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Our Top 7 Favorite Wine, Food, and Movie Pairings

Whether they’re beautifully shot stories or documentaries unveiling wine’s mysteries, wine movies are a fun way to learn and appreciate the world of oenophiles.

While there are many wine-centric movies, we’ve put together our top seven favorites. This is the perfect list for those who want to learn a thing or two about wine, or simply be entertained. We’ve even included the perfect Scarlett wine and food pairings to accompany these films while you watch, because you can’t fully enjoy a wine-themed movie without the perfect bottle!

Bottle Shock 

Two men leaning against a truck with vineyards in the backgroundThe movie:

Paris-based wine expert Steven Spurrier heads to California in search of cheap wine that he can use for a blind taste test in Paris. Stumbling upon the Napa Valley, he’s shocked to discover a winery producing top-notch Chardonnay. Determined to make a name for himself, he sets about bringing the wine back to Paris for the infamous “Judgment of Paris”.

The pairing:

While Chardonnay might seem like an ideal pairing here, we love a wine with a lot of personality to match the wide variety of personalities in this film! With that, our 2018 Petite Sirah is powerful, juicy, and expressive – just like this movie. Rich barrel spice and expressive dark fruits give depth and complexity to this wine. Pair this with a classic grilled steak or a hearty plate of beef stroganoff for a comforting meal with this intriguing, witty film.


Uncorked

Man sitting at his laptop in his bedroom at a desk with a desk lamp looking into the distanceThe movie:

Fueled by his love for wine, Elijah enrolls in a course to become a Master Sommelier. His dream is threatened by expectations from his father, Louis, who insists Elijah takes over the popular Memphis barbeque joint that’s been passed down from father to son since its inception. Elijah struggles with the demands of school and a new relationship, while Louis wrestles with the feelings of his son rejecting the family business until a tragedy forces both of them to slow things down. 

The pairing:

As a film that has a little spice with hints of family politics and confrontation, you need a wine that can hold its own. Our well-balanced, medium-bodied 2018 Scarlett Zinfandel boasts lots of verve, and we love pairing this with hearty flavors. To accent Louis’ barbeque, we recommend classic ribs or anything smoked, charred, or cajun-themed!


Sideways

Two men at a table with wine glasses and bottles in front of them, looking into their glasses full of wineThe movie:

A wine tasting road trip to salute Jack’s final days as a bachelor goes “sideways” as he and Miles hit the gas en route to a mid-life crisis. The comically mismatched pair soon find themselves drowning in wine and women. Emerging from a haze of wistful yearnings and trepidation about the future, the two inevitably collide with reality.

The pairing:

This rather bold and boisterous movie requires a hefty, dramatic wine to highlight its humor. Our 2017 Petit Verdot, layered with black cherry, blackberry, and hints of pipe tobacco is sensual, bold, and complements this movie perfectly. Enjoy this wine with savory Cuban-style pork or burgers with blue cheese


The Somm Series

A group of eight people around a table smelling and tasting wineThe movies:

A series of three, the Somm documentaries are some of our favorite wine-centric films because they’re all-around educational and entertaining. Part one, released in 2012, follows the attempts of four candidates to pass the extremely difficult Master Sommelier examination, giving you a raw glimpse of the passion, pain, and pure insanity of what it takes to become a Master Somm. 

The 2015 sequel, “Somm: Into the Bottle”, takes a step back to tell the history of wine through ten bottles opened throughout the film in different chapters. The third installation, “Somm 3”, covers a fictional version of the Judgment of Paris. It’s also a look into the mysterious practice of blind tasting and features some of the people who were at the original Judgment

The pairing:

As one of the most popular varieties in the world, this film requires a classic: our 2017 Scarlett Cabernet Sauvignon. To pair with these quintessential movies, a steak dish, juicy burger, or – if you’re vegetarian – a grilled Portabello mushroom with butter and garlic is a great option. The intense flavors in any of these dishes will make a Cab shine!


A Good Year

A woman and man sitting closely together looking into each others eyesThe movie:

A British investment broker, Max, inherits his uncle’s château and vineyard in Provence, where he spent much of his childhood. He discovers a new laid-back lifestyle as he tries to renovate the estate to be sold. Max reluctantly settles into what ultimately becomes an intoxicating new chapter in his life as he comes to realize that life is meant to be savored.

The pairing:

We can’t think of any better wine to accompany this film than our 2019 Scarlett Rosé. This wine pairs as well with a summer day as it does with charcuterie, salads, light pasta, or cold appetizers like potato salad. It simply screams summer – particularly, summer in Provence!


Decanted

A man and woman sitting at a small wood table in wood chairs with a vineyard in the backgroundThe movie:

This film is a beautiful look at the full extent of our very own Napa Valley. From picturesque aerial shots to getting down and dirty in the vineyards, this documentary follows the development of a brand new winery through the eyes of elite Napa Valley winemakers. Explore what it takes to succeed in building a brand, staking a claim, and realizing a lifelong dream!

The pairing:

It doesn’t get any more “Napa Valley” than our 2017 Scarlett Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. With tart cranberry, tobacco, and a hint of red licorice, this wine has a subtle natural acidity and is dark, ripe, and elegant. This wine complements rich grilled meats such as lamb or short ribs, peppery sauces, and dishes high in flavor.


Sour Grapes

A side profile of Rudy Kurniawan smelling a glass of white wineThe movie:

This documentary takes a look at the darker side of wine buying and collecting and covers one of the wine world’s most prolific fraudsters, Rudy Kurniawan. In 2008, after years of deception, French wine producer, Laurent Ponsot, realized that wine from his family’s domain was being sold from a vintage that wasn’t produced. It was that day that Ponsot began his crusade to expose Rudy and his fraudulent activities.

The pairing:

To pair with a zesty, juicy film that’ll keep you on your toes, you need a wine that’s equally vibrant. We love our 2018 Sauvignon Blanc with this movie for that very reason. While this wine is vivacious it’s also light, so keep your pairings light, too. Try chicken with Herbs de Provence (to keep the French theme going!), or with flavorful cheeses like a warm goat cheese salad. 

No matter what genre of movie you enjoy, there’s something for everyone on this list. From Romantic comedies to documentaries and everything in between, these films will surely continue your wine education. Or, at the very least, entertain you while you enjoy a mouthwatering wine. Don’t forget to pick up your favorite Scarlett wines so you’re ready for your movie night!

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