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Pillastro Selezione d’Oro 2013
Puglia IGT, Italy

Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) & Cool Hand Luke (1967)
FRIDAY, MAY 19 @ 08:00 PM (ET)

Paul Newman charmed and swaggered his way through movies for half a century. His breakout role was middleweight boxer Rocky Graziano in Somebody Up There Likes Me, while Cool Hand Luke features Newman at his peak as a rebellious prisoner on a Florida chain gang. Whichever film you choose, you'll enjoy a red blend of rich personality and depth with one of Hollywood's great actors.

THE WINE

Primitivo is the rich 'godfather' of southern Italian grapes. Your extra-special taste comes from Angelo Maci. This exclusive 'gold selection' release is a step up in quality from his regular Pillastro (thanks to a splash of spicy Negroamaro and time in fine French oak). It's also a regular winner on the international wine show circuit – a previous vintage took silver at the 2013 International Wine Challenge – here’s the judges: "Clean, fresh, sweet plummy fruit, cloves and subtle nutmeg, ginger and spice."

THE CELLAR

Cantine Due Palme is on a serious hot streak. Thanks to their star winemaker Angelo (that's him below, with a bottle of Pillastro Selezione d'Oro), they have been voted southern Italy's Winery of the Year an impressive three times by judges at Vinitaly – and Angelo himself was just named their 2014 Winemaker of the Year! He's so passionate about quality, Angelo is also spearheading a campaign to preserve the region's precious, old bush vines from being ripped up and replaced with younger plants.

THE REGION

With plentiful sunshine and well-established plantings of indigenous grapes, Puglia was well-placed for the winemaking revolution that's occurred here in the last few years. Critics have also been taking notice: "Puglia, the southerly heel of Italy's boot, excels at producing affordable yet distinct quality wines from its three signature red grapes: Uva di Troia, Primitivo and Negroamaro" (Wine Spectator).

THE FOOD

This red is a fine match with rustic Italian dishes, especially the fare that defines Puglian cuisine. Try orecchiette alla Barese (pasta with garlic, hot sausages and broccoli rabe), ovenbraised lamb with greens, and Braciolini (veal tenderloin wrapped around a savory filling of onions, carrots and tomatoes). Also a classic with hearty osso buco or veal stew with tomatoes.

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