Think of all the great movies in which wine stole a scene:
Ingrid Bergman's Ilsa sipping sparkling wine with Humphrey Bogart in Rick's apartment in "Casablanca." Groucho Marx insulting women over bottles of chianti in "A Night at the Opera" and, of course, Bilbo Baggins in "The Lord of the Rings" offering bottles from the old vineyard, harvested in 1296.
"A very good year. Almost as old as I am," Baggins says. "It was laid down by my father. What say we open one?"
Supporters of the Ashland Independent Film Festival can toast films and the nonprofit film festival with local wines from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29.
Tickets for Reel to Rogue, a fundraiser dinner at Lithia Springs Resort, are $75 and include an international menu prepared by Larks restaurant, Champagne cocktail, a glass of Rogue Valley wine and a raffle ticket that might be the lucky one to redeem for a pass to next year's festival, scheduled for April 4-8.
Wines being poured at Saturday's event include South Stage Cellars 2009 Viognier ($22) and 2008 Vintner's Select ($24), Cliff Creek Cellars 2006 Claret ($25) and 2010 William Augustus Viognier Marsanne ($16).
Ashland wine producer Gus Janeway won a gold medal for his 2010 William Augustus Viognier Marsanne in the 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
Event guests also will be introduced to a new label: Ashland Independent Film Festival Special Reserve Vintner's Select Sauvignon Blanc. The white wine was made from grapes donated by South Stage Cellars and blended by winemaker Linda Donovan of Pallet Wine Co. in Medford.
AIFF board member Michael Moore and his family own Quail Run Vineyard, which grows grapes on 300 acres across the valley, and South Stage Cellars tasting room in Jacksonville.
Moore has been leading the effort to debut a special wine label as a new fundraising initiative for the festival. The wine, bottled earlier this month, is too young to be poured at the Reel to Rogue event. But the price and release date will be revealed that night.
The fundraiser dinner coincides with AIFF's collaboration with Coming Attractions Theatres for the first time to produce Varsity World Film Week Sept. 28 through Oct. 4. at the Varsity Theatre, 166 E. Main St., Ashland. See story, Page 10
Coming Attractions has hosted an event, formerly known as Foreign Film Week, for 23 years. This year, the weeklong event will feature screenings of 11 documentaries and shorts, some not yet released.
Russian-born filmmaker Marina Goldovskaya will speak after screenings of her film, "A Bitter Taste of Freedom," which is about the assassination of Russian journalist, author and human-rights activist Anna Politkovskaya. Filmmaker Mark Kendall also will be in Ashland, talking about his film, "La Camioneta," which focuses on the transformation of decommissioned school buses into Guatemala's primary public transportation.
Goldovskaya and Kendall also plan to attend Reel to Rogue at Lithia Springs Resort, 2165 W. Jackson Road, Ashland.
For more information, call Ashland Independent Film Festival at 541-488-3823 or see www.ashlandfilm.org.