Movie & Wine Pairing


Basilium Terre de Portali Greco Fiano 2014
Basilicata IGP, Italy

You Can’t Take It With You (1938) & Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
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Director Frank Capra was born in Sicily, near the home of this Southern Italian wine. Two of his most beloved films feature everyman star Jimmy Stewart, who shines just as brightly in the funny and heartwarming adaptation of You Can’t Take It With You as he does in the dramatic and inspiring drama, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington . Like the two fine grape varietals used here, Stewart’s two performances are the stuff of greatness.


Basilicata, the ‘instep’ of Italy’s boot, is a region that’s as remote as it gets. Naturally, we had to go there in search of cool wines for you. While we did manage to snag a great example of the region’s famous red, Aglianico del Vulture, we wanted to do something different and bring you a white, too. From the celebrated Farnese Vini, this exciting find brings together two very cool southern Italian grapes: smoky, melon-tinged Fiano and spicy, limelaced Greco. Sip it with cheeses, pasta, crisp salads and more.


Basilicata’s output is so tiny that its four DOCs produce only one in every 50 bottles of Italian wine. Still, with its steep terrain (among the country’s most mountainous), it’s prime winemaking territory. Overlooked by an ancient cathedral, the vineyards of Basilium are high altitude and filled with volcanic soil – key to developing concentrated fruit flavors and wines with unique mineral richness.


We go way back with Farnese Vini. A big name in the central Italian region of Abruzzo (where they’re based in an ancient castle), they’ve been named Italy’s Winery of the Year three times in a row by influential critic Luca Maroni, and Robert Parker has called their Montepulciano “a wine to buy by the carload.” We’ve been intrigued by the Basilicata region for a while now, and were thrilled to hear that they’ve also set up shop there. We’d love to hear what you think of this product of their handiwork!


Crafted from 20- to 30-year-old vines and treated to light lees aging in the cellar, this wine offers a delightful mix of concentrated orchard and citrus fruit character balanced by a lightly creamy texture. All of the above make it very food friendly. Serve with cheeses and classic Italian appetizers like prosciutto e melone on through to flavorful roasted chicken and pork.

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