Episodes
It’s getting closer to Oscar time and The Cogill’s are talking about this years nominations including Brad Pitt in “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” and Joaquin Phoenix in “Joker.” Film critic, Gary Cogill, is ecstatic South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho is nominated along side Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino for Best Director. Wine expert, Hayley Hamilton Cogill, sings the praises of ZD Winery as they celebrate their 50th anniversary including the new release of the uber-premium,...
Published 01/24/20
The Cogill’s are giddy over Tarantino’s “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood" and the performances by Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt. A movie with Ten Oscar nominations including Best Picture. Equally impressive and heavily creepy is the Oscar-nominated film from South Korea called “Parasite” from acclaimed director Bong Joon-Ha.  Wine expert, Hayley Hamilton Cogill, pairs Tarantino’s triumph with wines from Frank Family Vineyards and owner, Rich Frank, who got his start in Hollywood before...
Published 01/17/20
The Cogill’s are enthusiastic about, “Ford V Ferrari,” calling it one of the best films of the year featuring Oscar level performances and a fascinating true story. Film critic Gary Cogill says, “it reminded me of “The Right Stuff" but with cars.” The Southern California sound of the 1960’s is the subject of an enlighted musical documentary called, “Echo In The Canyon,” with Jakob Dylan exploring the early days of The Beach Boys, The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, and The Mama’s And The...
Published 11/26/19
“Rocketman” leaps off the screen, delivering a better film than “Bohemian Rhapsody," says The Cogill’s who loved the music, the dance numbers, and the story telling of the life and times of Elton John. “Aladdin” is better than expected,” says film critic, Gary Cogill, starring Will Smith as the fast talking, musical minded, big blue genie. Wine expert, Hayley Hamilton Cogill, pairs “Rocketman” with the Rock Block wines of Cliff Lede in Napa's Stags Leap District, which is...
Published 06/11/19
The Cogill’s agree,"Long Shot,” is an elevated comedy starring Seth Rogan and Charlize Theron as opposites attracted to each other despite the divisive backdrop of presidential politics.  “Wine Country” on Netflix uses Napa as the location for a girls week-end starring Amy Poeler and Tina Fey. A comedy that made the Cogill’s giggle. Wine expert, Hayley Hamilton Cogill, pairs the Charlize Theron romantic comedy with a Gerard Betrand Cremant clearly connected to history and politics.  For...
Published 05/27/19
The Cogill’s agree, “Avengers: Endgame,” is a touching, well-made time travel spectacle that earns it’s place in history as the crowning achievement in the Marvel film series.  Wine expert, Hayley Hamilton Cogill, raises a glass of earth friendly Benziger Family Wines to the earth saving “Avengers” toasting their focus on sustainability and environmental responsibility. Then it’s on to the movie minded city of Waxahachie, and the "Crossroads Of Texas Film & Music Festival," where...
Published 05/03/19
The Cogill’s are highly disappointed in the new Netflix action film, “Triple Threat,” starring Ben Affleck, Charlie Hunnam, and Oscar Issac. A macho minded firepower movie that takes place in South America where the lead characters would rather shoot first and ask questions later. Then it’s off to Argentina for The Cogill’s and the Mendoza wine region where the Malbecs are smooth and the wineries nestle comfortably near the base of the Andes mountains.
Published 03/26/19
The Cogill’s enjoyed Brie Larson as “Captain Marvel” for it’s message of female empowerment but felt slightly underwhelmed overall. “Good but not great,” says film critic Gary Cogill. Wine expert, Hayley Hamilton Cogill, pairs the big budget comic book hero with Aluvé Wine from former fighter pilot Kelly Minozzi and “Primo Volo” from Walla Walla. The Cogill’s are also trying to wrap their head around the compelling two part HBO documentary, “Leaving Neverland,” which focuses on the life and...
