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Wine of the Week: Mister Magic paired with Muga Reserva 2019



If you're searching for an album that's smoother than a freshly waxed dance floor and funkier than your uncle's disco moves, look no further than "Mister Magic" by Grover Washington Jr. Released in the groove-tastic year of 1975, this timeless classic is like a fine wine for your ears, best served with a glass of vino that's equally as enchanting.


This jazz masterpiece serves up four sax-tastic tracks that'll have you swaying like a palm tree in a tropical storm. Grover Washington Jr.'s saxophone skills are so versatile they make a chameleon look like it needs more identity. And let's remember the keyboard wizardry of Bob James; he sprinkles musical stardust all over this album.


"Mister Magic" didn't just knock politely on the door of success; it kicked it down, waltzed in, and made itself at home. It strutted its way to the number one spot on the soul and jazz charts and confidently nabbed the tenth position on the pop charts. This album is the lovechild of jazz and funk, and its influence on musicians from all corners of the musical universe is undeniable. It's like the James Bond of music albums: suave, timeless, and irresistible.


But what's a party without a bit of wine, right? Enter the Muga Rioja Reserva 2019, a Spanish red wine with all the flair of a flamenco dancer and the sophistication of a fine art connoisseur. It's got a luscious, ruby-red hue that'll make you want to dive in headfirst. The aroma is so complex it probably owns a Rubik's Cube, featuring fruity notes of blueberries that are spiced up like a masquerade ball.


When it comes to taste, this wine is like the James Bond of the wine world - long, balanced, and smooth as a secret agent's pick-up line. The acidity and tannins are so perfectly integrated they must have attended the best finishing schools. And the finish? It's so long and fruity that you'll feel like you're on a never-ending vacation in the vineyards of Spain.


The magic of this wine is in its blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha Tinta, Mazuelo, and Graciano grapes, all handpicked for their starring roles. Fermented with indigenous yeast in wooden vats, it's then aged 24 months in oak casks, 80% of which are French - très chic - and 20% American. But that's not all; before bottling, this wine gets a little egg white spa treatment to fine-tune its flavor. And then it's off to the cellar for a year-long nap, only to wake up and dazzle your senses.


Critics have fallen head over heels for this wine; it's like the George Clooney of vintages. James Suckling gave it a swoon-worthy 94 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate was equally smitten with 94 points, and Wine Enthusiast couldn't help but award it a dashing 92 points.


Now, here's the grand finale: "Mister Magic" and Muga Rioja Reserva 2019 are a match made in musical and vinous heaven. They're like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, a duo so smooth and harmonious, you'd think they've been rehearsing together for centuries. They both offer a symphony of flavors that'll have your taste buds doing the tango. Classic and timeless, they're the Bogie and Bacall of their respective worlds.


Want to explore this musical and vinous wonderland further? Click here for more about the album and here for the wine. Cheers to a night filled with magic and melody!

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