WINE & MOVIES

Experience movies and wine like never before. Carefully curated wines presented with expert tasting notes and paired with movie viewing suggestions from your friends at TCM. TCM Wine Club is the perfect complement to your favorite film.

Movies convey different worlds … and they allow you to travel. Wines do exactly the same! TCM curates movies for fans of classic films, giving background and adding to the layers of enjoyment – and that’s what the TCM Wine Club does for wine. I hope you’ll join us on this journey, where two of life’s greatest pleasures meet.

Clare Tooley  TCM Wine Club curator

MOVIE & WINE CALENDAR

MOVIE TIME

MOVIE PAIRING & TASTING NOTES - CURRENT MEMBERS-ONLY CASE

Sunday

July 7

8:00 PM (ET)

MOVIE:IMITATION OF LIFE (1959)
Date: SUNDAY, JULY 7 @ 8:00 PM (ET)
Two mothers, one white, one black, face problems with their rebellious daughters. Romance | 124 mins.

WINE: Villa Farnia di Farnese 2016
Region: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC, Italy
For this lavish technicolor remake of the 1934 original, Lana Turner was the studio’s first choice for the lead role. This expertly crafted movie, and this Italian red is likewise a luscious and velvety smooth experience – perfect for director Douglas Sirk’s beautiful final film.
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Tuesday

July 9

8:00 PM (ET)

MOVIE: THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (1951)
DATE: TUESDAY, JULY 9 @ 08:00 PM (ET)

An alien demands that Earth''''s leaders choose between peace and destruction. Horror/Science-Fiction | Black and White | 92 mins.

WINE: Dark Corner Durif Shiraz 2018
Region: South Eastern Australia

Like this crowd-pleasing Australian red, its story contains surprising depths, and it serves as an apt metaphor for world affairs during the Cold War era. Read more >

Wednesday

July 10

8:30 AM (ET)

MOVIE: BEACH PARTY (1963)
Date: WEDNESDAY, JULY 10 @ 08:30 AM (ET)
An anthropologist studies the dating habits of the teens hanging out on a nearby beach.Color (Pathécolor) | 101 mins.

WINE: Casa de Vila Verde 2018
Region: Vinho Verde DOC, Portugal

Enjoy this light, young wine – full of sunny lime and green apple flavor, with a mineral freshness – while experiencing the nostalgia of carefree days on the coast with stars Bob Cummings, Dorothy Malone, Frankie Avalon, and Annette Funicello. Read more >

Wednesday

July 10

8:00 PM (ET)

MOVIE: THE DIVORCEE(1930)
DATE: WEDNESDAY, JULY 10 @ 08:00 PM (ET)
The double standard destroys a liberal couple's marriage. Drama,Romance | Black and White | 81 mins.

WINE: Granger Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Region: Western Cape, South Africa

This refreshing fruit-laced Sauvignon Blanc calls for a lively, tongue-tingling film like Norma Shearer’s pre-code star vehicle. Read more >

Sunday

July 21

8:00 PM (ET)

MOVIE: SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE(1993)
Date: SUNDAY, JULY 21 @ 08:00 PM (ET)
In the first Inspector Clouseau film, the bumbling French police detective tries to stop a notorious jewel thief from nabbing a princess' diamond. Color (Technicolor) | 113 mins.

WINE: Butler Hill Pinot Gris 2017
Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Keeping the Northwest theme, pair this crisp Oregon white with Nora Ephron’s beloved romantic comedy. Read more >

WINE: TCM Backlot Red Blend 2017
Region: California
Classic Movie Pairing: Sullivan’s Travels (1941)
The votes are in, and perennial fan favorite Joel McCrea has been granted a full day of programming by TCM Backlot members! In perhaps his most cherished film, writer-director Preston Sturges cast McCrea as a filmmaker who goes undercover to experience the miseries of America’s poorest citizens for an upcoming project. He gets pulled in much deeper than he anticipates, though, and the result is a portrait of artistry and social responsibility that speaks to the Hollywood films that TCM audiences have loved for generations. Read more >

Sunday

July 28

8:00 PM (ET)

MOVIE: A PLACE IN THE SUN (1951)
Date: SUNDAY, JULY 28 @ 08:00 PM (ET)
Tuesday, June 11 @ 08:00 PM (ET)
An ambitious young man wins an heiress' heart but has to cope with his former girlfriend's pregnancy. Drama | Black and White | 121 mins.

