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ARTICLES

New Genre Alert: Income Tax Movies!

April 19th, 2017|

by Paullette Gaudet

Income Tax Movies_Blog

Tax Time is here, and so is the itch to procrastinate: what's a law-abiding movie buff to do?? This situation does indeed have a loophole: the Income Tax Movie! As early as the 1930's, a surprising number of films feature the IRS in a leading role. Watch one (with that wine you were going to drink today anyway), and it's almost like doing [...]

Raising Our Glass to Robert Osborne: 1932 - 2017

March 17th, 2017|

by Sarah Shotwell

Robert Osborne_blogIt has been a week and a half since we said goodbye to TCM Icon Robert Osborne. Since March 6th, it has been truly heartwarming to watch the world process this tragic and deeply felt loss, as writers, actors, producers, and fans have come forward to share their memories of this remarkable man.

Robert was originally from Washington, where he studied journalism. When [...]

Regional Spotlight: Rías Baixas, Spain

March 10th, 2017|

by Sarah Shotwell

Rias Baixas_Region SpotlightRias Baixas (Lower Inlets) is home to the impressive Sendero Des Santos Albariño featured in our current TCM Wine Club shipment. On the southwestern coast of Galicia, Rias Baixas is a damp, cool winegrowing region just to the north of Portugal. Here, the coastline is made up of four different Rias: small, funnel-shaped coastal inlets that send ocean water inland, where it mingles [...]

Bolo Nero ‘Edizione Limitata’ 2012

March 2nd, 2017|

Movie & Wine Pairing

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Bolo Nero ‘Edizione Limitata’ 2012
Castel del Monte DOC, Italy

Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
SUNDAY, MARCH 19 @ 02:15 PM
SUNDAY, APRIL 23 @ 10:00 PM

The vibrant, savory palate and smoky aromas of this wine are perfect for a noirinfused drama like Sweet Smell of Success, with its daring and memorable performances from [...]

Bees Knees Shiraz Viognier 2015

March 2nd, 2017|

Movie & Wine Pairing

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Bees Knees Shiraz Viognier 2015
Stellenbosch WO, South Africa

I Walked with a Zombie (1943)
WEDNESDAY, MAY 17 @ 11:30 PM (ET)

Producer Val Lewton’s films from the 1940s don’t fit easily into one category, but they are all of consistent high quality and enduring appeal – much like this South African Shiraz-Viognier [...]

National Sangria Day Is December 20th!

December 20th, 2016|

by Paullette Gaudet

national-sangria-day_blogMaking the 20th of December National Sangria Day might not seem like the most intuitive choice, but in some respects we can't believe it didn't come sooner: this week of December is rife with holiday parties featuring huge crystal punchbowls, and Sangria makes for a great holiday punch, perfect as a make-ahead since marination is a big part of the final product's success. Introduced to [...]

New Winter Tradition: Yuletide Yosemite

December 15th, 2016|

by Paullette Gaudet

yuletide-yosemite_blogIf December has come to mean just staying home (or travelling to someone else's home) for the holidays, consider switching things from ho-hum to full-on Winter Wonderland with a visit to Yosemite National Park when it's covered with snow, not tourists. Family summer road trips have become such a collective rite of passage that it's easy to forget our national parks are indeed open year-round: [...]

Regional Spotlight: California’s Central Coast

December 12th, 2016|

by Sarah Shotwell

regional-spotlight_central-coast_blogIn this season’s introductory case, we’ve included Ridgeridger Cellars Chardonnay from California’s Central Coast! The Central Coast is a large AVA (American Viticultural Area) spanning from Santa Barbara County all the way up through Santa Cruz (just south and west of the San Francisco Bay Area). The region encompasses many smaller AVAs with varied climates and soil types, including Santa Ynez, Paso Robles, [...]

Merry National Repeal Day!

December 5th, 2016|

by Paullette Gaudet

merry-national-repeal-day_blogIt's hard to believe now, but for thirteen dark years early in the 20th century, alcohol was outlawed in the United States when Congress passed the 18th Amendment on January 16th, 1919, in an effort to curb many of the social ills that were thought to stem from drunkenness. Unfortunately, the banning of alcohol did little to decrease the blights of either crime or poverty, [...]

Wine Region: Italy's Basilicata

December 1st, 2016|

by Paullette Gaudet

wine-region-italys-basilicata_blogItaly's Basilicata region is remote and virtually landlocked, but its volcanic soil--courtesy of extinct Mount Vulture--has provided it with one iconic wine (Aglianico del Vulture) and three DOCs. Settled by the Greeks in the 6th century B.C., it is believed they brought the Aglianico grape to the region and promptly began making wine. Following a historic period of strife, the region's economic prospects began to [...]

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