Movie & Wine Pairing


Villa Quinziana 2016
Squinzano DOP, Italy

A Star Is Born (1937)

Pour a glass of this Italian red blend and enjoy an equally expressive and rich film – the original version of the often-told tale of a young talent’s rise to stardom. Producer David O. Selznick had the movie shot in the new three-strip Technicolor process, which gives writer-director William Wellman’s engaging narrative a sparkling veneer. It’s an ideal match for the depth of flavor in this wine, full of ripe black cherry notes and chocolatey spice.


This velvety Italian red hails from maestro Angelo Maci and Cantine du Palme, a three-time Vinitaly Winery of the Year. Crafted from ancient-vine Negroamaro (80%) and Malvasia Nera (20%), it shows off the depth of flavor wines from Puglia’s premium Squinzano region can achieve. Six months’ aging in fine French oak barrels imparts toasty spice and cocoa notes to the intense, blackfruit flavors. A tasty match for classic antipasti or baked pork chops.


Angelo, below, has been named Vinitaly’s Winemaker of the Year numerous times and has also received the prestigious Barocco Award – a coveted title given to those who promote Italian culture overseas (previous winners include Luciano Pavarotti, Sophia Loren, and Pope Benedict XVI). Angelo’s also a fierce protector of Puglia’s ancient, alberello-trained bush vines. Many have tried to rip up these flavor-boosting heirlooms in favor of higher-yielding, cheaper-to-maintain vines. Angelo leads the charge to save the old vines – great news for lovers of rich reds like this.


WM_AngeloMaci_tastingPuglia “excels at producing affordable yet distinct quality wines from its three signature red grapes: Uva di Troia, Primitivo, and Negroamaro” (Wine Spectator). The Denominazione di Origine Protetta (DOP) of Squinzano is in southeast Puglia, situated amidst endless olive groves and vineyards. Angelo’s conservation efforts have really helped to boost Puglia’s international reputation.


ital_stuffed_eggplantThis deep Italian red has the richness to stand up to hearty meats. Think baked pork chops, classic antipasti, meaty pastas, or even sausage pizza. Vegetarian? Go for a traditional vegetable lasagna or Angelo’s favorite match, melanzane ripiene (baked eggplant hollowed and stuffed with its chopped pulp, tomatoes, breadcrumbs, capers, olives, and anchovies).

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