Movie & Wine Pairing


Palacio de Menade 2018
Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León, Spain

Cool Hand Luke (1967)

This Spanish wine is marked by its cool vibrancy. Refreshing and unique, this varietal stands in contrast to its grapes which grow in a dry, hot region. Luke Jackson (Paul Newman) is also a man of contrast. His vibrancy and resilience conflicts with his being a prisoner in a chain gang under the hot Southern sun. A great pairing for this true classic. The film co-stars George Kennedy, who won an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his memorable performance as Dragline.


“Palacio de Menade has a fine, cool vibrancy that will appeal to those who relish Sancerre,” writes The Guardian. This lipsmacking white was made for you by local Rueda star Ricardo Sanz (and previous vintages have been rated “excellent value” by Robert Parker himself!). Made from Verdejo – the region’s pride-and-joy grape – and Sauvignon Blanc, it’s definitely a refreshing alternative to pure Sauvignons from France or California. Perfect with smoked salmon sandwiches, seared scallops, seafood pastas, and more.


Ricardo’s wines once appeared on the list at Spain’s legendary restaurant elBullí – ranked No. 1 in the world by Restaurant magazine three times for its molecular cuisine and impressive wine cellar. But Ricardo isn’t on his own ... the Sanz family have made wine in Rueda since 1870. Sixth-generation Ricardo (below, right, with brother Marco and sister Alejandra) is known for championing the use of cool fermentation, a technique used to preserve aroma and flavor – on full display in his Palacio.


WM_RicardoSanz_VYRDGrapes have been grown in hot, dry Rueda since the 10th century, but it was only recently that this arid region with rich, chalky soils realized its potential to make world-class dry whites. Modern techniques are now used to preserve the refreshing citrus character of Rueda’s signature grape, Verdejo, which can be made in a young, fruity-fresh style, or can be richer, more complex, and barrel fermented.


stew_paella_2It’s so versatile, you may have a hard time deciding how to enjoy Palacio de Menade. Aside from being a delicious aperitif, it also makes for an excellent seafood partner – especially when serving raw oysters, prawns, grilled white fish, or authentic seafood paella. Soft and semi-firm cheeses will also do it justice – try Brie, Taleggio, or Mahón (a Spanish specialty).

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