Movie & Wine Pairing


Terra di Nonno Vermentino 2018
Terre Siciliane IGT, Italy

To Be or Not to Be (1942)

The orchard fruit, wildflower, and honey notes of this Vermentino make a delightful complement to Ernst Lubitsch’s elegant direction and deft comedic touches in this sophisticated satire about a wartime theatre troupe who become involved with the Polish resistance. Starring the terrific Carole Lombard and Jack Benny as a husband and wife who help to foil Nazi plans, the movie wrapped filming just prior to the United States’ entry into World War II and it remains one of the most daring films of the period – and also one of the most enjoyable.


On December 21, 1958, sixty-eight winegrowers in Sicily’s Menfi village banded together to form the Cantine Settesoli cooperative and make top-quality wine. Andrea Palermo’s grandfather was one of those innovators, and today, Andrea and his siblings carry on the family legacy – with assistance from famed consultant Alberto Antonini in the cellar. Hailing from the same vineyards their nonno tended, Terra di Nonno (‘Grandpa’s land’) is an elegant Vermentino that bursts with expressive orchard fruit, wildflower, and honey characters. Enjoy at your next family feast and raise a glass to Andrea’s (or your own) honored nonno!


Prized for its fruity aromas and tantalizingly fresh acidity, Vermentino is “a dazzling white grape with bright flavors that shine,” says top critic Olly Smith. The first recorded mention of the grape was in the mid-1600s, where it appeared as fermentino. Originally from northern Italy, Vermentino is gaining international interest, and we predict it’ll soon be as popular as Pinot Grigio.


VY_SicilyIsland of Roman ruins, breathtaking scenery, and tasty seafood, Sicily is also a wine lovers’ treasure trove. The small island has more vineyards than any other Italian region and produces more wine than Australia, New Zealand, and Hungary combined. Traditionally, Marsala dessert wines were the island’s focus, but today modern, dry wines are the stars. As you’ll taste, quality’s through the roof.


ital_pastaprimaveraThis elegant Vermentino can take you all the way through a meal. Enjoy a refreshing glass before dinner. It’ll delight on its own or alongside soft cheeses, fried calamari, or dressed oysters. At meal time, begin with crisp salads (like classic Cobb or Caesar), followed by baked fish, white pizza, or creamy alfredo-sauced pasta topped with grilled chicken, shrimp, or vegetables.

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