Movie & Wine Pairing


Alambrado Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Mendoza, Argentina

Doctor Zhivago (1965)

Dating from the same era as this top Argentine estate, celebrated director David Lean’s epic romance stars Omar Sharif and Julie Christie (among other talents) in a boldly crafted and richly ornamented production set during the Russian Revolution. It matches nicely with this acclaimed Cabernet, full of dark fruit notes, hints of vanilla spice and satisfying finish.


This sumptuous, plum-laden Cabernet was crafted by the Zuccardis, who The Wine Advocate calls “one of the top names in Argentine wine.” Their cellar master, Sebastián Zuccardi, was even named Winemaker of the Year 2016 by Master of Wine Tim Atkin. Their high-altitude Mendoza vineyards benefit from dazzling sun and chilly temperatures, which impart intense aromas and flavors. Aged in fine French oak, Alambrado has a history of international acclaim. Last vintage, it scooped a double-gold medal at IWSC: A Woman’s Choice, and we expect more of the same from the delicious 2014 release.


The Zuccardi name has been synonymous with primo quality in Mendoza (Argentina’s wine capital), since 1963 when Alberto Zuccardi first opened his bodega. Today, the estate is run by Alberto’s son José (below, tending the grill as usual) and grandson Sebastián. Decanter has said that the Zuccardi men are “among the five most influential personalities in Argentine wine.”


WM_JoseZuccardi_grillinArgentina is winemaking paradise. Vines are irrigated with fresh Andes snowmelt. Endless sunshine ripens grapes to perfection, producing richly concentrated flavors. Land is available (for now!) at prices Napa and Bordeaux can only dream about – and you enjoy prices other regions have trouble matching. Malbec leads the way, but flavorful Cabs (like yours) are also popular


veg_grilledeggplantThe Zuccardi family also win awards for their hospitality – stop by for a visit if you’re ever in Mendoza. If the sun is shining, you can be sure there will be some big cuts of juicy steak and fresh sausages on the grill. Meaty pastas or hearty casseroles would also do the trick. Vegetarian? Try Alambrado Cab with grilled eggplant or a hearty portobello mushroom burger

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