Movie & Wine Pairing


Camino de Seda ‘Selección Especial’ 2016
Jumilla DO, Spain

Cat People (1942)
SUNDAY, APRIL 14 @ 03:45 AM (ET)

Producer Val Lewton made a series of idiosyncratic horror films in the 1940s, but this may be his most successful effort. In it, Simone Simon stars as a lonely fashion designer in New York City who harbors a dark secret: she is descended from a long line of cat people who turn murderous when aroused. The Monastrell grape lends intense, black-fruit aromas and rich, concentrated flavors to the glass, making it an ideal pairing for film with such a ferocious bite.


Crafted in honor of the Camino de Seda (Silk Road), an ancient trade route that runs through Spain’s rugged Jumilla region, this ‘Special Selection’ Monastrell shows off the talents of winemaker Mireia Altimira. Mireia chose the grapes from lowyielding bush vines, grown in vineyards surrounded by mulberry trees (the silk worm’s favorite dwelling). And it’s already wowing judges: Camino de Seda sports gold and double-gold medals from two top international shows. You’re in for rich, black-fruit flavors, plus mocha, vanilla, and earthy spice notes.


Having grown up on the finest finos of Seville, Mireia Altimira moved north to study oenology at one of Catalonia’s most prestigious schools. After completing her degree, she went on to work with several top estates (like renowned Codorniu) and one of the region’s oldest and most successful Cava houses. Despite her youth and relatively young career, many of her wines have already won major international awards.


WM_MireiaAltimiraJumilla (in the desert-like Murcia region of southeast Spain) is one of the few places in Europe to have seriously old plantings of Monastrell. Called Mourvèdre in French, the region’s reds are often compared to France’s famously rich, and pricey, Bandol reds. Quality in Jumilla has improved dramatically of late, with winemakers producing wines that display Monastrell’s unique earthy spiciness.


lamb_rackchopsWhen it comes to a smooth Spanish red like Camino de Seda, you can’t go wrong with lamb. Try slow-roasted leg of lamb and potatoes or lamb chops topped with aioli sauce, rosemary, and garlic. It’ll also be tasty with classic Spanish tapas (think cured meats, olives, and hard cheeses). Vegetarian? Try grilled portabello mushrooms or simple rice and beans.

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