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Cinematic Sips: Wine Movies and Perfect Pairings

After a long week, one of my favorite ways to wind down is to curl up on the couch with a glass of wine and transcend to a wine region through the TV screen. Even better? When I’m sipping a wine that complements the wine-themed movie! If you’re like me and love wine movies, read on for some of my favorite wine movies and the perfect wine pairings to elevate your movie night!

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“Sideways” (2004)

This classic wine-centric film takes you on a wine-tasting road trip through California’s Santa Ynez Valley. As you follow the adventures of Miles and Jack, here’s the perfect wine pairing: Santa Barbara Pinot Noir. Its delicate, nuanced flavors mirror the complexities of the characters’ journey. Or you can go against Miles and enjoy a nice Merlot ;).

Our suggestion: Foxen Vineyard Pinot Noir or Sea Smokes Pinot Noir 

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“Bottle Shock” (2008)

Set in California’s wine country, this movie tells the story of the 1976 Judgment of Paris wine competition. It’s truly a fascinating story brought to the big screen with some Hollywood greats, making for an entertaining look into the history of Napa Valley. While watching, savor a Chardonnay or a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon to celebrate California’s wine heritage.

Our suggestion: Chateau Montelenas Chardonnay or Stag’s Leaps Cabernet Sauvignon

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“A Good Year” (2006)

Transport yourself to the picturesque vineyards of Provence with this feel-good film. The director does an excellent job of making you feel like you’re in the French estate so why not pop open a bottle of a Provence Rosé and savor its refreshing flavors, just like the film’s protagonist, Max Skinner?

Our suggestion: Chateau d’Esclans Côtes de Provence Whispering Angel Rose or Château des Bertrands Côtes de Provence Rosé

“Somm” (2012)

This documentary dives deep into the world of sommeliers preparing for the prestigious Master Sommelier exam. While watching, challenge your palate with a wine tasting of your own. Try a flight of wines and test your knowledge.

Our suggestion: Gather a group of wine enthusiast friends and play the SOMM blinders game!

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“The Secret of Santa Vittoria” (1969)

Set in a small Italian village during World War II, this film features a town’s quest to protect its hidden wine stash from German soldiers. Pair this delightful classic with a bottle of Italian Sangiovese or Chianti.

Our suggestion: Castello Meleto Borgaio Chianti Classico Riserva or Barbera d’Asti DOCG Superiore “Le Rocchette”

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“Sour Grapes” (2016)

This documentary uncovers the world of wine fraud and forgery. It’s a wild and crazy true story that I recommend every wine enthusiast watch! Enjoy a glass of Bordeaux or Bordeaux-style blend as you delve into the intrigue surrounding counterfeit wine.

Our suggestion: Château Biac Cuvée Félix de Biac Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux

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“A Walk in the Clouds” (1995)

Set in a Napa Valley vineyard, this romantic drama pairs beautifully with a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Let the wine’s boldness match the passionate love story on the screen.

Our suggestion: Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon 

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“Wine Country” (2019)

This comedy follows a group of friends on a wine-tasting trip in Napa Valley. Share the laughs with a bottle of Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc or a crisp Chardonnay.

Our suggestion: Hall Wines Sauvignon Blanc or Artesa Winery Pinot Noir

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“A Perfect Pairing” (2022)

This charming film follows an LA-based wine executive on her journey to secure a little-known Australian winery as a client and falls in love along the way. Enjoy an Australian Shiraz blend to pair with the stunning countryside film set.

Our suggestion: Molly Dooker The Boxer

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