Wine is more than a beverage. It’s a cultural mainstay around the globe. Wine graces tables, sure, but it is also a part of iconic memories in print, live-action theatre, and on the silver screen. Some of our favorite movie moments feature a nice glass of wine. How about a look back at a few favorite movie moments where wine played a major role? Grab the popcorn, and let’s trek down memory lane.
Casablanca (1942)- The absolute epitome of romance, Humphrey Boggart toasted Ingrid Bergman and uttered five little words that wiggled into infamy, “Here’s lookin’ at you, kid.”
Goldfinger (1964) Leave it 007 (as played by Sean Connery, of course) to insult British sensation ‘The Beatles’ while highlighting refinement in wine consumption. In this scene, Bond teaches us how to consume Dom Perignon properly when he instructs, “My dear girl, there are some things that just aren’t done. Such as drinking Dom Pérignon ’53 above a temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s as bad as listening to the Beatles without earmuffs.”
The Muppet Movie (1979)- When Kermit the frog asks the waiter for more wine, Miss Piggy tries to correct her beaux, informing him that he’s actually consuming Champagne. She is, of course, put in her place once and for all by the wine sommelier who informs her that, actually, it’s sparkling Moscatel, direct from Idaho.
The Blues Brothers (1980)- Black ties and sunglasses are mandatory as you recall this memory! In the scene, Jim Belushi orders water and the best Champagne on the menu. To this, Dan Ackroyd famously signals the waiter to fill his water glass, as opposed to his champagne flute. We can’t blame him, we’d like more champagne, too!
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)- The irony that plagues a wine collector is dramatized in a scene between Michael Caine and Steve Martin as the pair debate what to do with bottles of valuable wine. Of course, you can’t sell them, they’re invaluable sentimentally… But they’re also far too valuable to drink.
Good Fellas (1990)- Gangsters have the best of everything, do they not? So, of course, their table is set with Dom Perignon. The bottle is set like a pillar on Mr. Tony’s table.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)- We’ve never sipped Chianti the same way since Hannibal Lecter informed us of how nicely it pairs with human liver and fava beans.
Wayne’s World (1992)- There isn’t much to take seriously in this comedy, including how the main character likens the difference between French Champagnes and new age American sparkling wines to the popular sci-fi television series, “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” In the film, actor Mike Meyers says, “It’s a lot like Star Trek: The Next Generation. In many ways it’s superior, but will never be as recognized as the original.”
Clueless (1995)- Yes, Alicia Silverstone, we have noticed how drinking wine, “Makes people feel, like, sexy.” Too bad she was trying to seduce a man who would not be interested in her no matter how sexy she felt.
French Kiss (1995)- Still struggling to understand what it means for a wine to be “terroir?” Don’t worry, Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline tackle it perfectly in this classic romantic comedy!
Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)- The movie that gave rise to a whole new generation of Chardonnay drinkers, this one is full of wonderful wine moments. Perhaps the best is the opening scene, however, where like so many single women, Bridget checks her empty voicemail and pines for a man over a few too many gulps of wine.