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  • Writer's pictureTony Elvin

Love Actually with Wine - Chipping Norton

Thank you so much to everyone that joined us for our festive screening of 'Love Actually with Wine' at The Theatre Chipping Norton on Thursday night.

Read on for details on all the wines from the evening, our gallery of photos, and bunch of trivia.

As promised, these are the wines we enjoyed ...

Wine Actually

Graham Beck, Cap Classique, South Africa - Majestic £16.99 (£11.99 mixed six)

Known as 'The President's Choice' after it was served at Barrack Obama's presidential win and Nelson Mandela's inauguration, this Champagne style South African Sparkling is perfect for a Christmas morning.

Sturmwolken Dry Riesling, Pfalz, Germany - Sainsbury's £7.50

This fresh, zesty Riesling will stand up well to your Christmas Lunch. A perfect foil to cranberry sauce, pigs in blankets, turkey, veggies and rich gravy and a departure from the traditional Chardonnay pairing.

Bauer Mayr Zweigelt, Austria - Majestic £11.99 (£8.99)

If the traditional pairing for Christmas lunch is Pinot Noir then this is a fantastic twist. Another light red, slightly more body than Pinot Noir, the grape is also known as Rot-burger. It is a cross of St Laurent & Blaufrankish grapes. Red fruits on the nose, juicy black fruits and violet on the palate.

Réserve Hospitaliers Cairanne, Cru des Côtes du Rhône - Waitrose £11.99

Enjoying beef or goose on Christmas Day? .. this is the one. Bolder, more intense than the last red but still smooth and easy drinking. Vanilla, chocolate and Morello Cherries on the nose, black cherries and bramble on the palate with a touch of cinnamon and close .. very festive.

No.1 Reserve Tawny Port - Symington Family - Waitrose £13.99

Aged for seven years in barrel, then bottled for sale. Nectar in a glass, deliciously smooth, mellow and fruity with flavours of ripe figs, raisins, butterscotch and toasted nuts.

Great with Christmas pudding, cheese or even on its own!

Pictures Actually

Trivia Actually

Some highlights from our movie trivia ...

  • If you’ve only watched this movie at home you might be surprised to see an extra 20% more movie at the cinema. John & Judy's erotic movie stand in's are often cut.

  • So many celebrities in this movie .. parts written for some:

  • Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, and Martine McCutcheon to name but three. Richard Curtis was so sure he wanted Martine McCutcheon in the movie, the character’s name was "Martine" in early drafts. The script was changed to "Natalie" just before McCutcheon’s audition, "so she wouldn’t get cocky."

  • Laura Linney, Billy Bob Thornton & Denise Richards were sent personal letter invitations. Linney was especially flattered by Curtis's looking for ‘Laura Linney-type,’ when his wife Emma Freud said .. ‘Why don’t you ask Laura Linney?’"