Cherry Wine

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"Cherry Wine"
Single by Nas featuring Amy Winehouse
from the album Life Is Good
Released September 19, 2012
Format Digital download
Recorded Westlake Studios
(Los Angeles, California)
Instrument Zoo Studios
(Miami, Florida)
Length 5:56
Label Def Jam
Producer(s) Salaam Remi
Nas chronology
"Cherry Wine"
"Something to Believe In"
Amy Winehouse singles chronology
"Our Day Will Come"
"Cherry Wine"

"Cherry Wine" is a song by American rapper Nas, released in 2012 by Def Jam Recordings as the fourth single from his 2012 album Life Is Good.[1][2][3] The single features vocals by the late Amy Winehouse and was nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 2013 Grammy Awards.[4]

Writing and recording[edit]

Speaking to NME, Nas expressed that "Cherry Wine" came from "God, and Amy". Asked if Salaam Remi had "Cherry Wine" from their recording sessions together, he said: "Yeah, Salaam worked on her last album, and they were working. We don’t even have an explanation for how it happened. It was just magic. It just happened. It was supposed to happen. She made it happen."[5] Lyrically, "Cherry Wine" finds Nas expressing his ongoing search his perfect mate.[6]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Cherry Wine" premiered on October 2, 2012, and sees Nas as a bartender, while images of Amy Winehouse are projected onto the brick walls of the bar.[7] The video ends with a picture of Winehouse beside the dedication "In Memory of Amy Winehouse (1983–2011)".[8]


"Cherry Wine" was nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 55th Grammy Awards in 2013.[9]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[10]
  1. "Cherry Wine" (Album Version) — 5:56


Credits adapted from liner notes.[11][12]

  • John Adams – Rhodes piano
  • Vincent Henry – tenor, alto sax, flute, clarinet
  • Gleyder "GEE" Dida – recording
  • Gary Noble – recording, mixing
  • Salaam Remi – producer, arranger, bass, drums
  • Brian Sumner – recording
  • Amy Winehouse – guitar


Chart (2012) Peak
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[13] 144
UK R&B Singles (Official Charts Company)[14] 27

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United Kingdom 19 September 2012 Mainstream radio Def Jam[15][16]


External links[edit]