Movie & Wine Pairing


The Waxed Bat Reserve 2013
Mendoza, Argentina

Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
08/26/2016 8:00 AM (ET)

Join Cary Grant and Jean Arthur for love and danger set high in the Andes in Only Angels Have Wings (1939). Even the film’s gruff and skeptical hero would agree that this dark, elegant blend of Cabernet and Malbec makes a fine companion to one of Howard Hawk’s best dramas. Both are smoky, rich and intense, and evocative of their South American settings.


Opi Sadler is the talent behind our best-selling red, The Waxed Bat. He was so happy with its success, he decided to make a ‘big brother’ Reserve. Using Cabernet and Malbec from his favorite vineyards, Opi gave the super-concentrated juice a 12 month slumber in fine oak barrels. The 2012 vintage went on to win serious, double-gold acclaim, and the 2013 edition is every bit as luxurious – so far it’s won silver at the 2013 International Wine & Spirit Competition and a Best-of-Show trophy at Mundus Vini 2015.


manMendoza is Argentina’s capital of fine wine and is the place to go for top-class reds. Vineyards here were established in the mid-1500s. Perched at 2,500 feet above sea level, it’s blessed with near-perfect growing conditions, including a wide diurnal (day-to-night) temperature range. Warm, sunny days ripen the grapes to their flavor-packed peak, while chilly nights lock in intense aromas.


Opi, below, has proven he’s fearless when it comes to making wine. As a child, he’d explore the dark corners of his grandfather’s wine cellar, encountering sleeping bats and dusty, wax-dipped bottles along the way. Hence this wine’s intriguing name – a tribute to Opi’s memories of the cellar and his beloved, winemaking grandfather. Given its origins, it should come as no surprise that The Waxed Bat is renowned for its deep color (“so thick you could paint with it,” says Decanter).


foodArgentine Malbec has become one of the world’s most sought-after steak reds. But when married to Cabernet Sauvignon (beef’s other classic match), it’s downright irresistible. The Waxed Bat Reserve’s structure and ripeness are perfect for fattier cuts of steak, like a tender rib-eye. If meat isn’t on the menu, mature, hard cheeses like Cheddar or Parmesan will be delicious.

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