Movie & Wine Pairing


Principe Strozzi 2016
Chianti DOCG, Italy

Captain Horatio Hornblower (1951)
FRIDAY, JUNE 22 @ 08:00 PM (ET)

Since this wine’s Tuscan home is rich with history, pair it with a film set well in the past. Director Raoul Walsh takes you to the Napoleonic Wars with star Gregory Peck, in Warner Bros.’ Technicolor swashbuckler. Peck was reportedly drawn to the role by his character’s honest complexity, which makes it a nice sidekick to this delicious Chianti’s complexity of fruit and spice notes.


Succulent, cherry-laced classic from the legendary Strozzi family, who’ve made history and royally delicious wine in Tuscany for centuries. Just outside the walled town of picturesque San Gimignano, their 15th-century estate is now run by Prince Girolamo Strozzi, along with his wife and two daughters (seen below). This feast-worthy Chianti was crafted by their close friend, winemaker Franco Bernabei (aka ‘Mr. Sangiovese’) – the genius behind iconic reds like Fontodi’s $100-plus-a-bottle Flaccianello.


Birthplace of the Renaissance, and famed for its beautiful rolling hills, Tuscany has long been home to some of the most influential figures in the history of art and science. It’s also home to many of Italy’s top wines – including Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, and (more recently) ‘Super Tuscans’ that blend local grapes with international varieties. Rules vary by sub-region, but standard Chianti must be crafted from at least 70% Sangiovese – the local star grape whose name means ‘blood of Jove.’


WM_StrozziFamily_toastingFor over a thousand years, the Strozzi family have been a formidable force in Italian life and history. Their recorded archives reveal them as powerful bankers, statesmen, soldiers, and rivals to the Medicis. Before beginning his own major role in Italian history, Niccolò Machiavelli served as the family’s private secretary – and even Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo (the Mona Lisa) is a Strozzi ancestor!


ital_ravioliThis juicy Chianti will be delicious served with a classic spread of Italian antipasti, tomato- and red meat-based pasta dishes, as well as with roasted game or pork. You can also enjoy the wine Strozzi-style – before, during, and after a large, multi-course feast. For a more casual evening, pair it with a really good pepperoni or prosciutto pizza.

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