Five Wine Moments
5. The Sopranos, Season 6, Episode 9 – ‘The Ride’
When Tony and Chrissy interrupt a gang at work on an ATM, there’s no way they can resist taking the pile of crated wine outside the lair. It’s not just any old wine, but one of Pauillac’s most well known wines, a 1986 Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande. After stacking most of the crates in their truck, Tony and Chrissy are interrupted by their opposition gangsters, and gun-fire ensues. We hold our breath, not for the fate of Tony and Chrissy, but the wines! They make their way to a restaurant, where Tony slurps and gargles while make stern conversation. He’s not really there, but in a sort of wine dreamland. There is truly a wine for every occasion!
Video of the scene here.
4. Friends, Season 8 Episode 8
Rachel’s notoriously fickle dad arranges dinner with Rachel, and Rachel is planning to break the news that she’s pregnant, so she brings Phoebe along with her. It doesn’t take long before Rachel’s dad is making a scene, calling Phoebe a lesbian and furiously berating the waiter for bringing him a 1974 Lafite instead of a 1975. ‘The ’74 is sewage!’ he yells, chasing the emotionally distraught waiter from the room. But Phoebe does confirm: ‘He’s right though, the ’74 is absolute piss.’ After a break in scenes, we return to the restaurant where Rachel says she was afraid that her dad would yell at her ‘like some ’74 Latour’. Phoebe retorts: ‘It’s Lafite. The ’74 Latour is actually drinking quite nicely.’
Here’s the funny episode.
3. The Remains of the Day
Mr. Stevens is in a very upset and emotional state about the potential of war and the events happening in England relating to Nazi Germany. Going to the cellar to fetch a bottle of Port (to relieve the stress, or just because he can!) he grabs a 1913 Dow’s Port. A very old Port making house, Dow’s was founded in 1798 in the usual fashion – trade with Britain. The Remains of the Day is filled with other wine references, as Mr. Stevens is butler in a noble house.
2. Babette’s Feast
A classic 1987 film, filled with subtle humour in the freezing and remote western coast of Denmark, about sisters Martine and Philippa. Raised by a devout pastor, the sisters flirt with love but ultimately remain single their entire lives, living in the family house within the small community. A little flirtation with a Parisian opera singer links the sisters to Paris, and the opera singer, although spurned in his love, sends his friend Babette from Paris to escape revolutionary violence. By a slight of hand, it emerges that their new lodger was once the chef at a prestigious Parisian eatery. Babette luckily wins a lottery of 10,000 francs, and wanting to give the frugal sisters something of her self after 14 years of selfless service, she offers to cook a feast for Martine, Philippa and their small group of elderly villagers. The group is quite humble except for a military man, cultivated and once in love with Martine. The feast is something they have never seen before, with the beverages a veritable feast in themselves. Amontillado Sherry, 1860 Veuve Clicquot, 1845 Clos de Vougeot, a ‘fine champagne’ from Cognac, cheese and fruits with Sauternes, and coffee with Louis XIII de Remy Martin. Enjoy!
1. Alfred Hitchcock presents - A Bottle of Wine
Hitchcock was a real wine lover himself, as you can find in a quick Google search. While many people love his films, not many have heard of his series of shows called ‘Alfred Hitchcock presents..’. In this episode, he hosts a Judge, his wife Grace, and the wife’s new suitor Wally. Judge Condon sets out to prove that the younger man is no good for his wife, and serves him a glass of wine that Condon says Grace bought on her Spanish honeymoon. After Wally drinks it, the Judge tells him that it is poisoned. Wally has a total flipout and kills Condon, and when Grace reappears, she denies that she ever had a honeymoon or had visited Spain. The full amazing episode is here.
Good drinking to you,