Folk Fest is just around the corner and that means spending the weekend in Prince’s Island Park while catching an impressive collection of artists and musicians. Each year the line up is as diverse as the next with acts that range from indie pop to reggae to West African funk; you just never know what you’re going to get.
As a festival sponsor, Vine Styles wants to help get everyone excited about Folk Fest, which is why we’ve created our very own festival line up that includes an eclectic section of wines that pair with some of the artists you’ll see this year:
2012 WillaKenzie Pinot Gris
Folk Fest Pairing: Great Lake Swimmers
There’s something about listening to this group that just creates the feeling of instant relaxation so we’ve picked the nice easy drinking WillaKenzie Pinot Gris from our Mellow section. This plush white is full of aromas and flavours that are just as pleasing to the taste buds as tracks from GLS’ latest album are to your ears. The harmony of sweet melon fruit and gentle acidity will make you feel like you’re on cloud 9.
2012 Les Halos de Jupiter Costières de Nimes
Folk Fest Pairing: Basia Bulat
When you think of talented female folk singers Joni Mitchell and Neko Case probably come to mind but here’s someone else that should be on your radar: Basia Bulat. She’s a dazzling young songstress who’s taken the folk music genre and made it her own with poppy melodies and a charming stage presence. For Basia we had to pick something that was soft, Lush, feminine and full of beautiful aromas. After you see her perform this year, we think you’ll agree the Costières de Nimes and its wonderful fruity and floral fragrance is a perfect match.
Folk Fest Pairing: Lee Fields
With the swagger of James Brown and the soul of Otis Redding we selected something from our Smooth section to pay tribute to Lee Field and the Proyecto Garnacha seemed like the perfect fit. If Lee Fields doesn’t sweep you off your feet at Folk Fest then you can always count on the ripe blackberry flavors and smooth palate of the Proyecto to do the job!
2011 Van Westen Voluptuous Red
Folk Fest Pairing: A Tribe Called Red
Let’s talk about things that make statements. A Tribe Called Red is a group of 3 who are passionate about making social commentary on Aboriginal culture and there’s really no other group quite like this. Brandishing a very unique style of music that could be described as Electronic Pow-Wow, you can’t help but take notice. The Van Westen Voluptuous Red is the perfect wine to compliment this trio with striking aromas and flavours of juicy plums, dried herbs, tobacco and a touch of breakfast bacon. This wine will keep you on your toes with its long and fantastically exciting finish.