Pairing Wine & Movies Round 6: 2014 Loves Me Not Malvasia Blanca
Welcome to the sixth round of wine and movie pairings! This round is dedicated to a wonderful and brilliant actor that is greatly missed, Robin Williams. I was inspired by my Cary Grant accidental series and decided to make this a thing. Instead of watching random movies with three bottles of wine, I'm going to pick an actor or actress of focus each round and pick three movies to match perfectly with three bottles of wine. So let me know who you'd like to see featured in a round. I'm back to another ClubW box as well! I decided to order a box of ClubW wine for this round and so far I haven't been disappointed. It's been quite a few months since I've ordered and I genuinely enjoy trying new wines they recommend for me. This week's wine was the 2014 Loves Me Not Malvasia Blanca and the movie of choice was Mrs. Doubtfire. I haven't seen this movie in such a long time but now that I've seen it again, this would have been better matched with a rose wine. Keep reading to see why.
First thing's first, the wine. The 2014 Loves Me Not Malvasia Blanca comes from Paso Robles, California and has asignature scent that consists of lychee, honeysuckle, elderflower, honeydew, jasmine and peach. ClubW says, "Anyone who likes sweet wines with a hint of aromatics is going to freak out about this wine. Heck, even those who don't like sweet wines are going to find it striking. Malvasia Blanca is unmistakable in the glass and nothing but pleasure. It's a common grape in Italy but very unique to Santa Barbara. When you do find it in the U.S it's mostly in blends so this is a rare treat to taste on its own. The Loves Me Not Malvasia Blanca is so pretty and floral on the nose with lovely aromas like lychee, elderflower, sweet fruit and a touch of herbs. On the palate, it's fleshy and slightly sweet -- it has great palate weight and a refreshing acidic finish. Great for pairing with food, this would be a knockout with bacon wrapped and blue cheese stuffed dates."
I really enjoyed this wine. It's a fairly sweet wine with a buttery texture. What strikes me though is the almost tangy or spicy finish. It's different for a sweeter wine, something I haven't experienced before. This is a great after dinner wine as you're just sitting around talking. It's light but with a very strong flavor. ClubW recommends pairing it with sweet or spicy food. I'd say spicy because it's already sweet by itself. Pairing it with more sweet food might be overkill.
Earlier I mentioned that Mrs. Doubtfire would have been better paired with a rose wine. Do you guys remember this movie? I don't know about you but it's been quite a while since I've seen this film. I've always loved it and I still do but I forgot some of the details. I just remembered all the fun parts but I forgot the sad aspect to the movie as well. Robin Williams and Sally Field are going through a divorce, and not a good one. It's really tough on the kids, especially since they were really close to their dad. Not being able to be together as much as they used to be really took a toll. Those emotional scenes gave the movie a little more drama than the comedy I remembered it as. Because of these, I think it would have been paired better with a bold rose wine. A fun and light-hearted movie would have been better suited for this wine. The pairing was completely on me though. It doesn't take away from the fact that this wine is unique and fantastic and the movie is a classic.
So what do you think? Would you have paired this movie differently? Have you seen Mrs. Doubtfire? How about the wine? Have you had the Loves Me Not?