I will never tire of celebrating our firsts, and this was our first collaboration with the absolutely stunningly beautiful Héritage Fine Wines in Beverly Hills. Under the watchful eye of French winemaker Jordane Andrieu and his team, this bar is one of my absolute favorite haunts in Los Angeles. Cozy yet hip, this is a place you feel you could just stay for hours, and we were so glad to present our final music tasting of the year here.
Another stellar team of musicians joined us this time - no surprise here! Pianist Jacquelyn Schreiber was back with us, and we introduced two new musicians – violinist Julia Chalker and tenor Orson van Gay II – on our program as well. This program was focused on the French in many ways (how could we not, really!), and we presented some standard holiday tunes as well as some classical, jazz, renaissance, and modern pieces, making it an all-round sensory treasure-chest.
Many people told me they had never been to anything like this before or had never thought of pairing wine, music, cheese, and chocolate in such a detailed and elegant way. Every time I hear this, I am reminded that people truly do want to experience new things or even, new ways of doing old things. I often say that the elements of a music tasting are centuries old. People have been drinking wine and eating food while listening to great music for generations. It's the approach – the personalized, full-sensory and fully customized approach that Five Senses Tastings takes to our pairings – that sets us apart.