Movie & Wine Pairing


Collezione di Paolo Riserva 2013
Chianti DOCG, Italy

All That Heaven Allows (1955)
FRIDAY, APRIL 14 @ 12:45 AM (ET)
THURSDAY, JUNE 15 @ 10:15 PM (ET)

Douglas Sirk’s melodrama for the ages is one of the most stunningly photographed movies in Hollywood history. Watch it while drinking this velvety and richly flavorful Chianti, full of concentrated fruit aromas and earthy spice. Its abundance of personality matches memorable turns by Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson, who costar in a controversial 1950s romance.


Here’s Chianti master Paolo Masi’s private collection Riserva. This Sangiovese-dominant red is only made in exceptional years, and only from his oldest vines (the lower yields make for intense flavors). It impressed top critic James Suckling, who rated it 91 points and raved: “shows lots of richness and intensely ripe fruit … Full body, round and velvety tannins and a flavorful finish.” Aged 14 months in fine French barriques (for extra complexity), with twoplus years in bottle, it’s the perfect red for your next Italian feast.


Since graduating top of his class at Florence’s wine university, “Paolo Masi has made an excellent impression with the estate wines of his family property,” says The Wine Advocate . Respected Italian wine guide Gambero Rosso also sings his praises, writing that his wines show “irreproachably clean, fresh fruit and abundant personality.” Paolo, pictured below with his lovely wife, Anna Rita, works his magic at the family estate in Rufina (more in the next section).


Fattoria di Basciano, Paolo and Anna Rita’s family estate, is located in the heart of Chianti’s premium Rufina area. It stands on a hill overlooking the Argomenna valley on one side and the right bank of the Siene river on the other (it’s as gorgeous as it sounds!). The area’s dry, breezy microclimate and heat-trapping stony soil (known locally as galestro ) are ideal for growing Sangiovese.


Food-friendliness is Sangiovese’s calling card. If there’s time before your meal, decant Paolo’s Riserva to release the full potential of aroma and flavor. Then, serve with hearty Italian dishes like osso buco , pasta with a rich tomato ragù (a big Masi family favorite) or classic cheese ravioli. It’s also perfect with a hunk of good Parmesan, or even a big, juicy prime rib.

Exclusive Offer SAVE OVER $100 3 FREE Movie-Themed Reds