Movie & Wine Pairing


Las Minas del Sil Godello Palomino 2013
Valdeorras DO, Spain

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

Because Godello is a grape of “great class” that makes a bright wine with zingy mineral and citrus notes, pair it with Woody Allen’s Oscar-winning comedy of manners. The ensemble cast featuring Barbara Hershey, Michael Caine, Mia Farrow and Dianne Wiest together navigate a year of tumultuous relationships and self-realizations in cultured New York City, all laced with the writer-director’s trademark hilarity.


“Forget Albariño. Godello is the hot new northwest Spanish grape variety with great class,” says Jancis Robinson. The signature white grape of tiny, verdant Valdeorras (‘Valley of Gold’) in Galicia, it was first planted to vines by the ancient Romans, when they arrived to mine for gold in the river Sil. Today, Godello’s seen a resurgence in popularity, thanks to local pioneers like Rafael de Haan. Chic and refreshing, his take on Godello includes a splash of another variety, Palomino, to balance Godello’s natural weight. Enjoy zesty tropical and citrus fruit flavors, offset by zingy mineral notes.


Half-Spanish but raised in England, Rafael de Haan (below) earned a degree in history and Latin American studies before getting his start in the wine trade in 2000. He moved to Spain in 2001 to open a wine and tapas bar in Barcelona. Five years later, the place was a hit, but Rafael had already been bitten by the wine bug. He sold his stake in the restaurant, and, several successful years later, has earned quite the reputation for his top-notch wines.


Valdeorras is the easternmost wine zone in Galicia, the region in Spain’s northwestern corner that hangs over Portugal. It’s steep, rocky, verdant, and rainy – and perfect for growing aromatic white grapes like Godello (Valdeorras’ most famous variety). Palomino, the star grape of Sherry in Jerez (Spain’s deep south), also makes dry whites here that are ideal for blending with Godello.


Have some fun with dinner guests and see if they can guess the grape composition of this citrus-fresh white. Then, reward them with a plate piled high with fresh fish. Simply prepared dishes starring trout or tilapia would be perfect. Shellfish would work well too. Paella lover? The traditional saffron rice dish with shrimp and chorizo will be perfect.

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