A lot of people have set quarantine goals. Although I tend to be of the mindset that getting through it is the only goal — period — I have tried to use the extra time at home to explore one of my growing passions: wine.
And while non-essential travel is obviously out of the question for us for awhile, I have been able to virtually get away via Netflix and Amazon Prime to some pretty incredible wine destinations — and I’ve learned A LOT in the process.
If you love wine, too, and have a thirst for knowing more about how it’s made, where it’s made, and everything else vino, read on … and then stream on. Oh, and I’ve got pairing suggestions for each wine show, too, so sip on as well!
5 Shows to Stream if You Love Wine
1. Tin City
It’s no secret that I’m partial to all things Paso Robles, and this documentary for purchase or rent on Amazon Prime details one of the most interesting and unique areas in all of Paso (and maybe all of wine): Tin City. This little epicurean hub of tasting rooms, restaurants, and shops is totally unique (and DELICIOUS), and this film lets you meet some of the creative winemakers, brew and cider masters, and distillers behind it all.
Pair with: Ask your local wine shop for something out of Tin City in Paso if they have it. If not, go for the most interesting and unique or rebellious wine they’ve got.
2. Grand Cru
This is a beautiful award-winning documentary about star winemaker Pascal Marchand in Burgundy during the catastrophic 2016 season which saw devastating frosts, hailstorms, and disease in the vineyards. Grab a bottle and settle in for an hour and 20 minutes full of romance and drama on Amazon Prime (free with ads at the time of this writing).
Pair with: The best 2016 bottle from Burgundy you can swing. Or, any special bottle you’ve been holding on to and need a good reason to open.
3. A Year in Burgundy
Another award-winning documentary about Burgundy on Amazon Prime, this is the movie that taught me SO much about the region. It profiles various winemakers with really different philosophies and styles over the challenging 2011 season. With beautiful music and gorgeous cinematography, it’s an intimate behind-the-scenes look at winemaking in one — if not the — most prestigious and acclaimed areas of the world.
Pair with: Bottles from 2011 are hard (and pricey) to come by, so try exploring other areas of France like Rhône (especially Southern) or Loire.
4. V is for Vino
I came across this approachable and lighthearted series on Amazon Prime during my maternity leave and now I’m anxiously awaiting the third season. It’s a fun, novice-friendly show that takes you to different wine regions and explains the science and culture behind different kinds of wine. Founded and hosted by certified sommelier Vince Anter, it’s kind of like having your own personal wine educator who’s as chill as your BFF.
Pair with: What Vince is actually drinking!
This might just be my next favorite wine movie next to Sideways. Original to Netflix, Uncorked tells the fictional story of a young man who’s torn between his dream of becoming a master sommelier (AKA, the hardest thing to do ever) and his father’s expectations that he’ll take over the family barbecue business.
Pair with: Your favorite barbecue, along with one of these suggested pairings from Wine Folly.
Have any other suggestions? I’m all ears … or eyeballs … or tastebuds! –Jenn