Movie & Wine Pairing


La Catina 2014
Transylvania, Romania

Wuthering Heights (1939)
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For a richly drawn complement to this lush Romanian wine, watch Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon share a turbulent romance in William Wyler’s beloved adaptation of Wuthering Heights (1939). The central love story is as ripe and intense as the fruit flavors in this unique white blend, and the wild Yorkshire moors (skillfully recreated in Southern California) make the perfect setting for this gem from a little-known corner of the wine world.


Romania may not be the first country you think of for wine, yet it’s home to “some of Europe’s greatest cool climate vineyards” (Hugh Johnson). Our intrepid expert, Beth Willard, is seriously passionate about this burgeoning region – and she’s very excited for you to try her latest discovery. She uncovered La Catina at a top cellar that has supplied wine to the Romanian Royal Court of King Michael. Their rare Viognier-Tamaioasa Romaneasca is brimming with aromatic intensity and mouthfilling flavors.


houseOpulent Rhône Valley star Viognier has met a delicious, new match in Romania’s Tamaioasa Romaneasca. This ancient variety is nicknamed “the Frankincense grape,” thanks to its hugely aromatic quality (it has “the most extraordinary aroma,” says Jancis Robinson, Master of Wine). Here it adds an intriguing spice note to Viognier’s floral, apricot character.


In Romania, you’ll find wineries as advanced as any in Europe thanks to investment pouring into the country. Yet winemaking tradition dates back thousands of years – Plato himself is rumored to have hailed the region’s vineyards as “the best in the world,” and the origin story of Dionysus (Greek god of wine) points to this stunning countryside. Transylvania, which means “beyond the forest,” may be home to Count Dracula (that’s his family’s famed castle below) but it’s also a world-class spot for grape growing.


foodNamed after the fragrant buckthorn hedges that flank the estate’s vineyards, La Catina has a fantastic, full body. Its super-ripe orchard fruit flavors and spicy edge make it a delicious solo sipper. Or, try with aromatic Thai food like lemongrass chicken, vegetarian curries or chicken satay. Moroccan couscous salads are another tasty alternative.

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