Sip and Spin: EDM Wine Pairings

Take that damn pacifier out of your mouth and enjoy electronic-dance music like a grown-up: by savoring a varietal that makes beautiful music with your favorite genre.

The Style: House

The Wine: Chateau Felice Chardonnay, Healdsburg, California.

The Song: “Clarity,” by Zedd.

House music is a truly American creation and, coincidentally, our homeland is also responsible for buttery, oaked Chardonnay. Listen, just because the masses can’t get enough of something doesn’t necessarily make it bad, but enjoy these guilty pleasures together when your wine and music snob friends aren’t around.



petite_petit_bottleshot_WEBThe Style: Minimal

The Wine: Petite Petit, Michael David Winery, Lodi, California.

The Song: “Spastik,” by Plastikman.

Techno innovators birthed the minimal sound from the world’s gritty urban cores, so this EDM genre demands a beverage that’s stripped down to the essentials. A petite syrah hand-laced with black and blue fruits make it a perfect fit for the dark techno sound. Don’t be scared. Well, be a little scared.



dr_loosen_WEBThe Style: Trance

The Wine: Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese, Mosel, Germany.

The Song: “This Is What It Feels Like,” by Armin van Buuren.

Peace, love, unity and riesling. Fall under the spell of floral acidity and hold tight to that stem as you brace yourself for a drop so epic you’ll become a cyborg killing machine just to travel back in time and assassinate the dance floor.




The Style: Dubstep

The Wine: Mas La Plana Cabernet Sauvignon, Miguel Torres, Penedès, Spain.

The Song: “Kill Everybody,” Skrillex.

Nothing matches brutal bass drops like a bottle of monster cabernet sauvignon. The grape juice from Spain’s Penedès region is the perfect blend of structured finesse with complex flavors of berries, spice and toasty oak to match an asymmetrical hairstyle.




The Style: Drum ’n’ Bass

The Wine: Ballistic Zinfandel, Tobin James, Paso Robles, California.

The Song: “Inner City Life,” by Goldie featuring Diane Charlemagne.

Like drum ’n’ bass, zinfandel is somewhat misunderstood for its many variations and styles. But we think zin fits the bill for any drum-n-bass track, what with its gamut of big bold flavors of fruits and spice.





The Style: Trap

The Wine: Beaujolais Nouveau, Georges Duboeuf, Beaujolais, France.

The Song: “Love Sosa” (RL Grime Remix), by Chief Keef.

As a filthy trap-music tipple, this fruity, low-acid gamay with delicious berry flavors and scented floral notes make an ideal match for slow golf-clapping that ass.