WINE & MOVIES

Experience movies and wine like never before. Carefully curated wines presented with expert tasting notes and paired with movie viewing suggestions from your friends at TCM. TCM Wine Club is the perfect complement to your favorite film.

With our movie and wine parings, our intention is to choose wines diverse in their flavors with very good quality and value, but specifically, to think about those wines, who made them, where they are from and to draw together a movie connection - suggesting the kind of film you might want to watch when you're drinking that bottle.

Justin Howard-Sneyd Master of Wine, Curator of the TCM Wine Club.

MOVIE & WINE CALENDAR

MOVIE TIME

MOVIE PAIRING & TASTING NOTES - CURRENT MEMBERS-ONLY CASE

Saturday

Dec 24

2:00 AM (ET)

MOVIE: The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942) & Now, Voyager (1942)
DATE: Saturday, December 24 @ 02:00 AM (ET)

A repressed spinster is transformed by psychiatry and her love for a married man. Cast: Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains. Black and White | 117 mins.

WINE: Alma Andina Torrontés 2014
Region: Salta, Argentina
Bette Davis is in her elegant prime in these two films from 1942, The Man Who Came to Dinner & Now, Voyager. Savor this star’s panache along with a lovely and aromatic Torrontés, a complex and delicious grape. Read more >

Monday

Dec 26

7:30 AM (ET)

MOVIE: You Can’t Take It With You (1938) & Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
DATE: Monday, December 26 @ 07:30 AM (ET)

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939): An idealistic Senate replacement takes on political corruption. You Can’t Take It With You (1938): A girl from a family of freethinkers falls for the son of a conservative banker.

WINE: Basilium Terre de Portali Greco Fiano 2014
Region: Basilicata IGP, Italy

Director Frank Capra was born in Sicily, near the home of this Southern Italian wine. Two of his most beloved films feature everyman star Jimmy Stewart, who shines just as brightly in the funny and heartwarming adaptation of You Can’t Take It With You as he does in the dramatic and inspiring drama, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Read more >

WINE: The Essentials Chardonnay 2014
Region: Lodi, California
Smooth and mouthwatering, this sunny Chardonnay is as appealing as Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell’s single showgirls in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953). Howard Hawks’ Technicolor musical gives the two stars a bouncy score including the classic “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.” Monroe, the iconic blonde bombshell, is as timeless and irreplaceable as this most popular of white grapes. Read more >
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Sunday

Jan 8

3:45 PM (ET)

MOVIE: Brief Encounter (1945)
DATE: Sunday, January 8 @ 03:45 AM (ET)

Two married strangers meet in a train station and fall in love. Cast: Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, Stanley Holloway. Black and White | 86 mins.

WINE: La Balade de JMS Chardonnay 2013
Region: Vin de France
Pair this wonderfully balanced Chardonnay with the engaging – but never overripe – romance, Brief Encounter. Read more >

Wednesday

Jan 25

8:00 PM (ET)

MOVIE: Rome Adventure (1962)
DATE: Wednesday, January 25 @ 08:00 PM (ET)

A rebellious teacher moves to Rome and finds love. Romance | 118 mins.

WINE: Monte Roncá Monte Calvarina 2015
Region: Soave DOC, Italy
“Golden Boy” Troy Donahue and newcomer Suzanne Pleshette fall in love (onscreen and off) in this 1960s travelogue from Warner Bros. While the romance is a bit sappy, the real star of the show is Italy, which makes the film a great partner to this delicious and aromatic Soave from the northeast. Grab someone you love and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and tastes of a most romantic country. Read more >

WINE: Francis Coppola Director’s Frankenstein Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Region: California
“The Monster” is Boris Karloff’s signature film role, and much like a finely crafted bottle of wine, his performance is the result of dedication, study and collaboration with other expert filmmakers. A daily five-hour makeup application, heavily weighted boots and skillful direction by James Whale contribute to the character’s haunting presence, but Karloff’s ultimately tender and human portrayal is what truly brings the Monster to life. Prepare to be stirred by Dr. Frankenstein’s creation and this thrilling Cabernet Sauvignon. Read more >

Sunday

Feb 19

6:00 PM (ET)

MOVIE: On the Town (1949)
DATE: Sunday, February 19 @ 06:00 PM (ET)

Three sailors wreak havoc as they search for love during a whirlwind 24-hour leave in New York City. Cast: Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Vera-Ellen. Musical | 97 mins.

