Louis and Ella duet albumNatalie ColeAn idea for a summer pairing party is to feature musical duets – enjoy some lovely wines with some classic and swinging sounds. See which duets you like the best, and which wines compliment the music most effectively. One timeless classic that is a must is the first Louis and Ella duet album. For another twist on great music, try Natalie Cole’s album that includes the technological marvel of the duet with her father, the great Nat King Cole. This musical mix includes lush ballads as well as tunes that really swing, and the vocalists are backed by fabulous instrumentalists playing great arrangements. For this gathering, serve a mixed cheese plate and maybe a special dip with fresh vegetables or a bowl of easy-to-eat summer fruit like cherries, grapes, or strawberries. Add the wine and you’re ready to enjoy a kicked back summer evening. Whether red or white, strong, rich wine choices pair well with this music – we suggest Zinfandel and Chardonnay. See which combination you and your guests prefer between the wines and the music, and let us know your results by visiting our blog page.

Wines: Ravenswood Zinfandel – Vintner’s Blend (Red); Rodney Strong Reserve Zinfandel (Red); Chalk Hill Estate Bottled Chardonnay (White); La Crema Chardonnay (White)

Music: Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong – Best Of Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong vs. Natalie Cole (w/ Nat King Cole) – Unforgettable: With Love