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Cyprien Arlaud surveys a vineyard

by James Selby

drink these tasty wines while binging on these wine-centered films

With more evenings spent at home streaming movies, here are five films set within the world of wine and paired with our recommendations for an apropos bottle to enjoy while watching. (Popcorn optional.)

Sideways (2004) chronicles two friends on a bachelor party road trip to Santa Barbara wine country. Paul Giamatti heads an excellent cast in a hilarious, sometimes moving, exploration into the complexities both of relationships and wines. The breakout star is pinot noir. (Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara Pinot Noir, $28; raspberry, soft spice; a versatile character actor supporting salmon or fowl.)

Bottle Shock (2008). Alan Rickman plays true-life wine merchant Steven Spurrier, who hosted a blind tasting in Paris in 1976 of famous French and fledgling California wines. To everyone’s shock, Napa wines beat their French competitors. (Winners are Chateau Montelena Chardonnay, $45, and Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, $60; the Meryl Streep and Morgan Freeman of wines.)

Back to Burgundy (2018, French; subtitles). Three siblings inherit their father’s floundering winery in t he renowned Côte d’Or, and struggle to find a way to make it work. There’s charm and a realistic look at the challenges of winemaking. (Arlaud “Oka” Bourgogne Rouge, $32; elegant leading man opposite mushrooms or roasted meats.)

Uncorked (2020). An aspiring sommelier pursues his dream in conflict with his father’s wishes of taking over the family restaurant. Uncorked, affecting, well-performed, replaces the snobby sommelier mystique with sincerity of purpose. (Bodegas LAN Reserva Rioja, $20; Spain’s most famous red; grilled lamb, sausages, pork.)

A Good Year (2006). Russell Crowe, a London bond trader, inherits a vineyard in Provence from his uncle, Albert Finney, and romance blossoms in the form of Marion Cotillard. Voilà! Adapted from Peter Mayle’s novel, it’s a celebration of French wine and food. (Charisse Picpoul de Pinet, $13; a sassy rising star ideal for shellfish or fried foods.)