Holiday Movie Wine Pairings


Hot cocoa pairs well with holiday movies, but after the sun sets, the fire starts burning and the blankets are strewn across the sofa, a glass of wine beats even the most wicked-good hot chocolate. Here are my carefully chosen selections. 
Elf is eleven years old this year, so why not celebrate with a wine from its birthday year? You won’t have to break the bank. Look for a Calabretta Rosso from Sicily’s Etna. If the 2003 isn’t for sale in your ‘hood, the 2004 should be (in major metro USA). Hey, it’s a busy time of year, and sometimes it’s the idea that counts!
Miracle on 34th Street and How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Any wine from the cellar (err…kitchen) of Rudy Kurniawan classifies. How do you know which wine suits your needs for authenticity? Let’s just say that if the cork says “Pomerol Grand Crus”, you’ve got a few reasons to believe you have the perfect pairing.
White Christmas
A “White Christmas” is about falling snowflakes, which is somehow akin in my mind to bubbles, even if the two flow in opposing directions. So, if it is a white Christmas, it must be a Blanc de Blanc. Gosset Grand Blanc de Blancs is the perfect wine for its sheer class and its elegant bottle that transport you back to a more precious, seemingly simpler time – just like this movie.
Home Alone (I, II and III)
Whatever it is, it needs to drink well from a flask. That kid had to be mobile, agile and crafty. A full-bodied, full-of-spice, Rhône-style wine from Washington comes to mind: Sleight of Hand Levitation Syrah.
Silent Night, Deadly Night
The night is sure to turn ugly, whether or not you close your eyes during the movie. There’s nothing other than Mad Dog 20 20 Grape-Flavored that should be paired with this horror story.
Charlie Brown Christmas
Riunite was popular when this movie came out in 1965. That won’t cut it today but, how about a thoroughly modern, dry Lambrusco  – like Medici Ermete’s Lambrusco Quercioli Secco- rather than Riunite?
Die Hard
Thre are two options: white and red. With a red, it can only be the never-say-die, California-true Zinfandel. Try a bottling with class and balance – that can actually age to benefit, like the Gary Farrell 2012 Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley. If you go for a white, try a Dolan Estate Chardonnay. The winery is in an AVA within Los Angeles’ city limits that received its accreditation this year, only to learn it can’t plant any more vines. But, the vintners are fighting back!
Happy New Year
This just-released Bollywood film is the most expensive ever made. To contrast it (along with, possibly, your biggest holiday budget explosion ever), go for a Sula Chenin Blanc  from Nashik – full on flavor, easy on the wallet.
Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer 
This is the easiest pairing of the season. Anything goes as long as it is red and has a really good “nose”.
This isn’t an exhaustive list, so please share your holiday movie and wine pairings in the comments! 

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