It's been a while since we did a wine and movie pairing around these parts. Lucky for this series, Deutsch Family Wines provided several bottles of wine that I'm really excited to try for each pairing the next two rounds. Recapping briefly since it has been a while, we matched movies to the incredible Katharine Hepburn in the last round but this time it's all about a present day actress that is talented, beautiful and a fan favorite. She got her breakthrough role as a soccer player in Bend It Like Beckham and has since starred in roles such as Elizabeth Swan in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Pride & Prejudice and Love Actually, one of my personal favorites. Keira Knightley is hands down one of my favorite current day actresses and I've been waiting to do a series on her so here we go.
We're starting with what I thought was going to be a much funnier movie than it actually turned out to be, Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World. Keira plays a 28-year old British girl living in America when the world happens to be ending thanks to a gigantic asteroid headed straight for the planet. I feel like this movie is the comedic other half to Armageddon from the 90s. Remember that one? Anyway, Keira stars alongside Steve Carell who is kind of a hot mess and not just because the world is ending. He finds out his wife was cheating on him, he finds out the actual love of his life reached out to him three months ago and he never received the letter and even though the end of the world is coming, he is still working. Who does that? Anyway, the two of them start off on a little adventure to meet up with Steve's old love and to get Keira a plane back to London so she can spend her last days with her family. Needless to say, this little adventure is definitely memorable if nothing else.
The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc probably would have been paired better with a more light-hearted film. Where Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World was funny, it was also deep. A little too existential for me at the moment but a good movie nonetheless. Imported from Awatere Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand, this wine has the feel of a cold, damp climate. According to a description from The Crossings, "it has notes of bell pepper, passionfruit and citrus." After pouring a glass, I immediately knew this would be a crisp, dry wine. I personally got notes of pear and green apple on the nose, grapefruit and earthiness on the tongue. I think the dryness of the wine paired well with the humor of the movie because there was definitely a lot of dry humor but that's what you'd expect from Steve Carell, at least I do.
Have you seen Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World? What are your thoughts on the film. We watched a few scenes in a class I took in college studying the apocalypse in film so I really should have been more aware of the morbid mood. All jokes aside, the movie was ok. I'll give it a B, not my favorite of hers that's for sure.
Thank you to Deutsch Family Wines for providing The Crossings 2014 Sauvignon Blanc. Opinions are 100% my own.