Movie & Wine Pairing


Gómez Cruzado Blanco 2013
Rioja DOCa, Spain

The Artist (2011)
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A love letter to early Hollywood, The Artist (2011) won filmgoers hearts with its playful pastiche of silent film. Like this Spanish white, it is a terrific example of a modern crowd-pleaser made in a traditional style. Enjoy the fresh, citrusy flavors of this Viura while silent star George Valentin navigates the new world of the ‘talkies’ with his loyal Jack Russell terrier and captivating ingénue Peppy Miller.


Gómez Cruzado is a local secret from Haro, Rioja’s fine wine capital. Located just next door to world-famous bodegas R. López de Heredia, Roda and La Rioja Alta, this tiny boutique made its American debut with us, with limited stocks of its trophy-winning 2007 red. It was such a huge success, they’ve sent along a small shipment of their rich white. Barrel fermentation in French oak and lees aging has imparted a creamy character to the fresh, citrusy flavors – it’s a traditional style with a vibrant, modern edge.


houseViura (known as Macabeo in other parts of Spain and Maccabeu in France’s Roussillon region) has a thick skin and is the most widely planted grape in northern Spain. In addition to its starring role in many Rioja blancos, this lightly floral and aromatic variety also plays an important part in the production of Cava (Spain’s answer to Champagne), alongside the Parellada and Xarello grapes.


Vines were first planted in Rioja during Roman times, under the shade of the Sierra de Cantabria and at the confluence of the mighty Rivers Ebro and Oja (Rio Oja – hence the name). While the region is most famous globally for its glorious wines, Rioja’s plentiful water and ideal climate means it also thrives as an agricultural and gastronomic center. It’s home to world-class lamb and goat cheeses, plus stunning produce like pears, plums, marcona almonds, red peppers, mushrooms, garlic and more.


foodIn her book, The Wine Region of Rioja, Spanish culture expert Ana Fabiano suggests a plate of roasted white asparagus (a regional specialty) and mushroom aioli with barrel-fermented whites like this. Another perfect appetizer would be a plate of local cheeses, like nutty Manchego (sheep cheese) or cured Camerano (goat cheese). At dinner, try roasted chicken or pork tenderloin.

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