Movie & Wine Pairing


ContraPosto 2014
Vino Rosso d’Italia

Grand Hotel (1932)

This landmark MGM film features a terrific cast of A-list stars, including Joan Crawford, John Barrymore and Greta Garbo. Each of these colorful personalities is given an intriguing storyline in the titular Berlin hotel, adding up to a wellbalanced dramatic mix – perfect for a wine that shows off the best of Italy’s many varietals.


The Italian word contrapposto refers to fine balance and form in works of art, like Michelangelo’s David. As you’ll taste, this masterpiece has seriously fine balance and form all its own. Crafted by rising Tuscan star Sofia Barbanera, it showcases premium grapes from across Italy. Though she’s keeping the exact blend a secret, we can tell you it was partially barrel aged in French oak for six months and artfully weaves together some of the trademark characteristics of each region. A Berliner Wein Trophy gold medalist last vintage, the 2014 is every bit as beautiful.


The Barbanera family have made delicious wines at their Tuscan estate since 1938. Today, siblings Marco, Paolo (Sofia’s dad) and Simona are at the helm, but a new generation is gearing up to one day take the reins. Sofia’s been under the tutelage of the Barbanera’s highly acclaimed winemaker, Mario Ercolino. He’s taught her everything he knows (including the techniques he uses to draw out maximum perfume and elegance from grapes).


WM_SofiaBarbaneraalled ‘Oenotria’ or ‘land of the vine’ by the ancient Greeks, Italy’s home to a staggering number of grape varieties. With all these options, it’s no wonder Sofia was inspired to look beyond just her native Tuscany: “For some time, I have had in mind to craft a single wine from grapes sourced across a number of regions, which together would create a wine far greater than the sum of its parts.”


ital_ossobucoA wine like ContraPosto – velvety, bright and filled with rich fruit flavors – is the perfect companion for a wide variety of foods. Meaty pastas (beef-stuffed ravioli) or osso buco would be perfect. Vegetarians can go for eggplant Parmesan or bitter greens like dandelion and broccoli rabe prepared in the traditional Puglian way – boiled, then sautéed with olive oil and garlic.

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