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Wine and Music: The Latin Party With Italian Wine Edition (Giveaway!)

Vinted on April 15, 2010 binned in giveaways, Italian Wine, wine review
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Alright folks – time for another giveaway, this week featuring a brand new release from leading World Music label Putumayo.  The new CD, titled Latin Party, is a funky, dance-infused, eclectic mix of tunes from Latin American artists, and features bands hailing from Cuba, the U.S., Peru, Columbia, Mexico, and Jamaica.

From the album press release:

“It includes a mix of boogaloo, funk, cumbia, son, salsa, ska and dancehall and spotlights cutting-edge bands and rising stars that pay homage to Latin music’s past while creatively moving it into the 21st century… features songs from New York-based hip-hop collective Brooklyn Funk essentials, Texas-raised Mexican-American musician and producer A.B. Quintanilla III (Selena’s brother), Peruvian salsera Cecilia Noël, multicultural French/Cuban collective Mas Bajo, Afro-Cuban group Luis Mangual y su Conjunto Mangual featuring José Mangual Jr. and from Colombia, three respected groups: salsa super group Fruko Y Orquesta, popular salsa band Orquesta Lo Nuestro and ska/reggae band Coffee Makers. The CD liner notes also feature a drink recipe by Food Network chef Daisy Martinez and an appetizer recipe by leading Mexican chef Patricia Quintana, owner of renowned Mexican restaurant Izote.”

And YOU can win a copy of Latin Party just by commenting on this here post!

Here’s the dilly-yo:

Leave a comment and tell us what wine would you pair with this album of funky Latin dance grooves?  At the end of next week, a winner will be randomly selected from the commenters using a super-secret, totally objective process that involves my dog (details are best left unexplained).  That winner could, of course, be YOU!

I’ll kick things off with my choice of wine pairing…

… which, after rejecting my first choice (Sangria) because it’s not technically a wine, would be…

Banfi’s Rosa Regale, which is from Italy’s Brachetto d’Acqui DOCG in Piedmont.  I can think of several wines that would go well with Latin dancing, but the Rosa Regale probably does the best job of combining fun (it’s fizzy), spicy-food tolerance (it’s got a bit of sweetness and good acidity), and the all-important stamina for all-night dancing (it’s around 7% abv).  And non doubt it would rock when paired up with the Scallop Ceviche recipe included in Latin Party’s liner notes.

The wine is all fun, versatility, red berry goodness, and is only slightly over-priced (hey, just my opinion) at $20, probably reflecting the reputation of coming from a DOCG (you can find a retailer on-line to look for prices lower than the MSRP).  Just don’t expect an bottle of this stuff to last very long – it’s like a party under 4 to 6 atmospheres of bottled pressure just waiting to happen.

Ok, I’ve got the party started here, now let’s hear your choices!



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