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Introducing Sommelier Cinema

The Alamo Drafthouse is pleased to introduce our newest Food and Film series: Sommelier Cinema. This new series offers an opportunity for the Alamo to feature some of Austin's most respected wine experts.

Introducing Sommelier Cinema

The Alamo Drafthouse is pleased to introduce our newest Food and Film series: Sommelier Cinema. This new series offers an opportunity for the Alamo to feature some of Austin's most respected wine experts.

Austin-based wine experts will join us to present films that compel us to imbibe the great Dionysiac delight that is wine. Foreign films, American independents, even old Hollywood films have the power to push us towards long stemmed glasses and a full nose of fruity aromas. Now we're going to celebrate that instinct.

Our wine experts, culled from the best newspapers, bars, and wine blogs this city has to offer, will then be choosing three wines according to the films we've selected. If a film romanticizes the culture of Lyon, for instance, expect a series of Côtes du Rhônes. If a picture champions the decadence of the aristocracy, there may be a sampling of Champagnes in your future. Whatever the perfect wine for the film-occasion, our guest sommeliers will have them uncorked and ready for tasting.

Every audience member gets the three-wine flight selected by our guest. The sommelier will give a short presentation about the wines, their history, and why they were chosen. We'll also get a quick lesson in how to drink wine, what to look for in these particular varietals/blends/regions, and why drinking these fine wines is the ultimate pleasure. Basically, it's a crash course in the luxurious pursuit of oenology, and we'll be highlighting wines that may be new to some, and will surely enhance your palate indefinitely.

Once we've learned about the finer points of our beverages, then it's time to watch a film and sip passionately.

Our first program is the perfect balance of wine movie and exquisite pairings. VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA, Woody Allen's ode to the great city of Barcelona, starts our series with a romantic breeze. Javier Bardem, Scarlett Johansson, Rebecca Hall, and Penélope Cruz star in this charming film about love, life, and the importance of wine. Centered in the city of Barcelona and drifting off in a dreamy visit to Oviedo, the film perfectly embodies the idyllic allure of northern Spain.

Our guest sommelier is Claudia Alarcón. Claudia has spent 15 years in the Austin wine world, working in restaurants, selling wine, and contributing wine pairings to many past Alamo events. She is a professional freelance writer, working now as a regular contributor to the Austin Chronicle and Austin Woman. Her writings about wine have also been used in Austin Monthly, Edible Austin, and Texas Highways. The wines she has chosen are from Catalonia, the larger region that Barcelona is the capital of. Catalonia is one of the world's greatest wine-producing regions, and is home to a diversity of varietals. Most notable from the region is Cava, a sparkling wine modeled after Champagne. Expect that for the first course.

The menu isn't finalized yet, but Claudia and the Alamo team have been tasting bottle after bottle in preparation. The final wine list will offer a trip through Catalan wine that will perfectly complement the sweet and sexy VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA.

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