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Top Wines to Pair With March’s Most Exciting Premieres

Wash down all that drama and suspense with some good wine

Janice Williams By February 25, 2022
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The month of March is sure to be a thrilling one if the TV gods have anything to do with it. Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, and other major TV networks have a lineup full of shows and movies premiering in March, and the content is dripping with drama and suspense. The odds of needing a complex, structured wine to accompany the excitement seems high. 

12 premieres to pair with 12 shows:

Top Chef, Season 19 

Mar. 3, 2022, Bravo

The saying goes: “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” And quite a few chefs will be forced to pack their knives and aprons in the latest season of “Top Chef.” Fifteen contestants from around the country will face off in the test kitchen in Houston, and the frying pans — and attitudes — are expected to fly. Luckily, host Padma Lakshmi is back to moderate the temperature. Head judges Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons are also set to return for the new season.

Matthews Claret Columbia Valley Red Blend 2018 (~$29)

Why not watch competitors sweat with a wine that also knows a thing or two about the agonizing process of elimination? Only the best Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot from the best vineyards across four Washington appellations were picked to make this wine. The grapes fermented separately and were evaluated over 40 times by winemakers. In the end, only 141 barrels were hand-picked to be blended, bottled, and finally, released.

The Dropout, Series premiere 

Mar. 3, 2022, Hulu

Amanda Seyfried as Elizabeth Holmes

Amanda Seyfried stars as Elizabeth Holmes in the new Hulu series, “The Dropout.” Photo by Beth Dubber/Hulu.

Just two months after Elizabeth Holmes was found guilty on four out of 11 federal charges of conspiracy and wire fraud, viewers will get a glimpse into the rise and downfall of the former CEO and founder of the failed blood-testing startup, Theranos. Amanda Seyfried stars as Holmes. Other cast members include Naveen Andrews, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Kate Burton, Michel Gill, LisaGay Hamilton, William H. Macy, Elizabeth Marvel, Laurie Metcalf, Dylan Minnette, Alan Ruck, Sam Waterston, and Michaela Watkins.

Ghost Block Wine Elizabeth Rose Chockablock Napa Valley Red Blend 2018 (~$20)

Not to worry! Though this red blend shares a first name with Holmes, the wine is not nearly as deceitful. Made with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc, this wine is certified organic. It’s vibrant and bright in ruby red color, aroma, and flavor — a stark, enjoyable contrast from this show’s dark and brooding undertone.

Shining Vale, Series premiere 

Mar. 6, 2022, STARZ

Courtney Cox in the new TV show "Shining Vale"

Courtney Cox appears in the Starz original series, “Shining Vale.” Photo courtesy of Starz.

Courteney Cox stars as Patricia “Pat” Phelps, a former, self-proclaimed wild child, who finds success writing raunchy female empowerment novels. In an attempt to fix her broken marriage, she moves her dysfunctional family out of Brooklyn to the suburbs of Connecticut. Little does she know, the home she’s chosen for her fresh start is haunted.

Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Hands of Time Napa Valley Pinot Noir 2018 (~$35)

It’s unclear if the hands that have touched Pat’s spooky new home over time are friend or foe. But rest assured, the people that inspired this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot by Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars were indeed confidantes in the vines. It’s obvious in the approachable demeanor of this medium-bodied wine. Aromas and flavors of black and blue fruit welcome you in while smooth tannins and a polished finish invite you to stay for a while.

Outlander, Season 6 

Mar. 6, 2022, STARZ

Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe will reprise their roles as Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall Fraser, respectively, for the sixth season of “Outlander,” the highly acclaimed STARZ series based on Diana Gabaldon’s novels. The show picks up with the time-traveling couple enjoying a life of peace at Fraser’s Ridge. However, the threat of the Revolutionary War will bring adversaries old and new right to their doorstep.

Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster Pinot Noir 2020 (~$22)

Just as Jamie and Claire have given their all to create their dream life together, the grapes used for this Pinot Noir have given their all to create an elegant, full-bodied wine. The grapes are whole cluster fermented, meaning literally everything — the grape bunches, stems, and all — are tossed into the tank for fermenting. The end result is a wine that is a classic Willamette Valley style Pinot Noir displaying red fruit, floral, and spicy aromas with a plush dark cherry and gamey palate balanced with velvety tannins, acidity, and a long finish.

The Masked Singer, Season 7 

Mar. 9, 2022, FOX

What could be better than watching celebrities hide their identities behind the most elaborate and ridiculous costumes while singing their hearts out for millions of viewers? Perhaps watching Ken Jeong foolishly attempt to guess the celebrity behind the mask. Jeong will be joined by fellow panelist Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg, Nicole Scherzinger, Robin Thicke, and host Nick Cannon. Like past seasons, celebrities’ identities will remain secret until they are eliminated each week.

Folie à Deux Anderson Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 (~$23)

Folie à Deux means shared madness, which describes the pace of the show. This wine, however, has nothing delusional about it. It’s exactly what you’d expect from a California Cabernet Sauvignon: aromatic with black fruit, layered with complex herbal and savory flavors, and integrated with grippy tannins.

Survivor, Season 42 

Mar. 9, 2022, CBS

Believe it or not, “Survivor” is still airing on television. The competition is back for yet another season of remote island debauchery, with a whole new cast ready to put their mental and physical strength to the test for the Sole Survivor crown and a grand prize of $1 million. 

Cirillo The Vincent Survivor Vine Barossa Valley Grenache 2019 (~$35)

Surviving on a remote island with limited resources takes a lot of willpower. This wine can relate. The Grenache grapes picked come from rugged, gnarly vines that were planted in the 1850s and have survived drought in the arid and hot climate of the Barossa Valley time after time. Those challenging conditions mean the vines have to work really hard to sustain and produce fruit. And, boy, does it. Silky, booming with fresh red fruit character and cinnamon spice nuances — this wine is a testament to overcoming life’s most difficult challenges.

