Movie & Wine Pairing


Collezione di Paolo ‘Verso Cielo’ 2014
Rosso di Toscana, Italy

The Happy Thieves (1961)
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Pair this intriguing Super Tuscan with one of George Marshall’s later films. Instead of the hills of Tuscany, you’ll find yourself on the plateau of Madrid, where comedy, romance and drama will paint a vivid picture. As art thieves Jim Bourne (Rex Harrison) and Eve Lewis (Rita Hayworth) navigate a tricky plot involving highstakes heists, blackmail, counterfeiting and even murder, you can savor the layers of rich, dark fruit in your glass.


The quality-driven Paolo Masi is at the top of his game, with plaudits from major critics like Robert Parker (see below). And, thanks to our 20-plus-year relationship with his estate, you enjoy exclusive access to his small-batch Super Tuscan. This rich style blends native Tuscan grapes with international varieties like Cabernet. Acclaimed wine writer Natalie MacLean called a past release “lip smacking delicious.” You’re in for more of the same from the French-barrique-aged 2014 – it won a gold medal and 90 points at AWC Vienna , plus gold at the 2016 Vino Ljubljana show.
Since graduating top of his class at Florence’s wine university, “Paolo Masi has made an excellent impression with the estate wines of his family property,” says Robert Parker. Top Italian wine guide Gambero Rosso also sings his praises, writing that his wines show “irreproachably clean, fresh fruit and abundant personality.” Paolo, below with his lovely wife, Anna Rita, works his magic at the family estate in Rufina.


Fattoria di Basciano, the Masi family estate, is located in the heart of Chianti’s premium Rufina district. It stands on a hill over looking the Argomenna Valley on one side, and the right bank of the Siene River on the other (it’s as gorgeous as it sounds). The area’s dry, breezy climate and heattrapping, stony soil (known locally as galestro ) are ideal for growing Sangiovese, Chianti’s main grape.


With their bright red fruit, balancing acidity and firm tannins, Tuscany’s reds famously come into their own with food. This delicious blend is a tasty partner for meaty pasta or hearty game (in Tuscany, they’d go for wild boar). Of course, it’d also be great with pizza. Classic margherita or diavola (with tomato sauce, mozzarella, basil and spicy sopressata salami) are our top picks.

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