a truly unique Madison experience.

Molly Moran worked for several years in the restaurant industry and now is a wine peddler at Steve’s Wine Market.

Madison Magazine - July 2007
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