Today is National Wine Day, and while at first glance most people would assume the country music alcohol-of-choice would be either beer or Jack Daniels, there are plenty of songs that give wine its (much-deserved) due. Here are six good ones to pair with a glass of your favorite vino today.
6) Yesterday’s Wine.
Written by Willie Nelson in 1971 this classic was a #1 hit for George Jones and Merle Haggard eleven years later. Listening to their version WILL make you want to skip a fancy winery or tasting room and head to the closest dimly-lit honky-tonk for a glass of their $3 house and a well-traveled stranger to chat up.
5) Country Boy Can Survive
This backwoods anthem from Hank Jr in the early 1980s sings about the resilience of country people, and part of that is resilience is being able to do a lot of stuff themselves, including growing “good ol’ tomatoes and homemade wine”. And you know what that wine tastes like? Freedom. (The ‘maters are probably pretty good too)
Mix together some wine, some fruit, maybe some brandy or other spirit and voila! You have all you need for a tasty afternoon drink and/or an epic make-out session. Thanks for the suggestion, Blake!
3) Don’t Happen Twice
Kenny Chesney’s ode to first-time love paints a beautiful picture–moonlight, some Janis Joplin on the stereo, wine sipped from Dixie Cups….but all the dad in me can think about is that they’re sitting on the hood of a car and probably scratching the hell out of the paint.
2) Strawberry Wine
Pat and I were sitting in on a rehearsal for the ACM awards around 1996, and in front of us were two older ladies who were huge country fans and had managed to sneak in. Good for them, right? So we were whispering with them about the different artists slated to appear on the show and Pat mentioned then-newcomer Deana Carter. Both ladies looked blank for a moment and you could tell the name wasn’t ringing a bell. Then one of the women leaned in and in thick southern accent goes, “You mean Strawberry Wine girl?” Yep. The very same. And she’s still best known for this classic today.
1) Dust on the Bottle
First time I heard this back in 1994, I wasn’t paying attention to the lyrics and I thought the name of the song was Dust On The Bottom. Wrong! David Lee Murphy, who is still one of Nashville’s most successful songwriters (he recently penned Bar at the End of The World for Kenny, plus hits like Kiss Me or Not for Thompson Square, Big Green Tractor for Jason, Anywhere With You for Jake Owen…you get the idea) had a pretty good little solo career back in the 1990s and this was his biggest hit, about an old man with great timing and a dusty old bottle of wine.