Setting aside Almost Famous, The Philadelphia Story, and really, any film from the 1940's and 50's, Amélie lives at the top of my list of movies I wish I could live inside. If you have not seen this movie, stop reading and go watch it immediately.
See what I mean? So in my attempts to live out a fantasy world where I'm Parisian and artfully starry-eyed, I grabbed a bottle of Fleurie and turned on Amélie, for the 99th time. This pairing was like a dream sequence from a 1940's musical; quirky, tragic, classic and flirty all at once. Both the movie and wine were so wistfully romantic, it was perfection.
Needless to say, any wine that makes me feel like I live in a color saturated world where emotions and senses are overwhelmingly loud and sweeping modern classical music follows me wherever I go is a winner in my book.
WINE: 2014 Julien Sunier Fleurie; a hot shot producer of organic wine from Beaujolais. Fleurie is one of 10 Cru appellations located in Beaujolais, France. The pink granite soil is just one of many elements that make this region special. Fleurie produces arguably the most feminine, elegant wines of all the Crus in Beaujolais. Made (as all red Beaujolais is) from 100% Gamay grapes, the 2014 Julien Sunier Fleurie is pure, fresh and silky smooth with notes of violets and raspberries.
FILM: Amélie directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet
SOURCE: Paul Marcus Wines in Oakland, CA