Movie & Wine Pairing


Dorothy Lamour Petite Sirah 2018

Road to Singapore (1940)
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The first of the hugely popular “Road” pictures released by Paramount in the 1940s is the perfect pairing for our first “Road to Cali” bottle, a seductive Petite Sirah made in honor of Bob Hope and Bing Crosby’s talented costar, Dorothy Lamour. Through mostly improvised dialogue, the leading men take off for exotic Southeast Asia to escape troublesome romances. There, they come across dancer Mima (Lamour) who likewise runs away from a jealous partner (Anthony Quinn). The three formed an ideal trio, and a smash movie series was born.


Dorothy Lamour will forever be remembered for her beautiful, long, brown hair and trademark sarong – first worn in her 1936 debut feature, The Jungle Princess. She quickly became an important player for Paramount Pictures, charming audiences as the romantic interest for Bob Hope and Bing Crosby in the much-loved “Road” movies. We took to the road in search of a worthy tribute wine, and we think this seductive Petite Sirah fits the bill. From California’s stellar 2018 vintage, it overflows with luscious, blackfruit flavor and sweet spice characters.


Petite Sirah is also known as Durif (named for François Durif, the French botanist who first discovered the variety), and is most likely a crossing of Syrah and Peloursin that originates in France’s Rhône Valley. It’s a “grape that takes no prisoners,” says Tim Atkin, MW. Plantings are up 13% over the last five years, and no wonder. With its inky-black color and full body, the wines are hard to resist (just ask a member of its fan club, PS I Love You).


GI_grapes_red_onvine_napaIt’s a great time to be a fan of California wine, as the 2018 vintage continues the string of stellar harvests started back in 2012. According to Wine Spectator, “cooler temperatures and moderate weather lead to a long growing season, allowing grapes to ripen smoothly” in Northern California. What does this mean about the wine in your glass? You’ll enjoy concentrated, fresh flavors.


bbq_porkribs_dryrubWhile fans of luscious, full-bodied reds will enjoy sipping this Petite Sirah solo, like Ms. Lamour, it really comes into its own with the right partners. We suggest serving it with barbecue dishes – anything from dry-rubbed pork ribs to saucy chicken thighs to grilled vegetable kebabs. When it’s too chilly to barbecue, go for stews starring hearty veggies or lentils and beans.

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