Hello wine-connoisseurs, lushes, and those simply thirsty! You may have been reading about our new series, Sommelier Cinema. We're kicking it off with the pulse-quickening Spanish romance VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA on Wednesday January 26. In case you don't know, this is a new event that pairs fine wine with the films that make us want to drink them. We are inviting guest sommeliers to come to the theatre, be inspired by a film, and come up with a dream menu of wines that will sweep you through the film.
For this show, our guest Claudia Alarcón, writer for Austin Chronicle and Austin Woman, will be presenting some wines from Catalonia, the region where Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, Scarlett Johansson, and Rebecca Hall live during the film. She originally planned to choose three wines that demonstrated the variety and delectability of this region. When it came time to taste and choose the perfect wines, she came up to a wall - she had four amazing wines and couldn't imagine dropping one.
The reason Claudia couldn't stop at three, and why her argument was so compelling, is that each wine is paired to one of the four main characters; the characteristics of the wine miraculously match up with the personalities of the characters. So there's a Juan Antonio (Bardem), a Rebecca (Johansson), a Vicky (Hall), and a María Elena (Cruz).
Our finished menu, with some introductory notes by our guest sommelier Claudia Alarcón:
Raventós i Blanc L’Hereu Reserva Brut 2007
This premier cava, a blend of 60% Macabeo, 20% Xarel-lo and 20% Parellada from 100% estate-bottled fruit, is considered by many to be one of the best cavas in the region. The estate, founded by Josep Maria Raventós and his son Manuel, is situated on land owned and tended by the family, generation after generation, since 1497. The wine is bright and lively with complex notes of fresh baked bread, and a crisp, refreshing palate of citrus and green apple.
Clos del Pinell Blanco 2009
Composed of 100% White Garnacha, this playful wine displays aromas of citrus fruit and fresh herb, with a light floral note. An easy going, easy drinking white for any occasion, has balanced acidity to pair with a variety of foods but holds well on its own as an aperitif.
Mas Igneus - Barranc dels Closos Blanc 2009
A distinctive blend of 50% Macabeo, 30% Grenache Blanc, 15% Pedro Ximenes, and 5% Muscat from the prestigious Priorat region, this unique white shows ample fruit and perfume in the nose, with an interesting spicy finish of clove and a medium body produced by three months in French oak.
Clos Figueras “Serras del Priorat” 2007
A blend of 70% Grenache and Carignan from old vines, plus 20% Syrah, Mourvedre and a little Cabernet Sauvignon with plenty of forward, bright red fruit flavors, with a classic mineral Priorat finish. Very juicy, with hints of caramel and vanilla, this wine spends 8 months in 500 liter, 2 years old French oak casks.
You'll be able to learn a lot more about these wines if you join Claudia for our first ever Sommelier Cinema! To find out which wine fits each character, and, of course, to taste the best wines that Catalonia has to offer, you'll have to get your tickets and head to the Ritz on January 26. All four wines and a screening of this fantastic film on 35mm is available for the popular price of $25!