Enjoy these romantic features and Champagne pairings on your Valentine’s Day night in
Champagne and Valentine’s Day are both about great love, so it’s no wonder that Champagne is the beverage of choice to commemorate the annual holiday. Both are at their best when shared with friends or significant others and are truly meant to be celebrated. Let us be your guide as you exquisitely pair a movie (or two) with bubbles for a Valentine’s Day night in.
Possibly the quintessential romantic film in American history, this 1942 treasure chronicles the impossible love story of Rick (Humphrey Bogart) and Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman). Star-crossed due to the World War II setting, Rick is ultimately faced with the choice of saving Ilsa’s husband from arrest so that he can continue to fight for the resistance or running away with her in pursuit of true love. What happens next? Add this film to your queue to find out.
Cuvée des Hussard 2007 - Frerejean Freres
Two examples of the creme de la creme, Casablanca and Cuvée des Hussard from Frerejean Freres are the perfect match. Entrenched with history, this Blanc de Blancs is aptly named for the cavalry regiment who was known to celebrate victories by cutting Champagne. The dense nose and powerful palate of this cuvée are mirror images of the intricacies and richness of the story of Casablanca itself.
Casablanca is available for streaming on Amazon Video, iTunes and Google Play. Order your Cuvée des Hussard here.
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Elegant, eccentric, and memorable, Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a classic amongst Audrey Hepburn fans. Her sheer glamour and charm make her a true representation of Old Hollywood magic. Complicated and charismatic, Hepburn’s character, Holly Golightly, mirrors Hepburn’s enigmatic status.
Brut Rosé Champagne - Potel-Prieux
Informally referred to as pink Champagne, the coloring emulates the whimsy of Holly Golightly herself. Grown in the Marne Valley and made from Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir grapes, the soft fruits and perfect finish make it the ideal choice for a celebratory evening with your girlfriends. Its delicate nature is a defining characteristic shared by the balance found in the narrative of Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s is available for streaming on Netflix, Amazon Video, iTunes and Google Play. Order your Brut Rosé here.
When Harry Met Sally
Can men and women ever truly just be friends? When Harry Met Sally asks this question while following Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) over the course of several years… and relationships. While much changes for them through the years, what remains constant is their friendship and witty conversation. A tale of timing and what to do once you realize an underlying truth that has been there all along, the film is known for its iconic climax. Time to pop some bubbles and see what happens!
Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs - Champagne Guiborat
There are no ifs, ands, or buts about this Champagne. While Harry and Sally consider what percentage of their relationship is platonic and what is romantic, this Champagne is distinctly 100% Chardonnay. This Blanc de Blancs sourced from the Grand Crus of Cramant uses fruit of the highest quality to create its luminous pale gold coloring and aromas of blossoms and dried apricots. After all, when you know this Champagne is the one you want to be drinking, you want the celebration to start as soon as possible - watch the movie to see what we mean ;)
When Harry Met Sally is available for streaming on iTunes and Google Play.
Sleepless in Seattle
Genuine and heart-warming, this 1993 Nora Ephron film explores the inexplicable magic of fate, true love, and once-in-a-lifetime connection. The film finds Sam Baldwin (Tom Hanks) mourning the loss of his wife to cancer. After his son calls into a radio show, Sam finds himself on-air discussing his love for his late wife. Women across the country hear Sam, including Annie (Meg Ryan), who is enamored with his genuinity. When the two eventually meet after a series of ill-timed sightings, it is as if they have known each other forever.
Cuvée Grand Cru Brut 2011 - Henin Delouvin
Much like Sam and Annie in the film, upon your first sip of this 2011 Cuvée Grand Cru Brut produced by Henin Delouvin, you’ll feel an immediate connection to its exquisite taste. Characterized by its distinct grace and fruity aromas, this millésime (vintage) flourishes with the aromas of brioche and gingerbread. Its undeniable elegance and delicate composition match the delicate balance of Sleepless in Seattle’s love story. Savoring and sipping this Cuvée Grand Cru Brut is both a miracle and a touch of fate at the same time.
Sleepless in Seattle is available for streaming on Amazon Video, iTunes and Google Play. Order your Cuvée Grand Cru Brut 2011 here.
Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate true love in every form — whether that’s with a significant other, your girlfriends, your mom, or even yourself! We hope you enjoy these classic romances and small grower Champagnes.
What’s your favorite romantic film + Champagne pairing? We’d love to hear!
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