Movie & Wine Pairing


Casona Cordillera Merlot 2014
Colchagua Valley, Chile

A Woman of Affairs (1928)
MONDAY, JULY 10 @ 07:45 AM

A smooth and well-balanced Merlot is the perfect partner to this romantic melodrama with real-life lovers Greta Garbo and John Gilbert. The inimitable Garbo plays a woman unable to be with her true love, and forced to marry a corrupt man of whom her domineering father approves. Tragedy unfolds, but you won’t be disappointed with this graceful Chilean red.


“The most inspiring Merlot producer I have come across in Chile is French-owned Casa Lapostolle,” writes top critic and Master of Wine Jancis Robinson. And that’s in a country known for its world-class Merlot – so we’re thrilled to bring you this silky, new exclusive. Casona Cordillera is crafted with hand-selected grapes, grown in estate vineyards in the premium Colchagua Valley. Light aging in fine French barrels imparts a subtle touch of spice and vanilla to the ripe plum flavors. Serve at your next dinner party, alongside a juicy beef roast or succulent lamb chops.


Founded in 1994 by Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle (the woman behind famous liqueur brand Grand Marnier), Casa Lapostolle quickly rose to prominence in Chile and the rest of the world. Its flagship red, Clos Apalta, sells for $80-plus a bottle and in 2008 was named the No. 1 Wine of the Year in Wine Spectator’s prestigious Top 100. They put the same care and quality-obsession into their entire range, including this smooth, great-value Merlot.


Protected by the Atacama desert to the north, the Andes to the east, the Pacific to the west and Antarctica to the south, Chile is wine paradise. Decanter writes that “conditions in Chile produce a style of wine which displays the finesse and balance typical of Bordeaux.” The Colchagua Valley is the epicenter of great Chilean reds. It was recently hailed as “the new Napa Valley” by Wine Enthusiast.


If time allows, decant this silky Merlot an hour prior to serving to unleash all its complex aromas and flavors. Then, serve with a juicy beef roast or succulent lamb chops. Or, pay tribute to the estate’s French origins with cassoulet (a casserole made with white beans and pork, poultry or mutton). A baked veggie dish starring sweet potatoes or squash would also be tasty.

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