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Ingrid Bergman Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
California

Casablanca (1942)
WEDNESDAY, JULY 3 @ 01:30 AM (ET)

Bergman is at her most luminous in Warner Bros.’ WWII romance, often named as one of the best and most quintessential Hollywood films of all time. Whether it’s your first or your thousandth viewing, this luscious Cabernet will be a pleasant complement to the intrigue – romantic and political – for which Casablanca is so renowned. Pour a glass and watch Ingrid Bergman become a star.

THE WINE

Most famous for her role in the 1942 classic Casablanca, Ingrid Bergman was one of cinema’s most iconic leading ladies, lighting up the screen with her beauty and the dramatic intensity of her performances. Of all the grape varieties in all the vineyards in all the world, our tribute to had to be Cabernet Sauvignon. Majestic, classic, but intense, Cabernet is most sensuous when produced under sunny California skies (especially in a stellar vintage like 2016). With its luscious black fruit and baking spice notes, this ‘Special Selection’ is every bit as striking as Ingrid.

THE WINEMAKER

Cabernet is the king of the reds, loved for its deep-colored, black currant-rich wines. Most famously, it’s the variety that powers Bordeaux’s legendary first growths, like Château Lafite and Château Margaux. However, you’ll also find plenty of world-class examples in California. The best known (and expensive) come from the Napa Valley and Sonoma, but there are many hot spots across the Golden State that deliver big bang for your buck.

THE VINTAGE

VY_California_Napa_SageCanyonRanchCalifornia is on a real hot streak, and the 2016 vintage was no exception. Robert Parker says the Golden State’s had an “unprecedented and historic succession of great years, such as 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. It now appears 2016 will end up equally impressive. Talk about an ‘embarrassment of riches.’ ... Nearly every vigneron and vintner I talked to was thrilled with what 2016 has produced.”

WITH FOOD

beef_potroastFans of sumptuous, fruit-forward reds will enjoy sipping this ‘Special Selection’ all on its own (it’s that smooth!). At meal time, it makes a delicious partner for red meat dishes. Serve with tender beef pot roast, garlicky lamb chops, or even hearty stews. Vegetarians can try it alongside tomato-based pastas, stuffed eggplant, mushroom ‘steaks,’ and more.

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