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Movies to Watch While Drinking Wine

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Try a dry white wine with the mockumentary Corked
Try a dry white wine with the mockumentary Corked

It was a brilliant marketing move, long ago, to pair popcorn with movies, but the salty, buttery snack isn’t the only thing that goes well with a flick. No, I’m not talking about Raisinets or Red Vines — I’m talking about wine.

Unless you’re fortunate enough to live in a city with a theater that serves dinner with a movie, and possesses a liquor license, you’re going to be pairing wine with a DVD at home. That’s really the way to go anyway when considering movies that feature wine.

A couple of good articles in recent years showcase movies that are strongly tied to wine. Sideways may have set the standard for “movies that star wine,” but there are plenty more great wine movies.

Over on SFGate.com they have a ‘Top 10 Wine Movies‘ articles with a good synopsis for each movie, how wine ties into the movie and the reason it’s on the list. The list was compiled in 2006, and Bottle Shock premiered in 2008, so you won’t see it there. Here’s their list:

  • This Earth is Mine
  • Silence of the Lambs
  • Sideways
  • Notorious
  • The Muppet Movie
  • Killer Bees
  • Gigi
  • French Kiss
  • Dr. No
  • Casablance

Wine Enthusiast Magazine published a nifty little article a few months ago titled, ‘Wine and Film Through the Years.’ It’s a quick romp through “movies featuring wine—either in a lead or a supporting role.” Their list:

  • Notorious
  • This Earth is Mine
  • The Secret of Santa Vittoria
  • Year of the Comet
  • A Walk in the Clouds
  • Sideways
  • A Good Year
  • Bottle Shock

SFGate.com also has a list of honorable mentions that includes Blood and Wine; Sex, Lies and Videotape; Disclosure; and They Knew What They Wanted.

I think at least one of the runner-ups belongs on a different list. It doesn’t matter whether or not wine is featured heavily in the movie or is barely there — some movies are just better while sipping. And really, do enthusiasts need much of an excuse to drink wine?

Movies to Watch While Drinking Wine

  • The Godfather – this classic really calls for a strong red wine
  • Arsenic and Old Lace – Cary Grant and elderberry wine are a perfect pairing
  • Corked – a dry, white wine might pair nicely with this recent mockumentary
  • Under the Tuscan Sun – Ignoring the merits of the movie, how can you watch any movie set in Italy and not drink a glass of wine?
  • Sabrina – the sparkling, original version must be viewed with champagne

Not everyone is going to agree on the best wines, and no movie is ever going to please all of the people. With that in mind, what are your favorite wine movies? Any specific wines you would pair with a particular movie? Let us know.