Monday, December 19, 2016

Favorite Holiday Movie and Wine Pairings

In the midst of the holiday stress, there’s no better relief than cuddling up in a blanket, pouring a big glass of wine and watching a feel-good holiday movie. Here’s a list of pairings from Bottlenotes, an online wine site geared to enthusiasts, aficionados, and all around lovers of wine, craft beer, and artisanal spirits. Its mission is to share interesting news, hidden gems, and recipes, introduce you to unique wine, beer and spirit makers, and generally celebrate life with a good drink in hand! Bottlenotes publishes The Sip, an online newsletter.

Here are a few favorite wine and movie pairings.

Movie: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
Wine: Prosecco
Just looking at Clark Griswold makes us laugh. So pouring a light, bubbly Prosecco seems just perfect.
Try: Bisol Jeio Prosecco Brut, $15

Movie: Home Alone (1990)
Wine: Moscato
We know you’ve probably seen this movie 100 times, but Harry and Marv are still funny every time. And a refreshing white Moscato, with its low alcohol level (like 7%) is a great choice, especially if you want to move on to the sequel.
Try: Castello del Poggio's Moscato Provincia Di Pavia, $14

Movie: Love Actually (2003)
Wine: Barbera d’Asti
This movie, about the lives of nine different couples, has such a cult following and so does Barbera d’Asti. It’s medium-bodied and earthy and so relatable, much like the couples in this classic film.
Try: Michele Chiarlo Barbera d'Asti 2014, $16

Movie: The Family Stone (2005)
Wine: Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir is such a diva grape and so it’s the perfect pour as you watch Meredith, the uptight girlfriend meet her eccentric and bohemian boyfriend’s family.
Try: La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir 2014, $18

Movie: The Holiday (2006)
Wine: Cabernet Sauvignon
This movie turns 10 and it just keeps getting better, much like your favorite Cabernet. And what could be better watching than Kate Winslet and Jack Black fall in love?
Try: Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, $15

Tracy Byrnes, former FOX Business Network anchor and host of “Wine with Me” for, is editor-in-chief and chief contributor of The Sip.

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