Movie & Wine Pairing


Pedroncelli ‘Special Selection’ Zinfandel 2015
Dry Creek Valley, California

East of Eden (1955)

A California family – featuring rising star James Dean in an Oscar-nominated performance – takes center stage in director Elia Kazan’s masterful adaptation of John Steinbeck’s rich historical novel. Enjoy it with a vibrant Zinfandel, crafted by the estate of one of California’s ‘first families.’ Both the movie and wine are deeply rooted in the land they represent.


Having farmed in premium Dry Creek Valley for over 85 years, the Pedroncellis are a ‘first family’ of Sonoma. They were recently featured in Wine Spectator, who wrote that they’re an “authentic slice of old-school Sonoma County.” Zinfandel is their calling card, and they’ve given us (and you) exclusive access to this small-batch gem. Crafted with estate-grown fruit from Dry Creek Valley (home to some of the best Zin around) and gently oak aged, it’s packed with ripe cherry flavor, lifted by a zesty spiciness.


Established in 1927 by John Pedroncelli – and celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2017 – this exciting winery is a true family affair, with the fourth generation now moving up the ranks. Winemaker Jim Pedroncelli (John’s grandson) and his dynamic vineyard team practice sustainable farming throughout all their magnificent estate vineyards and, over the years, have continued to reduce water use, build healthy soils, and protect the surrounding environment.


VY_Generic_foggyJust northwest of the Russian River Valley, Dry Creek Valley has “slowly emerged over the past decade as one of Sonoma county’s most intriguing appellations” (The Oxford Companion to Wine). Here, Zinfandel reigns supreme amongst reds. In fact, Zinfandel vines were first planted on the ranch now owned by the Pedroncellis in 1904 – and many of them are still going strong at 110 years old.


beef_brisketThis ‘Special Selection’ is a lush, richly fruity red that’s a very happy dinner partner, especially if barbecue or roasted red meat is on the menu. Serve it alongside simply grilled steaks or saucy ribs (either beef or pork will be delicious). Or, match it with equally hearty fare like an herbinfused casserole, roasted pork tenderloin, or gently spiced lamb curry.

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