Movie & Wine Pairing


Vía Castilla Tempranillo 2013
Castilla y León VdT, Spain

The General (1927)

Buster Keaton’s beloved Civil War caper shows off the railways that linked America in the mid-19th century. Pair it with a wine made in tribute to the Roman roads that connected the many regions of its home country. Enjoy zippy acidity and sun-ripened fruit flavors in this Tempranillo while Keaton’s physical comedy dazzles onscreen. For anyone new to Keaton’s work or to lively Spanish reds, it’s sure to be an exciting discovery


The road to major flavor impact starts with this exciting Spanish discovery. Made in tribute to Castilla’s ancient Roman roads (that still link many of the most appreciated vineyards in Spain), Via Castilla is pure Tempranillo – with a twist. The grapes are from two of the country’s most sought-after regions, Toro and Ribera del Duero and some very special vineyards indeed …

Lalo Antón (proprietor of Ribera del Duero’s famed Finca Villacreces and Toro’s Bodegas Vetus) happens to be good friends with our Spanish wine expert, Beth Willard. Appealing to his creative side, she convinced him to blend premium Tempranillo from the best vineyards of both estates – normally earmarked for his superexpensive, 90+ point-rated flagship wines. He agreed and (as Beth expected) the resulting wine was nothing short of fantastic. Beautifully balanced and complex, with a rich, velvety mouthfeel and vibrant acidity. Six months in French and American oak barrels adds a touch of spicy vanilla to the lush red fruit.


VY_Spain_RiberadelDueroCillarTempranillo is a star in Spain for good reason. Capable of making anything from serious, age-worthy reds to juicy, everyday satisfiers, this little thick-skinned variety thrives in warm, sunny climates like Toro and Ribera. Traditionally, winemakers age it in American oak (for a vanilla-rich complexity), though many prefer more subtly spicy French barrels – here you enjoy a bit of both.


stew_beefwithredpeppers_beansReds from Toro and Ribera are famed for their velvety, tannic structure – making Vía Castilla an ideal match for robust meats like lamb, beef or rabbit. Chilindrón, a classic Spanish stew of tomatoes, garlic, red peppers and herbs is a great choice. And don’t discount roasted poultry as a delicious option; Cornish game hens or duck will also be outstanding partners.

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