Wine and Movie Pairings

With so many of us stuck inside right now, I’ve no doubt you are enjoying a few movies to take your mind off the constant stream of COVID-19 news.

When it comes to cinema choices the options are endless. So, here are a few of my favourite movies and wine matching ideas for your perfect night-in…

Vino inspired film 

Here’s a few heartwarming movies to share on Mother’s Day.

Lady Bird: This Greta Gerwig film navigates a mother and daughter relationship that is loosely based on Greta’s own upbringing. Its gloriously moving with a touch of witty comedy along the way.

Pair with 2018 Pinot Noir.

Steel Magnolias: Released in 1989, this classic movie is a funny and heart warming story of the friendship between six women.

Pair with my 2016 Chardonnay.

Muriel’s Wedding: Of course, I had to add this Australian film to my list. Starring Toni Collette, Rachel Griffiths and Bill Hunter, this movie can be enjoyed time and time again.

Pair with my 2018 Rose.

Little Miss Sunshine: A great one to watch on a Sunday afternoon. A dysfunctional family is on a quest to fulfil their youngest daughter’s beauty pageant dream. It is a hilarious but heartwarming story.

Pair with 2013 Marsanne Museum Release.

Little Women: Greta Gerwig’s film adaptation to the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, starring Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Laura Dern and Meryl Streep. This timely and beloved story never disappoints.

Pair with my 2015 Syrah.

For more serious film buffs, see more movies specifically selected to match the Wine & Movie Pack below.

The Godfather: One of the world’s most legendary films is worthy of an equally acclaimed wine. Settle in for an epic tale that spans over three hours with performances, style and substance that is sure to sustain your night-in. Think hearty Italian-inspired cuisine paired with the perfect red and what could be more perfect than than a soft, spicy and always elegant syrah. I would only ever suggest one movie and one wine at at time, but on this occasion you could choose to sit back and enjoy all three films!

Pair with: My 2015 Syrah is the perfect drop to accompany a marathon flick like the Godfather. With the same classic style as the award-winning picture, the syrah has earned itself the odd accolade too (see here). Hand-picked from a vineyard that was once a Yering Station vineyard, this wine comes from a hill on the tail end of the Dividing Range with an east-northeast slope. With fine, gravelly tannins and liquorice-like flavours, this delicately spiced wine is the perfect accompaniment to this film-classic.

Uncorked: Hiding a secret passion for wine-making from his family, Elijah dreams of becoming a master sommelier. But his father’s expectations are far from the vineyards of Europe, in fact his future is set at their family’s Memphis barbeque house. So, when Elijah is accepted to the Master Sommelier program in Paris, he is faced with more than one challenge. Laugh-out-loud funny, unpretentious and inspiring, this movie is the perfect antidote to stress. So pour a wine and unwind, with this new flick from Netflix.

Pair with: The 2013 Marsanne: Museum Release is sure to inspire your wine-knowledge whilst watching Uncorked. In fact, I’m sure it’ll have you cheering from the couch for Elijah as he taste-tests his way towards becoming a master sommelier. This wine is rich and full, with a texture in harmony with the slight bitterness from Marsanne. Paired best with seafood, creamy sauces or any cheese, there’s something special about this drop! Open this with someone worthy, who appreciates how things of integrity only improve with age.

Sideways: This movie is a wine-lovers classic, turning the vineyards of Santa Barbara into an international wine tourism hotspot in the 2000s. Following the misadventures of two friends as they road trip through wine country in Santa Barbara, the pair wax lyrical about their favourite wines and vineyards. Light, fun and entertaining, this flick deserves an equally appropriate wine-pairing and what better than the main character Mile’s obsession, Pinot Noir.

Pair with: Much like this film, the 2018 Pinot Noir comes into its own after a little time. However, the red fruit flavours make it a delightful drop to drink young too. You won’t have to cellar this long to see earthy characters emerge with complexity and intrigue. Best partnered with food of a more sophisticated nature, which is sure to make it all the more memorable.

Want to try this at home?

With most of us spending more time on the couch than ever before, you might find yourself getting through all three wine-inspired flicks in one afternoon or evening. So, to ensure you’re fully stocked, we’ve prepared a  ‘Wine & Movie’ pack which includes all the wines listed above.

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