I have to admit, I am a total Christmas geek and yes I make my family watch Christmas movies all throughout December. So today on the blog, I wanted to bring together two of my loves – Christmas Movies and wine! Seriously is there a better combination in December?
Stay tuned for more pairings added to this post as I work my way through my list and come up with the perfect wine matches.
Please note: All opinions are my own and based on my own taste buds (life is too short to drink bad wine right). Some links below are affiliate links which means I may receive a small amount of commission if you click through and purchase.
1. Love Actually + Champagne/Sparkling Wine
I was never a big fan of Love Actually to be honest with you, however it has grown on me. Actually I think Hugh Grant dancing around the prime minister residence in Downing Street in London is one of my favourite Christmas movie scenes!
Champagne or sparkling wine is my pick for a wine pairing for Love Actually. It’s fun, bubbly and loved up.
My top pick would be Louis Pommery’s English Brut NV Sparkling (available for approx. $89 from Dan Murphy’s). It is the first English sparkling wine produced by a major French Champagne House. It’s made from the classic Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and a small proportion of Pinot Meunier grape varieties and made in the traditional method.
2. Home Alone + Malbec
Being set in winter, I really feel like you need a nice bottle of red when watching Home Alone. Plus add in a bowl of dark chocolate covered popcorn and you have the perfect movie, wine and food combo.
See some of the Malbecs I have tasted here + you can grab some delicious bottles of Malbec from places like:
3. Die Hard + Sauvignon Blanc
Yes Die Hard is 100% a Christmas movie in my books! And ‘yippee ki yay’ you can bet it matches darn well with a good bottle of zesty, fiesty Sauvignon Blanc. This has always been one of my favourite wines to match with action/disaster movies as per my movie genre and wine matching guide here.
There are so many Sauv Blanc’s to choose from these days, and no they are not all one style which is what most people think. You can get super passionfruit and fruit driven ones, creamy oaked versions and even sweet Sauv Blancs!
Personally I love a good fume style (oaked Sauv) however being a Kiwi, I do love my New Zealand Sauv Blanc too. Here are a few Sauvignon Blancs I have tried and enjoyed.
4. Elf + Non Alcoholic Wine
I know, I know, before you curse me for suggesting non alcoholic wine, please hear me out.
Now that I am a mum, our gorgeous wee boy is starting to have a bit more of an attention span for things like movies. So recently we put on Elf and it was one of the first movies he actually sat and watched for longer than 5 minutes. It was mid afternoon and knowing I still had to function lately, I opted for a non alcoholic wine to match and it went down a treat.
The pro about non alcoholic wine, when you can find a good one, is no hangover + less calories. Which can sometimes be a good thing – especially when you have little ones!
I have put a list together of the best non alcoholic wines I have come across here.
5. The Holiday + Smashable Red Wine
You’ve got to love Cameron Diaz’s scene where she gluggs back the red wine in the supermarket and then continues on to get stupidly drunk at her holiday-swap house with Kate Winslet. Hence why I think you need a red wine which is seriously ‘smashable’ to match this romantic comedy Christmas movie.
6. Operation Christmas Drop
We recently watched this, after watching it last year (2020) when it was released. We really enjoyed it for a tropical Christmas movie – it’s a feel good, romantic movie and it goes excellently with a couple of bottles of chilled Rosé.
Interestingly enough, after watching it we found out that it is loosely based on the real-life Operation Christmas Drop humanitarian mission by the U.S. Air Force that started in 1952.
Rosé is perfect in summer and this Christmas movie definitely gets you warmed up and craving a summer seafood Christmas feast.