Movie & Wine Pairing


Kora Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Marlborough, New Zealand

Road to Zanzibar (1941)
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The second film in Paramount’s “Road” series, this Africa-set comedy involves dangerous jungles, mysterious caves and beautiful con artists. But it’s really a showcase for Bob Hope, Dean Martin and Dorothy Lamour to perform their signature vaudeville routines and musical numbers. It’s the perfect light-hearted film for a lip-smacking Sauvignon Blanc, an aromatic and refreshing white.


New Zealand is home to a particularly intense style of Sauvignon Blanc that’s very popular in the U.S. The best come from Marlborough, like this crisp beauty from Wairau River Estate and the pioneering Rose family (who were among the first to plant grapes here over 30 years ago). Phil’s a pretty big name in the industry, and was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by Wine Marlborough a few years back. We can’t wait for you to try his latest release – expect mouthwatering kiwi and citrus aromas and lipsmacking lime, guava and gooseberry flavors.


Wairau River Estate is a true family affair. Like the business, its founders Phil and Chris have seen their family grow tremendously over the last few decades. Today, the whole family is involved in the estate’s daily operations – from in the vineyard and winery to cooking and baking at their acclaimed restaurant, The Cellar Door. And the Roses are happy to send their Kora (meaning ‘distant place’ in Maori) all the way to your family’s table.


Aromatic and refreshing, Sauvignon Blanc is at its most intense in Marlborough. The best come from the original strip of vineyards (some planted by Phil and Chris) called The Golden Mile. Along the banks of the Wairau River on the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, Marlborough’s warm days, cool nights and rocky soils produce the perfect balance of fruit flavor and crisp acidity.


Alma Andina is uplifting on its own and also great with Latin food – especially if seafood is involved. Steve’s favorite match is a mouthwatering ceviche. Need a vegetarian option? Torrontés has a wonderfully crisp quality, which means it will go nicely with all manner of vegetable dishes. We tried (and loved) black bean dip with queso fresco.

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