Olivia Brion was a 19th century French-Anglo suffragette, athlete and bicycle fiend, who out-raced a train and revealed saucy correspondence from great men of the age. The wine is an homage to her and mixes vibrant, lush red fruit with an earthier mix of mushroom and tea, all wrapped in velveteen tannins.
Beef served with a rich, glossy reduction is the sort of thing you want to match up to this magnificent wine. The classic Cabernet aromas of currant and cherry have a distinctly Californian ripeness with almost caramel richness, kept in balance by the wine’s big, broad, muscular tannins.
This was Joe Fattorini’s favourite wine of the series. An Arizona Sangiovese? From an American rocker? But it’s astonishing, bursting with cherries, seamlessly woven into vanilla and a forest floor, leafy, earthiness. It’s a Vino Nobile di Montepulciano that’s got its groove on. Classy and crackers all at the same time.
When Francis Ford Coppola bought a piece of history at Inglenook, he took on an estate modelled on the finest Bordeaux châteaux, and it still makes wines in an homage to Bordeaux with the meaty heft of Napa. Currants, blueberries and those supple, soft Californian tannins cry out for a steak.
Sometimes the wine becomes the film star. Like this Chardonnay which (under an altered name) had a bit part in the movie Sideways. Named after the late Disney legend’s daughter Ashley, a heart of cool apple and citrus flavours balances the softer notes of pear, toast and flowers. Roast a chicken, prepare a salad and open this.
Like many golfers, Jack Nicklaus has collected wine all his career. And at the heart are wines like his own; dark, rich-currant and plum-fruity Cabernets from the heart of the Napa Valley. It’s big, bold and smooth. A polished monument of a wine. Pair it with self-belief.