Movie & Wine Pairing


Purple Owl Pinot Noir 2018

The Big Heat (1953)
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The Purple Owl would have been a fitting name for a classic film noir and like a great noir, the wine will keep you intrigued from first taste. Directed by Fritz Lang and starring Glenn Ford and Gloria Grahame, The Big Heat is equally engrossing from start to finish. Fast paced and a classic of the genre, it nicely pairs with this captivating Pinot.


We’re always on the lookout for great-value Pinot Noir – and this beautiful example had us smiling from ear to ear. Named for the clover that blankets the vineyards of California’s Central Coast, Purple Owl is as pretty as its watercolor label (a work by early 20th-century artist, Ernest Clayton). A previous release won a coveted San Francisco medal, and the silky 2018 edition is every bit as impressive. Feeling inspired by the artful label? Why not pen a review in your Wine Cellar – we’d love to know what you think.


Nicknamed “The Heartbreak Grape,” Pinot Noir is infamously difficult to grow. The same thin skin that’s responsible for giving the wines their trademark, pale color also renders the grape susceptible to vineyard maladies and damage from harsh weather. Pinot ripens early and thrives in cool climates – while its spiritual homeland is the Côte d’Or in France’s Burgundy, it has found a delicious new character in cooler corners of New Zealand, Oregon, and California, all of which produce world-class Pinot.


GI_grapes_Laetitia_PinotNoirBurgundy may be home to the world’s most famous Pinot Noir, but Central Coast Pinot has a style all its own – balancing California’s riper character with the finesse you’d find in cooler climates. Known for brilliant sunshine and cool ocean breezes, the Central Coast boasts some of California’s oldest vines and is dotted with olive trees, both planted by immigrants over a century ago.


fish_Salmon_purplemashSuch a pretty label and gorgeous wine deserve an equally lovely food pairing. Puréed purple potatoes with rosemary-citrus salmon and asparagus will certainly fit the bill. (Pinot Noir does well with many meaty fishes, so you could also try a rare tuna steak.) Vegetarian? A plate of garlic roasted, multi-colored heirloom carrots over warm freekeh will be a tasty (and healthful!) match.

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