Netflix & Chill
Welcome to the 21st century #StayHome experience. You have a whole suite of films and series at your fingertips, and we have an eclectic selection of wines and spirits to complement anything on your watch list. We put them together to present to you the ultimate guide to Netflix and booze. With a remote in one hand and a wine glass in the other, take your Netflix binge to the next level with our recommended pairings. Read on to find out what booze goes best with your favourite series.
Enjoy it with: IL Poggione Brunello di Montalcino
Why it works: Hold onto your wine glass, the Professor’s audacious plan to break into the Royal Mint of Spain will hurl you into a glorious deluge of thrills and spills. This riveting drama about the biggest heist in history deserves a world-famous tipple, no less than the Prince of Montalcino wines. With a whole lot of guts and nothing to lose, these daring robbers are as intense and persistent as the magnificent Brunello di Montalcino. Nobody knows if they will pull off this ambitious heist, but the seductive pairing of Italian wine and Spanish heist drama will certainly steal your hearts.
Enjoy it with: The Prisoner Red Blend
Why it works: There is only one wine that would do justice to a diverse, offbeat bunch of NYPD detectives that come together to hustle, kick ass, and solve crimes. The Prisoner, an unlikely mix of varietals blended into a bold and delicious Zinfandel-based wine, is what you end up with if you bottled this gut-busting motley crew of New York’s finest. Like The Prisoner when it first made waves in Napa Valley, this delightful comedy has been hailed as progressive and original. Together, this provocative wine and the cast’s hilarious heroics will capture your hearts, giving you a good laugh and a subtle lesson in ‘wokeness’.
THE GOOD PLACE
Enjoy it with: Two Hands Angel’s Share Shiraz
Why it works: If you are on the brink of an existential crisis trying to outsmart demons at every turn, you would expect angels to eventually come to your rescue, but not here. In this witty and whimsical take on the afterlife, you would be lucky to get away with the Angel’s Share – a tongue-in-cheek reference to the mysterious vanishing of whisky from barrels, believed to be the pilferage of greedy angels. Bold and spicy like the endearing protagonists, this delicious Shiraz will give you the guts to hop onboard the train to the Good Place (or Bad Place) for a wild ride. Trust us, it’s forking good.
Enjoy it with: Johnnie Walker Blue Label
Why it works: An epic gangster drama about a notorious gang led by the ruthlessly ambitious Tommy Shelby deserves no less than a remarkable and elusive whisky. As you are tossed into a frenetic world of crime and violence, a good old bottle of whisky could be your key to survival. Just place a glass of Scotch in the hands of a British crime boss in a smoky speakeasy in the lawless streets of 1920s Birmingham – now that’s some shady business. Wonderfully mellow and velvety, with a little zest and Johnnie Walker's trademark smokiness, this Blue Label is the perfect homage to smooth British criminals.
Enjoy it with: Burn Cottage Pinot Noir
Why it works: The '80s celebrated the weird and wonderful, so if you are a fan of the era, this combo will leave you reeling in neon-laden nostalgia. While Stranger Things is inspired by the '80s sci-fi and horror classics that captivated a generation, the profoundly peculiar label artwork of Burn Cottage – that looks like it could be a scene right out of the show – is an accidental homage to the trippy '80s aesthetic. As you unravel an extraordinary mystery involving secret government experiments, unnerving supernatural forces, and a very unusual little girl, this intense and mysterious Pinot Noir reveals enticing layers of floral, berry and spice notes and earthy aromatics in your glass.
Enjoy it with: Paul Jaboulet Aîné Crozes Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert
Why it works: A lavish historical drama about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II calls for a lively and regal red (with a tinge of spice) from one of the Rhône Valley’s finest appellations, from a winery helmed by a distinguished female winemaker no less. Whether it’s Old World Syrah or New World Shiraz, this varietal is bold and timeless, a nod to the longest-reigning monarch in British history who has transcended more than six decades of rule.
UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT
Enjoy it with: Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling
Why it works: Unexpected, refreshing and kickass, Kimmy Schmidt and the Kung Fu Girl are both spunky odes to girl power. Rescued after 15 years in a doomsday cult, Kimmy Schmidt must navigate modern life in New York City, landing herself in hilarious situations with her gay wannabe-Broadway-actor roommate. Her unbreakable spirit and wide-eyed enthusiasm, coupled with a dry, fresh and fruity Riesling as quirky and sprightly as Kimmy herself, will charm you endlessly as you embark on some crazy adventures. With the Kung Fu Girl in hand, you are ready to take on life with the same fervent can-do attitude as this lovable leading lady.
Enjoy it with: VIK La Piu Belle
Why it works: This sci-fi anthology series, not for the faint-hearted, examines the unanticipated consequences of new technologies that spill out in the strangest possible context. The twisted, high-tech near-future where humanity's greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide is best explored with this intense and mysterious Chilean blend that will capture the hearts of the discerning and adventurous. As each episode presents new thought-provoking terrors and unimaginable plot twists, La Piu Belle the goddess of nature, love, beauty and art reveals herself in a rich, flavourful red blend with enticing and delicate aromas; she embodies a luminescent summer and gently uplifts you from the immersive dystopia.
Enjoy it with: Vietti Moscato D'Asti Cascinetta DOCG
Why it works: Lost count of how many times you’ve watched Friends? Us too. So, no one told you life was gonna be this way, social distancing is a little easier with the comforting embrace of friendship and nostalgia, courtesy of the hit 90’s sitcom and this lovely Moscato. Both wonderfully familiar yet refreshing, this delightful Moscato surprises us with its delicious flavours at every sip, in the same way we rediscover heartwarming and hilarious moments each time we rewatch an episode of Friends. As you follow the merry misadventures of Monica, Phoebe, Rachel, Joey, Chandler and Ross, this delicately sweet Moscato d’Asti with a little sparkle will instantly put you in a good mood the way Friends always will.
Enjoy it with: Charles Smith The Velvet Devil Merlot
Why it works: As the name suggests, this Merlot is pure velvet, as sleek and smooth as the Devil himself, and it will get you fired up for this saucy drama where the Lord of Hell gets involved in murder investigations in the City of Angels, Los Angeles. While Lucifer charms criminals into confession with his ability to draw out people’s forbidden desires and devilishly good looks, this demonically delicious Merlot tantalises your palate with deep, rich and juicy flavours of red and dark fruit. This smooth-talking handsome devil and delectably smooth Merlot are an irresistible pairing that will have you drinking from the devil’s cup.
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