Binge-worthy Winter Show & Wine Pairings
The holidays are officially over, and the cold chill of winter has set in. Worry not, there’s a silver lining! Winter was made for binge-watching, and your favorite shows are headed back to the small screen. Here’s your guide to pairing the perfect wine with the hottest mid-season shows— so grab a glass and a blanket and bundle up!
If you’re looking for something dark and dreary to match the weather, this is it. Aptly named after staring into your reflection in a dark screen, this British anthology series takes a deep dive into our past, present, and future relationship with technology, with each episode presenting new thought-provoking terrors and unimaginable plot twists. While there are four seasons queued up ready to be binged, this mind-bending series is best consumed in smaller doses— you’ll thank us later.
A dessert wine that packs a punch, this Black Silk Ruby Red sweet wine from Domenico Winery should be savored in smaller doses. Full-bodied and with an alcohol content sure to warm you up, this Lodi wine is a blend of Sousao, Trousseau, and Touriga Nacional.
Grace and Frankie
Cleanse your palate with this laugh-out-loud comedy. Starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie tells the unique story of two senior women forced to become friends after their husbands fall in love… with each other. A breath of fresh air, Grace and Frankie will have you laughing, crying, and rooting for their friendship, no matter your age. Season four is available on Netflix on January 19, so clear your weekend plans!
When it’s (often) time for a drink, Grace is either reaching for a dirty martini or a glass of white wine. Oaked Chardonnay, colloquially referred to as “cougar juice,” is the perfect winter white. Hearty enough to keep you warm, Chardonnay with moderate-to-heavy oak influence, like Miner’s, can also stand up to heavier winter food.
The compelling true story of the FBI’s investigation of Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, Manhunt is a fast-paced thriller that focuses on criminal profiling and the unprecedented use of linguistics to crack the case. Riddled with mystique, intrigue, and cliffhangers, you’ll be finished with this gripping mini-series in no time.
Not-so-petite (and definitely not Syrah), Petite Sirah is dark, bold, and elusive. It’s not easy to find 100% Petite Sirah, like the Clif Family’s, and intense color and gripping tannins make this the perfect wine to sip slowly, giving you time to process its structure and definition.
Head over to prime time for the final season of Shonda Rhimes’ #TGIT (Thank God It’s Thursday) headliner, Scandal. Following a professional Washington D.C “fixer,” take a look into the fictional inner workings of the White House, where no drama is left untouched, no matter how outlandish. Follow Olivia Pope and her team of “Gladiators” as they navigate the rough political waters of Washington.
Red, red wine
Ms. Pope is known for her tenacity, political prowess, and her enormous glass of red wine. No matter how tough things get, there’s always a glass of red to rely on. Calm, cool, and collected, like Enfields Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon, this bold show pairs best with a bold, bright red.
With hundreds of shows to choose from — and even more wine — we want to hear from you! Share your favorite winter shows and we’d love to discuss a pairing! And, if you run out, here are some more of our favorite show & wine pairings. Cheers!