With temps on the rise, the best way to hide out and stay cool is the full blast of the movie theater AC, watching movies in reclining leather seats, drinking cabernet and eating things with goat cheese instead of slurping soda and eating popcorn like them old days. I’m partial to both versions, but I certainly did not mind a little sipping to accompany my silver screen experience.
Long before theaters allowed you this oh-so-joyous experience, films were making wine a focal point all on their own. To help you reminisce about some of the moments where wine stole the show in cinema, we’ve curated this list of quotables regarding your potables.
1. Sideways (2004, dir. Alexander Payne)
Sideways is and will likely always be “that wine movie.” Highlighting all of life’s complexities, it lends us a poignant moment or two wax poetic about wine, reminding us of all its metaphorical qualities.
“I love how wine continues to evolve, how every time I open a bottle it’s going to taste different than if I had opened it on any other day. Because a bottle of wine is actually alive —it’s constantly evolving and gaining complexity.”
2. Goldfinger (1964, dir. Guy Hamilton)
Bond has evolved into something of an edgy character, but he’s always been quite debonair and classy. He showed us as much with this quip about keeping the bubbly cool.
“My dear girl, there are some things that just aren’t done, such as drinking Dom Perignon ‘53 above the temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s just as bad as listening to the Beatles without earmuffs!”
-Bond, James Bond
3. The Silence of the Lambs (1994, dir. Jonathan Demme)
Don’t act like you didn’t know this was coming. For a split second, the devilish Hannibal Lecter almost managed to ruin chianti for me, but then I came to my senses (though I still don’t eat fava beans). Nevertheless, this is one of the creepiest lines in cinema.
“A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.”
- Hannibal Lecter
4. The Age of Adaline (2015, dir. Lee Toland Krieger)
Blake Lively convinces us that she just might be ageless in this contemporary romance flick. And, speaking of romance, the object of Adaline’s affection delivers some syrupy sweet sentiments about wine.
"Years, lovers, and glasses of wine. These are things that should never be counted."
5. Bottle Shock (2008, dir. Randall Miller)
We miss you, Alan Rickman. While your option of choice in this dramedy was vino rather than polyjuice, it was equally as magical. Thanks for bringing Galileo’s famous words to the masses:
“Wine is sunlight, held together by water.”
-Steven Spurrier, quoting Galileo
From chick-flicks to rom-coms to dramatic love stories, wine transcends genre and works to bring characters together on film. Savor on these lines while you sip your favorite wines, and let the magic of the big screen inspire you with flavors of happiness.