The Art of Darkness

The Princess Bride Quote-Along Feast

February 6th, 2012 by Cobwebs

Bottle of Wits LabelMy wedding ceremony began with the words, “Mawwiage. Mawwiage is what bwings us togethaw today,” so it’s safe to say that I have a soft spot in my heart for The Princess Bride. This year is–Egad!–the 25th anniversary of the movie’s release, and The Alamo Drafthouse theater chain in Austin is celebrating by wining and dining its patrons.

They partnered with the Helms Workshop design group to create artwork for two Bottle of Wits wines (Inconceivable Cab and As You Wish White), which will be available only in 2012. The wines will be debuting on Valentine’s Day, as part of the drafthouse’s specially-themed dinner.

Items on the menu include an MLT (thinly-sliced smoked mutton, roasted tomato, and arugula on rustic bread); the Screeching Eel Salad (crispy ale-glazed eel on local greens with a blood orange vinaigrette), Seared R.O.U.S. (NY strip steak, which is totally cheating*), and “miracle pill-sized” Twue Wuv Twuffles. You cannot fault their attention to detail.

For those of you in the Austin area, ta-da! Now you have Valentine’s Day dinner plans. For everybody else, there’s certainly no reason why you couldn’t put together a similar menu at home. The cute wine bottles won’t be available, but if you’re feeling particularly ambitious you could mock up something similar in your favorite graphics program and paste it over the label on the wine of your choice.

Sit down with a few friends, pop in the movie, and enjoy an evening of fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, and miracles. Nothing says “party” like shrieking eels.

*Especially when nutria meat is widely available.

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