Movie & Wine Pairing


Clifton Estate ‘1837’ Shiraz 2017
Barossa, Australia

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)

One of John Ford’s finest Westerns, this tale of a cavalry veteran (John Wayne) who faces an Indian uprising on the eve of his retirement is also one of his most visually striking – it won the Oscar for Best Cinematography. Shot in Monument Valley, the film’s Technicolor brilliance finds a stirring partner in this peppery Australian Shiraz. Both are pure and totally enjoyable examples of their genres.


Shiraz (aka Syrah elsewhere) is Australia’s flagship red grape – and the famed region of Barossa Valley is the epicenter of premium quality. This limited-edition release hails from ThornClarke and talented winemaker Nicole Clarke. Named in honor of the Clarke family’s ancestors (who immigrated to Australia in 1837 and began making fine wines at their Clifton property shortly after), ‘1837’ is only made in the best vintages (like excellent 2017) and in tiny amounts. Look forward to ripe, dark-berry flavors, plus hints of spicy black pepper and luxuriously smooth mouthfeel.


Thorn-Clarke’s wines are highly prized Down Under. Most impressively, preeminent Australian critic James Halliday has rated them a 5-star estate for 10 consecutive years. The family is also making a BIG splash in the United States. Their wines have been named to Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list three times, and renowned critic Robert Parker considers them “among the greatest red wine values in the marketplace.”


VY_Australia_Barossa_sunsetStar writer Hugh Johnson has called the Barossa Valley “South Australia’s answer to the Napa Valley.” It’s the heart of premium Aussie wine (one thing that makes it great: the region’s home to a huge concentration of 100-plus-year-old vines). Summers are blisteringly hot, but savvy winemakers have long-since figured out how to harness that natural heat to create powerful, fruit-rich styles.


bbq_porkribs_saucyIf you love to barbecue as much as the Aussies do, then this special Shiraz will be a welcome addition to your wine rack. It has the fruit-rich flavor and smoothness to stand up to juicy burgers, flame-grilled steaks, saucy ribs, and all your other barbecue favorites. In the cooler months, it’s a equally delicious with roasted meats, hearty winter stews, or firm, aged cheeses.

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