Pairing Wine & Movies Round 10: Yellow Tail Big Bold Red
There are some actors and actresses that take a back seat when it comes to the limelight. They're incredibly talented and you love them but because they take these smaller roles, they don't dominate your attention on the screen. However, if they end up in a leading role they completely blow you away with the level of talent they possess. Stanley Tucci, for example, is in a ton of movies but generally takes smaller roles as opposed to the lead (i.e. Burlesque, Julie & Julia, The Hunger Games, etc). I'm not sure if it's planned or not but it gives him these characters you can't help but love. Helen Mirren is similar. She's taken smaller, supporting roles in plenty of films but when she takes the lead...watch out! Her talent is mind blowing which can easily be seen in films such as The Hundred-Foot Journey or The Queen. She also has a pattern of playing incredibly strong women like Maria Altmann in Woman in Gold, the film I paired today's wine with.
Yellow Tail's Big Bold Red is a smooth, bold red wine from South Eastern Australia. According to the brand you will find "decadent flavors of raspberries and strawberry jam. With a hint of spice, this wine is bursting with ripe dark fruits and rich, bold oak character that inspired the name." I definitely got the berry notes, but also fruits like plum. It was a very smooth wine with sweetness in the first impression but a slightly bitter finish. It wasn't very tannic, too smooth for the tannins to have a strong effect in this wine. I'd recommend to pair this particular wine with chocolates or a nice juicy steak. It would go well with other bold but not overly strong flavors.
I think that the wine and movie pairing this week was spot on. I may not have done well in the last round but this round is going rather well. I couldn't have given Maria Altmann a better match than the Big Bold Red. She is as bold as this wine with a character so strong you keep wanting more. You root for her from the beginning and are emotionally attached to her journey throughout the film. Ryan Reynolds also plays an incredibly strong character as Randy Schoenberg. It doesn't start immediately but he ends up with a high level of ambition and strong conviction in what he is doing that a loss for him would be devastating to anyone witnessing this incredible cause. Against all odds and what everyone believed, they won. Just a little old Jewish lady from Austria and a schoolboy lawyer with everything to lose...they won against all odds.
The Big Bold Red is a great sipping wine. I love it for slowly eating your sweets while relaxing. I genuinely enjoyed it. There was an easy, light quality to it that I can't really explain. Because it was so smooth, it was nice to drink but the flavor was bold and strong. Not in an overly sweet, spicy or tannic way but in a full, well-rounded way. I would drink this while eating a simply prepared steak without any bells and whistles. Or...I would recommend drinking it while nibbling on your favorite dark chocolates...my favorite way to enjoy this particular wine.
Thank you to Deutsch Family Wines for providing 2014 Barone Fini Pinot Grigio. Opinions are 100% my own.