Welcome back to Wine and Movie Pairings on Life With A Side Of Coffee! I am very excited about this round of pairings because we have got some great wines but also because the featured actress is a favorite of mine, Helen Mirren, and two out of three movies I have been waiting to see for a really long time. Today's is a bit of a lighthearted, feel good film that I've quite honestly wanted to see the longest and the strongest. My aunt and I have wanted to see this movie since fall of last year and as hard as we looked around to find it when it was out of the theater, we failed. Netflix didn't have it, iTunes only allowed us to buy it and same with on demand. No one we know had it so we couldn't borrow it and then someone recommended a genius move to me I'm embarrassed I hadn't though of my self...Redbox! Let me tell you friends...Redbox is my new BFF. I don't know why I've ignored it for so long but on to other things.
The 2014 Barone Fini Pinot Grigio Vadadige is a light, dry wine from Italy. According to the brand you will find "aromas of subtle floral notes and lemon mist. Round fruit fills the mouth with ripe, juicy flavors of honeydew melon and ripe apples. Bright acidity balanced with warm minerality create a lingering, crisp finish." I was able to get notes of pear, apple and floral from the glass and tasted apple, pear and a bit of a citrus touch. It was very light, crisp and dry. This would be a great wine for a hot summer day. You can easily tell this wine is of good quality from the label to the actual wine itself. I was impressed with the slightly tart taste at first followed by a dry finish. I'd eat this with a fruit and cheese plate.
I think this pairing was spot on. The wine might be from Italy and the movie set in France but the type of wine fit perfectly with the film. Helen Mirren plays a very strong woman (no surprise there) who owns a restaurant with a Michelin star. An Indian family that had just been through a tragedy happens upon her little French village and decides to open an Indian restaurant across the street. There's a lot of arguments and ridiculous plots to thwart the other but it all ends up being silly competition in the end. One of the sons from the Indian family has a great talent for cooking that Mirren's character recognizes and she takes him under her wing hoping for him to find success and learn what he can and for her to get another Michelin star. He goes on to become a great chef in Paris but comes home to get back what he loved about cooking. Loving food and loving France, this film was a slam dunk for me. It would have had to be pretty bad for me to have disliked it. The movie was light, just like the wine and both were enjoyable.
Thank you to Deutsch Family Wines for providing 2014 Barone Fini Pinot Grigio. Opinions are 100% my own.