Let's get to the wine, shall we? For this movie, we paired it with a 2013 Carneros Chardonnay from Rombauer Vineyards. The fruit for this wine comes from vineyards in the Carneros region. These are the tasting notes from the website: "juicy peaches, pineapple and citrus greet the nose, followed by vanilla and toasty oak. Ripe tropical fruit, pear and apple flood the lush, silky palate. Soft spice, vanilla and nectarines mark the lengthy finish, and fresh, mouthwatering acidity leaves you longing for another glass." See a full description and details of the wine here. I really enjoyed this wine. It was smooth and buttery with just enough fruitiness without being overpowering. It's a great wine to enjoy with dinner or just on it's own. I definitely could taste peach, apple and a little bit of pear I felt as well. This is great to cook with too. I've used a bit of it in meals over the last few weeks. This wine and Arsenic and Old Lace paired well together because they're both light. The wine had a great personality through its flavor profile and the movie had great personality through the acting. The lightness of the wine was a great match for the comedy of the film.
Say hello to week three of pairing wine and movies, Cary Grant edition. I hope you've been enjoying the movies so far. I've sure had a blast watching them. This week I have a really funny movie for you and a great white wine that I started telling you about in last week's post. Arsenic and Old Lace is a classic Cary Grant comedy. The first time I saw this movie was after I got my appendix out the summer I turned 13. My family tried cheering me up with old funny movies. It was a great idea because it worked but it was also a terrible idea because if you've ever had surgery in the gut before, you know laughing is a huge mistake. This very quickly became one of my favorite movies and it started my love for Cary Grant. His physical humor is perfection. The faces he makes, the way he moves, his reactions. It's all done perfectly and you have to admire the talent of it.
Arsenic and Old Lace focuses on one night. Cary Grant's character, Mortimer, just got married to Elaine, played by Priscilla Lane. When he goes back to his aunts' home where he also has a cousin that believes himself to be Teddy Roosevelt, he finds out that they murder lonely old men by slipping arsenic into their wine. This might sound gruesome but they don't feel they're doing anything wrong. They think they're helping these "gentlemen" and even hold services when they bury them in the basement. So Mortimer, completely blow away by this new discovery, is on a mission to get Teddy committed to a home for older, somewhat delusional people and potentially his aunts as well. It's not a sanitarium but much more inviting and welcoming so they feel there's nothing out of place. In the meantime, Mortimer's brother Jonathan returns bringing his own sketchy past with him. Him and his accomplice played by Peter Lorre have a body they need to dispose of and get out of town before they're found by the police. It becomes this battle of the wits and it starts to seem like Mortimer is losing his as well along the way but it's just an overwhelming and honestly unbelievable experience for him. It's hilarious, really light, fun and just a great movie. You won't stop laughing and will find yourself watching this more often than you'd have predicted.
So what do you think? Would you have liked this pairing? Have you ever seen Arsenic and Old Lace? This was the third pairing for this round so wine and movie pairings will be on a break for the next two weeks. The series will be back on May 11th and I've already got three great wines and three movies, two of which I have not seen yet planned out. Make sure you comment below with any wine or movie suggestions. I'll make sure to give you a shout out!
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