Movie & Wine Pairing


Villa Farnia di Farnese 2016
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC, Italy

Imitation of Life (1959)
SUNDAY, JULY 7 @ 08:00 PM (ET)

For this lavish technicolor remake of the 1934 original, Lana Turner was the studio’s first choice for the lead role. Fresh off her success in 1957’s Peyton Place, as well as a widely publicized scandal involving the murder of her mobster lover, she gives what could be her most iconic film performance, opposite an impressive cast including John Gavin, Susan Kohner, and Juanita Moore. It’s an expertly crafted movie, and this Italian red is likewise a luscious and velvety smooth experience – perfect for director Douglas Sirk’s beautiful final film.


This silky, fruit-packed Montepulciano d’Abruzzo hails from Farnese Vini and Italy’s exceptional 2016 vintage. It has been a favorite of top critic Robert Parker for years – he once wrote in The Wine Advocate that it’s “a wine to buy by the carload.” He later called it “a hugely enjoyable everyday red that can be had for a song.” Now it’s your turn to enjoy it (preferably with a plate of antipasti or a hot and cheesy pizza).


As you’ll taste here, nobody is better at drawing out Montepulciano’s luscious, black-fruit flavors than Farnese Vini’s quality-obsessed winemaker, Filippo Baccalaro (below). He sources his grapes in the heart of Abruzzo, just next to the premium, rolling hills of the Colline Teramane (not far from the Adriatic Sea). Filippo and his team harvest the juicy, soft, and flavorful grapes by hand – a painstaking process made even more arduous thanks to the hot Italian sun. The fruit is hurried back to the cellar, where they gently press it to allow the intense character to shine through in the wine.


Villa Farnia-winemakerFarnese Vini is the pride of Abruzzo and largely credited with bringing the wines of this central Italian region into the international spotlight. The cellar was founded by Camillo De Iuliis and named for a 14th-century family who fell in love with Abruzzo, built some of its finest palaces, and also made wine. Montepulciano is the main red grape here; Trebbiano is the local star white.


pizz_sausage_pepperoniAt Farnese, they are as passionate about food as they are about wine. They press their own award-winning olive oil and even employ a fulltime pasta chef to feed hungry winemakers. Their Montepulciano is made to be enjoyed with rich, meaty pasta or perhaps a hunk of Parmesan. Our top pick is pizza. Bacon and onion, pepperoni, plain cheese ... Villa Farnia will go with them all.

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