Everyone’s favorite beverage also made it to the big screen in these critically acclaimed films.
By Joseph Hernandez
There’s more to wine in movies than just Sideways. Sure, it arguably played as big a role as Paul Giamatti, but wine’s landed lead roles in major flicks dating back to the 1940s.
In honor of the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday (8:30 pm EST, ABC), here’s a list of Oscar winners and nominees where wine plays an important role to advance the plot or set the mood.
Love it or hate it, 2013’s Baz Luhrman-helmed The Great Gatsby won the Oscar for Best Achievement in Costume and Production Design. Catherine Martin, the film’s production designer, wanted 1920s history to play a big role, and what better way to do that than to tap historical Champagne house Moët & Chandon? They recreated bottles and labels of the famed 1921 Brut Imperial, a task made easier because Moët maintains an archive of its so-called Grand Vintages.
Yes, we’re including a kids’ movie on this list. Winner for Best Animated Feature Film, Ratatouille (2007) follows chef Alfredo Linguini and rat Remy as they cook in a high-end Parisian kitchen. The two quickly make a name for themselves, but their mouthwatering dishes also share screen time with some of the most legendary bottles of wine, specifically Château Cheval Blanc 1947 and Château Latour 1961.
Hernandez is a Chicago-based writer and editor obsessed with wine, food and being an oft-misguided know-it-all. WSET certified, his work has appeared in various print and digital publications, including National Geographic's Intelligent Travel blog, Food Republic, Modern Luxury's Men's Book and Chef Marcus Samuelsson's blog. When he's not drinking Champagne or funky Loire Valley reds, you can find Hernandez documenting his latest meal or day trip on Instagram.