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Netflix and Wine | Spring 2016

Wine, Round UpLesley PocklingtonComment
Netflix & Wine - Pairing your favourite shows and movies with delicious wines. By Swell Made Co.

Netflix & Wine - Pairing your favourite shows and movies with delicious wines. By Swell Made Co.

Our family just finished March Break. By March Break, I don't mean the adults got a break, but the kids certainly did. We juggled work with play, and relished in not having to pack lunches everyday. It was busy, but so nice to just let the kids play. No structure, no interruptions. Just good, old-fashioned play. They needed it. But... that left me feeling sluggish at the end of the day and ready to "Netflix and Wine", so here are my suggestions for you for March Break. Curl up and relax, March Break or none, these are must-see/must-sip combinations. All of these wines can be found at the LCBO if you're in Ontario. If not, many of these are available across Canada and the USA.

  1. Love + Sandbanks Love, Prince Edward County, Ontario
    A new comedy by Judd Apatow that continually weaves the lives of Gus "somewhat geeky nice guy" and Mickey "whild child and addict" as they stumble through friendship, and the insecurities of love. 

    Pair it with the aptly named and slightly sweet Love by Sandbanks. Pale salmon in colour; aromas of grapefruit, black currant and red berry fruit; medium in sweetness and body with flavours of rich red berries, slight candy note with hints of citrus.
  2. Cooked + Cave Spring Dry Riesling, Niagara, Ontario
    Explore food through the elements of fire, water, earth and air. You'll look at food in a new way after watching this series that deliciously urges you to reconnect with food and appreciate it's history of connecting humanity. 

    Pair it with Cave Spring's Dry Riesling that goes with anything. Pale yellow colour; fresh grapefruit and pineapple on the nose with floral notes; dry, light to medium bodied, clean, citrus flavours with refreshing acidity and a crisp; a sense of sweetness on the finish.
  3. Cartel Land + Cline Zinfandel, USA
    Oscar-nominated documentary, Cartel Land, gives and unprecedented look at Mexico's drug artels through two vigilante groups. This sobering and shocking film will leave you feeling confused and shaken about good and evil in a place where institutions have been broken down. 

    Pair with Cline Zinfandel. Medium ruby colour; intense ripe, raspberry and black fruit aromas with hints of earthy, spice and chocolate; dry with generous blackberry fruit flavours and a rich mouthfeel; spicy long finish.
  4. House of Cards Season 4 + Underwood Pinot Noir, Union Wine Company, USA
    Back for it's fourth season, House of Cards does not disappoint. Political and personal drama entices you to binge watch the season as Claire's character and role deepens even further. New characters enter and old connections return as the dynamic between Frank and Claire heightens. 

    Pair it with another aptly named wine, but no less delicious - Underwood Pinot Noir. "Underwood is fast-becoming one of Oregon’s best values in Pinot Noir. Light and pretty raspberry fruit gains mass and flavour interest with well-integrated veins of stem and earth. It’s nicely balanced and true to variety." Wine Enthusiast.
  5. Amy + Alto Moncayo Veraton Garnacha 2012, Spain
    Another Oscar-nominated documentary, Amy shares the story of Amy Winehouse's life and death. A complicated and tender story that tackles delicate facets of her life including family, fame and addiction; you'll appreciate the true musical genius and light Amy was. 

    Pair with Alto Moncayo Veraton Garnacha a wine that is rich and intense like Amy. Pairing a wine with this film is not intended to make light of this tragic story or the complications of addiction. With anything in life, moderation (and safety) is key. "Sweet blackcurrant and black cherry fruit, lavender, liquorice and earth notes intermixed with a touch of new oak. Stylistically, this is a modern, massively intense, rich wine that over-delivers in many ways. However, it is not for consumers looking for shy, restrained and delicate wines." Robert Parker.

What are you watching on Netflix? What are you sipping? Do tell! Enjoy these combinations, until next time. 

Netflix and Wine | Winter 2016

Wine, FoodLesley PocklingtonComment
Netflix & Wine - Pairing your favourite shows and movies with delicious wines. By Swell Made Co.

Netflix & Wine - Pairing your favourite shows and movies with delicious wines. By Swell Made Co.

I must admit, a lot of Netflix and wine were consumed over here during the holidays. When winter temperatures drop, it's so nice to snuggle up and sip wine while watching some great TV! You know what I'm talking about. Yah, you do.

Here are my favourite picks on Netflix, paired with some delicious wines. Kick your feet up, and enjoy.

  1. Making a Murderer + 19 Crimes Shiraz Durif, Australia
    You haven't watched this true crime docu-series, yet? Have you been living under a rock? Get on it! You'll binge watch this infuriating and puzzling series wondering if Steven Avery is truly guilty of the crimes he is accused of. If you liked the Podcast Serial, you'll love this series.

