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We can’t think of a better way to spend the evening than enjoying a glass (or three!) of scrumptious wine while enjoying a movie. It’s an even better day when you catch the sometimes hilarious, sometimes awful references to wine. Enjoy our list below and let us know if you have any others to add in the future!
1. Casablanca (1942)“Here’s looking at you kid.” Humphrey Bogart’s cheerful Champagne toast to Ingrid Bergman in Paris makes a heartbreaking return on a grey Moroccan airfield—one of the most epic good-bye scenes ever.
2. Ratatouille (2007)Head chef Skinner to mumbling cook Linguini: “But you would have to be an idiot of elephantine proportions not to appreciate this ’61 Château Latour, and you, Monsieur Linguini, are no idiot. Let us toast your non-idiocy!” Yeah we’re adding a children’s movie to this because how cute is Ratatouille and also it’s pretty epic food and wine- even if it’s animated.
3. Wine Country (2019)“It’s a Reserve Cabernet… meant to be savored…” “We gotta go, we’ll get it online!” “If I could just get your email and social for our wine club…” Although this movie doesn’t have a whole lot to do with wine, this line about an aggressive tasting room sales push got us. If you live in or have ever visited Northern California Wine country, you will totally understand!
4. Bottle ShockIt’s inevitable that a movie about the Judgement of Paris makes it onto our list, regardless of how terrible the wigs and accents are in the film! A truly sweet movie honoring how our home (Napa) became the powerhouse that it is today- and for that we’re grateful!
5. SidewaysAnother wine classic! We hope your as obsessed with the ever-talented Paul Giamatti as we are because he kills it in this film about two buddies taking one last bachelor/boys trip before marriage. Think The Hangover but if it took place at wineries scattered throughout Santa Barbara County in the early 2000s.
6. Somm seriesAlthough this is basically three movies in one, we have nothing negative to say when it comes to the Somm films- especially since so many of our friends our in it! The first one tells the tale about the grueling process by which these men earned their Master Sommelier certification. The sophomore film otherwise known as Somm into the Bottle is more explicitly about wine and its wonders. It seeks to render these men retroactively sane by showcasing the manifold wonders of wine. And the most recent Somm 3 is a lovely review of wines that most people can only dream of drinking in their lifetime!
7. The Kids Are AlrightWe threw this film starring Mark Ruffalo and Julianne Moore into the mix not only because many important conversations in it are revolved around a dinner table involving food and wine, but because of the role that wine plays in the movie. A lesbian couple is going through some hardships when their children want to meet their biological father, and on several occasions in the film, Ruffalo’s character brings wine as a peace treaty for the mothers. Which they both deny! Intriguing and beautiful story of a progressive family that is not too different than any other.
8. French KissKevin Kline takes the cake for arguably one of the best wine quotes in a movie stating, “ Wine is like people. The wine takes all the influences in life all around it, it absorbs them, and it gets its personality.” The movie centers around a woman who is headed to France to confront her straying fiancé when she meets and sorta, kinda falls for a stranger instead. Said stranger has a dream about opening a winery to make up for the fact that he gambled away his inherited vineyard to his brother. Plus, we absolutley love Meg Ryan in this in all of her 1990s glory.
9. The Parent TrapHow could we ever forget that 11 year old Hallie pretending to be Annie was able to drink wine at lunch in London with her family?! Although this movie isn’t necessarily centered around wine, it does take place in Napa, where one of the main characters, Hallie Parker, was raised on a what-yard? A VINEYARD! Epic movie for anyone born in the 1990s and dreamed of going to the fictitious Parker Knoll winery.
10. Under the Tuscan SunThe original Eat.Pray.Love-esque film that makes us always on the lookout for an excuse to give up everything we own and buy a property in Tuscany. Diane Keaton steals the show and also happens to learn everything under the sun (no pun intended) about Italian food, wine, and comraderies. This kind of life is on our bucket list for sure!