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.

With our movie and wine parings, our intention is to choose wines diverse in their flavors with very good quality and value, but specifically, to think about those wines, who made them, where they are from and to draw together a movie connection - suggesting the kind of film you might want to watch when you're drinking that bottle.

Justin Howard-Sneyd Master of Wine, Curator of the TCM Wine Club.

MOVIE & WINE CALENDAR

MOVIE TIME

MOVIE PAIRING & TASTING NOTES - INTRODUCTORY CASE

WINE: The Essentials Chardonnay 2014
Region: Lodi, California
Smooth and mouthwatering, this sunny Chardonnay is as appealing as Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell's single showgirls in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953). Howard Hawks' Technicolor musical gives the two stars a bouncy score including the classic "Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend." Monroe, the iconic blonde bombshell, is as timeless and irreplaceable as this most popular of white grapes. Read more >

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MOVIE: Love Me Tonight (1932)
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A Parisian tailor falls in love with a princess. Cast: Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Charlie Ruggles. Dir: Rouben Mamoulian. Black and White | 88 mins.

WINE: Palacio de Menade 2015
Region: Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León, Spain
Love Me Tonight (1932) with stars Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald, pair this versatile wine with a versatile director. Enjoy it with someone you love and a glass of this vibrant Verdejo. Isn't it romantic? Read more>

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A Letter to Three Wives (1949)
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A small-town seductress notifies her three best friends that she has run off with one of their husbands. Cast: Linda Darnell, Ann Sothern, Kirk Douglas. Dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz.

WINE: Picco Attila Merlot Refosco 2014
Region: Delle Venezie IGP, Italy
Writer-director Joseph Mankiewicz brings together several great actresses – and a young Kirk Douglas – for A Letter to Three Wives. Like this red blend, the film is unusually structured for a 1940s Hollywood drama, but also totally captivating, fresh and delightful, with just a touch of bitterness. Read More >

WINE: Cleopatra 2014
VARIETAL/Region: California
The 1917 version of Cleopatra with silent star Theda Bara now only exists in fragments, but her alluring spirit lives on in performances by Claudette Colbert and Elizabeth Taylor. These epic films are two of Hollywood’s most stunning spectacles, produced with huge budgets, the top talent, and every resource available. Enjoy them with this unique wine that combines nine different varietals into one captivating red blend. Read more >

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06:15 PM (ET)

MOVIE: The Shop Around the Corner (1940) & In the Good Old Summertime (1949)
DATE:05/25/2017 @ 06:15PM (ET)

In this musical remake of The Shop Around the Corner, feuding co-workers in a small music shop do not realize they are secret romantic pen pals.

WINE: La Roccaccia 2015
Region: Verdicchio di Matelica DOC, Italy
Enjoy it while watching The Shop Around the Corner, in which Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan play unwitting lovers who annoy each other in person but unknowingly carry on an affair in letters. And be sure to save a glass for the Technicolor version, In the Good Old Summertime, starring Judy Garland, Van Johnson and a delightful musical score. Read more >

Thursday

June 15

5:30 PM (ET)

Monday

July 10

3:30 AM (ET)

MOVIE: North by Northwest (1959)
DATE: 06/15/2017 @ 05:30 PM (ET)
DATE: 07/10/2017 @ 03:30 AM (ET)
IAn advertising man is mistaken for a spy, triggering a deadly cross-country chase. Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason. D: Alfred Hitchcock. C-130m.

