Movie & Wine Pairing


Soñador by Bianchi Malbec 2015
Mendoza, Argentina

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)

One of John Ford’s finest Westerns, this tale of a cavalry veteran (John Wayne) who faces an Indian uprising on the eve of his retirement is also one of his most visually striking – it won the Oscar for Best Cinematography. Shot in Monument Valley, the film’s Technicolor brilliance finds a stirring partner in this brambly, spicy Malbec. Both are pure and totally enjoyable examples of their genres.


Malbec is Argentina’s star red grape – and in the premium Mendoza subregion of San Rafael, it reaches new levels of quality. As Facundo Pereyra, Soñador’s winemaker, told Decanter, “Malbec from San Rafael achieves excellent expressions of fresh fruit, harmonious tannins, good volume, and concentration with outstanding balance and elegance.”

Current estate owner Raúl Bianchi named Soñador (‘dreamer’) after his grandfather, who worked for decades before achieving his dream of owning a winery. Founded in 1928, Casa Bianchi is one of the most respected and highly acclaimed estates in Argentina. Most notably, it was the first Argentine winery to receive the ‘World’s Best Red Wine’ Grand Trophy, the top award at Paris’ Vinalies Internationales, for its 2012 Malbec Reserva. And Soñador comes from the same vineyard. Boasting a coveted silver medal from The Drinks Business Malbec Masters Competition, it brims with spicy bramble fruit and velvety, steak-ready tannins.


VY_Argentina_MountainMendoza’s high altitude provides over 330 days of sunlight per year. Warm daytime temperatures and cool night air ensure optimal maturing conditions for the grapes, making for wines with extra concentration, freshness, and purity. The region therefore attracts winemakers from around the world, including the esteemed Michel Rolland, drawn by the promise of working with such premium fruit.


steak_and_wineMalbec’s made for rich, meaty dishes. Steak is the modern classic match, so if you’re craving a T-bone, porterhouse, rib-eye, or New York strip, this is the wine to pair it with. (We like coffee or cocoa-infused rubs – they highlight the chocolaty notes in the wine.) Sausage – pork or otherwise – is another great choice. Try it on pizza (mushrooms optional!) or in a hearty ragù.

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