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Illustrious drops: The most influential wines in film history Part II

When wine meets screen, the fascination of the palate merges with the art of cinema to create a truly magical union. Falstaff has gone in search of the wines that have made their mark on the modern history of film.

It is an adventure that takes us on a journey through the ages, where the canvas becomes a window into other worlds and the aroma of the noble drops enchants our senses. From the mysterious noir films of days gone by to the modern blockbusters that fire the imagination, these noble grapes have touched emotions and fired the imagination.

The second part of this series is about the wines of modern films, in which the fine wines shaped the course of the stories and the fates of the protagonists.

"Sideways Symphony" - Pinot Noir's Ode to Life

Alexander Payne's "Sideways" gave Pinot Noir the screen it deserves, transforming this delicate grape variety into a cinematic sensation. With each nuanced sip, the film's protagonists navigate the complexities of life, love and the pursuit of happiness. From the vineyards of Santa Barbara to the depths of the human heart, Pinot Noir becomes a poetic companion on a journey of self-discovery.

The wine: Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Richebourg Grand Cru AOC 1999

"Pommard's Passion" - French kisses and red wine dreams

In the romantic comedy "French Kiss," Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline embark on a wine-filled escapade through the picturesque vineyards of France. Amid the rolling hills and lush vines, a bottle of Pommard becomes an elixir of transformation.

The wine: Domaine Chantal Lescure, Pommard 1er Cru "Les Bertins" 2015

"Champagne fizz" - The Great Gatsby's toast to excess.

When F. Scott Fitzgerald's literary masterpiece was brought to life on the big screen, Baz Luhrmann's film version of "The Great Gatsby" was steeped in the opulence and decadence of the roaring twenties. Champagne flowed from Champagne towers as if in torrents, symbolising the extravagant lifestyle and decadent dreams of Jay Gatsby and his entourage.

The wine: Champagne Krug, Krug Clos d'Ambonnay Blanc de Noirs Brut 2000

"Bordeaux brilliance?" - Bottle shock and the verdict of Paris

Based on true events, "Bottle Shock" depicts the extraordinary victory of California wines over their French counterparts at the infamous Judgment of Paris blind tasting in 1976. This watershed moment in wine history captured the essence of ambition, innovation and the triumph of the underdog, forever changing the perception of New World wines.

Wine: Château Montelena, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

"Rosé Dreaming" - A toast to summer and friendship

In the charming romantic comedy "The Holiday" by Nancy Meyers, wine is a backdrop for the unfolding romantic relationships in this heartwarming film featuring Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz . Wine becomes a symbol of newfound freedom, friendship and the joy of embarking on life's unexpected adventures.

The wine: Château d'Esclans, Whispering Angel Rosé 2018

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Ferdinand von Vopelius
Ferdinand von Vopelius
Portalmanager Österreich