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Meet Anna Marie Pryor of Vinyls & Vinos in Bay Area

Today we’d like to introduce you to Anna Marie Pryor.

So, before we jump into specific questions about what you do, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
When I was about 13, I was given my first vinyl record – “Pearl” by Janis Joplin. Her raw vocals and sound on songs like “Cry Baby” played to the tune of my teenage angst (that admittedly has never gone away) and my love for the sound of vinyl was born. There’s a certain magic to the way music on vinyl moves through the air and it was nothing short of addictive.

A decade, 300 records, and a few cross-California moves with them “from Diego to the Bay” I landed within an hour drive of wine country. Within a few visits, and with the help of a few wine-loving friends, I quickly realized the same depth and feeling that music instills in people rings just as true with wine.

I believe that music and wine are both fundamental human connection experiences. I may work in marketing now, but my background is in journalism and photography and telling the stories about where music and wine intersect and meeting the people behind both along the way has been entirely my “jam”.

Has it been a smooth road?
I can’t in good faith say it’s been a “struggle,” it’s wine and music after all, but there’s been a few discouragements along the way. Like I said before: wine and music are both fundamentally human, but both can also be radically elitist. At 23, I’m on the younger end of the spectrum and not traditionally educated in music or wine. The main thing that I consistently try to relay because of this is that I’m NOT here to be the all-knowing, omniscient voice on either of these industries. I’m here to share my passion for both and to make connections. There’s room for so many perspectives and preferences in both music and wine.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Vinyls & Vinos – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
My goal here is to introduce more people to the power of sensory science and show how wine can pair with music in the same way food and wine can. Along the way, I’m also trying to introduce people to a range of wines and make this industry more accessible and approachable to people in the same demographic as me.

When pairing wine and music and writing about both, I take into consideration that the human experience looks different for everyone. Sensory science and where pairings intersect are vastly different between each individual, but I’ve found there is a lot of overlap in how certain wines make people think about certain songs or varietal specific playlists like the ones I create on Spotify.

At the end of the day, I’m pairing the wine and music that I enjoy and I always want to hear what others enjoy too and learn why.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I’ve fallen in love with every city I’ve ever lived in from So-Cal to Nor-Cal, but just like the magic of vinyl there’s a distinct magic to the Bay Area, too.

From its proximity to wine country to the endless vinyl record stores, there’s never an excuse to be stagnant. I’m endlessly inspired by the architecture, graffiti, smells, peoples, and landscapes of the Bay Area. The only thing I dislike is the traffic, but even then, I don’t mind being stuck on the Bay Bridge, listening to the radio with the view of the city in front of me.

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