Movie & Wine Pairing


Nespolino Sangiovese 2018
Rubicone IGT, Italy

King Solomon’s Mines (1950)

For this fine discovery of a wine, watch an adventure film like MGM’s Technicolor version of King Solomon’s Mines. Starring Stewart Granger and Deborah Kerr as a British hunter and wife of a missing explorer, the film follows the pair as they journey in search of the legendary diamond mines of the title. Shot on location in East Africa, it’s a stunning entertainment and the perfect pair for a wine full of attractive ripeness and fruit-forward depth.


Sangiovese is the major grape variety of Tuscany’s famed Chianti. However, for top value, head next door to lesserknown Rubicone (part of the famed Emilia-Romagna region). It’s home to excellent quality Sangiovese, made in a slightly more fruity style. Full of spicy cherry flavor, this delightful discovery puts many far pricier Chiantis to shame. No surprise when you consider that Celita (below) and Fabio Ravaioli’s small estate has won ‘Tre Bicchieri’ (three glasses), the highest honor from Gambero Rosso, Italy’s most celebrated wine guide.


Rubicone lies just across the Apennines from Tuscany in the Romagna hills, with views stretching to the Adriatic Sea. Encompassing Forli, Ravenna, and Rimini, it takes its name from the river Julius Caesar famously crossed in 49 BC to challenge Rome’s authority. It only became an IGT (Indicazione Geografia Tipica) in 1995, but its reputation for quality and value has grown rapidly, thanks to small, quality-focused families like the Ravaiolis.


WM_CelitaRavaioli_NespolinoIf you’re ever in the Rubicone/ Emilia-Romagna area, be sure to stop by the Ravaioli’s estate. This beautiful property boasts spectacular vineyards, a modern, well-equipped cellar, and delicious, homemade food (especially their salami!). Fourth-generation winemaker Celita recently collaborated with acclaimed Piedmont consultant Giuseppe Caviola, bringing quality to new heights.


ital_antipastiplateSangiovese comes into its own when served with regional specialties. And no region can claim as many gourmet delights as Emilia-Romagna, home to famous gastronomic inventions like balsamic vinegar, Parma ham, and Parmesan cheese. Hosting a big party? Serve Nespolino with a tray of antipasti. Or, try with pizza (meaty or vegetarian would both be good).

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