WINE: Pillastro Nero 2016
Region: Rosso Puglia IGP, Italy
This wine’s southern Italian Cabernet Sauvignon and Primitivo grapes had plenty of time in the sun, lending ripe fruit flavors to the bottle. The onscreen romance (and offscreen friendship) between stars Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor is similarly ripe, with director George Stevens guiding their passions all the way to a well-deserved Oscar win. Read more >

Tuesday

Aug 6

8:00 PM (ET)

MOVIE: STORMY WEATHER (1943)
Date: TUESDAY, AUGUST 6 @ 08:00 PM (ET)
A relationship blossoms between an aspiring dancer and a popular songstress. Musical | Black and White | 77 mins.

WINE: HJ Fabre Malbec Reserva 2016
Region: Mendoza, Argentina
Pour a glass of this classy and textured Malbec while enjoying the talents of star Lena Horne, along with Bill (Bojangles) Robinson, Fats Waller, Dooley Wilson, and the incredible Nicholas Brothers. Read more >

Tuesday

Aug 13

8:00 PM (ET)

MOVIE: Bad Day at Black Rock(1955)
Date: TUESDAY, AUGUST 13 @ 8:00 PM (ET)

A hobo rises to town mayor when he hooks up with a crooked political boss.

WINE: GFF Chardonnay 2018
Region: Lodi, California

It’s a broadly entertaining film, as pleasing as the succulent flavors and fruit-forward aromas of this smooth Chardonnay. Read more >

Saturday

Aug 17

8:00 PM (ET)

MOVIE: CAPTAIN BLOOD(1935)
DATE: SATURDAY, AUGUST 17 @ 08:00 PM (ET)

After being unjustly sentenced to prison, a doctor escapes and becomes a notorious pirate. Adventure | Black and White | 119 mins.

WINE: Dinastía Manzanos 2017
Region: Rioja DOCa, Spain

This Tempranillo is full of silky plum and strawberry flavors, along with a subtle spice that’s a perfect complement to a classic Errol Flynn adventure film. Read more >

Saturday

Aug 24

8:00 PM (ET)

MOVIE: TERMS OF ENDEARMENT(1983)
Date: SATURDAY, AUGUST 24 @ 08:00 PM (ET)
Two mothers, one white, one black, face problems with their rebellious daughters. Romance | 124 mins.

WINE: Château de Courbon ‘Cuvée de Famille’ 2016
Region: Graves AOC, France
For this gold-medal blend of two delicious grapes, pair an award-winning film with two compelling lead actresses.
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WINE: Lillian Gish Pinot Grigio 2018
Region: Delle Venezie DOC, Italy

Classic Movie Pairing: The Wind (1928)
Silent star Lillian Gish helped to define screen acting through a series of affecting performances, including this masterpiece from MGM and Swedish director Victor Sjöström (credited here as “Seastrom”). Gish plays a lonely Virginia woman who travels to her cousin’s Texas ranch, only to find herself involved in a story of love, betrayal, murder, and redemption. Throughout, her psychological state is rendered palpable through skillful craftsmanship and the compelling physical presence of Gish herself, one of the most significant of all film actors. Read more >

Thursday

Aug 29

8:00 PM (ET)

MOVIE: WATCH ON THE RHINE(1943)
Date: THURSDAY, AUGUST 29 @ 08:00 PM (ET)
Nazi agents pursue a German freedom-fighter and his family to Washington. Drama | Black and White | 111 mins.

WINE: Les Vivandières 2017
Region: Ventoux AOC, France
This lovely white, named in honor of French women who cared for troops in battle, is neatly paired with a WWII-set story of a German freedom fighter and the war’s effect on his family.
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Saturday

Aug 31

8:00 PM (ET)

MOVIE: SPARTACUS (1960)
DATE: SATURDAY, AUGUST 31 @ 08:00 PM (ET)
The rebellious Thracian Spartacus, born and raised a slave, is sold to Gladiator trainer Batiatus. Color (Technicolor) | 190 mins.

