How to Pair Wine with This Season’s Hollywood Bowl Concerts

Watching Harry Potter Harry Potter in concert? Sommelier Caroline Styne has the perfect bottle for that

Huge news that James Beard award winners Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne have taken over the food and wine program at the Hollywood Bowl, usurping the Patina Restaurant Group who dominated the venue for 15 years. Patina was good, but Goin and Styne’s The Lucques Group will inject much needed excitement into everyone’s favorite summer activity, from the wine bar by AOC, to the marketplace, to three-course dinners in your box seats. (Just wish the liquor license allowed room for barman Christiaan Rollich’s amazing cocktails. At least you can batch Green Goddesses for your picnic.)

To kick off this year’s Bowl season, which starts June 18 with Steely Dan, celebrated sommelier Styne paired wine available at the Bowl to upcoming shows. So if you’ve always wanted to know which vino complements pot haze, see below.

Sing-A-Long Sound of Music — Anna Maria Abbona, Dolcetto di Dogliani, Sori di But 2012
“Anna Maria Abbona makes wine from vines that her father planted in the 1930’s on a sweeping south-facing slope in the hamlet of Butti. This is a beautifully structured Dolcetto that shows an inky violet color, blueberry and blackberry fruit notes and delicate hints of tea, perfect for consuming with a picnic on a grassy hill while singing along to ‘Do a Deer…'”

Reggae Night — Lo Fi, Gamay/Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County 2015
“The label on this wine is actually a picture of a vinyl record album, The wine shows pure and pretty cherry notes and a  hint savory herbaceousness that hint makes it a great aromatic partner to the ‘herbal’ aromas and flavors that will be circulating the Bowl on this night.”

Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone in ConcertHocus Pocus, Syrah, Santa Barbara County 2013
“This wine is a really great example of California Syrah.  It is bold, dark and structured without being overextracted or jammy and shows great deal of mineralogy…perfect for sipping while watching a quiddich match.”

Sergio Mendes & 50 Years of Brasil ’66 — Funk Zone, Syrah Blend, Santa Barbara Highlands 2015
“This is a fun, meaty Syrah blend that shows plenty of spice and pepper. It’s the ideal pairing with a spicy meaty sandwich or Suzanne’s Spanish fried chicken from Kitchen 22.”

Fireworks Finale with ELO —Hirsch, Pinot Noir, San Andreas Fault, Sonoma Coast 2013
“Like ELO, this winery approaches winemaking in a modern way but with an eye to the classical, as in the wines of Burgundy. It shows tons of bright red plummy fruit and rose petal aromas, but drinks as close to the muscular wines of Volnay and Vosne-Romanée as you can get in California. It’s high in acid which brings a great deal of lift and energy to the palate and has a long finish….like the spectacular fireworks display at the end of this show.”