Wine and the movies – it’s a natural pairing! The bottles make great props and help set the tone for a scene. Some examples may be surprising, but others just seem so natural. For example, I have compiled such a great list of Bond wine references, Bond, James Bond, that I’m putting that list together next, but for now I’m just listing a few of my favorite cinema moments.

Coming in at number five is the great Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs. In one particularly intimate moment during the seduction of Agent Starling, Hannibal shares one of his trademark food and wine pairings:

"A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti."


While making an impact, that sounds like an awful match to me! Find out Hannibal’s preferred pairing for liver and fava beans inside. The truth is Thomas Harris’ original line, in the book Silence of the Lambs paired the liver with the richer and much more assertively flavored Amarone – a pairing I can see working nicely.

So what are some other great Wine in Cinema moments?