WINE: Ridgerider Cellars Chardonnay 2014
Region: Central Coast, California
Just like this eminently pleasing North Coast Chardonnay, Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest (1959) has it all. Cary Grant’s wrong man story is the perfect blend of action, comedy and romance, capped by a thrilling finale on Mt. Rushmore. Read more >

WINE: Alfred Hitchcock Presents Zinfandel 2014
Region: Alexander Valley, California
One of Hitchcock’s most famous plot devices is the ‘wrong man’: an innocent bystander who is suddenly pulled into a dangerous situation from which he struggles to escape. In the case of The Man Who Knew Too Much, Hitch does it twice – first with a villain played by Peter Lorre, and later with Jimmy Stewart and Doris Day in the lead roles. Each is required viewing for the true Hitchcock fan and a thrilling partner to this captivating Zinfandel. Read more >
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Thursday

June 22

5:00 AM (ET)

Thursday

July 04

01:30 PM (ET)

MOVIE: West Side Story (1961)
DATE: 06/22/2017 @ 5:00AM (ET)

DATE: 07/04/2017 @ 01:30PM (ET)
A young couple from dueling street gangs falls in love. Cast: Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno. Dir: Robert Wise. Musical | 153 mins.

WINE: Stones & Bones 2013
Region: Vinho Regional Lisboa, Portugal
Stones & Bones was awarded a gold medal at Portugal Wine Trophy in 2015 and a 90-Point Best Buy rating from Wine Enthusiast. Pour a glass of this sumptuous and intense red blend and join Maria and Tony for a spirited and passionate romp through New York. Read More >

Friday

May 19

8:00PM (ET)

MOVIE: Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) & Cool Hand Luke (1967)
DATE: 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.

WINE: Pillastro Selezione d’Oro 2013
Region: Puglia IGT, Italy
Primitivo is the rich 'godfather' of southern Italian grapes. Your extra-special taste comes from Angelo Maci. Its Clean, fresh, sweet plummy fruit qualities pair perfectly with charming romantic drama Three Coins in the Fountain (1954), shot on location in Rome in spectacular Cinemascope. Read more >

WINE: Francis Coppola Director's Frankenstein Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Region: California
"The Monster" is Boris Karloff's signature film role, and much like a finely crafted bottle of wine, his performance is the result of dedication, study and collaboration with other expert filmmakers. A daily five-hour makeup application, heavily weighted boots and skillful direction by James Whale contribute to the character's haunting presence, but Karloff's ultimately tender and human portrayal is what truly brings the Monster to life. Prepare to be stirred by Dr. Frankenstein's creation and this thrilling Cabernet Sauvignon. Read more >
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Tuesday

May 23

2:00 PM (ET)

Thursday

July 20

6:00 AM (ET)

MOVIE: The Searchers (1956)
DATE: 05/23/2017 @ 2:00 PM (ET)

DATE: 07/20/2017 @ 6:00 AM (ET)
An Indian-hating Civil War veteran tracks down the tribe that slaughtered his family and kidnapped his niece. Cast: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Natalie Wood. Dir: John Ford. Western | 118 mins.

WINE: J Opi Malbec 2015
Region: Mendoza, Argentina
Starring the ever-popular John Wayne and filmed in Utah’s Monument Valley, The Searchers epitomizes the Western and remains one of the most respected films of all time in any genre. It's the perfect sidekick to this complex red from the rugged terrain of the Mendoza region. Read more >

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MOVIE: Adventures of Don Juan (1949)
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Be seduced by this spicy Tempranillo while swashbuckling Errol Flynn falls for Viveca Lindfors’ Spanish Queen in Adventures of Don Juan (1948).

WINE: Palacio del Conde Gran Reserva 2008
VARIETAL/Region: Valencia DO, Spain
Be seduced by this spicy Tempranillo while swashbuckling Errol Flynn falls for Viveca Lindfors’ Spanish Queen in Adventures of Don Juan (1948). The film’s legendary hero originated in the south of Spain and makes the perfect suitor for this charming and toasty Valencia red.   Read more >

