Netflix & Wine | First Wind Chill 2019
Where we live, today was the first day with an official “wind chill”. It’s on. That means winter is well on its way. While, I fully embrace winter, summer is still my favourite season. That said, hibernating is just part of being Canadian and it really is nice to slow down in some ways. Filling the winter months with good books, family board games (my 9 year old is a Catan genius and my head is full of seemingly useless trivia) and hot yoga is ideal; but let’s be real — a good Netflix session with wine in hand can’t be beat. Here are a few of the things I’m watching on Netflix paired with wine and spirits for the cold months ahead. Netflix is rolling out loads of good content in anticipation of more couch time. What do you recommend? I’d love to hear what you’re watching. Comment below after you peruse these pairings.
Living With Yourself - Sibling Rivalry Red VQA Cabernet/Merlot (Niagara, ON, Canada)
New to Netflix, is Living With Yourself a comedy directed by Timothy Greenburg starring Paul Rudd. Who doesn't like Paul Rudd? Burned out on life, Miles undergoes a strange procedure at a strip mall spa — and wakes to find he's been replaced by a better version of himself.
Pair it with Sibling Rivalry Red. There are no clone wines. Sibling rivalry is the closest thing in real life. Deal with it. An easy-drinking wine that is clear ruby red colour; blackberry and raspberry aromas with a touch of oak spice; dry, ripe berry flavour, medium finish and soft tannins.
The Laundromat - Dirty Laundry Not So Naughty Chardonnay 2016 (BC, Canada)
When a widow gets swindled out of insurance money, her search for answers leads to two cunning lawyers in Panama who hide cash for the superrich. The Laundromat is an American biographical comedy-drama film about the Panama Papers. With an all-star cast of Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas, Jeffrey Wright, David Schwimmer, Matthias Schoenaerts, James Cromwell, and Sharon Stone; it's worth a watch in spite of the lack-lustre reviews.
Pair with a California Chardonnay that Ellen Martin would choose herself. Unoaked and cool-fermented in stainless steel to preserve the bright fruit tones, this Chardonnay will be a fun, snappy addition to your table. Look for a floral, rich wine with apple, pear and minerality. Enjoy with fresh fish or seafood.
El Camino - Lowertown Brewery El Camino Mexican Lager (ON, Canada)
The Netflix Event El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie reunites fans with Jesse Pinkman (Emmy-winner Aaron Paul). In the wake of his dramatic escape from captivity, Jesse must come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future. This gripping thriller is written and directed by Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad. If you watched the original Breaking Bad series, you’ll be so glad to sink into the couch and reacquaint yourself with Gilligan’s brilliance.
Pair this movie with an aptly named, no frills Mexican lager that’s made in Canada. Lowertown Brewery in Ottawa, Ontario uses the Bavarian brewing tradition that inspired the Caribbean/Mexican lagers we know today to create full-flavoured lager called El Camino. Crisp, smooth, pleasant, and refreshing — this lager is best enjoyed on a sunny patio. Pairs well with chicken, Mexican dishes, light vinaigrettes, and grilled pub fare (notes via Untapped).
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with David Chan - Albert Bichot Chablis AOC (Burgundy, Fance)
After touring the world searching for an answer to the question of what makes something authentic with Ugly Delicious; Chef David Chang is back and takes his insatiable curiosity about food, culture and identity on the road, in the convivial company of fun-loving celebrity guests including Seth Rogin in Vancouver and Chrissy Teigan in Morocco. BL&D is being compared to Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown and it’s not a bad thing. Not even close to the grit and depth of Part’s Unknown, but it’s fun to watch David Chang travel with hilarious celebrities. David Change typically drinks light beer or sake, but when he drinks wine his favourite is a good white wine from Burgundy, France.
Pair this series with a Chablis from France (or any Burgundian wine). A long-established family firm, Bichot's philosophy extends to the arts, culture and gastronomy. The Bichot Chablis has aromas of apple and pear, with light mineral notes; look for flavours of toast, green apple, pear, and citrus followed by a medium length, citrus-driven finish.
Queer Eye Japan - Akashi-Tai Junmai Ginjo Sparkling Sake (Japan)
The Fab Five touch down in Tokyo to spread the joy, explore the culture, and help four Japanese men and women find the confidence to be themselves. I have watched all of the Queer Eye seasons on Netflix, but this is by far my favourite one. The Fab Five take on Japan and cross cultural boundaries in a thoughtful, loving and vibrant way. It’s fascinating to learn about Japanese culture through this short (regrettably only 4 episodes) season. It left me wanting MORE. More Japan. More countries and continents. More Fab Five love. Like me, you might become a bubbling mess which is why you should have a bottle of bubbly on hand. Sparkling sake will do the trick. Wait? What? Yes. SPARKLING SAKE. You’ll have the same delightful reaction as Jonathan did. It’s delicious!
An innovative sparkling sake from Akashi-Tai. The Junmai Gingjo designation indicates no alcohol was added after fermentation. Made using the traditional method, as used in Champagne, this is light, refreshing and reminiscent of Moscato d'Asti. A delicious aperitif.
In addition to these new hits on Netflix, November brings the return of 2 series we LOVE. The Crown Season 3 and The End of the F*cking World Season 2. All worthy of a watch this snuggle season.
Netflix is also releasing holiday movies in full force this month. Bring on the holiday cheese! I mean cheer. Two on my radar are Let It Snow (November 8) and Klaus (November 15). Let It Snow is a collection oh holiday stories inspired by the best-selling book of the same name. A snowstorm hits a small town on a cold Christmas Eve, affecting the friendships, love lives and futures of several high school seniors.
This past weekend we watched an early release of Klaus in Toronto with She Does the City, TIFF, Old Navy and Toronto’s First Post Office. A selfish postman and a reclusive toymaker form an unlikely friendship, delivering joy to a cold, dark town that desperately needs it. It’s a feel-good animated holiday film that demonstrates how small acts of kindness can have a big impact. Including letter-writing which is where they had me, of course.
You can buy most of these wines and spirits at the LCBO in Ontario, Canada. Some of them are also available in liquor stores across Canada and the USA. Enjoy responsibly. Cheers!
*Some tasting notes and images from LCBO.com. Content is not sponsored.