Everyone matches wine to food, but what about matching wine to other things in life? Here are 12 classic drops to go with 12 classic movies.

Utterly mad, but he knew his plonk. Pic: AP / File

Silence of the Lambs with Chianti
A thrilling and scary movie about a psychotic Dr Hannibal Lecter toying with the young but intelligent FBI agent Clarice Starling. The movie won 5 Oscars and included numerous famous quotes, but none better than, “a census taker once tried to test me, I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.” So grab some pizza and your favourite Chianti Classico and bring a new dimension to your enjoyment of this thriller.

Back to the Future with Mateus Rose
Such an 80’s flick, quality usually isn’t mentioned in connection with this movie but everyone has watched it at some time. If my old’s are anything to go by Mateus Rose travels in the same boat, easily one of the biggest selling wines of all time but who admits to drinking it. Hey go back to the future and try a little rose with this classy movie.

The Godfather with Sicilian red
The grittiness and depth of this movie has made it the best movie of all times, in many people’s minds that is. Try the classic, unique and unusual red wines of Sicily. Red vino of this region can be as rough and ready as any mobster so grab a six pack and watch the whole series.

Glitter with corked wine
Wow, what a shocker and definitely a movie that should be used in military torture techniques. Equally as horrific is a corked wine and I wouldn’t wish either on any of my wine bar guests. Or would I?

Charlie & the Chocolate Factory with Port
There are many rules in food and wine matching, many classic matches that have formed over centuries. Port and chocolate is one of these. So I can just picture myself with a gold ticket in one hand and a small barrel of port in the other. Lead the way, Charlie I can’t wait.

Raging Bull with Veritas “Bull’s Blood”
A destructive and aggressive tale by Martin Scorsese that cover the brutal story of a boxer’s life inside and outside the ring. The Veritas “Bull’s Blood” is all that and more. This gritty shiraz/mataro blend is produced from the pressings of these grapes - not the sweet girly juice, but the pressings. Ding ding - bring on the red teeth.

The Castle with Aussie Shiraz/Cabernet Blends
What a flaming classic Aussie movie, and there isn’t a more “Australianised” wine than a Shiraz and cabernet blend. Why you ask? Just chat to a French man and they will explain that Shiraz is from the Rhone Valley and Cabernet is from Bordeaux. Whatever mate, some of our best wines are the blend of the two.

Sideways with Merlot and Pinot Noir
This movie’s main character “Miles” hates Merlot but adores Pinot Noir. Sweeping statements indeed but when two middle age American men went on a road trip through the California wine country, the American audience listened. Merlot sales across the US dropped 2% while Pinot Noir went up 16%. Didn’t anyone mention to these people it was a fictional movie, not a documentary? Try both and make your own mind up.

Life of Brian with Croser
This is the story of two Brians, one is the hilarious English comedy and the other is Australia’s best sparkling wine maker Brian Croser. Bubbles are always fun so enjoy our best from Croser with this English rib-tickler. 

Ben Hur with something bigger - Zinfandel
Well we all know Ben Hur is big but I’ve discovered something bigger in Zinfandel. A big and bold brute of a wine, this is the Hercules of the wine world. One tip though: Ben Hur is a long movie and some Zinfandels start nudging 18% alcohol so pacing yourself like a charioteer might be an idea.

Sister Act with Blue Nun
We’ve all seen it and yeah you probably enjoyed it too. This toe-tapping comedy featuring Whoopi Goldberg is a classic so next time you flick it on make sure you pay your respects with some Blue Nun Riesling. This fun easy drinking wine has been around longer than the movie and it’s so cheap you’ll think you’ve turned water into wine.

The Hangover with Wine in a Box
Why not enjoy a tasty 4 litre box of your favourite Chardy with this movie. Try this and then you’ll understand the match by the morning. The upside is at least you’ll have a free pillow for your pounding head.

Clint Hillery owns Sydney wine bar Time to Vino and is working on a new project matching wines to new movie releases with DVD rental venture Oovie.

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    • pipper says:

      08:28am | 07/05/10

      Matching wines to movies, we will end up a bigger Nation of drunks that we already are

    • Eric says:

      11:26am | 07/05/10

      But is there a downside?

    • Rowdy says:

      02:00pm | 07/05/10

      ....wait ‘til we match albums and beer…...

    • Inigo says:

      02:04pm | 27/08/12

      Blue Nun Liebfraumilch was long before the “late 70s”,  young feller, as were Mateus Rose and Leo Buring’s Sparkling Rinegolde. Not a bad drop, eithe

    • David B says:

      08:50am | 07/05/10

      Thanks, you’ve given me some good ideas for the weekend!

    • LibVeg says:

      11:37am | 07/05/10

      They still make Blue Nun???? 
      Haven’t drunk that since 1987… I guess it’s ‘retro’ now and therefore cool….

    • Rowdy says:

      01:06pm | 07/05/10

      I think Blue Nun was retro in 1987….along with Black Tower, Ben Ean….and of course Liebfrawine…..in fact moselle in general. We have a lot to blame the late 70’s for…..

    • Connie Seur says:

      12:58pm | 07/05/10

      “Wake in Fright”  with 2 flagons of Yalumba Autumn Brown. One before the movie, the other in the morning, when one would swear one had watched the movie twice, when if fact, one had not.

    • fortune dagger says:

      11:21pm | 07/05/10

      oh yeah, that’s the goods.
      or should one say,
      the drinking, the driving, the shooting, the killing… they said you couldn’t dream in colour, but they were wrong

    • shabangabang says:

      01:41pm | 07/05/10

      Girls Gone Wild and Chardy. Not just a movie, but every friday night on the town.

    • Ari Vartanian says:

      02:21pm | 07/05/10

      Climb Dance and a Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon

    • pete says:

      02:27pm | 07/05/10

      You left out Beerfest.
      Six Schnitzes please…

    • Steve says:

      02:30pm | 07/05/10

      Apocalypse Now Redux with a bottle of whiskey. Martin Sheen is said to have almost died on the set from alcoholic poisoning and I thought it was just good acting.

    • Bitten says:

      03:05pm | 07/05/10

      Martinis and James Bond almost goes without saying. Mind you after two or three, the action sequences might start confusing you…

    • James says:

      07:34pm | 07/05/10

      In the book of Silence of the Lambs the liver is matched with an Amarone but was changed for the movie as it was feared the audience wouldn’t know what type of wine that was. Much better match with liver.

      The “joke” of Merlot in Sideways was that the ‘61 Cheval Blanc has a large proportion of merlot (~40%) in it.

    • Eliot Ness says:

      08:16am | 08/05/10

      If wine had no alcohol, nobody would drink it. You’re a drug pusher. Detecting little differences between different varieties (merlot, cab sav, shiraz etc) is like potheads debating the difference between Durban Poison and New York Diesel.

    • Katep says:

      02:08am | 09/05/10

      Wow a drug pusher, thats harsh.  Wine has been available since biblical times, so is our saviour a sinner?

      Does pot have over 10,000 varieties?

      Alcohol is legal, pot isnt.

    • Dan says:

      06:11am | 09/05/10

      And that is bad because?

      You may not like to drink, fine, but calling those who do and whom write about it drug pushers is absurd.

    • Jackson Fan says:

      07:14pm | 08/05/10

      OOh yes Eliot ! Durban Poison and Meet The Feebles.

    • Kate says:

      10:53am | 11/05/10

      Surely The Castle with a goon bag would be more accurate.


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