“Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand” - Stevie Wonder
They say that all moments in life are more thoroughly and joyfully experienced when all senses are engaged at that given time. Five Senses Tastings and Europa Village came together several weeks ago, in a full sensory wine tasting and dining experience accompanied by live music. Tapas were prepared by Chef Dean and wine pairings by "Doc" from their Bolero Cellars, Vienza, and C'est La Vie collections. It was an evening of tasting with your ears and with all your five senses in a multi sensory dining experience through Spain, Italy and France. PLEASE NOTE: Throughout this article, I have included UTube videos and songs for each of the music pairings. Click on them and listen as you read so you can maximize your reading experience!!! Start listening to the first song of the evening, Malaguena by clicking here if you're on a desktop or click on the video below if on a mobile! When you're ready to listen to another song, don't forget to turn it off.
Meet Five Senses Tastings
I'm so excited to introduce to you to Five Senses Tastings, who invited me to collaborate with them on this awesome event at Europa Village, home of the future Bolero Cellars, Vienza and C'est La Vie Wineries. For this event, we had founder and CEO Kala on vocals, Dan on the piano, Jeff on the guitar and Victoria played the violin. But there are so many more artist that are part of Five Senses Tastings and you can click here to see more. You can also click on their names below or their pictures to read their bios.
The evening was filled with amazing tapas from Chef Dean perfectly paired with their wines according to their country. Five Senses Tastings came together with beautiful international melodies that express love from different parts of the world that needs no translation. Three different courses were served, where each individual course was paired with two wines and four songs. The first course was from Spain, followed by Italy and third was from France. Scroll below to see all three course pairing menus!
Curso De Espanol | Spain
Bolero Cellars 2015 Libido Blanco
"Malaguena" by Ernesto Lecuona | Jeff | click here to hear song
"Sonata No 2 in a minor, Fuga" by J.S. Bach | Victoria | click here to hear song
Bolero Cellars 2014 Tempranillo
"Los dos miedos" from Poema en forma de canciones | Dan and Kala | click here to hear song
"Guajiras" Flamenco Style ida y vuelta | Jeff | click here to hear song
Bacon-Chorizo Stuffed Date, Parsnip Purée, Sofrito Sauce, Endive-Clementine & Marcone Almond, Oil-Cured Olives
There have been many times I have had music in the background while wine tasting. However, I’ve never had it paired perfectly with my wine and food. It was a fun and different tasting experience that enabled all my senses allowing me to enjoy the evening from a different perspective. During the Spanish course and tasting, my favorite wine of the evening was the Bolero Cellars 2014 Tempranillo. It was paired with music from Spain, “Los Dos Miedos”, which means The Two Fears. This song was played on the piano by Dan and vocals by Kala. The beat of the song, “Los Dos Miedos”, floated generously with elegance just like the Tempranillo. The wine was smooth and light on the palate, not too rich, but just the right amount of flavor. This wine was also paired with the song Guajiras “Ida y Vuelta”, which means, There and Back, played by Jeff on the guitar. This traditional song demonstrated how this flamenco style tune, can have an upbeat tempo with a soft elegant personality. This song brings you back and forth, just like this well balanced traditional Tempranillo leaving you wanting more and coming back. These songs and Tempranillo was paired with Bacon-Chorizo Stuffed Date, Parsnip Purée, Sofrito Sauce, Endive-Clementine & Marcone Almond, Oil-Cured Olives.
Corso Di Italiano
Vienza 2014 Vendetta
"Vissi d'arte" from Tosca by Giacomo Puccini | Kala and Dan | Click here to hear song
"Libertango" by Astor Piazzolla | Victoria and Jeff | Click here to hear song
Vienza 2013 Estate Sangiovese riserva
"Buongiorno Principessa" from Life is beautiful | Jeff | Click here to hear song
"Speak Low" by Kurt Weill (1900-1950) | Kala, Dan, and Victoria | click here to hear song
"Innamorata" by Harry Warren and Jason Brooks (1955) | Victoria and Jeff | Click here to hear song
Sausage Stuffed Mushroom, Shrimp Scampi, Crostini, Tomato Marmalade, Cheese Ravioli, Sage Sauce
The second course guided us through Italy where the music was paired with Vienza’s 2014 Vendetta, a 70% Sangiovese, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and their Sangiovese Reserva. Five songs were beautifully paired with this course, all giving you the feeling that you are somewhere in Italy. “Vissi d’arte”, from Tosca, played on the piano and sung on vocals, showed the wildness of the super tuscan wine "Vendetta", with earthy and plum aromas. Just like the song, the Cabernet grapes gives it the body and the WOW factor! The song “Libertango”, by Astor Piazzolla, starts with the guitar playing the rhythm and then the melody is followed by the violin. Towards the end of the song, both the guitar and violin blend together as one in an embrace just like the Sangiovese and a Tango. These songs and wines were paired with Sausage Stuffed Mushroom, Shrimp Scampi, Crostini, Tomato Marmalade, Cheese Ravioli, Sage Sauce
cours de France
C'est La Vie 2013 estate syrah
"Non, je ne regrette rien" by Edith Piaf | Kala and Jeff | Click here to hear song
"Les chemins d'amour" by Francis Poulenc | Kala, Victoria and Dan | Click here to hear song
C'est La Vie 2015 estate chardonnay
"Arabesque No. 1 in E Major: Andantino con moto" | Dan | Click here to hear song
"Salut d'amour" by Edward Elgar | Victoria and Dan | Click here to hear song
Cream Puff-Salted Vanilla Bean Curd, Mini Pineapple Tart Tatin, Almond Pithivier, Almond Brittle Sauce
I’m beginning to think that there is really NO coincidence that STRESSED spelled backwards is DESSERTS !!! Maybe thats why the third course was my favorite. This music was paired so perfectly that it instantly took me back to Paris. It also took me back to a recent Dove Chocolate commercial where you see a girl eating chocolate all throughout her life. The commercial demostrated a real empowerment for women to indulge and enjoy every moment of life with no regrets. This commercial has the song, “Non, je ne regrette rien” by Edith Piaf, which was paired with the third course and C’est La Vie 2013 Syrah. The song “Non je ne regrette rien”, means "No, I Do Not Regret Anything”..love it!!!! (Tube video is below). As soon as Kala began singing the song, I felt like I was in France and it brought me back to that french commercial. Trust me, if you saw this commercial it would have brought you back as well. Such a fun and delectable pairing with the perfect song that serves as an anthem to live life to its fullest, paired with a Syrah that pretty much goes with everything.
Because I was able to tune in all five of my senses together at the same time, I was able to experience this evening to fullest, just like my third course and all six of my wines! I definitely recommend one of these dining tasting experiences to anyone!
C'est la vie and c'est fini, my friends!!!
A Special Thank You to Kala from Five Senses Tastings for inviting me to this awesome event! Europa Village for hosting the event. Rita Clifton for taking these amazing pictures and Jesse Wells for the rad video that will be ready soon!
Venue, Tapas and Wine | Europa Village
Writer | With Love Paper and Wine | Erika Beach
Dress | Marc Jacobs (no longer available)
**** Europa Village is open 7 days a week 10am to 5pm. Click here for Europa Village accommodations at their Inn.
Regular Tasting: $15 per person
(includes 6 tastes from our regular menu)
Weekends & Holidays: $20 per person
(includes 6 tastes from our regular menu)
Premium Tasting: $30 per person
(includes 6 tastes from our regular menu and 2 tastes from our premium menu and a souvenir tasting glass.)
Tips: For groups larger than 6, a reservation is recommended.