Movie & Wine Pairing


Vignobles Canet 2018
Picpoul de Pinet AOC, France

Dr. Strangelove (1964)

Like the little-known Picpoul grape – mild-mannered but with a fresh, lemony ‘zing’ – Stanley Kubrick’s dark comedic masterpiece is by turns deadly serious and absurd, which is just how audiences of the Cold War era may have understood the standoff between nuclear superpowers. At the heart of this film’s success is the multi-part performance by Peter Sellers, who appears both as the maniacal title character and a pair of more grounded men engaged in a struggle with irrational (and often hilarious) forces that threaten to doom the planet.


Picpoul de Pinet is a rare white from France’s sunny south – and your exciting taste comes from Château Canet, one of the most respected domaines in the Minervois. Best-selling wine writer Oz Clarke says the name Picpoul means ‘lipstinger’ (which is hard to imagine for such a mild-mannered white), while locals claim it refers to the habit of local chickens (‘poules’) pecking fallen grapes off the ground. Either way, this delicious example is one of our favorite new finds.

So what can you expect in the glass? Here’s top critic Olly Smith: “Picpoul is the south of France’s answer to northern French Muscadet with its similarly lemony zing but sometimes also with a subtle floral whiff.” This exclusive is extra-fresh, thanks to France’s stellar 2018 vintage. Look forward to ripe pear and peach aromas, followed by zippy citrus flavors on the palate. Not surprisingly, given the vineyard’s proximity to the Mediterranean, it makes a refreshing accompaniment to fish (raw, grilled, or prepared in a light sauce).


GI_grapes_albarino“Brilliant value and zinging with lemony freshness … if you like white wine, you’ll love Picpoul de Pinet,” says Olly Smith. Picpoul (pronounced ‘peek-pool’) is a white grape that grows in southern France’s Languedoc. And most unusually for France, it has its own appellation – Picpoul de Pinet AOC – located right near the seaside on the sunny Mediterranean coast.


fish_whitefish_overveggiesSeafood and Picpoul de Pinet are a match made in culinary heaven. Shellfish-based meals like classic bouillabaisse or seared scallops are great choices. For serious southern French flair, whip up a batch of pistou – a sauce of garlic, basil, and olive oil – and spoon it over simply grilled fish, chicken, or pork. Roasted veggies or rich cheeses will also pair nicely.

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