WINE: Domaine de la Colline 2014
Region: Touraine AOC, France
Match a pure example of Sauvignon Blanc with a pure example of Technicolor musicals at their finest. On the Town is true to its name: it features several of MGM’s biggest musical stars (headlined by Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra) singing and dancing on location in postwar New York City. Read more >

Thursday

Mar 2

7:45 PM (ET)

MOVIE: Wait Until Dark (1967)
DATE: Thursday, March 2 @ 07:45 AM (ET)

A blind woman fights against drug smugglers who've invaded her home. Cast: Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin, Richard Crenna. 107 mins.

WINE: Alma Andina Malbec Reserve 2014
Region: Mendoza, Argentina
Audrey Hepburn is one of the great screen icons, known primarily for her lighter romantic roles. But in this thriller, her character is befitting of a dark, intense red like this rich Malbec. Savor its complexities while Audrey’s vulnerable character outwits a group of con-men led by Alan Arkin. Read more >

WINE: Alfred Hitchcock Presents Zinfandel 2014
Region: Alexander Valley, California
One of Hitchcock’s most famous plot devices is the ‘wrong man’: an innocent bystander who is suddenly pulled into a dangerous situation from which he struggles to escape. In the case of The Man Who Knew Too Much, Hitch does it twice – first with a villain played by Peter Lorre, and later with Jimmy Stewart and Doris Day in the lead roles. Each is required viewing for the true Hitchcock fan and a thrilling partner to this captivating Zinfandel. Read more >

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MOVIE: King Solomon’s Mines (1950)
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A spirited widow hires a daredevil jungle scout to find a lost treasure in diamonds. Cast: Deborah Kerr, Stewart Granger, Richard Carlson. Adventure | 102 mins.

WINE: Long Live The King Pinot Grigio 2015
Region: King Valley, Australia

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. Read more >

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MOVIE: Rio Bravo (1959)
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A sheriff enlists a drunk, a kid and an old man to help him fight off a ruthless cattle baron. Cast: John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson. Western | 141 mins.

WINE: Les Hauts de Cairanne 2013
Region: Côtes du Rhône Villages AOC, France
This satisfying red blend is perfect for a highly entertaining Western like Rio Bravo, which not only features the iconic John Wayne, but singers Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson as well. Enjoy a glass of this spicy and earthy wine with Howard Hawks' vivid Technicolor Western. Read more >

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MOVIE: Virginia City (1940)
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In Virginia City (1940) A rebel spy poses as a wild West dance hall girl. In Dodge City (1939) A soldier of fortune takes on the corrupt boss of a Western town.

WINE: The Red Sedan Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Region: South Australia
Charismatic Australian star Errol Flynn is the perfect match for a “big” red wine like this bold Shiraz. These two Westerns, Dodge City (1939) & Virginia City (1940), were made within a year of each other and feature the same director, screenwriter and crew. Read more >

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MOVIE: The 400 Blows (1959)
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A 12-year-old boy turns to crime to escape family problems. Cast: Jean-Pierre Leaud, Claire Maurier, Albert Remy. Black and White | 99 mins.

WINE: Heredad de Chavarri Albariño 2013
Region: Rías Baixas DO, Spain
Pair this small grape varietal with one of classic film’s youngest heroes – played by Jean-Pierre Leaud in a role that he would return to again and again. The youthfulness and poignancy of The 400 Blows may never go out of style. Read more >

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MOVIE: A Day at the Races (1937)
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A group of zanies tries to save a pretty girl's sanitarium. Cast: The Marx Bros., Allan Jones, Maureen O'Sullivan. Black and White | 109 mins.

WINE: Saracosa 2014
Region: Vermentino di Toscana IGT, Italy

Pour a glass of refreshing Vermentino and turn on this classic slapstick comedy from the Marx brothers. Their second MGM feature finds Groucho, Harpo and Chico in a plot to save a sanitarium from being repossessed and turned into a casino by a wealthy banker. As silly as that sounds, its lively tone is just the thing for the zingy citrus notes of this crisp Italian white. Read more >

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MOVIE: Love Affair (1939)
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After meeting and falling in love, a couple plan a rendezvous six months later. When one of them is injured on the way to the meeting, the other waits without knowing what happened. 106 mins.

