This week’s “Cogill Wine & Film, A Perfect Pairing” Podcast, on reVolver Podcasts we raise a sparkling glass of Cremant de Limoux to the charming romantic comedy, “Long Shot.” More on both in the post below.
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The Film: “Long Shot”
On the surface, “Long Shot,” looks like a political comedy with a romantic backdrop, but the opposite is true. It’s a romantic comedy with a narrow lane political backdrop, and that’s fine with me.
Seth Rogan (40-Year-Old Virgin, 50/50) plays an unfiltered writer, often fired for his opinions, and looking for employment. One evening while underdressed at a fancy event, he reunites with his former babysitter played by Charlize Theron (Monster, The Cider House Rules). Wouldn’t you know it, she’s running for President and needs a speechwriter.
What happens on their political journey together is both raunchy and endearing as the two opposites feel the steady pull of attraction. It doesn’t always work, but when Theron looks at the disheveled Rogan with a sense of tenderness and humor, it’s weirdly fascinating and believable.
“Long Shot,” is an elevated comedy and its biggest disappointment lies in the fact that the politics could have been smarter and much more, but the writers and director had something else in mind. It is what it is, entertaining, funny, different, and features two engaging performances.
Our “Long Shot” leading lady gracefully sipped glasses and glasses of bubbles throughout her presidential run making one of my favorite sparklers with a presidential theme the go-to, Gerard Bertrand Cuvee Thomas Jefferson Brut Rose from Limoux in the southern Languedoc region of France. France’s long shot region, inexpensive in the grand scheme of things, allowing dreamers to come, buy land and make their dreams come true. Cremant de Limoux is actually where sparkling wine originated as Dom Perignon learned the process in Limoux.
Gerard Bertrand was born and raised in the South of France. Making wine with his father, Georges, since the age of 10, Gerard Bertrand offers the full range and diversity of wines from the region – red, white, rose, varietal, appellation, estate, still, sparkling, and dessert.
Sparkling wine originated in Limoux in1531 when the monks of Saint Hilaire discovered the first wine with bubbles. With vineyards situated in the foothills of the Pyrenees, vines benefit from the cool conditions required to make sparkling wines of quality. President Thomas Jefferson realized the quality of the region early on. A lover of all French wine in general, but particularly Limoux sparklers, making them the only wines at the White House and in his cellar at Monticello. Blending 70% Chardonnay with Chenin Blanc and Pinot Noir the fresh sparkler layers wild rose, strawberry and tangerine with hints of brioche and briny minerality from the influence of the Mediterranean Sea.