At Domestique, we are always and forever fascinated with the concept of taste. Our own perceptions of taste and beliefs around taste are constantly shifting. And we like that. Change makes you experience things differently.
Now is a time of great change. That change requires processing and conversation. So, for the next couple newsletters, we're going to focus on the role of wine during a time of crisis. Beverage has always been a backdrop for processing and conversation during moments of change (Hemingway in the Parisian cafe, Patti Smith in the New York coffee house). We want to look specifically at how art can shape perceptions of taste, especially during a time like right now, and how wine lends a frame to that process.
We asked Eothen “Egon” Alapatt, the founder and president of Now-Again Records (the source for much of our absolute favorite vinyl at the shop), to make a playlist in response to COVID-19. As Egon said when I reached out to him about the project, "I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and listening and, yes, sipping in this time. So, I know the importance of reminding people that what they might think of as an indulgence is probably more necessary than, say, hoarding six cases of paper towels."
We're excited to listen to what Egon has put together. If you want, listen alongside a wine of your choice. Maybe choose something that you normally wouldn't drink. Does the music shift your perception of the wine or does the wine change the music? Does it all feel different because you've been stuck at home for a month with your stack of paper towels? Let us know.