Wine and the Greatest Story Ever Filmed
There’s a wonderful scene in the film The Godfather in which the aging and retired Godfather is sitting in the shade on a warm day with his son Michael, who recently took over the operations of the “family business”. They are sipping wine and the Godfather muses on his recent increased intake of the beverage:
It’s by far my favorite wine-related scene in this, the finest American film ever produced. It’s poignant. It shows the Godfather in a sympathetic light as his doting son looks on, listens and just sits with his father (before they plan on how to deal with the person that will inevitably try to assassinate Michael.)
But it’s not the only wine-related scene in The Godfather. Another of my favorite has Fat Clemenza, one of the Godfather’s Caporegimes dancing to exhaustion, outdoors at the wedding of the daughter of the Godfather. He’s tired and thirsty and calls out for refreshment. Of course, it must be wine, and not drunk from a fine glass:
There’s nothing about this scene that isn’t good. Coming in the beginning of the film we quickly establish the authority of Fat Clemenza, we establish his glutinous was and we establish the wine is a common beverage, nothing more. It’s splendid.
Another wine related scene n the Godfather, again involving Fat Clemenza, has Michael being taught how to cook meatballs and sauce for 20 guys in case they ever need to hide out. Notice the vessel in which the wine comes. No label. No nothing. Clearly someone is making their own wine:
I only mention these connections between the The Godfather and wine because it’s on my mind. Tonight, I get to cross off an item on my bucket list: The Godfather is playing on the big screen in Napa. I’ve got my tickets. The Godfather was released in 1972. I of course did not see it at the time being 9 years old. And I only came to appreciate the film and all its messages later in life after watching it numerous times from the comfort of my couch. I never saw the film as it was made to be experienced by Francis Ford Coppola.
That ends tonight.