Movie & Wine Pairing


Le Prince de Courthézon Blanc 2016
Côtes-du-Rhône AOC, France

Jules and Jim (1962)

“I wanted to make a subversive film of total sweetness,” director Francois Truffaut said of his third film, arguably one of his best. Like the romantically complicated French story of three young friends – two men and one woman, played by the great Jeanne Moreau – the three grapes in this captivating white Rhone form a complex and utterly captivating blend of stone-fruit and mineral freshness, leading to a well-rounded finish.


From star winemaker Thierry Ferlay (below) and Courthézon, a historic town once governed by the Princes of Orange, comes this refreshing white that’s befitting of the town’s royal heritage. Crafted from three local white grapes (Grenache Blanc, Clairette, and Bourboulenc) all grown in prime vineyards with clay and sandy soils (bringing extra complexity), it boasts zesty, stonefruit flavors and a lingering finish. Thanks to the excellent 2016 vintage and Thierry’s deft touch in the cellar, Le Prince scooped a gold medal at the Concours de Général Agricole de Paris – and is sure to be a winner with your guests too.


Founded in 1924, Le Cellier des Princes is the only growers’ co-op in Châteauneuf, and is known for its greatvalue, single-estate wines. Thierry has worked extensively in the Rhône, southern France, and Australia. He now crafts multiple medal-winning wines that combine ‘New World’ flair (from his time Down Under) with traditional ‘Old World’ techniques (à la France).


WM_ThierryFerlayThe village of Courthézon lies just outside Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the southern Rhône’s most famous appellation. While this storied region is best known for its rich reds, we also love its distinctive whites. Like the reds, a majority of these wines are blends that are rich in texture, with intense fruit flavors and aromatics. Thierry knows just how to draw out the best from the grapes he uses – as you’ll taste.


fish_swordfish_grilledAlma 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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