Movie & Wine Pairing

 

wine

Saracosa 2014
Rosso di Toscana IGP, Italy

The Four Feathers (1939)
Not currently scheduled. Check TCM Schedule for more information

A thrilling product of British filmmaking family Alexander, Vincent, and Zoltan Korda, The Four Feathers is a classic adventure tale shot in vivid Technicolor on location in the Sudan. The film's boldness complements the innovative spirit of Super Tuscan blends like this tantalizing Saracosa. Enjoy a glass with this visual stunner, the definitive film version of the 1902 novel by A.E.W. Mason.

THE WINE

Like many top Chianti producers, the Barbanera family (below) also craft Super Tuscans. Leading Italian critic Luca Maroni gave their flagship Vecciano cuvée 98 Points and called it "one of the all-time great Super Tuscan reds." Their Saracosa, made by Sofia Barbanera, is a far more affordable exclusive, showcasing the same blend (see below) and its own acclaimed pedigree – this 2014 release won a coveted gold medal at the 2015 Berliner Wein Trophy. Enjoy a glass with a pizza, then share your review online!

THE STYLE

Back in the 1970s, a few innovative Italian winemakers wanted to experiment with international grapes forbidden in the production of Chianti. Strict wine laws required them to label these top-quality creations vino da tavola. To differentiate their rich, expensive-to-make reds from cheaper table wines, they coined the term ‘Super Tuscan.' Sofia’s features red fruited Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon (for structure) and Merlot (to give the wine soft notes of dark fruit).

THE COUNTRY

countryOver 1,000 grape varieties. Hundreds of thousands of vineyard acres. One million plus growers. More than any other wine country, Italy rewards the explorer. The ancient Greeks called Italy oenotria – literally, ‘land of the vine.' Wine has been made here for millennia – beyond Pinot Grigio and Chianti, you'll find a fantastic range of styles and personalities (like Sofia's Super Tuscan).

WITH FOOD

Why not treat your dinner guests to an authentic Tuscan meal and enjoy Saracosa as the Barbanera family would, with spicy salami or a wild boar ragù? This juicy red also makes a fine partner for various lasagnas (veggie, sausage or beef), or a heaping bowl of penne arrabbiata. No time to throw together a big meal? No problem – Saracosa's flavors will sing with all kinds of pizza.

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