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13/05/2020 Breaking news

The close relationship between wine and cinema is not a new thing. Many actors and directors are passionate wine lovers, some even own vineyards and wineries where they make their own wines.

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Cinema and movies, always a winning combination

This special collaboration between wine and cinema has given us some of the best movies of all time. We have chosen some of our favourites so that you can use some of the free time we have before lockdown is over.

4 movies and a bonus track

“The Godfather”, Francis Ford Coppola

Film director Francis Ford Coppola’s grandparents were Italian and Coppola has always stayed close to his roots, with a great love for good food. In fact, Francis Ford Coppola makes his own wines at his winery located in Sonoma County, California.

In “The Godfather”, the trilogy based on the novel by Mario Puzo, who also has Italian heritage, and a classic for any cinema or literature enthusiast, wine is not the main character but it is there throughout the story.

If you haven’t seen this cinematic masterpiece, or you want to see it again, you’ll find the perfect pairing with a bottle of Italian wine, in particular Sicilian wines, because that is where the town of Corleone lies, which appears in the movie. Does that ring any bells? 

Babette’s Feast, Gabriel Axel.

Turtle Soup served with an Amontillado, that’s all we’ll say.

Babette’s Feast, directed by Gabriel Axel, is a Danish film that won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1988. 

Even though it is already more than thirty years old, it remains one of the best films that turns food into a work of art. With this film Babette has created one of the most legendary menus in the history of cinema, including pairings. 

You could watch the film with some Amontillado to whet your appetite, or a French wine, which would be the perfect way to enjoy this exquisite visual feast even more.

Bottle Shock, Randall Miller

American wines pitted against French wines. And a Brit organising a fight where anything could happen.

A fun and interesting movie that will keep you entertained from start to finish. And there is nothing like a delicious Chardonnay wine to enjoy with this film that is already a classic among the best films for wine lovers.

Agent 007, Bond, James Bond

The most enduring relationship in cinematic history must be that of James Bond and Bollinger. Now we are talking about a sparkling rather than a still wine, because champagne is like our favourite agent: elegant and seductive. A relationship that spans 40 years and 25 films. 

So, get comfortable, choose your favourite movie and open a sparkling wine. “Never say never” to a James Bond adventure (…and you can always finish in 007-style with a Dry Martini)

Bonus track… “Sideways”

Because we like it and because you can’t not include it in any good list of films for wine lovers, yes, we are talking about the famous and always-talked-about “Sideways”, because it’s original, fun and if you haven’t seen it, not to be missed!

If you have already seen it, now would be a great time to watch it again, and enjoy a good laugh in a time of endless bad news.  So which would you pick, a Pinot Noir or a Merlot

There is no doubt that every bottle is full of stories. So why not write your own with the help of the Decántalo wine and sparkling wine catalogue.