When it comes to pairing wine, food is usually the first thing that comes to mind. But there are more exciting pairings than a smear of Roquefort and a sip of Port. A little fashion and humor, characters that drive you mad, and plots so inescapably cringe, you simply cannot turn away are also perfect with a glass or two.
Don’t believe it? Then put the theory to the test in February. There are dozens of movies and TV shows set to debut on streaming platforms like Netflix and Hulu throughout the month. Racy dramas based on real-life experiences, ridiculous reality shows, comedies and documentaries, bloody action series, and America’s favorite sporting event, the Super Bowl. So many titles that make for a perfect pairing partner with wine.
7 premieres to pair with 7 bottles:
Pam & Tommy, Series premiere
Feb. 2, 2022, Hulu
It was the biggest scandal of the 1990s that birthed society’s obsession with sex tapes on the internet — “Baywatch” star Pamela Anderson Lee and Mötley Crüe Tommy Lee’s steamy home video that fell into the wrong hands and leaked on the World Wide Web. Viewers will get to watch it all play out again in the new eight-part series “Pam & Tommy,” starring Lily James and Sebastian Stan as the iconic albeit messy couple. Seth Rogan also stars as the disgruntled contractor who essentially turned the celebrity couple’s world upside-down when he discovered a private moment between lovers and shared it with the world.
Slo Down Wines Send Nudes Sonoma Rosé 2020 (~$20)
Made from Pinot Noir picked from the Sonoma Coast of California, this flirty pink rosé is ripe with peach, strawberry, and watermelon candy flavors. A splash of citrus on the backend makes it all the more playful. And while the label may encourage you to get back in your birthday suit, take from Pam and Tommy’s experience and maybe don’t send any pictures of it.
Inventing Anna, Series premiere
Feb. 11, 2022, Netflix
The newest Shonda Rhimes title to grace the Netflix screen comes in the form of “Inventing Anna,” a series that follows the story of one charming and fashionable con artist known as Anna Delvey — real name Anna Sorokin. The show is inspired by Jessica Pressler’s captivating 2018 New York magazine story, “How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People,” about a fake heiress who manipulated her way into New York’s high society at the expense of the rich kids she fooled. Expect designer digs, lavish soirees, fast planes, and millions of missing dollars and receipts. Emmy-winner Julia Garner stars as the formidable Delvey/Sorokin while Anna Chlumsky plays Vivian, the fictionalized journalist who turns Delvey’s story into front-page news.
Giunta New Zealand Malbec Nouveau 2020 (~$19)
Here’s a wine that is not quite what it seems, though, not in nearly as deceitful of a way as Delvey. It’s a dark purple Malbec from Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand that feels more like a Beaujolais Nouveau. “This is a bright, cheerful, and zippy Malbec,” says Jamie Harrison Rubin, an advanced sommelier and founder of Kidstuff Hospitality in Philadelphia, who also co-hosts the movie-and-wine-pairing podcast “You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Bottle.” It’s a surprisingly lighter style Malbec that’s soft and juicy with black fruit and spicy flavors. Plush tannins make for a clean and refreshing finish. “This wine puts a whole other spin on what we thought Malbec could be,” Harrison Rubin says.
Love is Blind, Season 2
Feb. 11, 2022, Netflix
Would you agree to marry a person whose face you’ve never seen? Sounds crazy, right? Well, as bizarre as it seems, some folks will get engaged having never actually seen their soon-to-be significant other’s face on Season 2 of the Netflix reality series, “Love Is Blind.” Here’s how it works: Singles interact during pod dates. They can’t see each other, but they can hear the person’s voice on the other side of the wall. After a few dates comes the proposal, and only after they’ve agreed to tie the knot will they finally get to see exactly who it is they’re marrying. They’ll leave the pods and go on to coexist as a newly engaged couple. And at the end, there will be a big wedding in which couples will have the chance to either go through with the marriage or walk away entirely. It’s a real hot mess, but an entertaining one. It’s worth noting that two couples from the show’s first season are still happily married, so there is a chance that love really is blind.
