Dry, sweet, or sparkling, wine is a supporting actor in a lot of movies and a fair amount of television.
Bogart's Rick and Bergman's Ilse share Mumm Cordon Rouge Champagne during a Paris scene in "Casablanca." Anthony Hopkins breaks a bottle of 1913 Dow Port, and hearts, by showing his lone moment of emotion in "The Remains of the Day." Château Angélus '82 is prominently placed between Daniel Craig's James Bond and Eva Green's Vesper Lynd, dining on the train in "Casino Royale." And the casts imbibe regularly in "Scandal," "Cougar Town," even "Game of Thrones."
As the fifth season of "Downton Abbey" moves forward on PBS, two new wines with labels sporting an image of majestic Highclere Castle and the show title in its name are on the market: the 2012 Downton Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2013 Downton Abbey Chardonnay. They're both from California and are part of the Countess of Grantham Collection.
It is, of course, unlikely Mr. Carson would uncork either of the Lodi, California, wines for Lord and Lady Grantham, even if Elizabeth McGovern's Cora is an American. The house's cellar must be as full of Bordeaux and Port as Darlington Hall was in "Remains." But you can contentedly watch the program while sipping these pretty modest wines, and maybe nibbling on a shrimp and a burger. The cabernet has a hint of berries; the chardonnay, a trace of vanilla. They're about $15. Earlier Downton Abbey wines have included a "claret" and a "blanc," which arrived with season four. Maybe liquor will be next.