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An Evening of Natural Wine and Kanye West

If there's one thing our team at Vinohead loves, it's the hype machine that spins everything out of control and whips people into a frenzy. Kanye has that innate ability. So does Natural Wine. Together, they're lethal.

Kanye's latest album release, the long-delayed performance art piece, DONDA, has been met with the same type of enthusiasm (and concern) as pretty much everything else he touches. Whether he actually released the album under his own power, or if the record label finally had enough and took control, remains a mystery.

This week, we gathered our team for an epic listening party to run through Kanye's entire discography—including the new 27-track DONDA. We each brought a handful of natty wines in an effort to jolt the mind and create a completely unfiltered sensory experience—kinda like how our parents got high, listened to Dark Side of the Moon and watched The Wizard of Oz. The results in both wine and song left us thirsty for more. Here are 6 Natural Wines for a Kanye West Listening Party.

WHAT WE'RE DRINKING
 01   The College Dropout | Jesus Walks
2020 Old Westminster Blinded by the Light
Piquette from Maryland, USA 🇺🇸
$23.95


Remember listening to this song on repeat trying to memorize all the lyrics? The track’s a little moody, a little tryna explain himself, and show the music world he's the real deal? Enter Old Westminster's “Blinded by the Light.” A wine from Maryland of all places. But, like Kayne, they are making shit happen. This young, fresh wine straddles the line of a proper piquette and a skin contact white. Dynamic and memorable—like a slightly fizzy alcoholic lemonade—it makes you want to know what else this winery can do.   7.8 



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 02   Late Registration | Touch The Sky
Bernard Vallette Neé Belleuse Sparkling Rosé NV
Sparkling Rosé from Beaujolais, France 🇫🇷

$23.00

Kanye’s sophomore album had some great duets, but the bright horn section that layers this song, with Lupe Fiasco, gives off a happy AF vibe. It’s full of life, class, and a freaking good time—aka “this must be heaven.”  This inexpensive, but high-quality sparkler has us floating sky high on an ethereal cloud. And the name of the bottle is fitting because it translates from French to “born bubbling.” We think Kanye and Lupe would agree. Drink up.   8.0 



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 03   Donda | Jail
2020 Fossil & Fawn Do Nothing 
Red Wine from Oregon, USA 🇺🇸

$18.99

Donda deep chords and some autotune, but these crazy lyrics pair very well with this co-fermented Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris—yeah, that’s right, we got some crazy mixin’ happening. Of all 27 songs on the album, we really vibed with Jail. And just like the hoopla surrounding the album drop, there’s wayyy more than meets the eye with this Willamette co-ferment. Upon first glance, you might think it’d be a poppy and bright glou glou, and it is. BUT there’s a distinctive earthiness to it with black olives, forest floor and cranberries. The winemakers truly let the grapes do their thing here, and perhaps we should let Kanye do the same.   8.0 



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 04   Graduation | Good Life
2020 Scribe Mother of Muses Estate Pinot Noir Rosé
Rosé from Sonoma, CA 🇺🇸

$37.99

There’s rosé and then there’s Scribe’s 2020 Mother of Muses Estate Pinot Noir Rosé from Sonoma and she is FANCYYY. Like the epitome of the Good Life and Fancy AF. Sipping this bottle will have you living out your bougiest of daydreams, even if you are just sitting on a fold out chair in the park. While it’s got that familiar clean and crisp poundability of a classic rosé, Scribe kicks it up a notch or three with tart white cherry and watermelon, with the rind. Provence who? This is Cali style and she's got the goods.   8.3 



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 05   My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy | All Of The Lights
2020 Martha Stoumen Post Flirtation Red
Zinfandel blend from Sonoma, CA 🇺🇸 

$31.95

Just like we could write a love letter to this song (we’ll never forget our first time listening), we could do the same for this chilled red. It’s bursting with tart POM flavor, has a touch of spice, and that 'fuck it let’s open another' kind of finish. In other words, put this one on repeat and if you sway hard enough (and drink enough), you might even think you’ve become besties with Rihanna. And that chorus? Next level. This is a natty wine we like to intro to allll of our friends because, like the song, it always hits.   8.4 



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 06   Watch The Throne | No Church In The Wild
2011 Paolo Bea Montefalco Rosso Riserva Pipparella
Sangiovese from Umbria, Italy 🇮🇹

$65.99

Ever crashed on a couch in a college buddy’s apartment that was once a church? Yeah, it’s like that—brooding and captivating, and LAYERED in some pretty funky ways. This Sangiovese blend from the esteemed Paolo Bea team is dripping with texture. Each sip hits you with a different nuanced flavor, and like the rollicking beat throughout the song, it means business. Both are dressed to impress….also, it’s kinda dope to drink the same vintage as when the song dropped. Meta.   8.6 



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IF YOU DON'T KNOW, NOW YOU KNOW


In 2014, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian bought a 3-acre estate in Hidden Hills, CA that came with its own onsite vineyard. While it was reported at the time that Kim and Kanye (Kimye) were planning to "make their own wine" and follow in the footsteps of Brad and Angelina (Brangelina), there's simply not enough grapes from their estate property to produce a commercial product. Meanwhile, still no word on whether Yeezus is able to turn water into wine.
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