    Pair it with the mysterious 19 Crimes Shiraz Durif. "Deep ruby in colour with a purple hue; aromas of black cherry, cassis and pepper; flavours replay on the aromas with an emphasis on black pepper and smoke."
  2. Twinsters + Kung Fu Girl Riesling, USA
    Follow sweet and fun twin sisters on an astounding and life-altering adventure as they are reunited for the first time. You'll travel with them to the USA, France and Korea. Not to mention, you'll feel all the feels with this cute pair. 

    Pair it with the equally sweet and fun Kung Fu Girl Riesling. "Clear, pale lemon; delicate aromas of lychee, white peach, floral blossom, lemon and mineral; off-dry, light to medium bodied; vibrant acidity and flavours of white stone fruit, apricots, apple and lime leaves."
  3. Narcos + Casillero del Diablo Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile
    Narcos tells the true-life story of the growth and spread of cocaine drug cartels across the globe. It centres around the notorious Colombian cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar.

    Pair it with the devilish Casillero del Diablo Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon "Deep ruby colour with purple highlights; aromas of cassis, mint, and roasted coffee; dry, full-bodied, firm tannins, and rich, ripe fruit flavours."
  4. SOMM + Bonterra Viognier, USA
    Wine lovers rejoice! This film takes you through the intense journey of what it takes to become a Master Sommelier. Enjoy, and then wait for their next film 'Into the Glass' which will be released soon (2016). 

    Pair with the easy-drinking Bonterra Viognier "Very floral, with a Muscat-like nuance even, it conveys stone fruit character without being heavy and is buttressed by vigorous acidity."
  5. Chef's Table + Barone Ricasoli Chianti Classico Reserva, Italy
    This series follows the lives of the world's most celebrated chefs in stunning detail. If you loved 'Jiro Dreams of Sushi', this will be sure to please. Prepare to be hungry and delighted. 

    Pair with the classic Barone Ricasoli Chianti Classico Reserva "The highly perfumed bouquet is redolent of earthy notes, cassis and polished river stone. Overall fruity brightness."
  6. Master of None + Rolling Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre, Australia
    You'll be rolling on the floor while watching Aziz Ansari's hilarious series, Master of None. Dev, a 30-year-old actor, attempts to make his life in New York City alongside a group of awesomely awkward friends.

    Pair it with the crowd-pleasing Rolling Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre "Medium ruby in colour; forward aromas of crushed berries and spices; flavours of raspberry, blackberry plum and spice."

This Calls for Champagne

Wine, HolidayLesley PocklingtonComment

The New Year is upon us and it, of course, calls for champagne! Or, sparkling wine... or, wine for that matter. Not picky over here! It's time to celebrate and this is what we'll be sipping in good company to ring in a new year. Keep these wines in mind for any celebration. There is always time for champagne.

Three of these wines are local to Ontario (Niagara Peninsula and Prince Edward County). If you can't find them where you live, you'll have to come visit. Trust me, it's worth it. 

*Vintages updated December 30, 2016*

Taittinger Brut Réserve Champagne
Pale lemon; lovely brioche, stone fruit, apple, lemon and honeycomb aromas; fine creamy mousse showing stone fruit, grapefruit and mineral all balanced by crisp acidity; delicious. Taittinger Brut Réserve is a delicately balanced champagne, known for its consistently excellent quality the world over from Reims, France. taittinger.fr

Cuvée Catherine Rosé Brut Sparking Wine
Compared to a "delicate raspberry pastry" by David Lawrason - 90 Points. Pale salmon colour with fine beads; enticing aromas of brioche, wild strawberry and lemon curd; extra dry, medium bodied, with flavours of biscuits, strawberry rhubarb pie, fresh apples and a creamy textured mousse. henryofpelham.com

Les Etoiles Sparkling Wine 2013
Traditional Method. The Les Etoiles is pure elegance and balance, with concentrated lemon citrus aromatics and pure minerality on the palate. Save this vintage for next year! We'll be drinking 2012 to ring in 2017. hinterlandwine.com

Cuvée Mon Unique Gamay 2014
Not a Champagne, but this is one of my favourite celebratory wines. The successor to the much beloved 2013 Gamay (featured last year), the 2014 Cuvée Mon Unique is even prettier. With a deep purple eggplant colour, and a bouquet of black fruit, red earth and cheerful, yet sultry aromas of violets - this bottle is equally defined by silkiness and verve. A bright and luscious palate brimming with black cherries is anchored on an iron heart, and pinned on a fine-boned structure rocking like a rolling stone. The 2014 Gamay Cuvée Mon Unique is a seductive wine - lovely as a delicate flower with flavours rich as sin. pearlmorissette.com