For a certain class of Bay Area cultural connoisseurs, there’s little more thrilling than a perfectly paired wine. Grüner Vetliner with ceviche? Affinity Cabernet and a porterhouse? How about Spellbound Petite Sirah alongside Sunset Boulevard? That’s what's on special tonight at the Wind Down with Wine and a Movie series at Top of the Mark, the skyscraping martini lounge with panoramic views. Starring William Holden and Gloria Swanson, the Academy Award-winning noir classic chronicles the delusions of Hollywood fame and its frightful consequences. With its pitch-perfect portrait of psycho-emotional entanglement and lush black-and-white cinematography, the film is widely recognized as one of director Billy Wilder’s finest. David Lynch says he’s watched it countless times; it’s that dark and juicy, clearly kin to Spellbound Petite Sirah. Other pictures on deck in the Tuesday series include Casablanca, Rear Window, and The Wizard of Oz -- all served up with complimentary vino.
Tue., Aug. 14, 5:30 p.m., 2012