Movie & Wine Pairing


Tobias Winemaker’s Selection Chardonnay 2013
North Coast, California

North by Northwest (1959)
THURSDAY, JUNE 15 @ 05:30 PM (ET)

Just like this eminently pleasing North Coast Chardonnay, Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest has it all. Cary Grant’s wrong man story is the perfect blend of action, comedy and romance, capped by a thrilling finale on Mt. Rushmore. It’s best accompanied by this enticing wine that has something for everyone – white peach, vanilla, spice and a long nutty finish.


There’s nothing not to love about this Chardonnay. It’s from the small estate of Dawn and Toby Forman, below,
who both come from winemaking families (Toby’s dad is Napa legend Ric Forman). In the glass, it’s a dead ringer for one of their previous vintages, which received 92-Point, ‘Best Buy’ and gold-medal honors from The Beverage Tasting Institute. With 2014 being California’s third blockbuster vintage in a row, quality’s at an all-time high – you’ll taste it in the rich orchard fruit flavors and creamy, nutty finish.


“Embrace the spiral. Your taste buds will thank you” (Wine Spectator). We’re big fans of screwcaps, too. More and more, this convenient closure is a staple for white and red wine made at top estates around the world. Although it may lack some of the romance of traditional cork, a screwcap does a far better job of preserving the pure fruit aromas and flavors that make each wine style so special.


Nestled in on California's North Coast, Mendocino is about two hours north of Napa. It’s “just the place for those who like to venture off the path” (Wine Spectator). This bucolic haven for quality-conscious, family-owned vineyards is well-worth the road trip if you’re ever in the area. Not only is it a scenic drive, but your destination is home to seriously delicious values, like this Tobias Chardonnay.


With Chardonnay made in this food-friendly style, your pairing options are wide open. Seafood lover? Tobias has the body to stand up to rich shellfish (think garlic-sauteed soft-shell crab) and the citrusy finesse for lighter dishes like baked tilapia. Grilled chicken thighs, herbed pork chops, creamy pastas and vegetarian
casseroles/salads – all equally great options.

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