I have 3 delicious pairings of a movie, a location, and a wine the will expand your wine knowledge.
The Good Year takes you to a blissful vineyard in Provence, France. It follows investment banker Max Skinner, coming back to the place of his childhood years. While he renovates vineyard that belonged to his late uncle, he finds peace and passion in very basic things. It’s a story that didn’t find critical acclaim but is something that wine lovers will appreciate. Plus you get to see Russel Crow in his best time directed by Ridley Scott. The director shows love to the vine craft by framing picturesque sceneries of grape fields, old mansions, and rustic French towns. The movie was filmed in a real vineyard called Château la Canorgue that is opened to the visitors and offers wine tasting. It’s a great holiday location. If you are up for it click here: http://chateaulacanorgue.com If you pair the screening with the wine you will get classic Provence aromas of rosemary, garrigue, and rustic berry fruit. The soft, inviting palate offers pleasant acidity and soft, tannic structure.
Bottle Shock is a movie that wine aficionado will enjoy. It introduces viewer to a Napa Valley in 1970s and then follows a true event that changed wine industry forever. It is well known in the industry and often referred to as the “Judgement of Paris”. A competition was organized by British wine merchant on 24th May 1976. French judges were tasked with blind tasting comparisons: one of top-quality Chardonnays and another of red wines. A Californian wine rated best in each category, which caused surprise as France was generally regarded as being the foremost producer of the world's best wines. Movie feels light and comedic but shows an interesting clash of European snobs and Californians with wine in their blood and grape field’s dirt under finger nails.
The movie was filmed in Sonoma Wine County as the movie director wanted location looking like Napa Valley in 1970s. You can visit Sonoma with its great wine tasting routs and welcoming people. Find more information on sonomawine.com. Take a trip to Kunde Family Winery where some of the memorable movie scenes took place.
If you choose to enjoy a lovely bottle of Sonoma Chardonnay with a movie you will be welcomed to a complex aromas of caramel, roasted nuts, honey, fresh Bosc pear, ripe peach, nectarine, and honeydew melon accented with nougat, brown sugar, baking spice, and red apple. Flavors of peach, apple, and crème brulee mingle with hints of butterscotch, caramel, warm pie crust, and baked apple with touches of light vanilla and oak spice. Wine has a lavish texture with a mid-palate creamy richness and bright acidity that leads to a finish with a long luxury flavor.
“A year in Burgundy” is a spectacular window to a poetic relation that generations of winemakers have to the craft and the land. The documentary shows real affection for winemaking. It is filmed with knowledge and respect to the oenology. You follow behind the curtain life of seven wine families from bud-break in spring to pruning in autumn. Expect brilliant camera work and quotes that will stick with vinophile for life.
One of the wine families showed in the movie comes from Chateau de la Maltroye. It’s a place where you will find some of the best reds you will ever taste. Learn more about the location here: https://www.beaune-tourism.com/discover/burgundy-wines/finest-wines-burgundy/burgundy-wine-chassagne-montrachet-puligny-montrachet.
While you watch the documentaries try a bottle of Chateau de la Maltroye: Bourgogne 2015. Taste bursts with peppery spices, sweet red and blue fruits, warm loam, and crushed flower. Crisp acidity and chewy tannins find their complements in a sweet inner perfume as this wine glides across the palate.