WINE: Orson Welles Signature Selection Merlot 2013
Region: Paso Robles, California
Many experts consider Orson Welles' second film to be his best work, which is high praise, indeed. Coming after the dynamic Citizen Kane, his adaptation of The Magnificent Ambersons is a mellower and mature film, which makes it the ideal pairing for Merlot's velvety texture and soft tannins. But don’t underestimate its boldness – the film was daring enough to be notoriously re-edited by RKO before its release.  Read more >
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MOVIE: High Society (1956)
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In this musical version of The Philadelphia Story, tabloid reporters invade a society wedding. Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Grace Kelly. Dir: Charles Walters. C-

WINE: Ca’ Vescovo-Pinot Grigio 2015 Venezie
VARIETAL/Region: DOCG, Italy
What better to pair this classic, refreshing Pinot Grigio with than High Society (1956)? The film’s love triangle of a divorced socialite (Grace Kelly), her ex-husband (Bing Crosby) and a tabloid reporter (Frank Sinatra) who converge on her Newport wedding matches up perfectly with this wine’s hint of nuttiness. Read more >

Saturday

July 1

8:00 PM (ET)

MOVIE: The Lady Eve (1941)
DATE: 07/01/2017 @ 08:00 PM (ET)
A shy millionaire, homeward bound after two years collecting snakes in the Brazilian jungle, encounters a gold-digger aboard an ocean liner. Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn. D: Preston Sturges. BW-94m

WINE: Stellenrust Heritage Collection Chenin Blanc 2015
Region: Stellenbosch WO, South Africa
Barbara Stanwyck’s witty and cynical characters in Baby Face (1933) and Double Indemnity (1944) pair beautifully with the pleasing acidity of this Sauvignon Blanc. Alluring tropical aromas and notes of ripe stone match Stanwyck’s strong heroines who use their wiles to take on the world. Read more >

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MOVIE: Leave Her to Heaven (1945)
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A beautiful neurotic will stop at nothing to hold onto her husband's love. Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Crain. D: John M. Stahl. C-110m.

WINE: Raymond ‘The Inaugural' Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Region: California
just a sip of this lovely Cab will explain the hype. The previous release won gold in San Francisco, and the new 2015 is just as impressive. Perfect metaphor for Gene Tierney’s thick-skinned villainess in Leave Her to Heaven (1945). Read More >

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MOVIE: On an Island with You (1948)
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A movie star falls for a handsome naval officer during location shooting in Hawaii. Esther Williams, Peter Lawford, Ricardo Montalban. D: Richard Thorpe. C-107m.

WINE: Sunday Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2015
VARIETAL/Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Pair this blast of tropical fruit with Hollywood’s refreshing girl-next-door Esther Williams in On an Island with You (1948). Savor notes of passion fruit while romance ignites onscreen between Williams and costar Peter Lawford, stranded together on a beautiful but remote tropical island. Read more >

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MOVIE: The Godfather (1972)
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Epic tale of a 1940s New York Mafia family and their struggle to protect their empire from rival families as the leadership switches from the father to his youngest son. Color (Technicolor) | 175 mins.

WINE: Café Zoetrope Merlot 2014
Region: California
This spicy, intense red is just the kind of wine to sip while taking in Coppola's sweeping Mafia epic, from the boisterous opening wedding scenes to the pivotal moment when Michael Corleone is finally acknowledged as the new 'Don.' Read more >

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MOVIE: Irma La Douce (1963)
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A Parisian policeman gives up everything for the love of a free-living prostitute. Color (Technicolor) | 149 mins.

WINE: Les Heritiers Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Region: Touraine AOC, France
Crisp wit and visual comedy abound in this Parisian-set charmer from Billy Wilder. Jack Lemmon reunites with Shirley MacLaine for an amusing romance in the redlight district. Enjoy with this refreshing Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley and share a laugh. 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

“Wine is like film, you can enjoy wine or movies on any level. You can enjoy them just for themselves or you can dive in and learn a little more. You can find out who the wine maker was, learn about the grape from which it was made and maybe that will enhance your enjoyment.” Justin Howard-Sneyd Master of Wine, Curator of the TCM Wine Club.

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