Wine and Movies for Winter
As the holidays wind down and winter piles up, staying in all weekend with wine and movies seems like a solid plan, don’t you agree? To help you plan out your next several weekends of cocooning, below are some examples of great wine-themed movies we love, with wine pairing suggestions, and a decadent dark chocolate drizzled popcorn recipe to complete your winter wine and movies experience:
Suggested Pairing: Chardonnay
You will recognize a few famous Hollywood faces in this 2008 movie recounting the true story of the famous 1976 Judgement of Paris, where a stellar California Chardonnay is pitted against the best of France. When the snow is coming down, this movie will be a lovely escape to the sunny vineyard county of Napa Valley. As you find out what ‘bottle shock’ actually means, pair with the Sheldrake Point 2015 Chardonnay.
Suggested Pairing: Pinot Noir, of course!
This 2005 movie won two Golden Globes and an Oscar for this hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking tale of two old friends, a groom and his best man, on a bachelor’s week road trip through California’s Central Coast wine country. Best man Miles waxes poetic about the virtues of Pinot Noir amongst plenty of wine-drinking and the hijinks of groom-to-be Jack. Pair with the Sheldrake Point 2013 Pinot Noir. And, go ahead and have a bottle of Merlot on hand, just for kicks.
A Good Year
Suggested Pairing: Rosé
Russell Crowe stars in this 2006 romantic comedy where London bond trader Max inherits a French vineyard estate upon the death of his Uncle. It is a classic clash of big city business-style and savoring the slow winery life of Provence. Will Max really sell the vineyard? Will he successfully woo the local café proprietress? And is the mysterious American backpacker really his Uncle’s illegitimate daughter—and true heir? The classic pairing for a romp in Provence is Rosé. Look for the Sheldrake Point 2016 vintage of Dry Rosé in late winter/early spring 2017!
Suggested Pairing: Riesling
This 2012 documentary follows four sommeliers as they prepare for the prestigious Master Sommelier exam, a test with one of the lowest pass rates in the world. The film demonstrates the incredible skill and dedication required to tackle this challenge, and the rich personal and professional rewards of passing. A variety of wines are sipped and discussed throughout the film, in what can be described only as competitive wine tasting. We suggest pairing with Riesling for this wine’s overall versatility—in that it is available in dry-to-sweet, ages well, and pairs beautifully with a range of dishes. Pick out a Sheldrake Point Riesling to sip with Somm.
Suggested Pairing: Meritage
This 2013 Australian documentary examines the skyrocketing prices of the prestigious red wines of Bordeaux. The reason? Demand in China, where the rare, expensive wines of Bordeaux have become a powerful status symbol. Winemakers, wine critics, and wine lovers discuss this phenomenon and trends of the wine industry. Pair with the Sheldrake Point 2012 Reserve Meritage, a right bank Bordeaux-style blend, composed of 51% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 29% Cabernet Franc.
The Secret of Santa Vittoria
Suggested Pairing: Gewürztraminer
This 1969 Hollywood film starring Anthony Quinn follows the occupation of Italy during WWII and the Nazi’s search for hidden Italian wine. Although Gewürztraminer is more typically thought of as a wine of Germany, northeast Italy is also a notable region for the grape and where the name is derived. Gewürztraminer = spicy [grape from] Traminer (a variety grown in the Italian Alps). Pair with Sheldrake Point 2014 Gewürztraminer.