Christmas Film & Wine Pairings
Authored by Rachel Hendry
Illustration by Molly Goldwater
A customer recently asked me for a food pairing to go with an Italian merlot and all I could think to say was that it was a wine I really like to pair with a friday night film on the sofa. Not all wine has to go with food so here are five of my favourite film and wine pairings for the holiday season:
Singin’ In The Rain
This is the first film I put on when I come home for Christmas, signaling the end of work and the start of the holidays. It’s soft and light, making it a perfect antidote for the clustered chaos of December. Pair with this rosé pét nat from Limeburn Hill, that froths and foams luscious notes of strawberries and cream, and consider all your senses soothed.
Christmas movie or not, something I’m sure we can all agree on is that there is nothing more corporate than an office hosting it’s festive work-do on Christmas Eve. It’s the biggest crime committed in the whole film. Die Hard, therefore, means business and needs a wine suitable for toasting the achievements of the year. This traditional method Seyval Blanc from Dunleavy is perfect.
When Harry Met Sally
This is a film that embodies all that is good about this time of year: stellar knitwear, delirious colds and finding the strength within you to lug an eight foot christmas tree home by yourself. If first impressions are anything to go by, Harry and Sally should not work well together, but there is an enamored harmony to be found in their differences, one mirrored in this wine cider
hybrid by Charlie Herring - aptly named Perfect Strangers.
Paddington 2 is a cinematic masterpiece and the hours I can spend discussing how it should have won an Oscar know no bounds. It’s a film that is light and bright, like being hugged by an old friend or when your secret santa gets you the perfect gift. There’s no two ways about it, if Paddington 2 was a wine, it would be orange, preferably one with notes of honeyed marmalade, buttered toast and candied peel. Two Belly have a wonderful selection of orange wines if you’re feeling as adventurous as everyone’s favourite duffle-coat-wearing bear.
The two things that signal the start of winter festivities to me are the first glass of mulled wine and the first viewing of Love, Actually - so why not pair them both together? Whilst you can buy ready to heat bottles of mulled wine there is plenty of joy to be salvaged in mulling a wine yourself. This Metic Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 is delicious on its own, so soft and smooth it makes Hugh Grant’s prime minister pale in comparison, but there’s a lot of fun to be had in the addition of warmth, sugar and spice as well. Concoct your signature mulled wine blend and you’re all set for an evening of shouting at Alan Rickman for his cowardly mistreatment of Emma Thompson.