Movie & Wine Pairing


Palacio del Conde Gran Reserva 2011
Valencia DO, Spain

 Adventures of Don Juan (1948)
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20 @ 06:00 PM (ET)

Be seduced by this spicy Tempranillo while swashbuckling Errol Flynn falls for Viveca Lindfors’ Spanish Queen in Adventures of Don Juan. The film’s legendary hero originated in the south of Spain and makes the perfect suitor for this charming and toasty Valencia red. Don Juan’s climactic sword fight with the Duke de Lorca (Robert Douglas) pairs superbly with such a dynamic vintage.


Spain’s wine scene is “among the most vibrant, dynamic, and creative in the world” (Tim Atkin, MW). And we’ve sent you a delicious demonstration in Maria Angeles Camara’s sensational 2011 Gran Reserva. Crafted with hand-picked, old-vine fruit from officially ‘excellent’ 2011, it was aged 30 months in American oak barrels – nearly double the legal requirement for Gran Reservas in Valencia. That translates to extra mellow, toasty flavors in your glass. No wonder it’s a critical success, vintage after vintage.


Palacio del Conde hails from Maria’s home base winery, Bodega La Viña. Founded in 1945, it’s one of Valencia’s most important cellars, whose wines are regularly praised in Spain’s premier Guía Peñín guide. Maria’s 2005 won top golds (Vinum Laugarisia 2010 and Le Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2012); the 2006 won big at the International Wine & Spirit Competition and the International Wine Challenge. And your 2011? It boasts golds from the IWSC and the Challenge International du Vin.


Known as ‘Madrid-by-the-Sea,’ the coastal region of Valencia is where stylish Madrileños heaVY_Spain_Valencia_bushvinesd to relax seaside. The region’s hot summers, wet winters, and rich soils produce excellent wines, but that’s not all you’ll find here. It’s also filled with orange groves and known as the rice capital of Spain. No wonder paella (the famous saffron-infused dish of rice, seafood, meat, and veggies) was invented here.


stew_paellaAlma 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.As noted on the back label, Maria suggests letting this fine red breathe in a decanter for an hour or so before serving. She also recommends pairing Palacio del Conde with red meat dishes or strong cheese. We like lamb – go for lamb meatballs in an earthy mushroom sauce or simply seasoned and grilled chops. Another winning match? A hearty bowl of paella, of course.

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