Movie & Wine Pairing


Long Live The King Pinot Grigio 2015
King Valley, Australia

King Solomon’s Mines (1950)
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This classic adventure story has been adapted to the screen several times, but MGM’s lavish production – shot on location in central and east Africa – is the most successful and beloved version. Uncork this terrific Pinot Grigio and raise a glass to the indelible Deborah Kerr as she embarks on a journey to find her missing husband, lost on his expedition to the legendary mines.


The King Valley is one of Australia’s leading wine regions – but an outbreak of the vineyard pest phylloxera in the mid-1990s nearly decimated these once-revered vineyards. Master winemaker Bill Calabria and many of his vine-growing colleagues fought for years to preserve and restore what they could of these prime sites. Their efforts paid off – one taste of Bill’s triumphant Pinot Grigio, and you’ll be uttering “Long Live The King,” yourself. Look forward to fresh-sliced green apple, pear and lemon aromas and flavors. A refreshing aperitif, or tasty match for fine cheeses.


Despite having greyish-pink skin, Pinot Grigio has always vied for the No. 1 White Grape title against Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. At wine bars and dinner tables the world over, versatile Pinot Grigio is often the white wine of choice. Although it’s grown all over the world, its spiritual home is northern Italy, where it produces a light- to medium-bodied wine with subtle white fruit and classic almond notes.


King Valley is the self-proclaimed “Australian home of Italian wine styles,” thanks to the large population of Italian immigrants and their descendants. Like other native Italian vines, Pinot Grigio thrives here, thanks to the rich soils, bright sunshine and cool breezes from the surrounding mountain ranges and the King River. In short, there’s a reason winemakers like Bill were so determined to save this spot – it’s a serious grape-growing heaven.


Bill is a big cheese lover, so he suggests Piave (a firm cow’s milk cheese from Italy’s Veneto region) as a perfect pairing for his kingly Pinot Grigio. At meal time, serve it with simply prepared seafood dishes, such as baked white fish with a squeeze of lemon, or grilled calamari. As you’d expect, it’s also delightfully refreshing all on its own.

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