Food and wine pairings in movies

Actress Julia Roberts sitting at a table in Rome from the movie 'Eat, Pray, Love'

Set aside the popcorn and coke for a moment. When it comes to the silver screen, few other mediums have the power to make us hunger and thirst for what the actors are consuming on screen. So today, we will be entering the world of cinematic wine pairings. Examining which movies featured great wine pairings, or even what we believe would be a great addition to a delectable on-screen meal. So sit back, open a bottle of vino, and enjoy the show.

"The Silence of the Lambs" (1991):

1. Who could forget the chilling elegance of Dr. Hannibal Lecter as he savoured his meal? Pair this iconic scene with a robust Chianti Classico, known for its bold red fruit flavors and earthy undertones. The wine's acidity beautifully cuts through the richness of the dish, perfectly complementing the notorious pairing of Chianti and Fava beans.

"Ratatouille" (2007):

2. Immerse yourself in the delightful world of animated cuisine as Remy the rat creates his masterpiece, Ratatouille. This classic French dish is best enjoyed with a light and vibrant Beaujolais. The wine's bright fruitiness and delicate structure mirror the flavors of the colorful vegetable medley, creating a harmonious pairing that captures the essence of Parisian gastronomy.

"Sideways" (2004):

3. Embark on a wine-soaked journey through California's wine country alongside Miles and Jack. As they sip their way through Pinot Noir, join them in embracing this elegant wine with a plate of perfectly seared salmon. The wine's silky texture and red fruit flavors intertwine gracefully with the fish's richness, creating a culinary experience that mirrors the characters' complex relationships.

A scene from the movie sideways where Miles and Jack taste wine

"Babette's Feast" (1987):

4. Transport yourself to a remote Danish village and indulge in the sumptuous feast prepared by Babette. As the flavors unfold on screen, elevate your own dining experience with a glass of fine Champagne. The wine's effervescence and toasty notes harmonize with the extravagant dishes, accentuating the culinary magic woven throughout the film.

"Julie & Julia" (2009):

5. Join Julie Powell on her culinary adventure as she cooks her way through Julia Child's recipes. As she triumphantly presents her masterpiece, Beef Bourguignon, raise a glass of Burgundy to celebrate the marriage of flavors. The wine's earthiness and complex layers of fruit meld seamlessly with the dish's tender beef and rich sauce, creating a gastronomic symphony.

"The Godfather" (1972):

6. Step into the world of organized crime and savor a cinematic moment by pairing a bold Sicilian red wine, such as Nero d'Avola, with a plate of Clemenza's spaghetti and meatballs. The wine's dark fruit flavors and robust tannins mirror the intensity of the characters, while the pasta's comforting flavors evoke the warmth of family and tradition.

"Chocolat" (2000):

7. Indulge your senses in the enchanting world of chocolate with this heartwarming film. Accompany the exquisite creations of Vianne Rocher with a glass of velvety, sweet Tawny Port. The wine's notes of caramel, nuts, and dried fruits elevate the chocolate's decadence, creating a harmonious pairing that will satisfy even the most discerning sweet tooth.

"Chef" (2014):

8. Join Chef Carl Casper on his culinary road trip and experience the joy of a perfectly crafted Cuban sandwich. Pair this mouthwatering delight with a refreshing glass of Spanish Tempranillo. The wine's vibrant fruit flavors and hints of spice complement the sandwich's flavorful layers, transporting you to the bustling streets of Miami with every bite and sip.

A scene from the movie Chef with Jon Favreau and Scarlett Johanssan

"Eat Pray Love" (2010):

9. Embark on a transformative journey alongside Elizabeth Gilbert and discover the pleasures of Italian cuisine. As she revels in the delights of pizza Margherita, toast to the experience with a glass of Sangiovese. The wine's bright acidity and cherry flavors intertwine harmoniously with the simplicity and authenticity of the dish, creating a taste of Italy in every sip.

"Big Night" (1996):

10. Immerse yourself in the culinary prowess of the Italian brothers, Primo and Secondo, as they prepare a feast to remember. Pair their exquisite dishes, such as the Timpano, with a bold and structured Barolo. The wine's robust tannins and complex flavors stand up to the hearty flavors of the dish, creating a symphony of flavors that encapsulates the passion and artistry of Italian cooking.

From spine-tingling thrillers to heartwarming tales, the perfect pairing of food and wine enhances our connection with the stories and characters on screen. So, the next time you settle in for a movie night, consider adding a touch of culinary delight by pairing your favorite films with the perfect food and wine combination. Oh, and don’t forget your Cato Cup, Carafe or Decanter!