Rockers drop sex-and-drugs for a nice glass of wine

Fans of bands such as Queen and Guns ‘N’ Roses prefer Riesling, while classical music lovers favour Gewürztraminer.

‘Sex and drugs and rock ‘n’ roll’ may be a thing of the past as music fans increasingly turn to a nice, refined glass of wine to get their kicks.

A survey of music fans found that the most popular wine among fans of rock music is Riesling, the aromatic German grape prized for its floral notes and citrusy zing.

In findings that may reflect the ageing demographic profile of leather-clad head-bangers, D&D, the wine-merchants, concluded that Riesling was the top choice of devotees of Guns ‘N’ Roses and Queen, bands whose popularity peaked in the 1980s.

The survey of 2,000 adults also found that Sauvignon Blanc was most popular among pop fans, covering listeners to everything from ABBA to The Beatles, Rihanna or Katy Perry.

And classical music fans prefer a glass, or bottle, of Gewürztraminer, the grape of Alsatian origin often paired with Asian food because of its tropical overtones.