Bring on the Netflix & Wine because it's March Break! At our house anyway. That means days filled with a balance between burning off some energy and having some chill time. When the day is done and the kids are snuggled in their beds, I'll be snuggling up with a glass of wine and some of my favourite shows and movies.
If you're like me, March Break sort of snuck up this year, so I'll be flying through the aisles of my local wine shop (LCBO - where you'll find these easy drinking bottles and tasting notes) to stock up on some of these bottles below. They're all red, because winter is still here in Canada.
- Chef's Table - Fantini Farnese Numero Uno Primitivo, Italy
NEW episodes of Chef's Table Season 3 launched on February 17. If you haven't binged this series already, you're in for a treat. The seasons just get better and better with stunning footage and captivating story lines, that make your jaw drop and your stomach grumble. My favourite episode will take you to Peru's many landscapes. Pair this show with Numero Uno Primitivo, because you have to be numero uno to make it as far as these chefs.
Primitivo has a very long history that dates back to the times of the Phoenicians and has an lot in common with a more well-known grape variety called Zinfandel. Fantini' s version is an intense ruby colour with aromas and flavours of dark berries, cherry, and prune; full and soft with a harmoniously tannic finish.
- Sing Street - Flagstone Music Room Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, South Africa
I can't resist British movies. If you love Brit humour and whimsy, you'll love Sing Street. This film takes us back to 1980s Dublin seen through the eyes of a 14-year-old boy. While trying to adjust to his new inner-city school, he finds a glimmer of hope in a mysterious girl. With the aim of winning her heart he invites her to star in his band's music videos. There's only one problem: he's not part of a band... yet. Pair this film with Music Room Cabernet Sauvignon.
Spicy oak, well integrated with sweet black fruits, mint, good focus on the palate. Chunky, rich, well integrated with a light, lifted finish.
- Abstract - Southbrook Seriously Cool Red VQA, Canada
Step inside the minds of the most innovative designers in a variety of disciplines and learn how design impacts every aspect of life with this new series that follows a similar format to Chef's Table. As a graphic designer, I found the Paula Scher episode the most inspiring, but all episodes are equally fascinating. Pair this wine with Seriously Cool Red because these designers are cooler than you'll ever be.
New from Southbrook is this lively red that offers aromas of mulled cherry, candied strawberry and light spice. The palate is medium-bodied and dry with medium acidity and tannins; look for flavours of black cherry, raspberry, and candied apple followed by a lightly spiced, medium length, finish. The packaging is seriously cool and comes in three colourful variations.
- Love - Sandbanks French Kiss Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot VQA, Canada
Back for another season, Love follows the not so "perfect" pair, Mickey and Gus as they go through the triumphs and tribulations of finding contentment, or love. Pair this romantic comedy with French Kiss from Sandbanks.
Medium ruby with a garnet hue; aromas and flavours of plums, smoke and clove; dry, medium-bodied with balanced acidity and tannin.
- Where to Invade Next - Charles & Charles Red Blend Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah, USA
Michael Moore is "back". He's been somewhat quiet the past 8 years, but with a ripe political climate under Donald Trump, he and his commentary are louder than ever. This warm up documentary follows Michael Moore as he playfully "invades" European countries to see what they have to offer in comparison to the United States. Pair this documentary with Charles & Charles Red Blend.
Deep ruby; notes of cassis, dark chocolate and vanilla on the nose; the palate is dry and full bodied with moderate acidity and tannins; flavours of chocolate covered cherries, mocha and vanilla.