It's been a while since the last edition of Netflix & Wine. Summer months have a way of doing that, but with the arrival of Fall I'm ready to snuggle up and stream my favourite shows and pour some wine. Some of these shows were released a little while ago, but they're worth watching if you haven't already. Read through to the end of the post where I mention other notable shows to watch. You'll have to pair those with wines yourself, but here are 5 to get you started.
- Master of None Season 2 - Chateau des Charmes Gamay Noir 2015, Niagara, Canada
Allora! Aziz Ansari's Emmy winning Master of None picks up where it left off with an incredible second season. The season starts off with Dev's adventures in Italy and follows him back home to New York City. The first few episodes will have your stomach grumbling as Dev learns to make pasta and tastes his way around Italy while hilarity ensues. I bet you're expecting me to pair an Italian wine, but you don't have to go that far to get a good bottle of Gamay to accompany your tomato-based or creamy pastas. Pair it with Ontario's own, Chateau des Charmes Gamay Noir 2015.
Ruby red colour; fresh berry aroma; raspberry, cherry and a touch of spice in flavour, light body, clean dry finish. A medium-bodied, easy-drinking red wine.
- Jack Whitehall: Travels with my Father - Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Marlborough, New Zealand
Comedian Jack Whitehall sets about on a missed "gap year" adventure in Southeast Asia with his upper crust (stuffy) and elderly Father in this new Netflix travelogue series. This odd couple takes on Thailand and Cambodia in an attempt to strengthen their bond. Their mishaps and escapades will guarantee laughs. Order some Thai food (a perfect pairing with this wine) and watch this series with a solid Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough (ouuu, ahhh), New Zealand's Greywacke.
Very ripe stone fruit and pineapple aromas are lifted by flowers, dusty brown spices and anise. Plush, round and slightly sweet, but with nicely integrated acidity giving shape to the peach, grapefruit, white pepper and nutmeg flavors.
- Gaga: Five Foot Two - Domaine des Nugues Made by G
It's no secret, Lady Gaga loves wine and the word is out that Lady Gaga has plans to open a winery aptly named "Grigio Girls" in the near future. Not to be confused with Gaga Wine that was released by Kendall Jackson a few years back.
In the meantime, we can have a little fun with Domaine des Nugues Made by G. A sparkling red wine that will pair well with the documentary, Gaga: Five Foot Two. This documentary that follows the icon as she releases a new raw album and prepares for her infamous Super Bowl halftime show. Easy drinking with some easy watching.
The wine is deep red with a gorgeous pink mousse and fine beads. Made By G is a sparkling red wine or cuvee produced from 25 year old vines (gamay grapes). It finishes very lively and fruity on the palate, but not too sweet. This is a fun and different wine that's perfect for parties.
- Hidden Figures - Torres Celeste Crianza 2012, Ribera del Duero, Spain
If you haven't seen this flick yet, queue up Netflix and settle in for Hidden Figures. Three brilliant African-American women at NASA -- Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson -- serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. You'll be in awe (and completely humbled) as you watch this galvanizing and little known piece of history. Pair this movie with a bottle of Torres Celeste Crianza 2012. A delicious wine with a stunning celestial label.
A polished texture carries reserved but harmonious flavors of black cherry, licorice, smoke, tar and mineral in this rather austere red. Well-integrated tannins impart structure, giving this depth and focus.
- Narcos Season 3 - Patron Reposado Tequila
Pablo Escobar may be gone, but the drama continues in Narcos season 3 with the Cali Cartel. What I believe, is the best season yet. Watch Pedro Pascal take down more kingpins in Colombia. The final episode eludes to another season that takes place in Mexico where the cartel inevitably takes off, so let's skip the wine for this one and pair it with Reposada Patron Tequila. Mix yourself a cocktail and sit back with this series. This bottle doesn't come cheap, so perhaps save some for season 4?
Lightly aged for two months in oak barrels, this offers subtle complexities of fresh agave, oak, citrus, and honey with a light amber hue. Smooth and sweet on the palate with exceptional balance; the finish is highlighted with flavours of floral and vanilla notes.
What else are you guys streaming? I'd love to know! Other notable shows are:
Ozarks - A breaking bad style series about money laundering that takes places in, you guessed it, the Ozarks.
This is Us - A feel good family drama that will bring you to your knees in tears. I have yet to see my husband cry (15 years and counting), but this one makes his eyes turn red.
Friends from College - A comedy series that follows a group of friends from Harvard that are now facing their forties. Complicated relationships among the group make for a good show.
The Keepers - This brilliant docuseries examines the decades-old murder of Sister Catherine Cesnik and its suspected link to a priest accused of abuse. It takes a sobering and riveting look at a real-life terror which exposes long buried secrets of the Catholic Church in Baltimore.
Mindhunter - A new crime drama series inspired by true crime in the 1970s. It follows an elite FBI unit as they try to understand the minds of serial killers.
And finally, Glow - A series about an out-of-work actress in the 80's that finds a chance at stardom in the world of women's wrestling. Children of the 80's will appreciate the spandex and cultural references.
There are so many more, but I have to catch up! Ummm, Stranger Things is coming on Friday! Pair that with The Velvet Devil Merlot for a bit of spooky BOO-zing.
Until, next time, enjoy these shows and wines. You can buy all of these wines (and tequila) at the LCBO in Ontario, Canada. Most of them are also available in liquor stores across Canada and the USA. Cheers!
*Some tasting notes and images from LCBO.com.