Movie & Wine Pairing


Silver Sandhill Pinot Grigio 2016
Lodi, California

Lover Come Back (1961)
SUNDAY, AUGUST 12 @ 08:00 PM (ET)

The Pinot Grigio grape makes some of the world’s most beautiful and refreshing wines, but it’s still an underdog next to the more widely grown Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc. Likewise, this second onscreen pairing of Doris Day and Rock Hudson lives in the shadow of their first effort (1959’s Pillow Talk) but it’s more than worthy of your attention. Day, the effervescent girl-next-door, is the perfect spiritual match for such a bright and pleasing wine.


Named after the graceful Sandhill crane, this mouthwatering Pinot Grigio is yet another lovely discovery from California’s excellent 2016 vintage (a small but high-quality harvest). Talented winemaker David Crippen used hand-harvested fruit, sourced from top, family-owned vineyards across premium Lodi. His trademark, kid-glove approach in the cellar (like cool fermenting in a steel tank) locked in all the grape’s thirst-quenching qualities. Showing a beautiful, silver-white color in the glass, it brims with ripe citrus and soft floral notes. A great aperitif or partner to crisp salads.


Pinot Grigio has sprinted its way up the popularity charts, vying for the No. 1 spot with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. At wine bars and on dinner tables the world over, it’s increasingly the white wine of choice. Although it’s grown all over the globe (including California and Oregon in the U.S.), its spiritual home is northern Italy, where its produces a light- to medium-bodied wine with subtle white fruit and spice flavors.


GI_grapes_PinotGris_FLATAs Master of Wine Jancis Robinson says, “Lodi is a seriously interesting location for growing grapes.” Wine Enthusiast agrees – they named it the 2015 Region of the Year. Like Napa Valley, Lodi’s warm summer climate is tempered by occasional morning fog. While it’s better known for rich reds like Zinfandel, Lodi can also produce top Pinot Grigio with a ripe, citrus fruit character.


sal_strawberrycheesenutsaladWith its light body, ripe citrus notes, and refreshing acidity, Pinot Grigio is a classic aperitif. Sip Silver Sandhill well-chilled and treat yourself to a taste of California sunshine. At meal time, winemaker David enjoys it alongside crisp salads topped with walnuts and crumbled blue cheese. Our favorite pairing? Grilled tilapia with a squeeze of lemon.

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