Some people pair their wine with complementary cuisine. Not your Club Correspondent! This connoisseur of wines pairs her wine with her favourite movies. Of course, it helps if the movie is a wine-themed romantic comedy starring Russell Crowe entitled ‘A Good Year’. Or ‘The Great Gatsby’, which features overflowing Moët & Chandon champagne in the Gatsby house party scenes.
Maybe, that’s why, as she’s watched her wine collection slowly dwindle, she’s had mixed emotions? As each bottle has reignited a connection with a favourite movie scene.
Polished off all the wine! Time to try some new ones …
Who can she turn to for advice to restock the racks? Who better than the well-travelled wine-devotees of Beaumaris Rotary!
Australia has a reputation for exceptional wine. Almost everywhere you go you’ll find excellent cellar doors overlooking sensational scenery and serving up amazing cuisine. Let’s see whether our Club Correspondent can match the Club Members’ Australian wine selections with some of her favourite movies.
Bird in Hand Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Adelaide Hills
Bird in Hand in South Australia’s Adelaide Hills is a small family-owned winery cultivating cool-climate artisan wines. Partial to a good drop of wine herself, Kerry Geard says, “It’s a good solid wine that improves with age.”
Taste a second time. And listen carefully as Kevin Kline’s character tells Meg Ryan’s character that wine is just like a person; absorbing influences around it to form its personality: French Kiss
Chanters Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir, Macedon Ranges
Only 12 kilometres from Woodend, Chanters Ridge is a small family-owned vineyard planted exclusively with Pinot Noir. According to Kerry, “It’s the low yields that make this a deeply flavoursome Pinot Noir that ages well”.
Enjoy this wine while you wait for Javier Bardem’s character to walk up to you and ask you to join him in Oviedo, Spain; “We’ll eat well. We’ll drink good wine. We’ll make love.”: Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona
Taylors Estate Shiraz, Clare Valley
This Taylors Estate Shiraz comes from Clare Valley; one of Australia’s oldest wine-producing regions. “It has to be Shiraz for me,” says Richard Jones, “And this is my favourite every day drinker. It’s great value for money and always reliable.”
Let’s pretend we’ve found Le Coin Perdu; the name of the wine Max (Russell Crowe) finds in his chateau cellar: A Good Year
Mount Mary Vineyard Quintet Cabernet, Yarra Valley
Mount Mary is yet another family-owned single vineyard estate; located in the heart of the Yarra Valley. “Quite simply, the best red wine in Oz,” encourages Mary Cunnington. It seems James Halliday agrees! James states, “Mesmerisingly silky, with a kaleidoscope of fruit and secondary flavours, 99 points!”
It won’t disappoint. A glass (or two) of this wine will pair beautifully: Sex and the City: The Movie
Paringa Estate Chardonnay, Mornington Peninsula
The Single Vineyard wines are made from small parcels of grape at this picturesque vineyard on the Mornington Peninsula. “One of my favourite wines would be from Paringa Estate in Redhill,” says Julie Reith, “But, sadly, bottle shops have sold out! I really enjoy the Peninsula Chardonnays and Pinots.”
Pour this smooth Chardonnay. It’s Bridget Jones’ wine of choice: Bridget Jones’s Diary
Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz, Barossa Valley
The wine that established Penfolds reputation with red wine drinkers, Bin 389 is often lovingly referred to as ‘Baby Grange’. “It has to be my favourite wine,” says Bridget Hage, “Though I give out more as presents than I drink myself!”
A wine that pairs well with classically handsome men; Pierce. Brosnan, Colin Firth and Dominic Cooper singing and dancing on a Greek Island: Mamma Mia! The Movie
Kidman Wines Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra SA
Kidman Wines family-owned wine business has been growing grapevines in Coonawarra since 1970. “Always partial to a good red. I’ve enjoyed many varieties but cannot go past a good Cabernet Sauvignon. Especially, if it’s from the Coonawarra Region,” says no-nonsense James Glenwright. “It is hard to pick a best amongst the fifty or so wineries, but Katnook Estates, Hollick Estates and Wynns Coonawarra Estate are favourites; with lesser known Kidman Estates a standout for me.”
A wine that’s designed to evoke memories of lazy summer afternoons (or maybe simply Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche): Chocolat
Raidis Estate Pinot Gris, Coonawarra SA
A family-owned vineyard with a Greek heritage stretching over 60 years. “My favourite wine at the moment is the Raidis Estate Pinot Gris,” says Megan Glenwright.
This is a party wine! Invite Kristin Scott Thomas, Timothy Spall and the delectable Cillian Murphy to your party: The Party (2017)
Wine and movies: the perfect way to spend an evening. What are some of your favourite wine and movie combinations? Let us know!
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