The Adam Project, Movie premiere 

Mar. 11, 2022, Netflix

Ryan Reynolds as Big Adam and Walker Scobell as Young Adam in "The Adam Project."

Ryan Reynolds as Big Adam and Walker Scobell as Young Adam in “The Adam Project.” Photo by Diane Gregory/Netflix.

What happens when Ryan Reynolds meets his younger self in a time-traveling adventure? Viewers will soon find out with “The Adam Project,” in which fighter pilot Adam Reed (Reynolds) goes back in time to team up with his younger self (Walker Scobell) in an attempt to save their missing father, played by Mark Ruffalo, all while keeping adult Adam’s identity under wraps. Supporting cast members include Jennifer Garner and Zoe Saldaña.

Charles Smith K Vintners The Hidden Syrah 2015 (~$71)

The Adams’ mission may be top secret, but this wine, on the other hand, has nothing to hide. It’s bursting with ripe black cherry, blackberry, and herbal nuances. The wine remains polished and delicate even when the chewy tannins start to show in the backend.

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy, Season 2

Mar. 13, 2022, CNN 

 

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Feed your appetite for wanderlust by watching Stanley Tucci eat his way through Italy. Through food, Tucci uncovers Italy’s untapped regions and showcases the depth, diversity, and history the country has to offer.

Mastroberardino Taurasi Radici 2017 (~$58)

It’s only right to pair an exploration of Italian food with a classic Italian wine. The Mastroberardino family have made wine in Campania since World War II, and their flagship bottle Radici has been a part of their portfolio since 1928. Made with 100% Aglianico grapes, this full-bodied wine is intense with plum, black cherry, strawberry, and spicy nuances.

Life & Beth, Series premiere 

Mar. 18, 2022, Hulu

Amy Schumer makes a return to television in her new series, “Life & Beth,” a touching comedy series that’s all about letting go and moving forward. The series also stars Michael Cera, Violet Young, Yamaneika Saunders, and Laura Benanti.

Altesino Brunello di Montalcino 2016 (~$64)

Sangiovese grapes spend four years aging in barrels before the wine is bottled. Then it rests for another six months. All that time sitting allows the wine to develop complex red and black fruit notes, savory herb character, and underlining licorice flavor backed by firm acidity and grippy tannins. It’s an example of the depth of expression a wine can show when it’s given the time to just sit and be — a lesson the heroine of “Beth & Life” will likely have to learn during her self-discovery journey.

Atlanta, Season 3 

Mar. 24, 2022, FX

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P66DFHYGgNw

It’s been four years since the Season 2 finale of “Atlanta” aired on FX, and, finally, Earn (Donald Glover), Alfred (Brian Tyree Henry), and Darius (LaKeith Stanfield) are back for another round of misadventures in the south. Here’s a quick recap: Earn learns his cousin Alfred is the budding rapper Paper Boi and volunteers to manage Alfred’s career. Darius, Alfred’s friend and roommate, is merely along for the ride and serves as the balancing agent between Alfred’s temper and Earn’s many inabilities to get the job done. The last time viewers saw the trio, they were headed to tour with another more reputable rapper, Clark County (RJ Walker). A forgotten gun in Earn’s backpack nearly made them miss their flight, but a ruthless move led them to lift off.

Bret Brothers Climat Les Crays Macon Chardonnay 2020 (~$37)

Working with family always comes with its fair share of problems — though, the way this wine drinks makes it nearly impossible to imagine the Bret Brothers not getting along. This Chardonnay is a lesson on harmony Earn and Alfred could probably benefit from. Minerality and bright fruit character are balanced by great tension on the palate. The wine rounds out in the long, delectable finish.

Bridgerton, Season 2

Mar. 25, 2022, Netflix

Simone Ashley and Jonathan Bailey appear in the return of Netflix's original series, "Bridgerton"

Simone Ashley and Jonathan Bailey appear in the return of Netflix’s original series, “Bridgerton.” Photo by Liam Daniel/Netflix.

The gossip will run rampant in the new season of Shonda Rhimes’ hit Netflix series, “Bridgerton,” based on the bestselling Regency-era romance novels by Julia Quinn. It’s a new season of the London marriage market, and this time around, Anthony Bridgerton’s (Jonathan Bailey) heart is up for grabs. Lady Whistledown, the mysterious gossip columnist, will report on Anthony’s every move and the ladies vying for the young lord’s affections.

Macari Vineyards Katherine’s Field North Fork Sauvignon Blanc 2020 (~$20)

What’s more refreshing than watching young people fall in love? A crisp glass of Macari’s zippy Sauvignon Blanc, that’s what. This wine is as fresh, juicy, and electric as the “Bridgerton” weekly gossip rag. 

Julia, Series premiere

Mar. 31, 2022, HBO Max

Sarah Lancashire will star as the legendary Julia Child in HBO Max’s new drama series based on her long-running cooking show, “The French Chef.” The eight-episode series will also star David Hyde Pierce, Bebe Neuwirth, Brittany Bradford, Erin Neufer, Fiona Glascott, and Fran Kranz.

Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Loire Valley Rouge 2018 (~$35)

Produced in the picturesque Saumur region of France, within the Loire Valley, Domaine Guiberteau’s easy drinking and smooth Cabernet Franc is a chance to reconnect with the simple pleasures of life, an effort Child often encouraged through her cooking. The wine is organic and bottled unfined and unfiltered. It’s a natural taste of the Loire Valley, layered with red fruit and peppery spice character.