Published 03/18/19
The Cogill’s agree Willem Dafoe deserved his Oscar nomination for playing artist Vincent Van Gogh in “At Eternity’s Gate.” The "Wine & Film" couple also sing the praises of two-time Oscar winner Mahershala Ali and Georgia actor Stephen Dorf in HBO’s “True Detective.” Wine expert, Hayley Hamilton Cogill, takes us to Provence where Van Gogh often painted and pairs with a luscious bottle of Mas de la Dame Rose. And, as March is "National Women Month” Hayley celebrates the Chloe Wine...
Published 03/11/19
The Cogill’s travel over the Andes mountains from Santiago, Chile to the magnificent wine country of Mendoza, Argentina where they encounter a magical week of cooking over open flames, large cuts of beef, tasty bottles of Malbec, and some of the finest lodging in the world. From "The Vines Resort & Spa” and a Francis Mallman signature restaurant to “Cavas Wine Lodge” nestled in the foothills of the Andes mountains, it’s a trip to remember and you are invited.
Published 02/18/19
Film critic, Gary Cogill, takes a look at the recent 2019 Oscar nominations and offers up a few thoughts on why some were left out (Bradley Cooper for directing), why some are deserving (Regina King), and why some are a sure thing (Alfonso Cuaron). While Hayley is away on assignment, Gary spends the entire time talking movies and even offers up a wine suggestion from WineAccess.com. It’s movie time and you are invited.
Published 02/13/19
“The Favourite” is a bawdy, irreverent Oscar contender that takes place in 18th century England surrounding the life of the troubled, Queen Anne. Film critic, Gary Cogill, calls “Widows” an overlooked yet elevated heist movie led by Oscar winner, Viola Davis. Wine expert, Hayley Hamilton Cogill, pairs “The Favourite” with Bordeaux as the royal courts of England slurped fine French wine, often while being at war the France. Hayley also fondly pays tribute to widower Dave Miner and his...
Published 01/28/19
Is “Roma” the best film of the year? Film critic, Gary Cogill, calls it a masterwork and a memory poem in black and white that takes place in Mexico City during the 1970’s. The Cogill’s rave about, “Mary Poppins Returns,” starring Emily Blunt and the smiling creator of "Hamilton.” Wine expert, Hayley Hamilton Cogill, pairs the magnificent “Roma,” with one of her favorite Napa Valley wines, Mi Sueño, with deep roots tied to rural Mexico. “Mary Poppins Returns” get a "surprise pairing" that...
Published 01/20/19
 “If Beale Street Could Talk” is a beautiful, Oscar-caliber film says, the Cogill's, examining love and racism in the 1970s from the director of “Moonlight.” Film critic, Gary Cogill, embraces the slow but respectful independent rodeo film, “The Rider,” which features a remarkable cast of non-actors telling their own personal life story. Wine expert, Hayley Hamilton Cogill, pairs the golden tone of “Beale” with liquid gold from Far Niente and their much-loved dessert wine, “Dolce.” For...
Published 01/14/19
The Cogills discuss two films that center around parents, children, and making difficult choices. Both films starring Lucas Hedges. In “Ben Is Back” Julia Roberts plays the worried mother of a teenage son addicted to drugs who makes a surprise visit home from rehab. Film critic, Gary Cogill, calls the drama well-acted but not quite complete. “Boy Erased” has the Cogills talking about the true story of an Arkansas Pastor and his wife (Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe) who send their 19 year old...
Published 01/07/19
"Mary Queen Of Scots” might look great on the surface but the film lacks in depth and character-development, forcing the Cogill’s to call it, “a big disappointment.” Wine expert, Hayley Hamilton Cogill, improves the film experience by pairing the historical drama with Domain Carneros Cuvee de la Pompadour Brut Rose, named in honor of French King Louis XV’s great paramour, Madame de la Pompadour. Sake expert, Edwardo Dingler, joins The Cogill’s to chat about what goes into making the...
