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Help! Tips for Toasting the Beatles

Feb 7, 2012
Help! Tips for Toasting the Beatles
Album and wine pairings mark anniversary of The Beatles First U.S. Visit

beatlesFor music lovers, there are few moments in our nation’s history more pivotal than the Beatles’ debut in America. It was February 1964 when John, Paul, Ringo, and George arrived in New York to swooning fans.

Filmmaking brothers Albert and David Maysles captured the two weeks of hysteria in “The Beatles First U.S. Visit,” a documentary that set the stage for rock and roll movie-making. To mark the anniversary, wine-loving Beatles nuts will be spinning their favorite albums with compatible bottles. Here are some combinations close to our hearts.

A Hard Day’s Night
This album and film is as relevant today as it was in 1964. Crisp and lively, “A Hard Day’s Night” features seven tracks that were new at the time, from the hit “Can’t Buy Me Love” to the bright title track and cool ballads, like “If I Fell,” and “I’m Happy Just to Dance With You.” An album this refreshing begs for a New Zealand sauvingnon blanc such as the 2011 Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc ($11) from Marlborough. It is fresh and clean with flavors of grapefruit, lemon, and lime. Find it here.

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band
Arty and timeless, this 1967 masterpiece showcases the Fab Four’s dark, spiritual side-- from John Lennon’s trippy “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” to George Harrison’s Eastern-influenced “Within You Without You,” and the spicy “Lovely Anthem.” This album is the soundtrack for syrah-grenache blends, like the 2010 Domaine du Roumane Côte du Rhone ($13) from France. The licorice-tinged wine showcases remarkable quality and complexity for the value. Find it here.

Tax season is upon us, which means you’ll want to blast “Taxman,” the monumental and witty opener to the band’s seventh studio album, while uncorking a bottle of cabernet sauvignon such as the rich 2009 Edge Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($17). Like this wine, which is equal parts blackberry and cedar, “Revolver” is a balanced collection of music. You’ve got the pensive “Eleanor Rigby,” the drug-induced “Love to You,” and the crowd-pleasing anthem, “Yellow Submarine.” Find it here.

Do you have a favorite Beatles’ album and wine pairing? Share it with us below.

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