Movie & Wine Pairing


HJ Fabre Malbec Reserva 2016
Mendoza, Argentina

Stormy Weather (1943)

Pour a glass of this classy and textured Malbec while enjoying the talents of star Lena Horne, along with Bill (Bojangles) Robinson, Fats Waller, Dooley Wilson, and the incredible Nicholas Brothers. The film isn’t strong on plot, but rather serves as a showcase for dazzling performances by a rare all-black cast, becoming a joyous entertainment that’s also a cultural milestone. Made during WWII, it’s also a result of Hollywood’s attempts to bridge racial divides in support of the war effort.


Malbec is a modern-day wine phenomenon – your delicious taste comes from Hervé Fabre, the International Wine Challenge’s 2018 Winemaker of the Year. For his Reserva, Hervé hand-selected the ripest fruit from his prized 40-plus-year-old vines and treated it to 12 months in fine French oak. Master of Wine Tim Atkin rated the 2016 release 91 points and raved, “Impeccable value, as ever ... Smooth, beguiling, and wonderfully aromatic, with licorice and blueberry fruit and a twist of vanilla spice.”


Nearly 30 years ago, Hervé and his wife Diane (below) left their native Bordeaux for Argentina and now run one of the country’s leading estates – with the quality obsession of a top Bordeaux château. Rigorous vineyard care helps keep grape yields low and flavor concentration high. Sustainable farming practices benefit both the environment and the wine. And, true to his heritage, Hervé swears by his favorite, fine French oak barrels in which to mature his top reds, like this Malbec Reserva.


WM_HerveDianeFabre_walkingMendoza produces 70% of all Argentina’s wine. In the high-altitude, premium sub-region of Luján de Cuyo, cool nights yield Malbec with delicious aromas and fine acidity. And since land without access to the melt waters of the Andes is nothing but desert, the Fabre Montmayou winery flourishes with the help of las acequias (irrigation channels).


pork_chopArgentina is world famous for its beef. The country’s grass-fed, free-roaming cattle produce some of the most flavorful, lean steaks money can buy. No wonder beef is the most popular match for the country’s star red. So fire up the grill and enjoy with your favorite cut. And here’s a tip from Hervé: if there’s wine left after dinner, try it with some squares of dark chocolate.

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