Movie & Wine Pairing


Bolo Nero ‘Edizione Limitata’ 2016
Castel del Monte DOC, Italy

Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

The vibrant, savory palate and smoky aromas of this wine are perfect for a noirinfused drama like Sweet Smell of Success, with its daring and memorable performances from its lead actors. Among them, Tony Curtis’ image as a matinee idol was quickly shattered by his role as a scheming newspaper assistant, and it deserves to be paired with a red wine of flavorful depth and intrigue.


The wines of Castel del Monte are hot right now – perhaps none hotter than Bolo Nero. Crafted at Francesco Liantonio’s acclaimed Torrevento winery in the sunny hills of Murgia, it’s a classic blend of deep, dark Nero di Troia and spicy Aglianico. Previous releases have won Gambero Rosso’s prestigious Tre Bicchieri rating (alongside $150 Sassicaia, $200 Biondi Santi Brunello, and $250 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo, just to name a few), along with coveted international medals and a 90-point rating from Italy’s No. 1 critic, Luca Maroni (who loved the 2014 edition’s “floral lift and fine tannins”). The new 2016 release is every bit as impressive – let us know what you think with a review.


Castel del Monte translates as ‘castle on the hill,’ named for the magnificent castle that anchors the appellation. Altitude is this sunny region’s key advantage. As Francesco explains: “In summer we have temperature changes between day and night of 15-30°F. This gives freshness to the wine.”


fish_whitefish_overveggiesTorrevento’s vineyards are spread across Murgia, a rugged and stony sub-region of Puglia (inset). Since World War II, the Liantonio family have produced wines using time-honored traditional methods. They have built a big reputation by specializing in Puglia’s indigenous grapes (like Nero di Troia), winning maximum ratings from Italy’s leading critics, year-in and year-out.


ital_meaty_spaghettiBolo Nero is a top choice for your next Italian-themed dinner party. Start things off with an antipasti plate, then move to a main course of richly sauced pastas, like lamb ragù over fettuccine or beef Bolognese and spaghetti. You could also try it with slow-cooked meat dishes – succulent beef short ribs, braised pork with buttery polenta, or classic osso buco.

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