Musical Journey with Wine


This post was sponsored by Cambria Winery as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

When I was 16-years old, I wanted to learn to play the drums. I purchased drumsticks, I learned all the names of the different drums, and I would lay books out on my bed to represent each drum. With my stereo playing 90s alternative music, I’d “play” my drums. That only lasted so long before I realized my parents would not let me get a real drum set, and I wanted to actually learn to play an instrument. So for my 17th birthday, my dad took me to a guitar store and purchased an acoustic guitar. My dad was a very talented guitarist himself, so he {very patiently} taught me to play guitar. I learned the basics and taught myself to play better by watching others on TV, purchasing tab books, and getting a guitar magazine subscription.

When I left for college, I took a guitar course offered at my university, but not long after, I placed the guitar in a case for many years. I took it with me to each home I moved to, but it basically collected dust. When my father passed away last Halloween, I wanted to honor his love and gift of music, so I started taking voice lessons. Music is a beautiful form of therapy. It allows us to heal in a way that nothing else seems to do. I think he’d be really proud of me.

We moved to Gainesville this summer. It has become a really hip, cool little town, with breweries, wine tastings, and lots of live music. I feel inspired by all that surrounds me daily, and I’m glad I can continue to grow an appreciation and fondness of all types of music. I recently learned about the Notes of Cambria project. A talented musician was challenged to create music that reflected two different varieties of wine, Cambria’s Benchbreak Chardonnay and Cambria’s Benchbreak Pinot Noir, from California’s Santa Maria Valley.

Watch and listen to the music here!


Like music, wine can be appreciated for its sensory experience. It engages your taste buds and sense of smell. Cambria’s Benchbreak Chardonnay and Benchbreak Pinot Noir are estate grown and bottled, high quality, immensely flavorful wines. The music inspired by these wines creatively accents their unique characteristics.

So grab a snack, a glass of Cambria wine, and experience the combination of food, beverage, and music in a new way. I paired my wine with a platter of three cheeses {herb goat, blue, and cheddar}, whole grain crackers, smoked almonds, honey roasted cashews, apple slices, and chocolates. Then check out the videos above to enjoy the Pinot Noir Waltz and Chardonnay Shanty for the full sensory experience.

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About Carrie Wells, Ed.D.

Dr. Carrie Wells is a college instructor, blogger, wife, and work-at-home mother to two children, Lydia {age 8} and Bryce {age 6}. Carrie earned her doctorate in Special Education in 2008. After becoming a mother in 2009, Carrie began blogging as Huppie Mama to share her passions for cooking, crafting, beautifying, and her family. In 2016, she rebranded as Our Potluck Family, and her husband Richard became a regular contributor.

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