BREATHLESS

Director Jean-Luc Godard
Year 1960
Run Time 100min
More Info IMDb

Sommelier Cinema is going back to Paris this spring. Not the romantic, mythic Paris of Woody Allen but the crazed, romantic, glamorous, movie-obsessed Paris of Jean-Luc Godard. And we'll mix up our wines too, with bold juxtapositions and surprising young flavors. Our own wine and spirits master Bill Norris will present a matched selection of wines to complement Godard's new wave masterpiece. Join us as we appreciate the boundless cool of Belmondo, the icy perfection of Jean Seberg and the beauty of the Champs Elysées, Montparnasse and  St.-Germain.

A note about the wine choices: "I went with two American and two French wines to match two protagonists of the movie. The whites are racy and zingy while the reds are kinda broody and heady-- get where I'm going here? What's more is the whites are quirky and a bit out of place in that the Schug Chardonnay is a French style and the Riesling is something that you don't normally find and is not generally grown in California -- kinda like an American in France..."

Schug Chardonnay Sonoma, CA 2009
A unique chardonnay produced in a lively and crisp style that emphasizes the varietal without the use of new oak. It has a spicy citrus bouquet with white peach, nectarines with a sleek and mouthwatering finish.


Baynan Riesling Santa Lucia Highlands, CA 2008A little richer than the zippy and electrifying rieslings that you would find in Europe, Banyan Riesling is full of tropical expression with pineapple, red apple notes, and orange blossoms.

Chateau Monet Bordeaux, France 2008
A classic bordeaux with notes of black currents, red currants, and black cherries with nuances of graphite and cedar and a beat up old saddle. Chateau Monet expresses great tannin quality and a quintessential Bordeaux palate while being easy to drink.


Domaine Coteaux des Travers Rasteau, France 2010The name translates to Domaines on the slopes on the side of the rising sun-- and it, frankly, tastes like it with notes of baked cherries, wild plum, and raspberries with a rich, velvety mouthfeel and a touch of white pepper.