Movie & Wine Pairing


Pillastro Selezione d’Oro 2014
Puglia IGT, Italy

Rocco and His Brothers (1960)

Luchino Visconti’s iconic movie about wayward young Italian men stars Alain Delon in the title role – one of his first and most beloved performances. Pair the big emotions and narrative sweep of the film with the big impression made by this Italian wine’s intense, black-fruit flavors and chocolaty depth.


Angelo Maci’s regular Pillastro is a huge customer Favorite. His luxurious ‘Gold Selection’ is crafted with grapes from seriously old Primitivo and Negroamaro vines (average age: 90). These gnarled heirlooms produce tiny grapes – a whole cluster can fit in the palm of your hand – with BIG flavors. In fact, the vines have such meager yields, it takes the fruit from an entire plant to make just one bottle of this ultra-rich red. Aging in fine French oak adds chocolaty spice notes to the intense, black-fruit flavors.


Cantine Due Palme is on a serious hot streak. Thanks to their star winemaker Angelo (that’s him below, with a bottle of Pillastro Selezione d’Oro), they have been voted southern Italy’s Winery of the Year an impressive three times by judges at Vinitaly – and Angelo himself was named their 2014 Winemaker of the Year! He’s so passionate about quality, Angelo is also spearheading a campaign to preserve the region’s precious, old bush vines from being ripped up and replaced with younger plants.


WM_AngeloMaci_PillastrodOroWith plentiful sunshine and well-established plantings of indigenous grapes, Puglia was well-placed for the winemaking revolution that’s occurred here in the last few years. Critics have also been taking notice: “Puglia, the southerly heel of Italy’s boot, excels at producing affordable yet distinct quality wines from its three signature red grapes: Uva di Troia, Primitivo and Negroamaro” (Wine Spectator)


ital_ossobucoThis red is a fine match with rustic Italian dishes, especially the fare that defines Puglian cuisine. Try orecchiette alla Barese (pasta with garlic, hot sausages, and broccoli rabe), ovenbraised lamb with greens, and Braciolini (veal tenderloin wrapped around a savory filling of onions, carrots, and tomatoes). Also a classic with hearty osso buco or veal stew with tomatoes.

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