On this week’s “Wine and Film, A Perfect Pairing” Podcast, on reVolver Podcasts, Gary and I toast a 40-something Bridget Jones and her continuing struggle to find love, this time with the father of her unborn child. “Bridget Jone’s Baby” is funny, charming and endearing, and just the perfect pairing with a Rose of Pinot Noir from Inman Family Wines, Endless Crush.
To listen to the show, just click here and listen to “Episode 13.” We’ll have more on Gary’s take on “Snowden” and pair it perfectly with winemaker Amy Aiken’s Sauvignon Blanc, Conspire, in our next post up shortly.
The Film: “Bridget Jones’s Baby”
“Bridget Jones’s Baby” is a consistently funny movie starring Texas actress, Renee Zellweger, as the now successful 40-something television news producer working in London but still spending birthdays by herself. It’s been 12 years since the disappointing sequel, so it’s nice to see Bridget making us laugh again and making us care about her personal life.
In a span of one week she has a fling at a weird music festival with a billionaire internet match maker played by, Patrick Dempsey, and reunites for another fling with Mr. Darcy, played-well by, Collin Firth. Wouldn’t you know it, the 43 year old Bridget ends up pregnant and spends the rest of this slapstick comedy trying to put a finger on the father.
“Bridget Jones’s Baby” is directed like a silly adult valentine by the original film-maker, Sharon Maguire. Her movie doesn’t pretend to be anything other than light hearted R-rated fun, and I mention the rating because the Brits love to swear and talk about sex, a lot.
“Bridget Jones’s Baby” is far better than the sequel and in the same cinematic ballpark as the original. Zellweger and her director are determined to let everyone in on the joke and it helps to know the actress will do just about anything to get a laugh, and she does. It’s a big accomplishment and Bridget Jones makes it look effortless.
The Pairing: Endless Crush from Inman Family Wines
Ya know, Bridget just can’t get Mark Darcy out of her mind, even with Dr. McDreamy in the house. So, we’ll pair her “endless crush” with an aptly named Rose from Inman Family Wines, Endless Crush.
From Sonoma County, winemaker and owner Kathleen Inman created her Endless Crush Rose, from cool-climate, Russian River Pinot Noir fruit, as a gift to her husband on her anniversary in 2004, as her 20th anniversary gift to her hubby Simon (they harvested the fruit on their anniversary date.)
Made in an easy drinking, fruity style, reminiscent of the Provence style wines they had enjoyed in their youth together over simple picnics of local cheeses, bread and fruit. Fresh, aromatic and lively with tea rose notes, melding with tangerine, watermelon and wild berry fruit.