Movie & Wine Pairing


The Essentials Vermentino 2016
Toscana IGT, Italy

An Affair to Remember (1957)

Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr costar as would-be romantic partners whose love blossoms on a ship in the Mediterranean. Leo McCarey’s 1957 drama is a lavish CinemaScope remake of his earlier film Love Affair (1939), but this is the more beloved and visually striking of the two. Enjoy with a classic Mediterranean wine, full of crisp, citrusy notes.


Just as The Essentials from Turner Classic Movies showcases landmark films that have had a lasting impact on audiences, The Essentials wine range will help you discover classic examples of the world’s leading grape varieties. This special release introduces you to Vermentino. From coastal Tuscan vineyards and the superb 2016 vintage, this vibrant white brims with ripe, citrusfruit flavors, plus savory herbal notes and a crisp minerality. Enjoy with fresh seafood and be transported to the sunny Mediterranean.


The first recorded mention of Vermentino was in the mid-1600s (where it appeared as fermentino). The grape is originally from northwestern Italy, but it 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.


GI_grapes_vermentino_tuscanyBirthplace of the Renaissance, and famed for its beautiful rolling hills, Tuscany has long been home to some of the most influential figures in the history of art and science. It’s also home to many of Italy’s top wines – including Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Though the region is best known for its gorgeous reds, it also produces a host of lovely, fresh whites that are definitely worth keeping on your radar


sal_CobbSaladAlma Andina is uplifting on its own and also great with Latin food – especially if seafood is involved. Steve’s favorite match is a mouthwatering ceviche. Need a vegetarian option? Torrontés has a wonderfully crisp quality, which means it will go nicely with all manner of vegetable dishes. We tried (and loved) black bean dip with queso fresco.With its bright fruit flavors, notes of herb, and crisp minerality, Vermentino is an ‘essential’ aperitif. At dinner time, serve it alongside your favorite seafood dish – from poached lobster to clams casino to oven-roasted tilapia seasoned with lemon, garlic, and rosemary. It’ll also be delicious with hearty entrée salads like Cobb (with or without grilled white meats).

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