Adele's new album '30′ calls for a mixed case of wine, spirits and beverages

Joseph Hernandez, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

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"Cry Your Heart Out": Alright, we’re past the early tearjerkers. “Cry your heart out, clean your face,” indeed! This poppy number requires something matching its energy, like Lunar hard seltzer’s yuzu flavor. At 4.9% alcohol and made with yuzu citrus from Japan, it is floral, bubbly, and delightfully tart.

"Oh My God and Can I Get It": The mid-album mood boosters continue with two songs about letting oneself enjoy new love and also seek something beyond the casual. They’re both fun and lighthearted — seek out Denny Bini’s Spuma Vino Frizzante, a sorbara-based Lambrusco that’s soft-bubbled and reminiscent of strawberry soda (but without the cloying sweetness).

"I Drink Wine": During her recent CBS interview with Oprah, Adele revealed that she “stopped drinking” at some point in the creation of this album. “That’s one great way of really sort of getting to know yourself, is just drinking water and being sober as anything,” she said. This song, which she told Vogue was about shedding her ego (“So I hope I learn to get over myself/ Stop tryin’ to be somebody else”), would be great with Long Island, New York’s Wolffer Estate nonalcoholic Verjus, made from sustainably farmed chardonnay and merlot but not allowed to ferment. The verjus (French for “green juice”) is fresh and straightforward, with tropical notes of unripe mango and the crisp finish you’d expect from the region’s traditionally made cool climate wines.

"All Night Parking" (with Erroll Garner): A song about “the intoxicating feeling of falling for someone new,” according to Rolling Stone, "All Night Parking" is best paired with an easy-drinking, “don’t have to think too hard about” red, like Pas de Probleme’s pinot noir. The informal name itself, which roughly translates to shrugging off potential problems, hints at what’s in the bottle: unfussy fresh fruit flavors.

"Woman Like Me": This, my friends, is the album’s scorcher of a diss track. “Complacency is the worst trait to have, are you crazy?... It is so sad a man likе you could be so lazy.” I don’t know about you, but someone’s gonna need some aloe for those burns. Or maybe mezcal, like Dock Street Spirit’s Vicio mezcal — mixed as a negroni, it’s got the bitter bite to maybe forget that Adele took you out like that.


"Hold On": Throughout "30," Adele opens up her wounds — her divorce, motherhood, finding oneself in chaos. In this ballad, Adele is accompanied by “a chorus of friends,” she told Oprah. Their inclusion (“just hold on/ let time be patient”) bolster her gospel-esque delivery, a message to find support from those around you. In that spirit, call your pals for a listening party and bring out the big guns, namely Schplink’s 3-liter boxed gruner veltliner, full of bracing acidity and lemon notes.

"To Be Loved" and "Love Is a Game": The last two songs are two sides of a love coin: The emotional turmoil and strain of deciding to leave a relationship against the whimsical, swoony headiness of new love on the horizon. It’s a one-two punch of hurt and romance, but the coupling ends the album on a seriously high note. Why not try something ... nouveau, as in the Beaujolais Nouveau-inspired wine by Philly's Mural City Cellars. The wine is a spicy, balanced offering made with Chambourcin grapes from New Jersey, and all the things that make new relationships exciting, striking and intriguing.


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