Movie & Wine Pairing


Saracosa 2015
Vermentino di Toscana IGT, Italy

A Day at the Races (1937)
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Pour a glass of refreshing Vermentino and turn on this classic slapstick comedy from the Marx brothers. Their second MGM feature finds Groucho, Harpo and Chico in a plot to save a sanitarium from being repossessed and turned into a casino by a wealthy banker. As silly as that sounds, its lively tone is just the thing for the zingy citrus notes of this crisp Italian white.


Tuscan star Sofia Barbanera (below) is the talented winemaker behind our hugely popular, best-selling Saracosa red. Here’s her stunning Saracosa white – an exclusive Vermentino from Italy’s fantastic 2015 vintage. Named for the Saracosa hill, a site of ancient sun worship and the spot where Sofia’s ancestors tended the family’s Vermentino vines, this irresistible white brims with bright orchard fruit, zingy citrus and savory herb aromas and flavors. With hints of sea air and fine minerality, it makes for a refreshing aperitif or a delightful match to crisp salads.


The Barbanera family have made delicious wines at their Tuscan estate since 1938. Today, siblings Marco, Paolo (Sofia’s dad) and Simona are at the helm, but a new generation is gearing up to one day take the reins. Sofia’s been under the tutelage of the Barbanera’s highly acclaimed winemaker, Mario Ercolino. He’s taught her everything he knows (including the techniques he uses to draw out maximum perfume and elegance from grapes).


WM_SofiaBarbaneraVermentino thrives in Tuscany’s coastal vineyards. As critic Antonio Galloni writes, “the most successful white wines of the Tuscan coast are undoubtedly those made with native grape variet[y] Vermentino.” With its intense, fruity/herbal aromas, tantalizingly fresh acidity and saline minerality, we’re predicting it’ll soon be as popular as Pinot Grigio. Taste for yourself and let us know what you think!


_0000s_0011_saracosa-2014With its bright fruit flavors, notes of herb and crisp minerality, Saracosa will make for a mouthwatering aperitif. It’ll also pair well with entrée salads like Cobb (with or without white meats). At dinner time, serve it with oven-baked tilapia, roasted chicken or grilled pork tenderloin – they’ll all be especially delicious when seasoned with lemon, garlic and rosemary

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