Earlier this year, I considered rebooting our old Jazz Uncorked column (retired in 2003). It must have been kismet because around the same time, I heard Eric Harland express his passion for wine on Leo Sidran's The Third Story podcast. I emailed Leo, and we discussed the new column format where knowledgeable wine-loving jazz musicians would contribute the reviews. He also put me in touch with Matt Penman. I emailed Matt and within an hour received his reply: "LOVE IT!!!! Count me in Michael. Thanks for reaching out... bring it on... great idea."
Matt clearly shared my enthusiasm. :-)
Between Leo and Matt we assembled a list of musician oenophiles and began our outreach. Our excitement must have been contagious because many musicians replied with "I'm in!" One possible contributor (vocalist, songwriter and certified sommelier) Kristen Lee Sergeant pitched a different concept which became Jazz & Juice, her monthly column, video and podcast that explores the intersection of jazz & wine. Kristen's column is well under way and her inaugural article Bordeaux Meets Duke Ellington was followed by Chardonnay meets The Modern Jazz Quartet. Both have generated strong reader interest.
Back to Jazz Uncorked...
Matt was featured in Wine Spectator Magazine (2013), and based on our initial email exchanges I knew we were in good hands. We fleshed out our approach as well as the nuts & bolts of producing the column. Fast forward four months and we're both thrilled with the results. See for yourself with Chenin Blanc from the Loire.
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