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Chords & Vines – Pairing Music and Wine

A few years ago, an idea popped into Kat Ellis’ mind. She thought it would be interesting to find the perfect wine to match the mood of a song. Kat’s a gifted photographer whose passion is shooting live music. A resident of the Temecula Valley for nearly two decades, she has deep-rooted relationships with area musicians and wineries. Her El-Ey Promotional business combines her photography talents with her background in event marketing, graphics and publishing.  Her idea evolved into an internet radio show appropriately titled Chords & Vines.

Chords and Vines airs each Sunday afternoon at two on LA Talk Radio. Guy Towe, host of Relevant Music and Muse, is one of Kat’s two co-hosts. A singer/songwriter/actor/producer/director/soundman is also the engineer for the Sunday broadcasts. Kat considers him her mentor, teacher and best friend.

I am her other co-host and have called the Temecula Valley my home for nearly fifteen years. I founded WINEormous in 2009, a blog devoted to food, wine and travel and I’m a member of the International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association.  I also give personalized tours of the Temecula wine country, taking up to seven guests on a guided wine tasting. My love of wine runs a close second to my love of music.

In addition to her role as host of Chords & Vines, Kat also is in a partnership with Temecula Valley Cheese Company owner Shawna Smoot. Together they produce Sassy Mamas mustards with flavors like Cheeky Cilantro-Lime, Sassy Clove, Classy Coco, Jamaican Mama, and Lively Lemon Basil.

This Sunday afternoon, take a listen to Chords & Vines to see just how much fun this show is. Check out their Facebook page to see where their broadcast will be. Being a part of the studio audience is always a treat, and you may just get to taste some wine along with the hosts.

Written by Tom Plant

Why not experience Temecula Wine Country with a guide who knows the area perhaps as well or better than anyone else. You can reach Tom Plant at (951) 907-9701 or via email at

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