Dining & Wine

Mob Wine

March 8, 2024

Because really, is a good mob wife ‘fit complete without a matching glass of wine in hand? —Noa Nichol

Carmela Soprano, The Sopranos

For Carmela, wife of Italian-American Mafia member Tony Soprano, a glass of Vivia 2020. Straw-yellow with bright-green hues, its nose offers aromas of ripe fruit, especially pears and apples, in perfect harmony with subtle floral notes of lavender and chamomile. Its bouquet is completed by elegant sensations of citrus fruit and aromatic herbs. On the palate it is pleasantly savoury and crisp with a persistent finish defined by hints of lemon and rosemary.

Elvira Hancock, Scarface

Elvira, portrayed by Michelle Pfeiffer, is the mistress of Frank Lopez and after his death, becomes the wife of Italian-American gangster Tony Montana. For her, we offer a glass of Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey: light but rich with dark fruit (cherry, raisin, fig), floral lemongrass and a touch of nutmeg, the taste is sweet and smooth while the finish boasts lingering notes of ginger spices with a faint glimmer of almond.

Karen Hill, Goodfellas

Karen was known for her involvement in the American Mafia through her husband Henry Hill, who was an associate of the Lucchese crime family. We imagine her cup filled with Liquidity‘s Reserve Sparkling Brut, with lovely aromas of browned butter shortbread, Meyer lemon and Jazz apple. The palate is bursting with bright fresh acidity, balanced with notes of crème brulee and honeysuckle.

Ginger Mckenna, Casino

This American model and Las Vegas showgirl’s involvement with casinos and criminal activity in Las Vegas, along with that of her husband Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal, was chronicled in Martin Scorsese’s film Casino. In her cup: a classic martini made with Dillon’s Dry Gin 7. Made with 100 per cent Canadian Rye, this gin was developed with top bartenders and traditionally vapour distilled through seven botanicals, as well as through oak for a slight sweetness.

Mary Corleone, The Godfather

With Francis Coppola the director of The Godfather movies, what else would mob wife Mary Corleone drink but a Cabernet Sauvignon from Coppola‘s own vineyard? Dark and luscious, the 2021 Diamond Collection Claret brings together fragrant notes, good length, firm tannins and sophisticated character, enhanced by a full body and long finish, with scents of vanilla, clove and blueberry and flavours of plum, black pepper and cocoa.


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