Galentine’s Day is a holiday that started due to the television show Parks and Recreation. Amy Poehler’s Parks character Leslie Knope said it was the best day of the year, because all of her lady friends come together to kick it. The holiday is celebrated on February 13th, the day before Valentine’s Day.
Make a date to get with your girl squad this Galentine’s Day to watch some movies and shows paired with good grub and wine. Pajamas or sweats are required and kettle corn is on the menu.
Here are some movie and wine pairings that would be good for the gathering:
Four friends getting back in touch with their black girl magic while at the Essence Fest in New Orleans. If ever there was a movie perfect for a girl gathering it’s Girl’s Trip. It’s also the movie that made the world have a crush on Tiffany Haddish.
Wine pairing: Bubbles are the way to go with this flick. The Zinck Cremant d’ Alsace Rosé is perfect to get the party started and keep it going.
47 Meters Down
Who doesn’t love a good shark movie? Two sisters going into the sea to get a glimpse of sharks while they are in a cage. What could possibly go wrong? Well…everything. This one will keep you at the edge of your seat and your will probably find yourself saying “oh hell no” more than a few times. And yes, that is Mandy Moore.
Wine pairing: A Rhône Red wine is in order when sharks are involved. The Famille Perrin Vinsobres Les Cornuds is packed with aromas of berries, figs, and violets.The wine is full of life and bite.
Three ladies working for the federal reserve come up with a scheme to steal money. What do you get when you mix Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah, and Katie Holmes? A very good time. It’s a wacky scheme, but entertaining to watch. Clearly, I’ve been tardy to the Katie Holmes party. I never knew she was funny.
Wine pairing: Break out a bottle of Lillet Blanc and serve with an orange slice. It’s sophisticated, flirty, and straightforward on the palate. It fits with the personalities of the three ladies in the film.
Grace & Frankie
This show has the same charm as Golden Girls ( minus a few girls) and with some twists. Grace (Jane Fonda) and Frankie ( Lily Tomlin) find themselves living together after their husbands announce that they are gay and in love with each other. It’s one adventure after another. There’s four seasons to enjoy.
Wine pairing: A bottle of Arrogant Frog Cabernet-Merlot will do the trick. It’s a bit bougie, but very humble, kind of like Grace and Frankie.
Pride & Prejudice Zombie:
If you like a good love story and zombies this one’s the right pick. The movie is based off of a book parody of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Long story short, it’s the 19th century, a plague is turning the lovely English countryside into a zone full of the dead coming back to life. While it didn’t do good at the box office, but I found it to be a clever and fun film.
Wine pairing: The Légende Bordeaux Rouge by Domaine Barons De Rothschild brings an affordable red blend Bordeaux with aromas of berries and vanilla. This wine is good for love, zombies, and a reminder that the French wine is boss.