Movie & Wine Pairing


Tangent ‘Block Selection’ Grenache Blanc 2015
Edna Valley, California

The Graduate (1967)
FRIDAY, MAY 12 @ 08:00 PM (ET)

Fifty years after its debut, Mike Nichols’ seminal film about disaffected youth is still as vibrant and compelling as ever. Like the vineyard that uses new winemaking techniques and cultivates unusual white grapes like Grenache Blanc, the movement known as ‘New Hollywood’ was a showcase of groundbreaking film techniques, made by an inspired group of young filmmakers.


We’re always on the lookout for cool, new whites – and we can’t wait for you to taste our latest discovery. Hailing from California’s superb 2015 vintage (another in a string of seriously impressive harvests), it’s a vibrant and crisp Grenache Blanc. Bestknown as a star of opulent white Rhône blends, Grenache Blanc takes on delicious ripeness in sunny California. Winemaker Christian Roguenant left the wine unoaked and sealed it under screwcap to preserve its fresh, pure-fruited character. Look forward to waves of ripe orchard and citrus fruit, plus a lovely minerality on the finish.


John and Michael Niven wanted a break from the acclaimed Chardonnay their family had been making for decades. Today, their Tangent winery is famous for unusual California whites like Albariño and this Grenache Blanc. Burgundyborn and Champagne-trained Christian Roguenant (below) is the winemaker. Cool fact: He traveled to Seoul, Korea in order to craft the official sparkling wine of the 1988 Olympic Games.


Speaking of cool facts: The Edna Valley, located just miles from the Pacific Ocean, is geographically situated to run east-west (typically, valleys go north-south). It also has the coolest temperatures on California’s Central Coast. Here, rolling fog and gentle ocean breezes cause grapes to ripen early and stay on the vine longer. You enjoy more concentrated aromas and flavors in the glass.


The Nivens pride themselves on making wines that are incredibly food-friendly (though their ripe-fruited Grenache Blanc makes a lovely aperitif too). We recommend it with meaty fish like salmon, swordfish or tuna steak. If you’re not a big seafood fan, serve it alongside grilled chicken or hearty vegetarian dishes (think roasted cauliflower or a rich, mushroom quiche).

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