Every year around Valentine’s Day, D&D London restaurants and shops celebrate their favourite wines in our Love Wine festival, showcasing the producers, styles and regions they love the most.
This year, we take our inspiration from the world of film and for three weeks from Monday 9 February to Monday 2 March, there will be all sorts of movie-related wines to try, tastings to enjoy, and screenings to attend. Below is a ‘trailer’ of what to expect:
WINES MADE BY THE STARS
Try wines from legendary director Francis Ford Coppola at Avenue, Quaglino’s and Butler’s Wharf Chophouse; and head to Avenue for a tasting featuring highlights of the range on Wednesday 18th February. Click here to book your places
Did you know that respected actor Sam Neill makes equally respected wines called Two Paddocks? Head over to Plateau in Canary Wharf to try them and join the Two Paddocks tasting on Monday 16th February. Book your tickets here.
FILM SCREENINGS (WITH WINE, OF COURSE)
Over in Chelsea, Bluebird will be holding a Movie & Moët night on Thursday 26 February. Sit back and watch Leonardo et al in The Great Gatsby, while enjoying Moët & Chandon Impérial Champagne and truffle popcorn. Reserve your seats here.
Over in the City, at New Street Wine Shop, they will be showing wine films non-stop, including Sideways, Red Obsession, Les Quatres Saison d’Yquem and Mondovino, offering a 10% discount on wines inspired by each.
WINES INSPIRED BY THE MOVIES
After the legendary bashing that Merlot took in the classic wine comedy, Sideways, Skylon head sommelier Marco Marcuzzo will be coming to its defence and showcasing some of his favourite Merlots. You can also buy a case of Marco’s Magnificent Merlots from our online shop.
Bottleshock stars Alan Rickman and tells the story of the legendary Judgement of Paris. New Street Grill has taken the movie as its inspiration and will be putting two French and two Californian wines, from producers who appeared in the original Judgement, head-to-head once again.
The wine shop at Le Pont de la Tour will be taking inspiration for its February drop-in tastings from three classic wine films: Red Obsession, A Good Year, and The Secret of Santa Vittoria – click here for details. While in the restaurant, there will be a Sideways-inspired wine flight available for lunch featuring a Byron pinot noir that was actually discussed in the film.
Sartoria head sommelier and movie buff, Michael Simms, loves new film, The Barolo Boys and will be putting the spotlight firmly on these legendary wines, making them the focus of his monthly dinner party on 2 March. Book your seat around the table here.
MOVIE STARS’ FAVOURITE WINES
Helen Mirren and Michael Sheen have great taste in wine and have expressed their love for love of Italian wines, and Negroamaro and Barolo respectively. The team at Cantina del Ponte in Shad Thames has chosen its favourite of each and invites you to try them.
MOVIE AND WINE TRIVIA
Did you know how much the world of the silverscreen has influenced the world of wine? At Orrery in Marylebone, they will be looking back at the role that cinema has had in influencing wine trends in a tasting on 25 February. Learn how iconic movie scenes have changed what we put in our glass – while enjoying a glass or two of your own, of course. Find out more here.
There are probably lots more fascinating connections between wine and film that, like us, you were not aware of. Coq d’Argent Head Sommelier, Olivier Marie, will reveal all in the Did you know sections of his list.
TRUFFLE POPCORN & MOËT & CHANDON CHAMPAGNE
For the entire duration of our Love Wine and Film festival, buy a glass of Moët & Chandon Impérial Champagne and you will get a vintage-style box of gourmet truffle popcorn especially created to pair with it. Head to one of these restaurants to try it: Almeida, Angelica, Avenue, Bluebird, Butler’s Wharf Chop House, Kensington Place, Le Pont de la Tour, Paternoster Chophouse, Plateau, Royal Exchange Grand Café, Sartoria, Skylon.