Wine and cinema - an excellent pairing.

Wine and cinema - an excellent pairing.
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Illustrious drops: The most influential wines in film history

When wine meets canvas, the result is a unique pairing. Falstaff has gone in search of the wines that made their mark on the timeless story of film.

Light, camera, uncork! Falstaff dives into the world where the art of cinema combines with the sophistication of oenology. From timeless classics to modern masterpieces, these influential wines have left an indelible mark on the silver screen by enriching stories, amplifying symbolism and raising a glass to the fusion of timeless films and legendary vineyards.

"Casablanca" (1942)

In the unforgettable classic "Casablanca," a glass of champagne symbolises the tingle of romance. As Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman celebrate their bittersweet reunion, the golden bubbles draw viewers inside, under the spell of power, love and the lure of a tingling flute of the finest champagne.

Wine: Veuve Clicquot 1943

"Notorious" (1946)

Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman star in this noir thriller by Hitchcock. This was the first post-nuclear film after World War II and the plot revolves around smuggled uranium. The key scene takes place in a wine cellar, where the two are drinking a bottle of Pommard Premier Cru from the Côte de Beaune in Burgundy.

The wine: Château de Pommard Beaune 1er Cru

"Columbo: Wine Is Thicker Than Blood" (1973).

The fascination with wine as a plot element is particularly evident in this exciting crime novel from the 1970s. From hidden secrets to stolen treasures, a rare vintage (arguably Latour's best ever) becomes the linchpin in a web of mystery and intrigue that keeps viewers guessing until the last sip.

The wine: Château Latour 1961

"The Godfather" (1972)

No article on influential wines in film would be complete without a mention of Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather" trilogy. The film's protagonist, Don Vito Corleone, wields a glass of Sangiovese like a scepter of power, representing the family's authority and the intricate web of loyalty and betrayal that makes up their empire. At his son's communion in the second part, he drinks a Bardolino from Veneto.

Wine: Bardolino

"Breast or Mace" (1976)

Wine takes centre stage alongside sumptuous cuisine in this French classic starring Louis de Funès. While the eccentric protagonist tries to find his way in the world of gastronomy, a bottle of exquisite Bordeaux becomes the comedic catalyst.

The wine: Château Margaux 1990

"Babette's Feast" (1987)

A breath of freedom: the Oscar-winning Danish comedy "Babette's Feast" is about a French cook who prepares a sumptuous feast for a strictly religious community in Denmark, changing their lives forever. The finest Spanish sherry is served with the meal.

Wine: Amontillado Sherry

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