Monday, December 12, 2011

Sommelier Cinema: "Midnight in Paris" - Austin, Texas

Tuesday, December 13th at 7:00p
Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek
13729 Research Blvd.
Austin, TX 78750

At each Sommelier Cinema we welcome a guest wine connoisseur to choose a wine flight to complement a film. For this installment we bring back Woody Allen’s modern classic, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS.

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS brings to life the most romantic city in the world in a way that only a master like Woody Allen can. He is aided by an amazing cast led by Owen Wilson and the contrasting beauties Rachel McAdams and Marion Cotillard. In la Ville-lumière, Gil (Wilson) is on a charming European vacation with his wife when he suddenly falls under a spell. At night, when the streets begin to empty, he encounters an intellectual's fever dream; an entire ghost world of history and art and life emerges from the ether for his curiousity to investigate. On the cobblestone streets of Paris he is transported into the 1920s, and while there he meets the idols of his imagination; Ernest Hemingway, Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Salvador Dalí, Picaso, Matisse, Buñuel are living the bohemian lifestyle that Gil has always adored. He becomes torn between his days with his family and late nights with the luminaries of world culture.

Cheese pairings provided by Antonelli's Cheese Shop.

Check out what the critics had to say about MIDNIGHT IN PARIS:

Guest Sommelier: June Rodil, Beverage Director Congress Austin: Born in the Philippines and raised in Texas, June Rodil is a talented professional who combines her deep knowledge of wine with her personal passion for the culinary industry. Though her original aim was a career in law, she was deterred by her intense love of food and drink, and after several memorable dining experiences, she decided to pursue a career in wine. June began her studies at Austin’s highly acclaimed Driskill Grill, where she quickly rose from service to sommelier, and spent seven years honing her hospitality skills and learning the intricacies of varietals and vintages before taking on the role of Beverage Director at Austin’s highly distinguished Uchi and Uchiko restaurants.
 June graduated summa cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in English and Philosophy. In August 2009, she took home top honors as Texas Best Sommelier, awarded by the Texas Sommelier Association and the Wine and Food Foundation of Texas, outscoring her peers in a three-part exam that required mastery in service, blind tasting, and theory; She was most recently recognized as Best New Sommelier 2011 from Wine and Spirits Magazine. Remaining diligent in her wine studies, June continues preparation for the arduous Master Sommelier exam, the final level of the Court of Master Sommeliers.

Fantinel Prosecco NV
Grape(s):100% Glera
From the Friuli region of Italy, the Fantinel is a wonderful start to any occasion with a mousse-like effervescence and elements of white peach, golden apples, and white florals.
Vina Herminia Crianza 2005
Grapes(s): 85% Tempranillo + 15% Garnacha
A medium bodied wine with the classic earthy, tobacco laden, saddle-leather funkiness of Rioja with juicy and dried red currants, cranberries, red cherries, topped with vanilla bean and Christmas spices.

Chateau Coupe Roses Minervois 'La Bastide' 2010
Grape(s): 48% Grenache 48% Carignan 4% Syrah
A full-bodied and dense red with rich blackberry and black currant fruit, dried violets, and brambly earth.
Niepoort Tawny 2011
Grape(s) . Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Amarela, Sousão, Tinta Roriz, etc. etc.
A great end to a meal with notes of cinnamon, clove, and caramelized orange rinds finished with sweet tannins.

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