Date Night Friday: The Men Who Stare at Goats
Heartbroken after losing his woman to a co-worker, journalist Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor) embarks on a dangerous mission in the Middle East to research a top secret military project designed to train soldiers with super powers. On his way, Bob meets Lyn Cassady (George Clooney), a former member of the U.S. Army’s division of the “New Earth Army”; Bill Django (Jeff Bridges), the original shaman who taught Cassady and other spies the unique technique of killing animals by staring at them; and Larry Hooper (Kevin Spacey), a defiant soldier hoping to take rein of the goats and the officers involved in the secret operation. The tagline “More of this is true than you would believe” is just a hint of things to come in this wacky 2009 military film directed by Grant Heslov.
Just as courageous men can look a goat in the face, they can also drink pink wine. For decades, pink wines were widely frowned upon for being too sweet and cloying. But since the late 1990s, the trend has changed considerably thanks to the development of new drier styles of delicious pink wine becoming more available over the globe.
Goats were probably first domesticated by the ancient tribes of Mesopotamia. Nowadays, goats provide milk which can be used to make cheeses, a specialty in the Paarl region on the Western Cape of South Africa. In addition to making delicious wines and cheeses, Charles Back and his family have paid homage to the bearded animals by producing the amusing Goats do Roam brand in 1999. Since then, the brand has become one of the most successful South African wine labels sold in the United States.
To match the lighthearted theme of the film, try the Goats do Roam 2011 Rosé, South Africa ($9-$11). With a brilliant pink hue, the wine is composed of syrah and smaller parts of mourvedre, grenache and gamay.
Like the amusing characters in the film; this fruit-forward wine is fun and energetic. After seducing the nose with floral aromas, the flavors burst on the palate with refreshing notes of wild strawberry, ripe red cherry, fresh citrus and hint of mineral and earth; and ends with a long lively finish. Think off-dry. Think refreshing. Think about how well this wine would taste paired with classic Bouillabaisse style fish soup, spicy curry, or goat stew served in the middle of the desert. And remember that if a person is courageous enough to look a goat in the face, then they are definitely brave enough to taste a festive pink wine. No Pink. No Goats. No Glory.