WINE: The Waxed Bat Reserve 2017
Region: Mendoza, Argentina

An incredible cast that gives the movie a layer of polish, matching well with this deliciously rich Argentine blend of Cabernet and Malbec.Read more >

Not

Currently

Scheduled

MOVIE: THE INSPECTOR GENERAL(1949)
A perpetual student is mistaken for a government official in a small Eastern European village.

WINE: Al Hirschfeld ‘Danny Kaye’ Pinot Noir 2017
Region: Monterey County, California
Enjoy this multitalented actor’s amazing physical abilities with the leap-from-the-glass flavors in this delicious red. Read more >

Not

Currently

Scheduled

MOVIE: MATA HARI(1931)
Romantic biography of World War I''''s notorious lady spy. Black and White | 90 mins.

WINE: Valcatrina Tinto 2017
Region: Vinho Regional Alentejano, Portugal
For this lavish technicolor remake of the 1934 original, Lana Turner was the studio’s first choice for the lead role. Enjoy the compelling romance with a glass of this smooth and balanced Portuguese red – a satisfying complement to Garbo’s pre-code elegance.
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WINE: TCM Summer Under the Stars Famoso 2017
Region: Rubicone IGT, Italy
Classic Movie Pairing: BRINGING UP BABY (1938)
Two of America’s biggest and most beloved stars are here in one of Hollywood’s most memorable comedies. Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn headline as an uptight paleontologist hoping for money from a benefactress and a zippy heiress who leads him astray. They fall in love and into some ridiculous hijinks in this essential “screwball” comedy from director Howard Hawks. Revel in the stardom on display with a glass of this crisp, pleasing Famoso. Read more >

A BRIEF HISTORY OF WINE IN THE MOVIES

The movies have had a long and passionate love affair with wine. From zesty Zinfandels to crisp Chardonnays, an endless variety of wines have been seen on the silver screen, and drunk in abundance. In the silent era, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle and Charles Chaplin used wine to generate big laughs in comedies such as Fatty’s Wine Party (1914) and The Adventurer (1917). Wine also encouraged wonderful flights of fancy in F. W. Murnau’s The Last Laugh (1924) and William A. Wellman’s Oscar-winning war drama Wings (1927). During this period director Alfred Hitchcock developed an interest in sparkling wines that lasted throughout his career and is apparent in many of his films including The Ring (1927) and Champagne (1927), which tells the story of a young heiress whose fortune rests in bottles of bubbly. Sparkling wines also make notable appearances in Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Rope (1948) and most famously, Notorious (1946), where keen-eyed viewers can spot the Master of Suspense sipping a glass of champagne in one of his many famous cameos.  [more...]

DISCOVERING WINE & MOVIES

“Movies convey different worlds … and they allow you to travel. Wines do exactly the same! TCM curates movies for fans of classic films, giving background and adding to the layers of enjoyment – and that’s what the TCM Wine Club does for wine. I hope you’ll join us on this journey, where two of life’s greatest pleasures meet.” Clare Tooley TCM Wine Club curator

TASTING NOTES

Enhance your enjoyment of the wines you receive with our detailed tasting notes. For each bottle you can read about the character of the grapes, the story of the winemakers and the region it comes from. Plus, the team at TCM provides great movie-pairing suggestions. Tune in, uncork and enjoy!

WINE & MOVIE PAIRING

The film lovers at Turner Classic Movies take pride in matching every new bottle with a classic film that shares its characteristics, place of origin or other unique qualities. We engage in a spirited debate about which classic film best complements a varietal, and we encourage you to give these wines and movie pairings a try.

MOVIE-THEMED WINES

Your first case features three very special bonus bottles, including an exclusive release from filmmaker/winemaker Francis Ford Coppola. Every future shipment will include new movie-themed wines, from classic Hollywood-inspired labels like Sunset Boulevard Syrah to The Essentials, our exclusive range showcasing the world’s classic grape varieties.

"The grape is the only fruit that God gave the sense to know what it was made for.” The Earth is Mine

FEATURED WINES

Our team of wine experts travels the globe in search of unique wines exclusively for the TCM Wine Club. From renowned wineries to small family-owned vineyards, our team brings these discoveries to your front door. Your introductory case includes bottles picked up in Bordeaux, Tuscany, the Western Cape of South Africa, and other diverse regions.

“I shall drink no wine before it's time! OK, it's time.” Groucho Marx