Movie & Wine Pairing


Vina Baccana Pinot Grigio 2016
Venezia DOC, Italy

Summertime (1955)
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Join Katharine Hepburn in Venice, that most enchanting of Italian cities and the home of this Pinot Grigio classic. David Lean’s Summertime is the ultimate getaway film, the story of a single woman who takes the trip of her dreams and finds the love of a handsome Italian suitor. Enjoy all the drama, laughs, and romance with a glass of this refreshing and expressive white wine.


Pinot Grigio has taken the U.S. by storm, challenging Chardonnay as the country’s No. 1 white. Why? Quite simply, there’s nothing fresher or more powerfully thirstquenching. Northern Italy is Pinot Grigio’s spiritual heartland, and the citrus-packed 2016 release of this tongue-tingling gem comes from a leading cellar just outside Venice. It’s exactly the type of stylish white well-heeled Italians would sip at a top Venetian restaurant – expect vibrant mouthfuls of lemons, stone fruit, and a classic almond tang on the crisp finish.


Alessandro Gallici, (shown below, enjoying Vina Baccana among his prized vines), is a white wine specialist with a passion for pure Pinot Grigio. Tasting at his cellar is always a masterclass in how to capture every nuance of this peach-filled grape. The premium fruit he used for Vina Baccana was handpicked in the chilly morning and cool fermented, a process that locks in fresh aromas and flavors (so often lost in mass-produced quantities).


WM_AlessandroGalliciItaly’s top Pinot Grigios are now acknowledged as world-class wines. For the best, head to cool-climate havens like Venezia, where the locals describe their pristine, mountain-ringed vineyards as aria condizionata (air conditioned). In this spectacular northeastern corner, the Alps and the Adriatic Sea create ideal conditions for crisp, zingy whites.


ital_pestopastashrimpWith its racy peach flavors and subtle almond and spice notes, Vina Baccana tastes fantastic with fresh seafood, white meats, and veggies. Try it ice-cold solo for a refreshing treat. If you’re hungry, pair it with crudités and hummus with roasted pine nuts, crisp salads, or seafood primavera (mussels, calamari, and lobster in a lemony cream sauce, served over pasta).

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