Movie & Wine Pairing


GFF Chardonnay 2018
Lodi, California

The Great McGinty (1940)
TUESDAY, AUGUST 13 @ 08:00 PM (ET)

By the late 1930s, Preston Sturges had established himself as a writer of remarkable wit and sophistication. In this first directorial effort, he charts the unlikely rise and fall of a corrupt New York Governor (Brian Donlevy), an example of the comedic American social commentary for which Sturges became so well known. It’s a broadly entertaining film, as pleasing as the succulent flavors and fruit-forward aromas of this smooth Chardonnay.


Originally from Greece, the Kapiniaris family have brought four generations of winemaking expertise to their boutique estate in sunny California. This elegant Chardonnay bears the name GFF for the three men who crafted it: father Gus Kapiniaris, his son Frank, and head winemaker, Franck Lambert. After selecting the best Chardonnay grapes from the estate’s Lodi vineyards (which thrived during the great 2018 vintage), the team treated the wine to kid-glove care. You’re in for layers of succulent, orchard-fruit flavor.


Gus Kapiniaris emigrated from Greece to Canada in 1959, before meeting his wife, Dimitra, and moving to California in 1966. He worked for several years as a machinist, and later opened many successful restaurants. However, Gus’s true passion remained with winemaking, an art he learned from his father. In 1987, Gus purchased his first vineyard and his dream was realized. Today, he owns four vineyards (totaling 210 acres) and crafts worldclass wines alongside his son, Frank.


VY_Spain_Carinena_fallAs Master of Wine Jancis Robinson says, “Lodi is a seriously interesting location for growing grapes.” (Wine Enthusiast certainly agrees – they named it the 2015 Region of the Year.) Like the famous Napa Valley, Lodi’s warm summer climate is tempered by occasional morning fog. While it’s better known for rich reds like Zinfandel, Lodi can also produce top Chardonnay with seriously ripe flavors.


ital_stuffed_eggplantTake inspiration from the Kapiniaris family’s roots and pair their lovely Chardonnay with Greek dishes. It’ll shine alongside vegetarian options like hummus with tahini, spanakopita (a spinach and cheese pastry), or yemista me ryzi (baked stuffed vegetables). You could also enjoy this with oven-roasted turkey, honey-glazed ham, or other tender white meats.

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