Movie & Wine Pairing


Tierras de la Reina 2015
Rioja DOCa, Spain

The Goodbye Girl (1977)

The delightful Marsha Mason and Richard Dreyfuss (in an Oscar-winning role) play roommates and lovers in this Neil Simon-penned romantic comedy. The two actors light up the screen in a charming, zesty mix of personalities – much like this Spanish white’s bright citrus and herbal notes and long, zingy finish.


Though still best known for its reds, Rioja is building a reputation for zippy, modern whites. We’ve never tried a white (any white) from the Chavarri estate that wasn’t fantastically fresh – and this tasty release is no exception. Decanter magazine gave a previous vintage 88 points and wrote: “A really charming number with plenty going for it, particularly at this bargain price. There’s a pleasant freshness that runs throughout, with notes of zesty limes, wet stones, and sweet white peaches; a very pretty wine indeed.” As you’ll taste, the 2015 is just as delicious.


“Spain is firing on all cylinders,” writes Wine Spectator – and Rioja is home to some of the country’s greatest wines. The region’s trademark high altitude (along with the local rivers) has a cooling effect on the otherwise hot and arid vineyards. White Rioja generally comes in two styles: young and fresh (like this gem), or robust and oak-aged. Both are fantastic when crafted at a top estate like Chavarri family’s.


VY_Spain_Laguardia_bushvinesA 19-mile valley bordering the Sierra Cantabria mountains and the mighty rivers Ebro and Oja (‘Rio Oja’), Rioja has been producing wine since Roman times. But, it was only in the late 1800s that the Rioja wine we know and love began to emerge. What was the catalyst? The arrival of winemakers from France’s Bordeaux region, who introduced the art of barrel aging.


fish_Branzino_toppingLaden with zippy citrus and accented by cool mineral notes with a crisp, clean texture, this is made for seafood. Fresh halibut, branzino, or tilapia (with a squeeze of lemon and a dash of salt and pepper) will all be great. It’ll pair equally well with paella or traditional tapas like calamares a la plancha (grilled squid with a splash of olive oil and sprinkling of parsley).

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