Movie & Wine Pairing


Château de Courbon ‘Cuvée de Famille’ 2016
Graves AOC, France

Terms of Endearment (1983)

For this gold-medal blend of two delicious grapes, pair an award-winning film with two compelling lead actresses. The sweetness and acidity in your glass is matched by the mother-daughter drama between Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger as they navigate romantic relationships and the challenges of life both together and apart. Regarded as one of the screen’s biggest tear-jerkers, this debut film by writer-director James L. Brooks remains an essential.


Located in the heart of Bordeaux’s premium Graves appellation, Château de Courbon has been owned by the Boyer family for several generations. Their ‘Cuvée de Famille’ is crafted with hand-harvested Sauvignon Blanc (70%) and Sémillon (30%) grown during the exceptional 2016 vintage. It boasts a coveted gold medal from the Concours Général Agricole de Paris, plus layers of vibrant white flower and grassy citrus characters. Guaranteed to impress on its own or with a special meal.


While most wine enthusiasts are more familiar with Bordeaux’s famous reds, dry Bordeaux blanc has a style all its own. The wines boast mouthwatering freshness (usually from Sauvignon Blanc, the most-planted white grape variety, or aromatic Muscadelle), with added texture and richness from Sémillon (and, often, some barrel aging). According to expert James Suckling, “2016 is an outstanding vintage for Bordeaux for both whites and reds,” so you’re in for serious quality with Château de Courbon.


VY_France_BordeauxBordeaux is home to fairy-tale châteaux and many 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, elegant whites (like Château de Courbon), it’s also known for fine, Cabernet-dominant reds.


shell_scallopsWith 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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