Movie & Wine Pairing


Collezione Privata ‘Selezione Vendemia Numero 3’ 2018

            Rosso di Toscano IGT, Italy

The Seventh Seal (1958)
THURSDAY, JULY 9 @ 10:00 PM (ET)

Some movies are noted for transcending the medium to become works of art. This enigmatic Ingmar Bergman movie about life and death is often hailed as a masterpiece, one which we recommend every film lover take the opportunity to watch. We also highly recommend this fantastic Sangiovese-Colorino blend, a work of art in itself, as a fitting partner for a viewing.


Our Italy expert, Leonardo Bassano, has connections all over ‘the boot.’ So, when a top estate in Tuscany needed to make a little room in their cellar, Leo was their first call. They offered him an incredible deal on their stunning Sangiovese-Colorino blend in exchange for complete anonymity (their regular customers pay much more than you). Leo agreed, and you reap the delicious benefits. Look forward to ripe cherry and strawberry flavors, plus the vibrant acidity that makes Sangiovese-based reds so tasty with food.


The name Sangiovese (which translates to ‘blood of Jove’ in English) hints at Roman origins and, although it’s grown elsewhere, the grape remains largely a specialist Italian variety. It’s best known in Tuscany as the primary grape of Chianti’s famous red wines. Bright cherry flavors abound and, when young, Sangiovese also has notes of strawberry and spice. When aged in oak, it will take on subtle flavors and silky tannins. Here, a dash of local grape Colorino (5%) imparts deep color and adds structure to the tannins.


VY_Italy_Tuscany_sunsetBirthplace of the Renaissance, and famed for its beautiful rolling hills, Tuscany has long been home to some of the most influential figures in the history of art and science. It’s also home to many of Italy’s top wines – including Sangiovese-based reds like Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, and (more recently) ‘Super Tuscans’ that blend local grapes with international varieties.


ital_eggplantparmTake inspiration from this wine’s homeland and pair it with Italian-inspired meals. It’ll be delicious with veal Parmigiana or Tuscany’s classic Bistecca alla Fiorentina (Florentine steak). You could also enjoy it alongside simple spaghetti Bolognese, meaty lasagna, and other pasta dishes. Vegetarian? Go for eggplant Parmigiana, cheesy baked ziti, or even a veggie supreme pizza.

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