Piattelli Winemaker Alejandro explains why Torrontés is the perfect wine to enjoy while watching a movie. Drink some while watching the Oscars®!

Best in Film, Best in Wine
By: Johanna Puelston
Posted: Feb. 22, 2013

The nine Best Picture contenders for the 85th Academy Awards are a fine representation of the best films of 2012. Most of us have probably seen at least one of them, a few aficionados may have seen them all, but the movies assuredly grow even more entertaining when they’re paired with a wine demonstrating similar traits.

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As the biggest night in Hollywood approaches I am often asked about wine-themed movies and whether I have any recommendations. As a lover of movies and wine I wanted to put together a list of the top 5 movies in which wine played a major role in the plot and the actors have a link to the Academy Awards. Turns out there really are some great stories—and even a little bit of history to be learned. Here are the movies I would recommend to those who seek entertainment vino style. While you’re at it, grab a great bottle of wine and some good company to make for a great evening at your home cinema.