Movie & Wine Pairing


Antonio Federici Vino Rosso 2018
Roma DOC, Italy

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
SATURDAY, JUNE 6 @ 08:00 PM (ET)

This epic desert tale is based on the real-life story of British military officer T.E. Lawrence during World War I. A stand-out that is still known for its beauty and depth, the film pairs perfectly with this powerful vino rosso. Be forewarned, as the movie has a running length of over three and a half hours, you may need a second bottle to last a full screening with friends.


Cantine Federici is one of the finest producers in Italy’s Roma region. Named after current proprietor Damiano Federici’s grandfather, Antonio Federici marries hand-harvested local grapes, Montepulciano (60%) and Cesanese (40%), grown in the hills outside Rome. Crafted with a portion of dried grapes (which creates concentrated flavors) and aged on its lees for a sumptuous texture, this powerful red debuted to 99 points from critic Luca Maroni and 91 points from James Suckling. With its luscious, blackfruit flavors and warming spice notes, it’s sure to impress.


The Federici family have farmed land in central Italy since the early 1900s, but in the 1960s, Antonio Federici founded Cantine Federici and began making wine. The family was one of the first producers in the Roma region, and under the leadership of third-generation Damiano Federici, they remain one of the best. Their estate is located in the hills outside of Rome – the very same hills that supplied the stone for the Colosseum!


VY_Italy_TuscanyHill_unsplash_427587The Roma DOC lies within the larger Lazio region, which is home to the ancient capital city of Rome and has a winemaking tradition dating back to Etruscan times. The region benefits from cooling breezes from the Tyrrhenian Sea to the west and the Apennine Mountains to the northeast, as well as fertile volcanic soils – a perfect combination for locking in freshness and yielding ripe flavors in the grapes.


ital_rigatonishrimpMost of Cantine Federici’s wines are sold to local restaurants, where they’re served with traditional Roman cuisine. Enjoy your bottle alongside pasta dishes like rigatoni all’amatriciana (rigatoni with a thick sauce made from tomatoes, onions, pancetta, and pepper flakes) or simple spaghetti alla carbonara. You could also pair this with juicy steaks, beef roasts, or hearty stews.

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