Pairings: Joe Sponzo, Sting and Joel Peterson

Music legend Sting and his wife Trudie Styler host an evening of food, wine and music on their Tuscan estate, Il Palagio. Chef Joe Sponzo creates the menu as wine expert Alan York selects perfect wine pairings.

Music legend Sting and his wife Trudie Styler host an evening of food, wine and music on their Tuscan estate, Il Palagio. Chef Joe Sponzo creates the menu as wine expert Alan York selects perfect wine pairings.

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[MUSIC] I make a lot of music here. Sometimes I'll go and play music in the wine cellar. Apparently it's good for the wine. [MUSIC] The proof of the pudding is in the tasting. And the taste of this wine was exceptional. [MUSIC] When we're in Italy, it's kind of natural. The food is just seasonal and it goes with the wine. [MUSIC] We're in the middle of Tuscany, about 40 minutes south of Florence on the way to Siena. And this is my home, actually. [UNKNOWN] and I have had a long-standing relationship with Tuscany. I like the food. I like the people. Fashion is here, design is here. But they also have this Very historic culture, [UNKNOWN] most food, [UNKNOWN] most wine, most music. And there was some synchronistic timing, really, in that Sting is on tour. We're Launching a wine, Sister Moon and so we thought let's have a party, let's have pairing. So my approach to this evening was natural Italian cuisine. And the Tuscan food experience, it's basically the ribolita, the polenta, the beefsteak Florentine, the bruschetta Everything is synonymous with the land and the wine. Good morning Joey. Good morning Trudy. How are you? This been a very long time. And I'm on 20 years. It's been part of our lives. We could have like a short had with the way, that we talk about food. So tell me, what's with the menu for today. Okay so, I'm gonna have, I'm gonna start out with the pizza down stairs. I choose the main course, a rabbit dish, and a pigeon dish and a beef steak. Which is the beef steak florentine. And Sting and Trudie's new wine, Sister Moon. It's a third merloe, a third. Cabernet Sauvignon, and a third, Sangiovese, and that's what makes it super Tuscan. It'll be a perfect blend with this meal. I have some of your wine here, there's Sister Moon. Sister Moon is one of my songs, I think I wrote it in the mid 80s. And the method of farming we're using is called biodynamic Farming. And by god farming is a strange sort of mixture of science and voodoo where you plant by the phases of the moon. [MUSIC] For me, you know, the whole organic movement by dynamic movement can only be the proof of the pudding's in the tasting. And the taste of this wine was exceptional. [MUSIC] This wine should reflect the magic that this property has. And I think it will, touch wood. Music! [UNKNOWN] [MUSIC] A little loud in my ear. I make a lot of music here. I've made, I think, four albums here. I've written a lot of songs here. I have a studio across the courtyard there and the top floor is music and the bottom floor is the So I think the music seeps down through the stories. Sometimes I go and play music in the wine cellar. Apparently it's good for the wine. As long as you sing in tune, it's fine. He manages always to be a student of music. He doesn't know it all. He's always asking questions of it. Okay, could we start? Sorry. [INAUDIBLE] [MUSIC] Just a cast away. [MUSIC] My idea of heaven is that we'll pass on one day and we'll arrive and they'll be a groaning board with most delicious wines and food and indeed music. And there will be an eternity Eating and drinking, and in great company and laughing. That's my idea of heaven, and I'm lucky enough to have heaven on earth. [MUSIC] Thank you.
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