Movie & Wine Pairing


Vesuvium Falanghina 2016
Beneventano IGT, Italy

Lady for a Day (1933)

May Robson stars as “Apple Annie,” a poor street vendor who masquerades as a wealthy society woman to impress her newly engaged daughter. With help from the community – including some sympathetic gangsters – she pulls it off, and the result is one of the most entertaining and uplifting films of its era. Just like Annie’s multi-faceted character, this wine’s complexity is worth celebrating for its innate beauty: vibrant notes of ripe pear, tropical fruit, and white flowers leading to juicy citrus flavors.


With its perfumed aromas and refreshing floralmineral flavors, southern Italy’s native Falanghina “is one of those grapes that came out of nowhere to an almost sudden stardom,” says renowned wine writer Jon Bonné. Your exclusive taste comes from the Urciuolo brothers’ small, hillside estate (named for Mt. Vesuvius, the region’s iconic landmark). Thanks to the exceptional 2016 vintage, Vesuvium delivers ripe, tropical-fruit flavors and a distinctive mineral note on the finish that makes it very refreshing and food-friendly (see over for our favorite pairings).


The Urciuolos’ 12-acre estate makes the most of its unique, mineral-rich volcanic soils. Their vineyards enjoy close proximity to the sea – its moderating breezes help produce whites of real complexity, freshness, and depth. Quality has recently risen to new heights, with Italy’s famed Farnese Vini investing in the family estate. Winemaking is now overseen by acclaimed consultant Alberto Antonini, who’s worked with top estates around the country.


VY_Italy_Campania_mtn (1)“Many of the best Italian whites are made from grapes that were virtually unknown 25 years ago, like three from Campania: Greco, Falanghina, and Fiano” (The New York Times). Due to the difficult growing conditions on the region’s steep slopes, and the intense flavors of the wines, Campania has a reputation as one of Italy’s most highly prized and expensive wine regions.


ital_spaghetti_fork“Falanghina is light enough for lunch, fresh enough to drink in the garden, and tangy enough to sip with food. It tastes good with tomato-heavy Neopolitan dishes: imagine spaghetti soaked in the juice of raw cherry tomatoes, garlic, and herbs” (The Telegraph). We also like grilled calamari drizzled with fresh olive oil, lobster ravioli, or roasted branzino.

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