Film Team Recommendations: May 6, 2020

Film & Wine Pairing for Mother's Day

Curated by the Gold Coast Arts Film Team, and generously sponsored by our very own Board Member and wine enthusiasts Harriet and Gene Becker

A Walk in the Clouds (Available on Amazon Prime) | California

Set in the always-scenic locale of Napa Valley in the years right after World War II, this 1995 romantic drama entangles a returning soldier, played by a young Keanu Reeves, an unwed pregnant woman, and her overbearing father.


Many great choices to try here from California, but you can find some good ones from the R. Collection Wines from Raymond Vineyards, Napa Valley.  Starting at $11.


Bottle Shock (Available on Youtube) | California

This whip-smart and charming 2008 film is the (almost) true story of how California wine became the burgeoning industry it is today. In it, a father-and-son team, Jim and Bo Barrett, fight to beat French competitors in an international tasting contest in the 1970s, and turn the wine world on its ear.

Did you know…Jim Barrett did not craft the wine that went on to win big in France. Mike Grgich, a Croatian-American winemaker in Napa Valley, was actually the winemaker of the 1973 Chardonnay that won the Paris Tasting of 1976, known as the Judgment of Paris.



We suggest a 2016 Black Glass Zinfandel or 2016 Collins Holystone Zinfandel from Benessere Vineyards, Napa Valley.


A Good year (Available on Amazon Prime, Hulu) | Provence, France

From Director Ridley Scott comes a beautifully filmed 2006 romantic comedy about a hard-driving investment banker, played by Russell Crowe in his heyday, who inherits a French vineyard and is enchanted by a young Marion Cotillard.


Côtes de Provence Rosé – Perfect for summer wedding anniversaries and a nice salmon dinner.

Bandol Rouge – Perfect for steak night and pondering life.

Tibouren Rosé – Perfect for dining under the stars with Spice-driven cuisine.

Cassis – perfect for Sunday afternoons with Seared Ahi and Lemon Pasta.

For more info on these wines, click HERE


French Kiss (Available on Amazon Prime) | France

Kevin Kline plays the charismatic son of French winemakers in this ‘90s classic film. A love story revolving around the ever-charming Meg Ryan, wine, and the romance of Paris blends nicely into popcorn bliss.


Be enchanted by a nice bottle of Sancerre Rosé 2019 Domaine Jean-Paul Picard, which is on sale for $16.99 at WTSO.com. Their 2019 ‘Le Chemin de Marloup’ is simply delightful thanks to Pinot’s signature mouthwatering acidity and flavors of spring blossoms, ripe berries, and grapefruit zest. Treat yourself to a few bottles of this lovely Loire Valley charmer to enjoy all summer long!


The Secret of Santa Vittoria (Available on Amazon Prime) | Italy

This sweeping war movie is about Italian townspeople hiding a million bottles of wine from the Nazis during World War II. The film features fantastic shots of the sunny Italian countryside that will transport you without the plane ticket.


We suggest a Moscato d’asti, a nice dessert wine to sip while watching the film.  Also recommended:  a Marchesi di Barolo Maraia Barbera di Monferrato 2018 for $14, and a Banfi Rosa Regale Branchetto 2018 for $20, a red sparkling wine.  Both are available on wine.com


Wine for the Confused- An intro to Wine (Partially Available on Youtube)

Light-hearted and hilarious, this 2004 documentary (hosted by British comedian and Monty Python alumnus John Cleese) doubles as a brilliant introduction to the world of wine for beginners.

It is not a spoiler to tell you he concludes, after exposing us to what it is that makes a wine both delicious and “good” with a well-developed palate, with fermented grapes much as mist things…you like what you like.Wine is subjective, CHEERS!

41 minutes of the film are available to view on Youtube. Click HERE 

Celebrate film and wine on Mother’s Day 2020

Send Mom a bottle of wine from the following stores and you will be her favorite kid forever!

Great Neck Wines & Spirits – 13 N Station Plaza, Great Neck, NY 516-466-7585

Wines ‘Til Sold Out – ONLINE WINE SHOP