The best part of Christmas break is being able to stay in your PJs two or three days in a row, eat enormous amounts of sweets, drink Cab/champagne/grenache with breakfast and watch all your favorite movies, if you’re into that sort of thing, which I am most heartily. Our family loves Christmas movies which we start watching Thanksgiving night and continue until Christmas. It’s such an obsession that we started a collection and try to add a new one each year. It’s a Christmas sickness. Some people collect ornaments. We collect holiday films.
Now, the way we determine the order in which these beloved Christmas films are viewed is by quoting lines to each other . . . sounds weird, I know. So, I might say to my husband, “In the heat of battle my father wove a tapestry of obscenities that as far as we know is still hanging in space over Lake Michigan.”
And He’ll reply, “We came here to rob them and that’s what we’re gonna do – beat their heads in, gouge their eyes out, slash their throats. Soon as we wash the dishes.”
And I’ll agree by quipping “Your opinion of me has no cash value.”
The deal is sealed with “I’ll say one thing about prison. You meet a better class of people.” And we open a bottle and watch We’re No Angels.
In order to get into the “feel” of the film which is based in Cayenne or “Devil’s Island”, we opened a lovely Malbec from the mountains of Argentina.
Eventually we went back to my first pick after quoting, “Flick? Flick who?” There are Jeopardy like questions to be pondered while watching The Christmas Story such as is Victor the real name of Lone Ranger’s nephew’s horse?
It’s a challenge to avoid watching this classic while channel surfing because a few stations loop it continually the week before Christmas. We are always on the hunt for a delicious wine to pair perfectly with Chinese turkey. This year we paired something new with the old.
Petit 2013 Pinotage Stellenbosch South Africa: Sustainably farmed and produced by Ken Forrester Wines. 14%ALC. SRP $14. Nice dark fruit aroma and light-bodied. It’s my first foray into Pinotage which I’ve heard rumored can be tricky to produce a likable vintage. Poor dear gets a bad rap apparently. Petit was slightly sweet with dark fruit, crab apples and mild acidity.
Finally, Christmas isn’t complete in my house without sabering a few bottles of bubbly. My very favorite film to pair with it is Christmas In Connecticut. If sparkling wine was a film, this one is it. Effervescent, light-hearted, and a slightly sweet finish to the dry humor, it leaves you feeling positively giggly.
Quotables abound and Barbara Stanwyck charms with, “John, darling, when you’re kissing me, don’t talk about plumbing.” and “You don’t know what a mink coat does for a girl’s morale.”
Oh the bubbles! Chloe Prosecco D.O.C. was a new venture for us despite Proseccos being staples in our cellar. The Wine Shop had a Christmas special at $12 a bottle and our trusty clerk said it was light and delicious. Besides we always had the Mumm “in the trunk” if it didn’t work out. Chloe was floral and peachy with a crisp apple finish which rounded out the delightful cinematic evening. The Mumm Prestige would wait until New Year’s Eve!
And so, I leave you with this final film quote. Try and guess which one it’s from and Happy New Year!
“Oh well, don’t you worry. Magoo got you in, Magoo will get you out.”