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Merry National Repeal Day!

by Paullette Gaudet

merry-national-repeal-day_blogIt's hard to believe now, but for thirteen dark years early in the 20th century, alcohol was outlawed in the United States when Congress passed the 18th Amendment on January 16th, 1919, in an effort to curb many of the social ills that were thought to stem from drunkenness. Unfortunately, the banning of alcohol did little to decrease the blights of either crime or poverty, [...]

December 5th, 2016|0 Comments

Wine Region: Italy's Basilicata

by Paullette Gaudet

wine-region-italys-basilicata_blogItaly's Basilicata region is remote and virtually landlocked, but its volcanic soil--courtesy of extinct Mount Vulture--has provided it with one iconic wine (Aglianico del Vulture) and three DOCs. Settled by the Greeks in the 6th century B.C., it is believed they brought the Aglianico grape to the region and promptly began making wine. Following a historic period of strife, the region's economic prospects began to [...]

December 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Wine Dining: Thanksgiving Movie Pairings

by Paullette Gaudet

thanksgiving_2_blogThanksgiving  provides a yearly opportunity to gauge the healing progress of childhood slights (mmmm....not quite there yet), note the recession rate of relatives' hairlines, and openly enjoy a holiday movie marathon paired with wine. While at this time of year it often feels like some things never change, a decade-by decade breakdown of Thanksgiving-themed films proves otherwise:

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987):  Operating on several levels [...]

November 24th, 2016|0 Comments

Fall-iday Feast: Potlucking in Style

by Sarah Shotwell

fall-iday-feast_blogFor many, Thanksgiving will start early with office potlucks and “Friendsgiving” gatherings. If you are potlucking with friends, coworkers, or family this season, push yourself beyond the standard jello salad and marshmallow yams, and try something one of these modern, easy, group-friendly dishes. These ideas, along with our delicious TCM wine pairings, will help you step up your potluck game in no time!

 

Appetizer: Cheesy Pearl [...]

November 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

Featured Pairing: West Side Story and Stones & Bones Red Blend

by Sarah Shotwell

natalie-wood_blogThis November, Natalie Wood is our Star of the Month at TCM! This doe-eyed beauty, known for her endearing, innocent charm, was cast idyllically in West Side Story as Maria, a love-struck Puerto Rican teen living in New York who falls for an Italian boy from the wrong side of the tracks. West Side Story, a modern retelling of [...]

November 17th, 2016|1 Comment

Movie & Wine Pairing: Rio Bravo (1959)

Our next scheduled movie & wine pairing for the TCM Wine Club will take place Tuesday, November 15th at 2:00 PM (ET)


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The Movie: Rio Bravo (1959)
The Wine: Les Hauts de Cairanne 2013

A sheriff enlists a drunk, a kid and an old man to help him fight off a ruthless cattle baron. Cast: John Wayne, Dean [...]

November 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Wine & Movie Pairing: Wait Until Dark (1967)

Our next scheduled movie & wine pairing for the TCM Wine Club will take place Tuesday, October 25th at 8:00 PM (ET)


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The Movie: Wait Until Dark (1967)
The Wine: Alma Andina Malbec Reserve 2014

A blind woman fights against drug smugglers who've invaded her home. Cast: Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin, Richard Crenna. 107 mins.

Tasting Notes:

Varietal/Region: Mendoza, Argentina

Audrey Hepburn [...]

October 25th, 2016|1 Comment

Monster Movie Wines

by Paullette Gaudet

monster-movie-wines_blogThis spooky month of October is the perfect time to celebrate Monster Movies, a genre that has been a part of film history since 1896's Le Manoir du Diable by visionary director Georges Méliès, which packs pretty much every modern horror trope into three minutes. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919) and Nosferatu (1922) are perhaps more familiar early examples, but horror films really took [...]

October 11th, 2016|2 Comments

Movie Musicals Were Made For Wine!

by Paullette Gaudet

movie-musicals-were-made-for-wine_blogMovie musicals have been around for quite a while: since 1930 if you count The Jazz Singer (an early talkie with some songs), or 1929 if you’re in The Broadway Melody camp (the first “genuine” musical, folding singing and dancing into the plot). Musicals peaked in popularity and extravagance during the 1930s, with the stylish innovation of directors Ernst Lubitsch—who shot films without sound [...]

September 27th, 2016|0 Comments

Region: McLaren Vale, Australia

by Paullette Gaudet

mclaren-vale_blogMcLaren Vale—the birthplace of South Australia’s wine industry—is located 45 minutes south of Adelaide, yet has a distinctly Mediterranean feel. An artsy enclave of wineries, boutique breweries, and innovative culinary gems, McLaren Vale’s breezy beach lifestyle is focused on local producers and sustainability. The region’s warm, dry climate and wide range of soil types have allowed it to produce not only famed Shiraz wines, [...]

September 20th, 2016|0 Comments