Movie & Wine Pairing


Buena Vista ‘Stone Caves’ Chardonnay 2013
Sonoma County, California

Love Me or Leave Me (1955)
TUESDAY, JULY 11 @ 01:45 PM (ET)

Doris Day and James Cagney star in the true story of torch singer Ruth Etting and the tough gangster who fostered her career. Usually cast as a girl-next-door type, Day dives into harder-edged material here, but her talent and radiance still shines through in this musical performance that matches beautifully with a delightful California Chardonnay.


From California’s oldest premium winery, Buena Vista, comes this carefully crafted Chardonnay – as impressive as the estate’s founder, the ‘Count’ of Buena Vista, Agoston Haraszthy de Mokesa. Made with perfectly ripened grapes (hand harvested at night to preserve fruit character). The wine was partially barrel fermented, to give a rich, round character. Look forward to a medium bodied wine with apple, pear and toasted almond aromas and flavors, plus a delightful creaminess on the palate.


Surrounded by his own tales of intrigue and political exile, The Count emigrated from Europe in 1840 in pursuit of opportunity and freedom in the burgeoning American West. Following the so-called forty-niners in search of gold in the hills of northern California, Haraszthy sought “purple gold” – the perfect place for exceptional wine. He ultimately settled in Sonoma, birthplace of California and capital of the short-lived California Republic, where he founded Buena Vista Winery in 1857.


While the Count was planting his vineyards at Buena Vista Ranch, he and his team excavated huge caves for aging and storing wine – said to run from Carneros to Napa! The estate flourished at first, but then declined until after Prohibition, when new owners, the Bartholomew family, rediscovered its heritage. Today, it thrives as part of the acclaimed Boisset Family Estates.


This wine is a classic match for chicken – feel free to experiment with pan-roasted thighs in a rosemary/garlic cream sauce, chicken alfredo over fresh linguini, or try it whole-roasted with a citrus/tarragon butter. You could also serve ‘The Count’s’ Chardonnay with a plate of soft cheeses or as a classy aperitif. Avoid over-chilling, as this will dull the wine’s expressiveness.

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