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Pulp Fiction & Barossa Shiraz

You know what the funniest thing about Europe is? It's the little differences. A lot of the same shit we got here, they got there, but there they're a little different. You know what they call a Shiraz in Paris? They don't call it a Shiraz. They call it a Syrah.

"Pulp Fiction," meet an Australian Shiraz, like Penfolds' Bin 28. (Anyone who thought I might suggest a Pinot Noir should go stand in a corner.)

The Movie

Directed by Quentin Tarantino, "Pulp Fiction" isn't one movie, it's several (slightly interrelated) movies, all involving crime and all set in Los Angeles. It's best known for its rich, eclectic dialogue, ironic mix of humor and violence, nonlinear storyline, and a host of cinematic and pop culture references.

Two hitmen, Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson), work for a mob boss named Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames), and they ... well, mostly they just wander around talking. But the way they talk! Not a lot of writers can get by on just the quality of the chatter between their characters, but Tarantino figured it out. Sometimes the dialogue ping-pongs between the characters, sometimes a character gets a monologue, and somehow either way the rhythm and delivery is second to none.

Also, Marsellus Wallace pressures washed-up boxer, Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis), to throw a fight. And Vincent's navigates the pitfalls of escorting his boss' wife, Mia (Uma Thurman).

As these narratives unfold, we encounter a collection of memorable characters and situations that range from the surreal to the brutally violent. Tarantino's unique storytelling, which disrupts the typical chronological sequence of events, keeps audiences engaged and continually guessing.

The Wine

The Penfolds Shiraz Kalimna Bin 28 hails from Australia's renowned Penfolds winery, known for its consistent quality and accessible style. The wine is a multi-region, multi-vineyard blend, with the Barossa Valley always well represented.

In the glass, the Bin 28 showcases a deep ruby-red color, indicative of its concentrated and robust nature. The nose is immediately greeted by an aromatic intensity of ripe blackberries, dark cherries, and plums, intermingled with hints of licorice, pepper, and warm spices. Depending on the vintage, you may also detect notes of mocha, vanilla, and toasty oak, resulting from maturation in seasoned American oak hogsheads.

On the palate, the Penfolds Shiraz Kalimna Bin 28 presents a full-bodied wine with a rich, velvety texture. The dark fruit flavors are beautifully balanced by firm tannins and well-integrated acidity, leading to a long, flavorful finish that lingers, revealing subtle hints of spice and oak.

Why They Pair Well

Just as "Pulp Fiction" broke conventions with its non-linear narrative and genre blending, Bin 28 is both bold and powerful thanks to its big flavors and high tannins. It's a grape that doesn't shy away from making a statement, much like Tarantino's daring storytelling. The dark fruit flavors are much like the dark themes in "Pulp Fiction." The spice notes pop up on you the same way the interweaving storylines sneak up on you. And it seems fitting to match a crime thriller with a wine from a former penal colony.

What wine would you pair with "Pulp Fiction?"

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