What ARE movie star wines? Last evening John had poured for our meal an extremely pleasant and drinkable red wine. He told me he had gone in search of a wine that would remind him of John Wayne. What a guy! (My John, I mean.)
Now who would have thought of that? He wanted to see if personality can be expressed in a wine, or vice versa. We decided that this wine, which we liked very much, did not remind either of us of John Wayne, either in his youth or in later years. We couldn’t make any excuses for either an Old wine, or a Young wine. It didn’t work.
The wine de jour was a French wine, a Seguret Cotes Du Rhone Villages, by Domaine de Mourchon, year 2007.
We decided that probably the French could not make a John Wayne wine. The vineyards of California, Oregon, Michigan, or even Massachusetts stand a better chance of capturing the American spirit.
Thinking French, I decided that the wine of last evening was Maurice Chevalier. John couldn’t think of anyone it reminded him of, so I won. Since John seems to know next to nothing about Maurice Chevalier, we determined that I would write this post about wine and the famous French actor.
My way of explaining Maurice Chevalier to John was, of course, to sing one of his famous songs, from one of his famous movies! “Thank Heavens, For Little Girls!” from “GiGi”. I don’t remember numbers, or statistics, but I do remember music.
“What makes this wine Maurice Chevalier?” John asked. I answered, “This wine is debonair, sophisticated, and mellow.”
Maurice Chevalier had a long career that started in the early 1900’s. He was famous not only for being an actor, but also a crooner. He was a very good crooner, with an iconic style, that made the French women go crazy for him. As he made his way into movies in Hollywood, he often appeared in musicals, and by the time Gigi was produced in the mid 1950’s he was nearing the end of his career.
He also often appeared in a man’s straw hat – the boater style.
Now, if you’ve followed me and know my penchant for hats, well then, I have a natural affection for a debonair, sophisticated, hat wearing, and singing movie star! I like his wine, too.