Movie & Wine Pairing


Finca del Marquesado Reserva 2006
Rioja DOCa, Spain

Black Narcissus (1947)
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The ingenuity of the family behind this Spanish release finds its match in the cinematic innovations of British filmmaking team Powell and Pressburger. Their landmark film Black Narcissus (1947) is one of the most sumptuously designed and photographed productions in film history, with emotions to match. A glass of this velvety smooth Tempranillo blend will prove as seductive as the mystical Himalayan settings that entrance the film’s heroines.


Mellow, food-friendly Reservas are only made in very good vintages, and are one of Spain’s great gifts to the world of wine. This sumptuous 2006 Rioja comes from the famed Bodegas Valdemar (an estate that’s won serious international accolades, including multiple Winery of the Year titles). Proprietor Jesús Martínez Bujanda took his finest, estate-grown Tempranillo (85%) and blended it with Mazuelo (10%) and Graciano (5%) for velvety texture and extra aromatic complexity. After 22 months in American and French oak, the wine is soft, mellow and perfectly food friendly.


FAMILYVines were planted in Rioja during Roman times, under the shade of the Sierra de Cantabria mountains and at the confluence of the Ebro and Oja rivers (hence the name – Rio Oja). The region’s famous for its barrel aging practices. By law, Reservas must be aged for at least three years (one of which must be in barrel) and Gran Reservas for at least five years (with a minimum of two years in barrel).


The Martínez Bujanda family (below) are a Riojan dynasty stretching back five generations. At the helm of Bodegas Valdemar is Jesús (far left), who is known in the wine industry for his ingenuity. Along with pioneering rosé production by introducing the French technique of saignée, Jesús also created Rioja’s first barrel-fermented Tempranillo blanco and a rare, singlevarietal bottling of Maturana Tinta, a peppery grape unique to Rioja.


foodIf you have a great butcher shop or farm nearby, we recommend goat with this wine. Braised goat shoulder rubbed with garlic, paprika and rosemary, then slow roasted with tomatoes and fingerling potatoes would be seriously great with Finca del Marquesado. Roasted lamb or beef stews would work nicely, along with traditional, nutty Spanish cheeses like Manchego.

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