“Here’s looking at you kid.” Humphrey Bogart’s joyful Champagne toast to Ingrid Bergman in Paris makes a heartbreaking return on a foggy Moroccan airfield—one of the greatest good-bye scenes ever.
“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.” —Sean Connery as 007
La Grande Bouffe (1973)
Not a bad way to go: Four unhappy, middle-aged friends decide to wine and dine themselves to death in this dark, raucus French-Italian comedy starring Marcello Mastroianni.
The Muppet Movie (1979)
Kermit: “Waiter, the wine please.”
Miss Piggy: “You mad, impetuous thing, it’s Champagne!”
Snooty somm (Steve Martin): “Not exactly. Sparkling Moscatel, one of the finest wines from Idaho!”
The Jerk (1979)
Steve Martin, when asked if he’d like another bottle of Château Latour: “Yes, but no more 1966. Let’s splurge! Bring us some fresh wine, the freshest you’ve got. This year’s! No more of this old stuff. He doesn’t realize he’s dealing with sophisticated people here.”
While christening his new “sloop,” Ted Knight reads a really bad jokey poem. He then cues his wife, Pookie, who proudly declares, “I christen thee, The Flying WASP.” Pookie then swings a bottle of Champagne at the bow—which cleanly breaks off the boat’s bowsprit.
Blues Brothers (1980)
Jim Belushi: “Give us a bottle of your finest Champagne, five shrimp cocktails and some bread for my brother.” The waiter pours out. Dan Ackroyd raises his giant water glass. Waiter: “Sir, wrong glass.” Ackroyd then gives him a come-hither wave with the giant goblet.
Babette’s Feast (1987)
Babette secretly spends all of her money to craft a sumptuous meal for the pious sisters who employ her and members of their church. Sister: “Surely that isn’t wine.” Babette: “No, that isn’t wine. It’s Clos de Vougeot, 1845.” Watch uptight Danes discover the joys of Burgundy.
Withnail & I (1987)
“Balls! We want the finest wines available to humanity. And we want them here, and we want them now!” The movie ends as Withnail recites Hamlet to wolves in the rain and enjoys a nice Claret.
The Princess Bride (1987)
Dread Pirate Roberts (Cary Elwes): You guessed wrong.
Vizzini (Wallace Shawn): You only think I guessed wrong! That’s what’s so funny! I switched glasses…. Never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line! Ha ha ha. (Vizzini then falls over dead.)
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
The wine collector’s conundrum:
Michael Caine: “You can’t drink them, Freddy. They’re far too valuable.”
Steve Martin: “So you sell them?”
Caine: “I’d never sell them, they mean too much to me.”
Scorsese’s legendary Steadicam shot from the street through the kitchen to the packed dining room floor ends with a bottle of Dom Pérignon, compliments of Mr. Tony. It sure pays to know people.
Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Hannibal Lecter: Cannibal, foodie and not a fan of America’s head count. “A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.”
Wayne’s World (1992)
Mike Myers explains the Champagne-Star Trek simile: “It’s a lot like Star Trek: The Next Generation. In many ways it’s superior, but will never be as recognized as the orginal.” A little insight from Wayne on the new guard of American sparklers.
Head chef Skinner to bumbling cook Linguini: “But you would have to be an idiot of elephantine proportions not to appreciate this ’61 Château Latour, and you, Monsieur Linguini, are no idiot. Let us toast your non-idiocy!”