If you have seen this summer’s animated hit movie, “Ratatouille”, then you may have noticed the characters in the movie do not have cartoonish taste when it comes to wine. A ‘61 Latour and a ‘47 Cheval Blanc are among the Bordeaux wines that make an appearance in the children’s / foodie film. It is somewhat ironic, then, that Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney are releasing Ratatouille Chardonnay, a mere $13 wine available at Costco stores. At least the wine will be 'authentically' made in Burgundy, France.
If you haven't seen the movie, do. Vino Girl was never a fan of cartoons and, well, I'm still not a fan of rats, but this is a a fun flick if you like food and wine and especially if you have ever worked in a restaurant. The scenes of Paris are amazingly real and the details are well thought out, right down to the nicks and burns on the chef's hands. The food critic's name is Anton Ego - ouch, brilliant! At the end of the day, it's just an entertaining summer picture but last time I checked there was not a lot of stellar stuff showing on the big screen. Fair warning: you will crave wine & cheese upon exiting the theatre.