Top 3 Wine and Food Picks for a Movie Night In

By / Food / February 25th, 2015 / 3

Spring is never coming – I’m convinced. I’ll wake up one morning and it will be summer. So, I’ve decided to hunker down and stay in until that day comes. A good movie, some yummy grub and a glass of wine (or two) will be the routine until that mercury starts to rise. Here are my top three picks for a movie night, in.


Chinese Takeout

Chinese takeout is my favourite movie night meal. I don’t have to cook – which in itself is a huge indulgence – but I also truly enjoy the decadence of the flavours and textures…especially after a week of disciplined eating and exercise. I am partial to bubbles, so my top wine pick would be an Italian Prosecco. The slight sweetness will complement the sweeter flavours of some dishes while the acidity will help combat the oiliness of others. But, if I’m feeling red (likely with this recent cold snap), I’ll go with a Beaujolais Villages. Fruity, fresh and again, full of bright acidity.


An old favourite, with good reason. Easy to make (yes, I make my own pizza), easy to eat while enjoying the comforts of a great sofa and easy to pair with a glass of wine. What you put on your pizza will best dictate what to drink with it. Regardless of your other topping choices, if you’re using a pizza sauce, you’ll need to choose a wine that can stand up to the acidity of the tomatoes. I’m a veggie girl, who occasionally throws on some chicken or shrimp, so I stick to a classic Chianti or a lighter Rhône blend. But, if you like to pile on the meat, go with an Australian Shiraz or a Californian Zinfandel.


Wine with fajitas and nachos? Why not! Don’t get me wrong, I love a good Mexican beer…in the summer. To combat the winter blues, I prefer pairing my spicy, Mexican food with a dry rosé from Provence or an American Pinot Noir. If I can find a bubbly rosé, even better! If you like your dishes packed full of spice and piled high with jalapeños (like I do), absolutely stay away from high tannin and high alcohol reds.


Shannon is an urban soul living (and loving) a small-town, country life. Short term goals include always keeping her wine glass, and outlook on life, half-full. Long term goal…taking her three boys on a 6 month south Pacific adventure. We’ll keep you updated.

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