Raventós i Blanc de Nit Conca del Riu Anoia Rosé 2018 (~$26)
If there’s going to be a wedding, there better be some bubbles. Winemaker Pepe Raventós has long been committed to the native grape varieties grown in his homeland of the Penedès in Spain, and this blend of Macabeo, Monastrell, Parellada, and Xarel-lo is a particularly “luscious, mouth-filling, and floral” rosé wine that showcases the potential of the region, Harrison Rubin says. The wine is fresh, complex, and elegant, kind of like how you’d want a wedding with a stranger to be.
Super Bowl LVI
Feb. 13, 2022, NBC
There are a few weeks to go before Super Bowl LVI, so it’s anyone’s guess who will be meeting on the field at the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, come game time. But it’s sure to be as big of a sporting spectacle as every other year. Though the championship teams have yet to be determined, fans can at least look forward to the half-time show, including performances by Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, and Eminem.
Segura Viudas Reserva Heredad Cava Brut (~$24)
What better way to wrap up a thrilling season of football than with a little bubbly? Segura Viudas Reserva Heredad Cava Brut is a fully refreshing blend of Macabeo and Parellada. The wine exudes smoky, honeyed, biscuity aromas and a palate that’s booming with fruity freshness capable of lifting the spirits of the losing team and celebrating the winners.
jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy – Act I, Series premiere
Feb. 16, 2022, Netflix
If you love Kanye West or are the least bit curious about the man behind the music, this is for you. The three-part documentary gives fans an inside look at the making of the creative genius and his formative years working at Jay-Z’s Roc-a-Fella Records in the late 1990s and up through his introduction as an artist. Overall, the first act is an origin story featuring never-before-seen footage of a young West in moments essential to his rise as an artist. There are plenty of cameos from rap stars, too, plus West’s late mother, Donda West. In addition to a premiere on Netflix, the documentary will hit theaters nationwide on February 10.
Copain Wines Tous Ensemble Pinot Noir 2017 (~$26)
Here is an approachable Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast that is wildly expressive and complex — much like the main subject in Netflix’s newest documentary. Produced by Copain Wines, founded in 1999, the wine is scented with rose petals, plum, and raspberries while the palate dances with layers of ripe cherry, pomegranate, and a dash of acidity. The wine wraps up with a memorable, lingering finish.
A Madea Homecoming, Premiere
Feb. 25, 2022, Netflix
Despite being laid to rest with the 2019 film “A Madea Family Funeral,” Tyler Perry has resurrected the character Madea for his upcoming Netflix film, “A Madea Homecoming.” Tyler reportedly retired the character three years ago. However, during a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the producer, director, and actor said that after “looking at the state of the world and how polarized it is,” he realized that “nobody’s laughing.” He aims to fix that problem in the new movie, which will feature various other characters that have long been a part of his Madea universe like Cora (Tamela J. Mann), Mr. Brown (David Mann), Tim (Brandon Black), Davi (Isha Blaaker), and Aunt Bam (Cassi Davis).
Brewer-Clifton Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2017 (~$33)
Here’s a Chardonnay to brighten the mood. Produced by Brewer-Clifton, grapes used for this bottle come from four different estate vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills region of California’s Central Coast. The blend results in a friendly and delicious wine with aromas of lemon, kiwi, and basil. On the palate are flavors of lime, ginger, jasmine, dashing minerality, and a hint of sea salt that goes down well with a little humor.
Vikings: Valhalla, Series premiere
Feb. 25, 2022, Netflix
“Vikings: Valhalla” is Netflix’s follow-up to History channel’s critically acclaimed series “Vikings.” The series is set in the 11th century and explores the lives and battles of the Vikings. England is still enemy number one, but the Viking warriors will face new struggles when encountering the pagans and the Christians. Expect appearances from historical figures like explorer Leif Eriksson, played by Sam Corlett, the Nordic prince Harald Hardrada, aka, Harald of Norway (Leo Suter), and the Danish King Canute (Bradley Freegard).
Red Newt Cellars Finger Lakes Dry Riesling 2017 (~$18)
From New York’s Finger Lakes wine region comes this intense and intriguing Riesling by Red Newt Cellars, founded in 1998. “It has tons of fruit flavor, minerality, and acidity to make your mouth water from a winery that has been exploring the possibilities of Finger Lakes Riesling for decades,” says Harrison Rubin.