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The Winemonger Movie-Wine Pairing List

Here it is, the inaugural Winemonger Movie Wine Pairing List. This is your go-to guide for pairing wines with films- we’ve started with our favorite 40 pairings, so find the wine, rent the movie, and delight in!


8 ½ (ITALY)
Kracher #8 Welschriesling TBA and #9 Sheurebe TBA

2001: A Space Odyssey (USA)
Luna Merlot 2001 Magnum. It’s a long trip, you’ll need a huge bottle.

Amadeus (USA)
Hogl Loibner Vision Riesling 2003 Smaragd. An Austrian with vision.

Annie Hall (USA)
Braunstein 2002 Oxhoft Chardonnay. To go with the lobster.

Apocolypse Now (USA)
Bonny Doon Heart of Darkness

Apollo 13 (USA)
Valley of the Moon Zinfandel

Henschke Hill of Grace (often abbreviated HOG)
Turkey Flat Shiraz 02.
Goats Do Roam 2003 Goat-Roti

The Bicycle Thief (ITALY)
Salice Salentino
Antonio Caggiano Tauresi

Huge Night (USA)
Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 1998 (the year the film was made) or perhaps more appropriately, a Gaja Barbaresco

Birdman of Alcatraz (USA)
Bonny Doon Huge House Red

Breaking Away (USA)
Red Bicylcette

Chocolat (USA)
Heiss Acacia-Barrique Beerenauslese Sauvignon Blanc. Pairs well with the chocolate.

Citizen Kane (USA)
Cain 5, Napa, CA

The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (FRANCE/BELGIUM)
Eiswein or Sauternes. To go with the profiteroles. Georgina likes profiteroles.

Dark Star (USA)
Dark Star Ricodarti, Paso Robles

Days of Wine and Roses (USA)
Heiss Traminer Eiswein 2002. The Traminer grape is known for its bouquet of rose notes.

Le Dernier Metro (The Last Metro, FRANCE)
2003 Gerard Depardieu Lumiere de l’Atlas. We could have picked just about any French film from the past 30 years, as he appears in pretty much all of them!

Don’s Party (AUSTRALIA)
Something Australian and a bit tacky: perhaps Yellowtail or a sparkling Shiraz.

Double Indemnity (USA)
Baco Noir by Henry Pelham, for this classic Noir film.

Evil Dead (USA)
Exquisite Corpse, Bonny Doon

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (USA)
Red Diamond 2002 Chardonnay (Diamonds are a girls best friend!)

Gladiator (USA)
Trius Brute 2002

The Godfather (parts I, II, III)(USA)
Niebaum-Coppola Rubicon Proprietary Red Wine 1986
Niebaum-Coppola Edizione Pennino Zinfandel Estate 1993

The Grapes of Wrath (USA)
A strong wine showing through a rough exterior. Pick your favorite under $20 California Cabernet, such as the ’95 or ’96 BV

Lawrence of Arabia (USA)
Karl Lawrence Cabernet

Like Water for Chocolate (MEXICO)
Monte Xanic Chardonnay, from Mexico

Metropolis (GERMANY)
Lang Trockenbeerenauslese 1999. In honor of the director, Fritz Lang.

Notorious (1946, USA)
Behrens & Hitchcock Chien Lunatique 2003. Hitchcock for Hitchcock, and a film where a wine bottle is literally the key to the whole thing.

The Perfect Storm (USA)
Any Port

Picnic at Hanging Rock (AUSTRALIA)
Hanging Rock Heathcote Shiraz 1990

Pieces of April (USA)
Williams Selyem Pinot Noir 1999 Mendocino
Panther Creek Pinot Noir 1999 Shea Vineyard
Gsellmann & Gsellmann Beerenauslese

(all pair well with the turkey)

Seven Samurai (JAPAN)
Shinkame Shuzo Shinkame Funakuchi (Junmaishu) N.V. That’s rice wine.

Shawshank Redemption (USA)
Orin Swifts The Prisoner

The Silence of the Lambs (USA)
Terrabianca Chianti Classico Riserva Croce 1991 (to go with the liver)
Amarone (which is what Hannibal suggests to drink in the novel)

Some Like It Hot (USA)
Marilyn Merlot

The Sound of Music (USA)
Erwin Sabathi Poharnig Sauvignon Blanc 2003
Tscheppe Pinot Gris Reserve 2002
(both from the Austrian hills of Styria, which truly are alive)

Vertigo (USA)
Warrabilla Parola’s Reserve Durif 2002 (17.5% alc.) That level of alcohol could give anyone vertigo.

Whale Rider (NEW ZEALAND)
Kim Crawford 2004 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Wild Strawberries (SWEDEN)
1990 Bollinger R D
Veuve Cliquot Grande Dame

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (USA)
Wenzel SAZ Ruster Ausbruch 2001. Sweetness and the golden ticket (see the mark on the bottle)

The Winemonger Movie List is brought to you by Rebecca Weissman, who has an MFA in Film from the American Film Institute and now works for a wine import company in Los Angeles. You can find her favorite wines (including many on this list) at winemonger.com winemonger.com

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