Movie & Wine Pairing


San Lucas Malbec 2015
Mendoza, Argentina

Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Saturday, July 08 @ 02:00 PM (ET)

This dark and tannic wine is befitting of a film from a darker genre, and director James Whale’s Bride of Frankenstein is as dryly entertaining and emotionally complex as Universal’s classic horror cycle ever got. Boris Karloff reprises his signature role as the Monster and Elsa Lanchester joins him as his Mate, an onscreen pairing for the ages.


This refined Malbec is loaded with ripe plum and licorice spice. And it comes with some serious pedigree: San Lucas is crafted at the historic Pascual Toso estate, which hit new quality heights when they brought in Napa legend Paul Hobbs, who works alongside new chief winemaker Felipe Stahlschmidt (below). A portion of the wine was aged eight months in fine American oak, imparting enticing vanilla notes to its ripe, fruity flavors. The Wine Advocate called a past vintage “pure class had for a fabulous price.” Expect more of those classy flavors in your fresh 2015.


Pascual Toso (the man) came to Mendoza from Piedmont, Italy in the 1880s and fell in love with all the riches the region offers. He set up his estate, Las Barrancas (‘small canyons’) in the stunning region of Maipú, within the Mendoza River highlands. A half-hour drive southeast of Mendoza’s city center, it’s a vinegrowing heaven, with premium, alluvial soils (mineral-rich deposits left behind by rivers or streams) and an ideal climate.


The decision to bring acclaimed Napa Valley expert Paul Hobbs on as a consultant paid off big time when Pascual Toso scooped Best Argentine Producer at London’s 2007 International Wine & Spirit Competition. Thanks to Paul’s vision and Felipe’s talent, quality at this stateof-the-art estate continues to soar. Keep an eye out for their equally delicious Cabernet.


Mendoza’s high-altitude vineyards produce wines with concentrated flavors and a lovely streak of freshness. Malbec’s reputation as a grape tailor-made for steak is reinforced by this fine release from San Lucas – though if filet’s not on the menu, rich game dishes like venison or bison will do just as well. This is also a tasty match for firm, aged cheeses like Cheddar

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