Movie & Wine Pairing


La Catina Estate ‘Limited Release’ Pinot Noir 2016
Dealurile Munteniei, Romania

The Three Musketeers (1948)

A delicious wine from a renowned estate meets a classic movie adapted from a renowned novel. Enjoy the vivid Technicolor beauty of this lavish MGM production (pieces of which would later wind up in Singin’ in the Rain) with luminous stars Lana Turner and Gene Kelly as you savor the many bright and expressive flavors in each sip of this Romanian red. The film was a box office smash, and this Pinot will prove to be quite popular as well.


Our intrepid expert, Beth Willard (the International Wine Challenge 2015 Eastern Europe Specialist of the Year), is passionate about Romania’s wines – and she’s very excited for you to try her latest find. She uncovered this limited-release, barrel-aged Pinot Noir at a renowned estate that has supplied wine to the Romanian Royal Court of King Michael. Crafted with hand-harvested fruit from the La Catina vineyard, it brims with ripe red berries and hints of smooth chocolate and spice (thanks to six months in fine French oak). A tasty match for schnitzel or roast duck.


Romania is home to “some of Europe’s greatest cool climate vineyards,” says wine writer Hugh Johnson. And the Dealurile Munteniei region is an ideal spot for growing cool climateloving Pinot Noir. It lies on a similar latitude to famous Pinot haven, Burgundy, where similarly chilly temperatures impart aromatic intensity and a mouthwatering lift to the palate. As you’ll taste, this example shows all the elegance of its (pricier) French counterparts.


GI_grapes_pinotnoir_clsupThe thin-skinned Pinot Noir grape is notoriously difficult to grow. It ripens early and thrives in cool climates (which really help to draw out all of the grape’s charming finesse). While its spiritual homeland is the Côte d’Or in France’s Burgundy, it has found a delicious new character in cooler corners of New Zealand, California, and Romania – all of which produce world-class Pinots well worth seeking out.


duck_legIn Romania, they might enjoy La Catina with classic schnitzel (such as chicken or pork cordon bleu) or frigarui (kebabs with chicken, pork, or veggies). It’ll also be tasty with traditional Pinot pairings, like plank-grilled salmon, roast duck, or brined turkey. Vegetarian? Try it with hearty eggplant parmigiana or grilled flatbread topped with tomatoes and mushrooms.

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