Movie & Wine Pairing


Château de Callac Cuvée Prestige 2013
Graves AOC, France

The Palm Beach Story (1942)
Currently Not Scheduled

Writer-director Preston Sturges is known for his biting wit and irreverent storylines, and both are on display in this story of a married couple that divorces in order to swindle an unsuspecting millionaire. Like the blend of sweet Sémillon and citrusy Sauvignon Blanc in this delicious white wine, star Claudette Colbert’s elegance and Sturges’ script are perfect complements to each other, producing an unforgettable film comedy.


“White Bordeaux is ready for its spotlight,” writes The Huffington Post. And this small-batch ‘Cuvée Prestige’ is a very tasty demonstration of the style. Not only is it from 2013, which turned out to be “a fabulous vintage for whites” ( but it boasts a coveted silver medal from the 2015 Le Comité des Salons et Concours de Mâcon. Talented winemaker Yannick Reyrel selected a classic blend of 66% Sauvignon Blanc (for grassy, citrusy zip) and 34% Sémillon (which imparts a lovely honeyed/floral character). Eight months in fine oak barrels adds a spicy, toasty nuance.


Château de Callac dates to 1773 – and new owners Sylvie and Matthieu Gufflet have been pulling out all the stops to restore the estate to its former glory. Key to their recent, acclaimed success: winemaker Yannick Reyrel. He’s worked alongside sought-after consultants Stephane Derenoncourt and Alain Raynaud and spent years as a key winemaking assistant at Château Pétrus (under the esteemed Jean-Claude Berrouet).


Bordeaux is home to fairy-tale châteaux and some of the world’s most celebrated, sought-after wines. Some of the most famous hail from the Graves region on the Left Bank. Located about 30 miles southeast of Bordeaux city, it’s home to First Growth Château Haut-Brion. In addition to classy, barrel-aged whites (like Château de Callac), it’s also known for fine, Cabernet-dominant reds.


With its lovely freshness and complex flavors, this Bordeaux will be delicious sipped solo or with goat cheese (Sauvignon’s classic match). At meal time, we suggest serving it with dishes that feature a creamy sauce to balance the Sauvignon’s crispness and play off the Sémillon’s honey notes. We like buttery lobster tail, tilapia with lemon sauce, or pasta primavera.

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