Wine is a favorite hobby for biz figures from Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and Drew Barrymore to Pixar’s John Lasseter, and now a theater chain known for its beer and snacks is embracing wine as a way to commemorate classic films and grow the indie exhib’s cachet. Specifically, “Silence of the Lambs,” since central character Hannibal Lecter is a noted vinophile and gourmet (each episode of NBC’s “Hannibal” is named for a specific dish, with molecular gastronomy kingpin José Andrés serving as food consultant).
Alamo Drafthouse is releasing two wines that pay tribute to the classic killer chiller: Cannibal Chianti and Suit Yourself Pinot Grigio, which will be served at the Austin-based chain’s upcoming series of “Lambs”-themed dinners from June 19-July 17 at eight Drafthouse locations.
Italian-grown Cannibal Chianti is a 85% Sangiovese blend with Canaiolo and Malvasia del Chianti, a DOCG wine from a vineyard between Florence and Sienna. Alamo notes that it has “savory plum and tobacco leaf notes.” Suit Yourself Pinot Grigio — a reference to “Lambs” killer Buffalo Bill’s penchant for wearing suits made of women’s skin — is a California wine from the Central Coast and inland vineyards with notes of “tropical peach and Mexican limes with just a hint of honey.”
“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,” said Alamo CEO and Founder Tim League.
The wines will also be sold by the glass and bottle at Alamo Drafthouse locations. Special gift sets include a leather red dragon bag of fava beans or a burlap bag holding Buffalo Bill-brand lotion. (If you don’t know why fava beans or lotion, then you’ll have to watch the movie again.)
Alamo’s Mondo division is releasing two limited-edition posters to go with the wines, which will be available May 30.