Alamo Drafthouse is delighted to announce the launch of its second limited edition signature wine, inspired by Jonathan Demme 's 1991 Oscar-sweeping thriller, Silence of the Lambs. After the success of last year's The Princess Bride -inspired "The Bottle Of Wits," the Alamo is now making an oenophilic nod to noted gourmand, wine connoisseur and psychopath Hannibal Lecter for this year's "The Cannibal Chianti", and one to elusive lotion enthusiast Buffalo Bill for the "Suit Yourself Pinot Grigio". Both wines will be available at all Alamo Drafthouse locations and online at silenceofthelambswines.comon May 29, 2013.
Mondo, the division of the Alamo Drafthouse championed for bringing art back to movie poster design, is supporting the launch of the new wine by releasing two limited edition Silence of the Lambs screenprints. The posters go on sale Thursday, May 30. Follow @MondoNews on Twitter for exact sale time.
"The Cannibal Chianti" is a DOCG-wine from a vineyard situated between Florence and Sienna. It is a blend of 85% Sangiovese, balanced with smaller contributions of Canaiolo and Malvasia del Chianti. The nose is loaded with dark berry fruit with bass notes of allspice and baked quince. Its mouth feel is medium-bodied and well balanced, with savory plum and tobacco leaf notes leading to a slight sandalwood finish.
"Suit Yourself Pinot Grigio" is a 2012 vintage with a mixture of fruit from California's Central Coast and inland vineyards. It offers a lush bouquet of tangerine and orange blossom. The palate starts with a crisp entry and a velvety mouth feel that bursts into flavors of tropical peach and Mexican limes with just a hint of honey, leading to a zesty, citrus-laced finish.
To develop the bottle and package design of these wines, Alamo Drafthouse again turned to local Austin creative firm Helms Workshop. The subtle yet intricate designs unfold like a puzzle for fans of the movie, with tiny details referencing the film and its central characters of Buffalo Bill, Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling.
Said Alamo CEO and Founder Tim League.
"Even before we launched the "Bottle of Wits" series last year, we knew we had to reference what is in my opinion the most iconic wine moment in movie history, Hannibal Lecter's now famous food pairing advice."
"Suit Yourself Pinot Grigio" and "The Cannibal Chianti" will only be available for one year. Both of these covetable wines will be available at all Alamo Drafthouse locations for $8 a glass and $32 a bottle (prices may vary). Retail bottles are available for purchase at silenceofthelambswines.com and at select Alamo Drafthouse locations where local laws permit.
A limited number of packaged wine sets will be available for purchase online only. "The Cannibal Chianti" set comes with a leather red dragon bag of fava beans with a recipe for their preparation by Alamo chef Trish Eichelberger. The "Suit Yourself Pinot Grigio" set features a burlap bag containing a bottle of Buffalo Bill lotion.
"Suit Yourself Pinot Grigio" and "The Cannibal Chianti" wine will be featured at Silence of the Lambs Feasts taking place at select Alamo Drafthouse locations nationwide. The four-course menu, created by Alamo Drafthouse Austin Market Chef Trish Eichelberger, will feature wine pairings, including "Suit Yourself Pinot Grigio" and "The Cannibal Chianti". And, of course, Trish's spin on "liver and some fava beans" will play a prominent role. See below for Feast dates and locations: