Slashers & Sips- Movie & Wine Pairings
Scream 4- Boneshaker Zinfandel (Hahn Wines)
It’s the time of year when people will pair Halloween movies with wine. That’s all good, but some of us love a good slasher movie/tv show year round (even during the Christmas season). As some of you know I am going into the genre with my writing so I spend quite a bit of time with killers and thrillers. Here are some of my movie picks and wine pairings when you crave a little murder, mystery, and mayhem. Cheers!
The first scream is a slasher master piece. While I like them all, Scream 4 felt fresh and came at us with a new attitude. I attribute most of that to the fact that Wes Craven was doing what he did best. This go round Sydney isn’t in hiding, she’s written a book and on tour to promote her new release in the town that made her famous. Dewey has moved up the ranks and Gail is bored with small town living. As soon as Sydney hits the town, the slashing starts. Let the games begin.
Pairing: Boneshaker Zinfandel produced by Hahn Winery, who is known for their fabulous red wines. Produced in Lodi, this wine comes in bold with intense flavors of fruit, spices, and vanilla. It will make you scream.
Annabelle- Mumm Napa Brut Prestige
Creepy dolls are always a hell no, but Annabelle takes it to another level First of all, if you throw a doll away and she ends up showing up at your new home, you know something is about to go down. Run girl! Long story short, a couple begins to experience some supernatural situation involving a vintage doll (or shall we say creepy AF doll) shortly after their home is invaded by satanic cultists. It’s all a hot mess from there.
Pairing: The Mumm Napa Brut ($19.99) is an excellent pairing for this flick since it all goes down in Cali and it has delicious layers of white flowers, citrus, and vanilla. It’s so good even Annabelle would approve.
Law & Order: Criminal Intent- Les Frères Bastard Red
The Peacock app has brought back this series in a big way. While it’s not a movie, this has some great episodes of killers and slashers. If you are a Law and Order fan you might even agree that it is the best series out of all of them. Long story short, you have ten seasons to get into the mind of a killer with some of the best actors around. It tends to be an intense and New York filled ride, You may be surprised who pops into to guest star on the show. Besides Vincent D’Onofrio and Kathyrn Erbe, later episodes star Chris Noth and Jeff Goldblum.
Pairing: Les Frères Bastards ($12) a sip worthy blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre made to bring you a touch of southern French style. The wine is affordable but comes with a touch of elegance which pairs perfectly with this smart cop/killer show.
Black Christmas- Apothic Dark
This slasher flick is a loose remake with a touch of feminist turning of the tables. It follows a group of sorority sisters at Hawthorne College as they are preyed upon by an unknown stalker. They are the only people left on campus for the holidays so help is are to find. Let’s just say that they decide to show the stalker who’s the boss. This one proved to be a whole lot of fun to watch.
Pairing: Apothic Dark ( $12.99) is a good way to go with this flick. This brooding and dark red is make by kick ass women winemaker, it’s bold like the sorority sisters as it brings in aromas of blackberries, plums, and chocolate.
The Purge: Election Year- Chronic Purple Paradise
I have to confess that the reason I watched this movie in the first place is because of fine ass Frank Grillo then I happened to really like it. In this go round, former Police Sergeant Barnes (Grillo) becomes head of security for Senator Charlie Roan, a Presidential candidate targeted for death on Purge night due to her vow to eliminate the Purge. People want their purge so she has to go. This flick is perfect in an election year with a side of pandemic.
Pairing: Chronic Cellars Purple Paradise ($13.99) with its mix of dark cherries, strawberries, and vanilla. This killer wine is the perfect pairing as you sip through the slashing of it all. Purge on!