Movie & Wine Pairing


Romaeus Rosso 2015
Lazio IGT, Italy

Ben-Hur (1959)

Colossally entertaining, William Wyler’s epic story of a Roman soldier-turnedcaptive is an emotionally stirring, visual feast (and the winner of a record 11 Oscars). Pour a glass of this rich red, full of dark fruit aromas and subtle spice, and settle in for one of cinema’s most lavish accomplishments. Just be sure to set down your glass during the film’s iconic chariot race – it’ll have you on the edge of your seat!


This rich Italian discovery comes to you from the heart of Rome and the masterful Valentino Cirulli. Valentino selected his finest Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grown during the excellent 2015 vintage. Back in his winery, he treated the wine to six months’ aging in fine French barriques. Boasting smooth black cherry flavor, with hints of spicy cocoa and vanilla (thanks to the oak), Romaeus will make a delicious match for hearty Italian fare.


Lazio is home to the ancient capital city of Rome, and its winemaking tradition dates back to Etruscan times. Though talented winemakers can be found throughout the area, Valentino’s winery and vineyards are the only ones to lie within the boundaries of Rome itself, not far from the famous Via Appia (one of the earliest Roman roads). The region benefits from cooling breezes from the Tyrrhenian Sea to the west and the Apennine Mountains to the northeast, as well as fertile volcanic soils – a perfect combination for locking in freshness and yielding ripe flavors in the grapes.


VY_TuscanyThe Cirulli family have been winemakers since 1861, the year Valentino’s greatgrandfather purchased land in his native Abruzzo. They began trading their home-grown wine and olive oil, and the business was born. But it wasn’t until the late 1980s that Valentino moved the operation to Orvieto, then to Rome too. He began making wine in 2007, with a focus on quality and true Italian style.


ital_meaty_spaghettiValentino recommends serving his rich red with authentic Roman cuisine, such as ox tail and artichokes. However, meaty pastas like spaghetti alla carbonara or beef or pork ragù will also be delicious. (Vegetarians can sub hearty veggies like eggplant, mushrooms, and zucchini for meat.) Roast rack of lamb, succulent pork chops, or even beef tenderloin will make tasty matches too.

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