The Alamo Drafthouse brand has grown exponentially over the past few years, a fact that can almost certainly be attributed to the company’s willingness to try fun, new things. Of course the ascent of Mondo has helped matters, but the Drafthouse brand has also grown to include film distribution (with an Oscar nomination right outta the gate), a neverending series of specialty screenings, Fantastic Fest, and much more. Included amongst that “and much more”? Movie-themed wines.
Last year, the Drafthouse released a pair of Princess Bride-themed wines, and apparently their venture into wine country was successful enough to develop another pair of cinema-themed potables. And what better film to pair with wine than Jonathan Demme’s psychological thriller, The Silence of The Lambs? Take a look at the new wines—and the Mondo posters being released in support of their arrival—after the jump.
Last year, the Alamo Drafthouse organized a really badass screening of The Princess Bride around the Valentine’s Day holiday, and around that time they released their first-ever movie-themed wines. This, we were told, was the first wave of what would become an entire line of movie-themed wines released under the Drafthouse umbrella. Well, Limited Paper attended one of those Princess Bride screenings. We tasted their wines. And we saw that they were good. As such, we’re excited about the Drafthouse’s just-announced phase two:
Alamo Drafthouse is delighted to announce the launch of its second limited edition signature wine, inspired by Jonathan Demme’s 1991 Oscar-sweeping thriller, The Silence Of The Lambs. After the success of last year’sThe 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.com on May 29, 2013.
…and you’ll never guess who’s releasing two new Silence of The Lambs posters in celebration of the Drafthouse’s two latest wines…
- The Silence of The Lambs (Version 1) by Cesar Romeno
- $40 Regular Edition of 150
- The Silence of The Lambs (Version 2) by Cesar Romeno
- $40 Regular Edition of 110
These will go on sale this Thursday via the Mondo website, so keep your eyes trained on the Mondo Twitter feed to find out when the posters have gone online and when you can start plowing through the checkout process. For those of you interested about the Silence of The Lambs wines the Drafthouse is releasing, here’s some pics/info:
“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.
Pretty cool, eh? You can head on over to the Alamo Drafthouse website to see if and when the Silence of The Lambs feast (whose menu you can see at the very bottom of the page) is happening in your area (for instance, Austin-based people can check out this page while everyone outside of “driving distance” from an Alamo Drafthouse can just sit patiently and wait for a new Drafthouse theater to come to your area. At the rate these guys are expanding, I’m sure it won’t take long (it’s worth the wait, believe me).
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