Movie & Wine Pairing


Round the Blend 2017

12 Angry Men (1957)
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Pair this rich blend of many popular grapes with a film cast with a dozen of Hollywood’s most dependable actors. Chief among them is Henry Fonda (who also produced the film) as the lone holdout during jury deliberations that will decide the fate of a young man accused of murder. The film itself is a courtroom drama classic, and with actors like Lee J. Cobb, Ed Begley, and Martin Balsam, it’s one of the most compelling ensembles of the 1950s. Just try not to remain rapt by its twists and turns – or by the delicious fruit flavors in your glass.


There’s much more to California wine than Cabernet and Chardonnay – just ask Don Sebastiani & Sons’ winemaker, Rob McNeill. With his ‘mind-blending’ red, he’s set out to showcase the hidden bounty of California’s stellar 2017 vintage by marrying wellknown grape varieties (e.g. Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Tempranillo, and Merlot) with rarities like Mourvèdre and Carignane. To add further depth, Rob barrel aged a portion of the blend – and the luxurious results are far greater than the sum of this wine’s parts.


When Tuscan immigrant Samuele Sebastiani began selling wine back in 1904, it was out of the back of a horsedrawn wagon – the same one he used by day to haul quarried Sonoma rock, his first job in the States. He’d been saving for nearly 10 years to follow his dream and make wine as his parents did back home. Not only was he successful, he leveraged his enterprising skills to become one of the founders of the Sonoma we know today – and the Sebastiani name is now an American wine icon.


GI_grapes_grenache_rhoneAs a category in the U.S., red blends like Round the Blend are extremely popular – and they’re still on the rise. But it’s by no means a new trend. For centuries, winemakers in Old World regions like Bordeaux, Rioja, and Tuscany have known that melding different grapes together can result in a wine of greater complexity and finesse. It’s a great way to enjoy the best of many grapes, not just one.


beef_brisketRich and full of character, Round the Blend is made for a really hearty meal – think barbecued beef ribs, meaty stews, or peppery steaks. Is it Italian night? Round the Blend will work great with sausage lasagna, cheesy pasta bakes, or even a plate of antipasti. And thanks to the wine’s invitingly silky texture and fruit-forward flavor profile, it’s also very tasty sipped solo.

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