Movie & Wine Pairing


Alma Andina Torrontés 2014
Salta, Argentina

Of Human Bondage (1934)

Bette Davis was an up-and-coming actress when she burst through the screen in a dynamic performance as W. Somerset Maugham’s volatile heroine. Davis electrified audiences with her portrayal of the slatternly Mildred, a cockney waitress with whom medical student Philip (Leslie Howard) has the misfortune to fall in love. Her vibrancy is matched by this wine’s crisp lemon and elegant orchard fruit notes, and a fresh zip on the finish. These two under-appreciated Italian grapes, Fiano and Falanghina, may soon find their own breakthrough.


Crisp, citrusy Pinot Grigio may be the top white grape in northern Italy, but down south in Puglia – the sunny ‘heel’ of the boot – up-and-coming varieties like Fiano and Falanghina take center stage. And for good reason, as you’ll taste here. This exhilarating example hails from the renowned Torrevento estate and the sunny Puglia region (where you’ll find “sensational bargains with real soul,” writes critic Robert Parker). With its vibrant, citrus- and orchard-fruit characters, Matervitae i Classici will be a delicious match for seafood or light pastas.


Torrevento sits on the site of an 18th-century farm and monastery, just outside the old region of Torre del Vento (‘wind’s tower’). It’s run by the Liantonio family, who’ve produced wines using time-honored, traditional methods since 1948. They’re one of the most recognized names in Puglia, and have built their top reputation by specializing in indigenous grapes like Nero di Troia (the star of their best-selling Vigna Pedale), Fiano, and Falanghina.


GI_grapes_white_onvine_sunRumored to be one of Pliny the Elder’s viti apiane (so named because the sweet fruit is attractive to bees), Fiano has grown in southern Italy for centuries, but it really thrives in the sun-drenched Puglia region. Here, it’s married to another southern Italian native, Falanghina, which “is one of those grapes that came out of nowhere to an almost sudden stardom,” says top wine writer Jon Bonné.


ital_pestopastashrimpThis classic southern Italian white will positively sing with seafood. Fresh oysters, baked white fish, or pan-seared scallops – you can’t go wrong. It’ll also be delicious with lighter pasta dishes like pasta primavera or chicken alfredo. Or, for the best of both pairings, try a seafood pasta recipe, such as grilled shrimp and creamy pesto over linguine.

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