Movie & Wine Pairing


Marx Brothers 2015

A Night at the Opera (1935)

The brothers’ first picture with MGM is this rambunctious tale of an Opera company gone awry, headed by Groucho as Otis P. Driftwood – one of the great comedian’s most iconic roles. All three remaining brothers are represented in this wine’s mix of grapes (Zeppo had left the group after Duck Soup in 1933) and this is one of their most essentials films. Both are sure to be richly enjoyed.


The Marx Brothers have kept audiences laughing for over a century, and like a fine wine, they only get better with age. Just as each brother brings his own magic to the ensemble, the different grapes in this special red each contribute distinctive characters. But it’s Zinfandel that’s the star here, with its deliciously rich black cherry flavors, complemented by hints of vanilla. Crafted with fruit from prime-sited California vineyards (mostly in Lodi) and the stellar 2015 vintage, this unique red will delight with barbecued pork and, of course, a classic Marx Brothers film.


Now is a great time to enjoy the bounty of the top-notch wines coming out of California. Following the very highly rated 2012, 2013, and 2014 vintages, our expert on the ground, Clare Tooley, tells us that winemakers are raving about the 2015 harvest. According to The Wine Advocate, “2015 has turned out to be spectacular, high-quality vintage” for the Golden State. And this exclusive red really showcases the richness of this great year.


VY_California_Lockwood_1Lodi, Wine Enthusiast’s 2015 Region of the Year, has a grape-growing tradition dating to 1850. While the region’s famed for its oldvine Zinfandel (celebrated at the annual ZinFest on Lake Lodi), it’s increasingly known for top-notch Cabs, too. Its warm summer climate is tempered by occasional morning fog, helping prolong the grapes’ ‘hang time’ on the vine for extra-concentrated flavor.


pork_slicesAlma 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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