Movie & Wine Pairing


Aquarius Marsanne Viognier 2016
Central Victoria, Australia

Anna and the King of Siam (1946)

This richly designed winner of Cinematography and Art Direction Oscars is a visual feast – in much the same way that this honeyed Viognier is feast of flavors in the glass. The film is headed by an equally impressive Irene Dunne, who journeys across the world in a familiar story of cultural misunderstanding – and eventually, affection.


You might know Australia’s McPherson family for their powerhouse reds (their Full Fifteen is a BIG customer favorite). This time around, owner Andrew McPherson and talented winemaker Jo Nash have brought you a thrilling, new white. Aquarius marries two star Rhône grapes, Marsanne (70%) and Viognier (30%). The grapes ripen perfectly in the brilliant Aussie sunshine and yield a wine with all the richness and lovely honeysuckle notes of Marsanne, plus Viognier’s heady apricot flavors and attractive aromatic character.


McPherson wines is an old and celebrated name in Australian wine. Before founding the company in 1968, Jock McPherson dabbled as a radio announcer, pilot, publicist, and sawmill owner. Over the last 40 years, Jock’s son Andrew has become one of the country’s most influential winemakers. In 2011, Andrew hired Jo Nash as McPherson’s chief winemaker, and her wines have since won several major awards, including coveted spots on critic James Halliday’s Top 100 Wines list.


VY_Australia_Barossa_green“Victoria is the most interesting, the most dynamic, and certainly the most varied of Australia’s wine states” (The World Atlas of Wine). This dynamic spot is cooler than many Aussie regions, and famous for its refined, elegant wines. It also has some serious history behind it. Just like California, Victoria was the center of Australia’s Gold Rush during the mid-19th century.


shell_shrimpBBQ_skewersAlma Andina is uplifting on its own and also great with Latin food – especially if seafood is involved. Steve’s favorite match is a mouthwatering ceviche. Need a vegetarian option? Torrontés has a wonderfully crisp quality, which means it will go nicely with all manner of vegetable dishes. We tried (and loved) black bean dip with queso fresco.