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Wine on Film

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Enjoying a film with a refreshing glass of wine is a given but what about those films where wine plays a leading role or at least makes a key scene even more effective? Here we’re looking at a range of popular films which feature famous and memorable wine moments, for an eclectic range of reasons and purposes.
 
The Muppet Movie (1979) 
Popping up as a less than friendly sommelier in The Muppet Movie, Steve Martin’s comic genius is played out fantastically as he offers his dinner guests, Miss Piggy and Kermit, the finest Muscatel wine of Idaho. It’s impossible not to laugh!
Wine on Film – The Muppet Movie
 
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
About as creepy as they come but if you’re looking for a wine scene which is truly memorable and perhaps even introduced a particular wine to a generation, it’s got to be Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter. In his famous Silence of the Lambs monologue it’s impossible to forget the moment he recommends pairing a ‘nice Chianti’ with human flesh.
Wine of Film – The Silence of the Lambs
 
The Princess Bride (1987)
A truly classic scene which revolves entirely around the wine in front of the two adversaries. As they battle with words it’s the wine that causes this amusing yet exceptional death scene. Vizzini tries his hardest to outsmart the Man in Black but ends up losing out.
Wine on Film – The Princess Bride
 
Sideways (2004)
Miles Raymond has a thing for Pinot Noir and a real issue about Merlot, as this scene shows in hilarious style. Even the suggestion that they’ll be drinking Merlot gets his goat and this scene is a fantastic example of how wine is a recurring theme throughout Sideways.
Wine on Film – Sideways
 
Blues Brothers (1980)
In truly extravagant style it’s pretty clear that when Jake asks for ‘a bottle of your finest Champagne, five shrimp cocktails, and some bread for my brother’ it’s clear they don’t care what kind of restaurant they’re in they’re going to do things in their own style. Sipping their drinks as loudly as possible and disregarding etiquette when it comes to choosing your glass, it’s impossible not to laugh as the tension with disgruntled guests surrounding them grows.
Wine on Film – Blues Brothers
 
As well as all these classic films with wine taking key role at some point or another, there are plenty of films which celebrate wine too including A Walk in the Clouds, Bottle Shock and A Good Year.