Published 12/30/18
“Vice” is a scathing, well-made, political satire says film critic, Gary Cogill, offering Oscar caliber performances by Christian Bale as former Vice President Dick Chaney and Amy Adams as his wife, Lynne Chaney. The Cogill’s love the new International cooking competition series on Netflix called, “The Final Table,” because it respects and celebrates some of the finest chefs on the planet being judged by their remarkable peers. Wine expert, Hayley Hamilton Cogill, pairs “Vice” with wines...
Published 12/23/18
“Roma” is masterwork and a contender for the best film of the year, says film critic Gary Cogill, calling it a memory poem in black and white that takes place in Mexico City during the 1970’s. The Cogill’s rave about, “Mary Poppins Returns,” starring Emily Blunt and the smiling creator of "Hamilton.” Wine expert, Hayley Hamilton Cogill, pairs the magnificent “Roma,” with one of her favorite Napa Valley wines, Mi Sueno, with deep roots tied to rural Mexico. “Mary Poppins Returns” get a...
Published 12/16/18
The Cogill’s find “The Favourite” a sometimes shocking but consistently well-made Oscar contender that takes place in 18th century England surrounding the life of the troubled, Queen Anne. Film critic, Gary Cogill, calls “Widows” an elevated, scary heist movie led by an all star cast, including Oscar winner, Viola Davis. Wine expert, Hayley Hamilton Cogill, pairs “The Favourite” with Bordeaux as the royal courts of England slurped fine French wine, often while being at war the France. Hayley...
Published 12/08/18
The Cogill’s agree “Beautiful Boy” is a beautifully made film about a father doing his best to deal with a drug addicted son starring Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet .  Film critic, Gary Cogill, sings the praises of “Green Book, telling the true story about a 1960’s road trip through the segregated south, starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen. Wine expert Hayley Hamilton Cogill pairs “Beautiful Boy” with Jeremy Nickel’s “The Vineyard House” Cabernet, and “Green Book” with Mac...
Published 12/01/18
The Cogill’s discuss Hugh Jackman as Gary Hart in “The Front Runner,” alongside a serious Oscar level performance by Melissa McCarthy in “Can You Ever Forgive Me,” and a new Coen brothers western called “The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs.” Wine Expert, Hayley Hamilton Cogill, pairs the 1987 Gary Hart scandal with “The Snitch” Chardonnay and McCarthy’s fine performance with “Eternally Silenced” Pinot Noir, two wines under the tasty umbrella of Prisoner Wine Company.  To pair with the Coen...
Published 11/24/18
“The Outlaw King” stars Chris Pine as legendary Scottsman Robert The Bruce and The Cogill’s love the idea that feature films of this caliber are premiering on line (Netflix) the same time they open in theaters. Wine expert, Hayley Hamilton Cogill, celebrates her Scottish heritage with an aged blended Scotch whiskey, Chevis Regal 25 Year. Hayley also offers up an enlighten list of wines that go well with your Thanksgiving feast. All of them tried and true.
Published 11/16/18
The Cogill’s agree, “Bohemian Rhasody” was better than expected and features not only one of the best endings of the year but one of the years finest performances by Rami Malek as Freddy Mercury, the late lead singer of the British rock band “Queen.” Wine expert, Hayley Hamilton Cogill, pairs with Cliff Lede Vineyards "rock blocks" vineyards, growing premium Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon fruit and aptly named "Bohemian Rhapsody". Also, on the Cogill's recent trip to Napa Hayley talks with...
Published 11/09/18
One of the biggest art heists in history has The Cogill’s scratching their heads at the sheer stupidity of the young robbers involved in the film, “American Animals.” "French Laundry" in Napa Valley experienced one of the largest wine heists in 2014. It is still being talked about today, considering a half million dollars in rare wine was stolen, and the two culprits were caught and sentenced. But were they the only ones in on the scheme? Wine expert, Hayley Hamilton Cogill, has a few “movie”...
Published 11/02/18