WINE: Aluado Alicante Bouschet 2014
Region: Lisboa IGT, Portugal

Like this highly honored red wine, McCarey and stars Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer were all previous Oscar nominees, and the film picked up six nominations of its own. This bottle’s home country of Portugal also makes an appearance, providing the setting for one of the film’s pivotal and most touching moments. Read more >

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MOVIE: The Happy Thieves (1961)
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a.k.a Once a Thief, a.k.a The Oldest Confession Synopsis: A worldly art thief gets mixed up with murder. Black and White | 88 mins.

WINE: Villa dei Ladri 2013
Region: Langhe DOC, Italy
Pair this intriguing Nebbiolo, named for bandits roaming the Italian countryside, with one of George Marshall’s later films, The Happy Thieves (1961). Instead of the hills of Piedmont, you’ll find yourself on the plateau of Madrid, where comedy, romance and drama will paint a vivid picture. Read more >

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MOVIE: Black Narcissus (1947)
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Nuns founding a convent in the Himalayas are tormented by the area's exotic beauty. Color (Technicolor) | 99 mins.

WINE: Pagos de Tahola Reserva 2008
Region: Rioja DOCa, Spain
Black Narcissus is one of the most sumptuously designed and photographed productions in film history, with emotions to match. A glass of this velvety smooth Tempranillo blend will prove as seductive as the mystical Himalayan settings that entrance the film’s heroines. Read more >

A BRIEF HISTORY OF WINE IN THE MOVIES

The movies have had a long and passionate love affair with wine. From zesty Zinfandels to crisp Chardonnays, an endless variety of wines have been seen on the silver screen, and drunk in abundance. In the silent era, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle and Charles Chaplin used wine to generate big laughs in comedies such as Fatty’s Wine Party (1914) and The Adventurer (1917). Wine also encouraged wonderful flights of fancy in F. W. Murnau’s The Last Laugh (1924) and William A. Wellman’s Oscar-winning war drama Wings (1927). During this period director Alfred Hitchcock developed an interest in sparkling wines that lasted throughout his career and is apparent in many of his films including The Ring (1927) and Champagne (1927), which tells the story of a young heiress whose fortune rests in bottles of bubbly. Sparkling wines also make notable appearances in Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Rope (1948) and most famously, Notorious (1946), where keen-eyed viewers can spot the Master of Suspense sipping a glass of champagne in one of his many famous cameos.  [more...]

DISCOVERING WINE & MOVIES

“Wine is like film, you can enjoy wine or movies on any level. You can enjoy them just for themselves or you can dive in and learn a little more. You can find out who the wine maker was, learn about the grape from which it was made and maybe that will enhance your enjoyment.” Justin Howard-Sneyd Master of Wine, Curator of the TCM Wine Club.

TASTING NOTES

Enhance your enjoyment of the wines you receive with our detailed tasting notes. For each bottle you can read about the character of the grapes, the story of the winemakers and the region it comes from. Plus, the team at TCM provides great movie-pairing suggestions. Tune in, uncork and enjoy!

WINE & MOVIE PAIRING

The film lovers at Turner Classic Movies take pride in matching every new bottle with a classic film that shares its characteristics, place of origin or other unique qualities. We engage in a spirited debate about which classic film best complements a varietal, and we encourage you to give these wines and movie pairings a try.

MOVIE-THEMED WINES

Your first case features three very special bonus bottles, including an exclusive release from filmmaker/winemaker Francis Ford Coppola. Every future shipment will include new movie-themed wines, from classic Hollywood-inspired labels like Sunset Boulevard Syrah to The Essentials, our exclusive range showcasing the world’s classic grape varieties.

"The grape is the only fruit that God gave the sense to know what it was made for.” The Earth is Mine

FEATURED WINES

Our team of wine experts travels the globe in search of unique wines exclusively for the TCM Wine Club. From renowned wineries to small family-owned vineyards, our team brings these discoveries to your front door. Your introductory case includes bottles picked up in Bordeaux, Tuscany, the Western Cape of South Africa, and other diverse regions.

“I shall drink no wine before it's time! OK, it's time.” Groucho Marx