This year, as we celebrate TIFF ’21, we take a look at some of the fabulous wines that can pair with the fantastic films that are being featured. Besides, there is nothing better than a great film and a great glass of wine!
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Kim Crawford Pinot Noir
Lights, Camera, Kim. As the official wine of TIFF 21, Kim Crawford Pinot Noir is the perfect wine to sip on while you dream of being on the red carpet! Or, if you’re able grab tickets to see a Tiff 21 film and make it happen.
With notes of soft berries and subtle spice, this is a truly elegant wine that will pair with all of the films on your list. Whether you’re daydreaming of being at TIFF or are able to get your hands on tickets on the red carpet, be sure to enjoy a glass of Kim Crawford to celebrate.
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Red Knot Shiraz
A family owned estate winery in McLaren Vale, Australia, Red Knot from Shingleback is from one of Australia’s most renowned wine growing areas. Red Knot has been a staple in my wine rack for over a decade – and that should say something! The sustainably managed 120 hectare family estate is planted predominantly with Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. This Australian Shiraz is bright, and has fragrant notes of violets, milk chocolate and vanilla oak – making it simply divine to taste with a rich textured finish. Sip on this as you learn more about the devastating fires in Australia.
TIFF Film Pairing: Burning Orner – Oscar-winning filmmaker Eva Orner focuses on devastating fires in Australia and the lack of political will to address climate change.
Martini & Rossi Asti
Now certified sustainable as of 2021 Martini Asti, from Italy, has been making wine for over 150 years. From the beautiful region of Piedmont where vines are grown on steep and sun-drenched hills Moscato Bianco grape are grown to create the famous sparkling Martini Asti wine.The D.O.C.G. designation indicates the highest level of quality in Italian wine. Martini Asti established a center dedicated to sustainable business practices called L’Osservatorio Martini (the Martini Observatory). They introduced multiple sustainability practices to the Asti region — from natural ways to manage pests through to integrated viticulture, looking at the balance of what is grown in the microclimates of the region. You can enjoy the delicious Asti on it’s own chilled and in a fun glass, on ice, on its own, or in a cocktail! Because every woman loves a bottle of bubbly – especially when she’s trying to figure out life!
TIFF Film Pairing: The Worst Person in the World – The finale in Joachim Trier’s “Oslo Trilogy” follows a 30-year-old woman in the midst of an existential crisis as she navigates between career and romantic choices, and her own refusal to be defined — even by herself.-
Francis Ford Coppola Director’s Cut Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
From Director to Vitner, Francis Ford Coppola’s wines have always been on my top list of wines to recommend when pairing with films. Known for his new hollywood filmmaking in the 60’s and 70’s and the making of The Godfather films, Coppola now owns a wine resort in california and has since 2010. His daughter Sophia also makes wine – and it’s quite delicious too! This full bodied Cabernet is an iconic bottle from the golden state. His winery is 100% certified sustainable and his cabernet is worth tasting if you’re a film buff! He lived an electrical life in film and this wine is no different!
Tiff Film Pairing: The Electrical life of Louis Wayne – An eccentric artist (Benedict Cumberbatch) introduces Victorian London to the delights of cats, in Will Sharpe’s enlightening biopic.
Riunite Lambrusco Frizzante
Welcome to Italy’s Emilia-Romagna wine region and let me introduce you to Lambrusco – a red, sweet, fruity and fizzy wine that has been around since the mid-70s. It is one of North America’s most popular imported wines and is really one-of-a-kind in it’s taste! With light carbonation and low alcohol this wine the ideal accompaniment for casual cuisine and fun film watching. Serve chilled and have some fun with food pairings – it’s a crowd pleaser and people will be blown away that wine can taste like this. If you’ve never had Lambrusco you’ll be swept away and taken aback. A great pairing while you’re learning about Alanis in her new documentary.
TIFF Film Pairing: Jagged – Alanis Morissette takes a candid look back at being a young woman in the maelstrom of superstardom in the new documentary Jagged.
LQLC By John Malkovich ‘7 Quelles’
A very cool wine made in France at John & Nicole’s Provence wine estate. John’s favourite wines are Pinot Noir from Orgeon and California Cabernet. So he grows both and this bottle is a highly rated and acclaimed bottle that blends the two together in a non-vintage style that is built on great taste. Two world renowned grapes that are usually vinified separately have come together in a most unique and abstract blend. John’s artistry and creativity come through on this wine and many I’ve shared this wine with just adore it! Two world class grapes entwined together because of one man’s creative genius.
TIFF Film Pairing: Last Night in SOHO – Edgar Wright wickedly reflects ’60s Swinging London in this kaleidoscopic psycho-thriller about two young artists entwined across time.