5 Films That Will Have You Reaching For Wine

Some of the best movies we’ve seen involve food and when there’s food, we look for wine. You can take a look at our pairings below if you enjoy films AND wine as much as we do. All products featured in this article are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Wine pairing suggestions will solely focus on wines sold on this website. 

Film #1: The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

The Hundred-Foot Journey is a handsomely crafted film that will make you realise that there is beauty in every culture. The contrast between French and Indian cuisine offers a refreshing take on immigration, assimilation, and the appreciation of one’s roots. 

Wine pairing suggestion: Basi Maria

Our elegant red wine is the perfect choice for The Hundred-Foot Journey as it is made from two ingredients that are rarely used together. Much like our Basi Maria, the contrast that is so apparent in the film will later mix into a harmonious and love filled affair.

Film #2: Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a disarming documentary about a chef’s 85-year journey of making sushi. It’s fishy, artistic, and has a bit of drama. This well-crafted film provides an insight into the sushi master’s career that begins with his apprenticeship at the age of 10. 

Wine Pairing: Basidina

You may have to order sushi before you push the play button and make sure you chill your bottle of Basidina. The Basi del Diablo wine pairs well with seafood. Its citrus flavours will also give you a better appreciation of sushi in general. 

Film #3: Burnt

Despite sticking to the usual cinematic formula, Burnt won’t fail in making you hungry. The film is the story of an arrogant chef whose career took a hit because of his attitude. Determined to make a comeback, the protagonist moves to England to work at a well-known restaurant.

Wine pairing: De La Bodega

Burnt has a few sweet moments that will pair well with our sweet white wine De La Bodega. If you happen to come upon a bit of bitterness in the film, De La Bodega will be there to neutralise that.

Film #4: Julie & Julia (2009)

You’d be dealing with two kitchens in Julie & Julia along with a few bittersweet moments and a burnt food incident. While you’ll see little blunders in the kitchen, you will also learn a few tips and tricks from Meryl Streep who plays Julia Child in the film.

You will also see Streep’s Julia Child writing her book Mastering the Art of French Cooking, something that you might be interested in reading. 

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Wine pairing suggestion: Virginia Blush

Virginia Blush is a sweet rosé that will balance the sad moments in Julie & Julia and encourage you to celebrate their triumphs and the little victories that womankind has experienced through the decades. 

Film #5: Cook Up a Storm

Cook Up a Storm is a battleground that involves a classically trained chef and a street food chef who runs a Cantonese canteen. The rivalry would later take an unexpected turn as the story progresses. What is great about Cook Up a Storm is the cinematography and how it presents different ingredients.

Wine Pairing: Basi Maria

This film will make you hungry, that’s why you will need a full-bodied wine to go with it. A glass or a bottle of Basi Maria is highly recommended.


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