This week the new Avengers film will hit our cinema screens and to be honest, I’m practically giddy about heading down to the local Odeon to catch this blockbuster in IMAX 3D. There are only a couple of films a year that warrant the IMAX treatment and the Avengers is certainly one of them. As much as I would love to, I can’t just rant about how awesome the film is and why everyone should be heading out to catch a glimpse of the Hulk smashing things. Instead I need to put a wine twist on it and pairing our favourite superhero’s with a wine has given me the perfect opportunity. Every single superhero has a very distinguished individual character, just like every wine.
The Hulk – Australian Shiraz
Big, bold, brash, heavy and can knock you back by the scent alone, and we’re not talking about the Hulk here. Australian Shiraz is the big hitter, maybe it’s not as refined as some of its friends but it will knock your socks off, and blow you away with the pure power of flavour. It can be mellowed by adding a dash of Viognier, but in its true form it’s a fire-cracker.
Iron Man – Burgundy Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir has been described as one of the most frustrating grapes on the planet, hard to work with and difficult to get absolutely perfect. However when you do get it spot on, it’s something really special, it can be very expensive and it’s sure to delight everyone with it’s elegance and class. With both complexity and intensity, there really was only one man to attribute it to.
Captain America – American Zinfandel
Although Zinfandel has it’s routes in Europe, it’s known as a true American grape and one of the most widely planted across the USA. It’s widely adaptable making wines ranging from sweet dessert wines to big hitting red wines. It can be mellow and controlled and it can be strong and explosive, it’s the 3rd most popular grape in America and it’s future is as promising as its past.
Black Widow – Merlot
If you’re not familiar with the back story of Black Widow (A.K.A Natalie Romanova) it’s largely based on defecting from Europe (Russia) to America. Merlot has its home in Bordeaux but has enjoyed immense popularity in the United States in the last 30 years. It’s adaptable, offering up several varieties and working well with others when needed. It can be voluptuous and velvety but mistake it for a weakling at your mercy, it can offer it’s own intensity when needed.
Hawkeye – Riesling
Riesling produces some of the finest white wines on the market, unique, light in alcohol but heavy in flavour precision. It can be aged far longer than many other white grapes and it gives you a sharp natural acidity with is delicious and refreshing. Sometimes misunderstood and under appreciated, this variety really comes up trumps if you invest some time and commitment to it.
Thor – Cabernet Sauvignon
Now this is a natural fit, a historic grape with a thick-skin capable to holding off those pesky vineyard diseases. It possesses a lot of power and a very noticeable aroma, to be at it’s maximum power it needs to be perfectly ripe, only then will it live up to its potential and produce the kind of wine that we all know and love.