Movie & Wine Pairing


Pillastro Primitivo 2016
Puglia IGT, Italy

Three Coins in the Fountain (1954)
SUNDAY, JULY 29 @ 10:00 PM (ET)

This sumptuous red blend comes from the south of Italy, but its exuberant fruity qualities pair perfectly with charming romantic drama Three Coins in the Fountain, shot on location in Rome in spectacular Cinemascope. At once dark and charming, like Italian playboy Dino (Louis Jourdan), with notes of oak and vanilla, like the poor but noble Giorgio (Rossano Brazzi), this is a lush and lovely wine for a magical film.


Fruit-rich and charming, Primitivo is the godfather of southern Italian grapes – and Pillastro is a hit with all who try it. Made for you by three-time Vinitaly Winemaker of the Year Angelo Maci, Pillastro’s pedigree boasts over 60 awards, including SIX gold medals. Decanter judges called a past release “a very nice drop, really tasty, and superb value.” And The Wine Advocate’s Monica Larner has said it “offers great value and a rich, modern wine style.” Taste for yourself with the equally impressive 2016 edition.


DNA testing has proved that Primitivo is identical to California’s red star, Zinfandel. As with any globe-trotting grapes though, wines ultimately reflect their origin (and, with world-class gems like this, the deft touch of a talented winemaker). True to the ‘primi’ in its name, Primitivo ripens early in Puglia’s hot, dry climate, and the region’s ancient vines produce intensely concentrated flavors. Angelo selects the best fruit, and ages the wine in fine oak for extra depths of flavor.


WM_AngeloMaci_pilllastro“Puglia is one of Italy’s prime newwave wine sources, delivering terrific value for money,” writes UK newspaper The Times. With plentiful sun and those miserly (flavor-boosting) old vines, this southern region was well-placed for the winemaking revolution that’s occurred here in recent decades. The huge success of Angelo’s estate has really helped boost Puglia’s international reputation.


Pillastro-Primitivo---The-FoodFull of lush raspberry, plum, spicy vanilla, and mocha, this charmer is a treat on its own, though it’s just as delightful with Italian fare. In Puglia, they’d raise a glass with favorites like orecchiette alla Barese (the region’s signature earshaped pasta with broccoli rabe), cutteridde (ovenbraised lamb with greens), and braciolini (beef rolls). Grilled pork chops would also be delicious.

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