Movie & Wine Pairing


Alfred Hitchcock Master of Suspense Syrah 2014
Alexander Valley, California

Rope (1948)
Wednesday, July 19 @ 08:00 PM (ET)
Sunday, September 03 @ 06:15 PM (ET)

One of Hitchcock’s most daring experiments is found in this classic tale of murder, an adaptation of the play Rope’s End by Patrick Hamilton that was designed to unwind as one uninterrupted take. The film is also the perfect example of why he has become known around the world as the “Master of Suspense” and a fitting experience for such a dark and aromatic wine.


Famed director and master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock is noted for his distinctive style – we think the same can be said of this deep, bramble-packed Syrah. It hails from Sonoma’s premium Alexander Valley region and fantastic 2014, which The Wine Advocate calls “an endearing and charming vintage full of precocious and fruit-forward wines.” Look for heady aromas of violets and blueberries, then a rich and textured palate that shows off a juicy black-fruited core – the finish is deliciously dark (just as Mr. Hitchcock would have wanted it).


Alexander Valley on the label promises great things in the glass. In-the-know Syrah and Cabernet fans head to this tiny corner of Sonoma for ripe, complex flavors and Napa-beating values. Although it’s one of northern California’s warmest regions, the sunny days are moderated by cooling breezes that rush down from the nearby coastal mountains. This, combined with the valley’s chilly nights, produces remarkably pure, intensely concentrated grapes.


Originally from France’s Rhône Valley (where it stars in the famed wines of Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie), Syrah yields deep-colored reds with berry, black pepper and black olive nuances. The wines range in style from refined and complex (like in France) to the jammy, full-throttle “Shiraz” blockbusters that put Australian wine on the map. This masterful example lies in between the two styles.


Alfred Hitchcock famously loved to indulge in fine meals, and this deliciously rich Syrah makes the perfect partner for your own feasts. It’ll be delicious with savory meats – from grilled beef to slow-cooked game roasts to fried chicken (dark meat in particular). Vegetarians can enjoy it with hearty dishes like charred portobello mushrooms, stuffed eggplant or sliced sweet potatoes.

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