Movie & Wine Pairing


Zapapico Malbec 2018
Mendoza, Argentina

Where Eagles Dare (1969)

Made from grapes grown on an Argentinean mountainside, this smooth, robust red calls for excitement. A mountainside setting is also pivotal to the plot of the edge-of-your seat thriller, Where Eagles Dare. Set in WWII and starring Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton, the movie centers on a daring rescue from a Nazi castle high in the Alps. Gripping from start to finish, you may need two bottles before end credits roll.


Argentine Malbec has taken the wine world by storm in recent years, and the Zuccardi family (“one of the top names in Argentine wine,” writes The Wine Advocate) make some of the finest examples we’ve found. Each year, the family explores higher into the mountains, in search of better vineyard sites. In honor of that pioneering spirit, they crafted Zapapico (‘pickaxe’). Balanced and smooth, this beautiful Malbec ripples with vibrant black fruit, plus hints of coffee and vanilla. Enjoy your bottle with a juicy steak, then let us know your thoughts with an online review.


The Zuccardi name has been synonymous with primo quality in Mendoza (Argentina’s wine capital) since 1963, when Alberto Zuccardi first opened his bodega. Today, the estate is run by Alberto’s son José and grandson Sebastián (who’s been named Decanter’s No. 1 South American winemaker for two years in a row). Decanter has also said that Alberto, José, and Sebastián are “among the five most influential personalities in Argentine wine.”


VY_Argentina_Zuccardi_Parral“There is no greater value in red wine anywhere in the world today than Argentine Malbec” (Wine Spectator). Vineyards are nestled in the ‘rain shadow’ of the Andes Mountains. Although this means precipitation is scarce, the vine growers use the abundance of melting mountain snow for irrigation. It’s a true vine-growing paradise that has turned Argentina into the world’s fifth-biggest wine producer.


VY_Argentina_Zuccardi_Parral 1When you’re ready to enjoy Zapapico, dig in to a juicy steak. Pick your favorite cut, then top with classic chimichurri sauce (for an Argentine flair) or a cocoa-and-espresso rub (to bring out the wine’s coffee and vanilla nuances). This silky Malbec will also be delicious with gourmet burgers, hearty vegetable stews, or savory, beanand-lentil casseroles.

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