Movie & Wine Pairing


Les Vivandières 2017
Ventoux AOC, France

Watch on the Rhine (1943)

This lovely white, named in honor of French women who cared for troops in battle, is neatly paired with a WWII-set story of a German freedom fighter and the war’s effect on his family. Starring Paul Lukas in an Oscar-winning turn opposite Warner Bros.’ top leading lady, Bette Davis, the movie is likewise a successful blend of personalities who help create a compelling and timely film – named by the New York film critics as the best movie (and top male performance) of 1943.


Named for the brave French women who cared for their troops on the battlefield (sometimes offering wine for courage), Les Vivandières hails from talented winemaker Alain Gerbaud and the Rhône Valley’s premium Ventoux region. Alain crafted it with grapes grown the southern slopes of Mont Ventoux, an area perfectly suited to winemaking – especially in a great (but lowyielding) vintage like 2017. Boasting a gold medal from the prestigious Concours de la Foire d’Avignon, this elegant, floral French white is sure to impress on its own or with a special meal.


While several grape varieties are permitted in the white wines of Ventoux, Les Vivandières marries the region’s three most prominent varieties: Grenache Blanc (60%), Clairette (20%), and Bourboulenc (20%). The Grenache Blanc gives the wine luscious body, plus ripe green fruit notes. Clairette also brings body, along with vibrant acidity, and Bourboulenc imparts expressive floral aromatics and subtle herb notes to the final wine.


VY_Australia_sunnyJust 30 miles from celebrated Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Ventoux is home to the same limestone- and mineral-rich soils, along with flavorboosting galet stones. The famous Mistral wind blows over vineyards at up to 200 miles per hour here, keeping the vines cool and pest-free. The high altitude (over 6,000 feet above sea level) and bright sun also provide the perfect foundation for viticulture.


food (2)With its beautifully embossed bottle, this exhilarating French white will make an impressive centerpiece to any dinner party. Serve it alongside roasted chicken, turkey, or other savory white meats. You could also pair this with meaty fish (think grilled salmon, swordfish, or tuna steak), hearty salads, or vegetarian dishes (like roasted cauliflower). Bon appétit!

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