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Strawberry Basil Chicken & Kylie Ryan Rosé

By Laina Carter of McGrail Vineyards

With strawberry being the overwhelming flavor on the palate for most vintages of our Rosé, I thought it was about time to incorporate actual strawberries into one of my Rosé pairings. That strawberry component was even more noticeable for me in this new 2020 vintage than it’s ever been! The composition of our newest Rosé varies drastically from that of years past, but it somehow is very reminiscent of our recent vintages. To be exact, our 2020 Rosé is 59.74% Merlot, 28.76% Malbec, 7.5% Grenache Blanc, and 5% Sauvignon Blanc; this is pretty different to our all-red 2019 and 2018 vintages, which were three equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Malbec. Adding those extra bits of Grenache Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc will inevitably incorporate gorgeous tropical fruit and herbal notes, which coincide with the basil and balsamic in this strawberry basil chicken dish. Overall, it’s an elegant and delightful pairing.

strawberry basil chicken

Strawberry Basil Balsamic Chicken

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, chopped into 1/2″ pieces
  • 8 oz. small ciliegine mozzarella balls, chopped into 1/2″ pieces
  • 1/2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar glaze (slightly thicker and sweeter than regular balsamic vinegar)
  • 2 tbsp. Georgia peach white balsamic glaze (I used Gourmet Blends’ version, but Amazon has some highly rated alternatives)
  • 4 8 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Heat grill on medium.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine chopped strawberries, chopped mozzarella, and balsamic glazes. Stir well.
  3. Season chicken breasts with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  4. Grill chicken breasts over medium heat (about 250 degrees F) for 10-12 minutes, or until they’ve reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  5. Plate cooked chicken breasts.
  6. Add chopped basil to strawberry and mozzarella salad. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix.
  7. Evenly spoon strawberry and mozzarella salad over chicken breasts.
  8. Serve immediately with a side of toasted bread and of course a few glasses of our delicious Kylie Ryan Rosé!
strawberry basil chicken

Please let us know if you end up making these pairings and if you have any feedback! We’d love to hear it.

Cheers and enjoy!

Wine at Home

Grilled Beef Tagliata Over Arugula & Timeless Cab

By Laina Carter of McGrail Vineyards

This recipe is so simple and easy to make, but so refreshing in the way that it’s actually a phenomenal pairing and full of amazing flavor. Fresh arugula, herbs, parmesan, and Meyer lemon are classic Italian ingredients that can truly bring a dish to life. With just minimal ingredients, this beef tagliata dinner can bring out the best of our Timeless Cab. Speaking of “the best,” our Timeless is actually the best of our favorite vintages from our estate property. The Lot 567 version is a combination of our 2015, 2016, and 2017 estate Cabernet Sauvignon all blended into one bottle. It’s fantastic!

grilled beef tagliata

Grilled Beef Tagliata & Arugula Salad

Makes about 2 servings.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 8 oz. beef sirloin steaks
  • 1 tbsp. garlic
  • 1 tbsp. fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 tsp. fresh oregano leaves
  • 1 tsp. fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • 1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
  • Salt, pepper, and onion powder to taste
  • 4 cups organic arugula, cleaned and dried
  • 1/2 cup shaved parmesan
  • 2 tbsp. Meyer lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Take steaks out of refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature.
  2. Heat grill on medium.
  3. In a food processor, combine garlic, rosemary, oregano, parsley, and thyme. Process until broken down into paste.
  4. Liberally season steaks with salt, pepper, and onion powder. Using a basting brush, evenly coat steaks in herb paste.
  5. Grill steak for three minutes on each side, then another three minutes on each side (a total of 12 minutes per steak and 6 minutes per each side of steak). This is how I grill a steak that has a medium thickness to achieve a medium-rare doneness. Steaks can be cooked for a longer or shorter amount of time to achieve desired doneness. Allow steak to rest for 5-10 minutes before cutting.
  6. Place two cups arugula on two plates. Sprinkle half of your parmesan on each. Mix together your lemon juice and olive oil in a small bowl, then drizzle half on each plate. Season your salad with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Once steak has rested, slice into 1/2″ pieces. Place each steak on each plate.
  8. Enjoy salad alongside a couple glasses of McGrail Timeless Cab!
grilled beef tagliata

Please let us know if you end up making these pairings and if you have any feedback! We’d love to hear it.

Cheers and enjoy!

Wine at Home

Mini Beef Wellington & “the Good Life” Cabernet

By Laina Carter of McGrail Vineyards

This mini beef Wellington pairing suggestion was made by Heather McGrail as we tasted the new release wines for our February 2021 quarter. Heather, who was on a low-carb diet at the time was craving beef Wellington, which is how this pairing came to fruition. I have to say, it’s a fabulous pairing. The umami of the mustard, mushroom, and shallot match the heartiness of “the Good Life’s” palate, while the fat in the filet mignon and the puff pastry tames the tannins in the wine. It’s practically a perfect pairing.

Mini Beef Wellington Pairing

Mini Beef Wellington

Makes about 4 servings.


INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 large shallot (about 2 oz.), minced
  • 1 tbsp. garlic, minced
  • 8 oz. crimini mushrooms, minced
  • 1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
  • pink Himalayan sea salt, fresh cracked pepper, and garlic powder to taste
  • 2 16 oz. cuts filet mignon
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup dijon mustard
  • 2 flaky pastry circles (net wt. 16 oz.), about 9″ in diameter each
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp. water
Mini Beef Wellington Pairing

DIRECTIONS:

Mini Beef Wellington Pairing
  1. Remove filet from refrigerator and allow to reach room temperature.
  2. Heat a medium-sized, non-stick pan on medium heat.
  3. Add minced shallots and garlic. Cook until translucent. Add mushrooms and thyme. Cook until the majority of mushroom liquid has evaporated and mushroom mixture has browned slightly (about 7-10 minutes), stirring occasionally. Once cooked, remove from pan and set aside.
  4. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  5. Season filet with salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste.
  6. In the same pan used for mushroom mixture, heat olive oil on high heat. Once oil is hot, sear cuts of filet on both sides for about 1 minute for each side. Remove from heat. Allow to rest.
  7. Brush each filet with dijon mustard.
  8. Using a floured flat surface, lay out each puff pastry circle.
  9. Take about half of the mushroom mixture and lay it out flat on the center of a puff pastry circle.
  10. Place a filet in the center and fold flaps of pastry over the meat, like you would fold a burrito, so the meat is completely covered. Use your fingers to seal the pastry together.
  11. Place on an oiled baking sheet with seam side on the bottom.
  12. Repeat steps 9-11 with your second pastry circle and filet.
  13. Optional: If you have extra puff pastry, use it to create fun designs to place on top of your pastry-covered filet. I used some pie crust cutter stamps that look like leaves and acorns on my beef Wellington.
  14. In a small bowl, whisk and egg and water together to create egg wash.
  15. Using a basting brush, brush egg wash onto puff pastry.
  16. Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden-brown. Place on a plate, cover with foil, and allow to rest for about 10 minutes before serving.
  17. Enjoy with a bottle of our amazing A Jó Élet, or “the Good Life,” Cab!

Please let us know if you make this fancy comfort fare at home! I’d appreciate feedback and would love to hear from you.

Cheers and enjoy!

Wine at Home

Jägerschnitzel and Jägersoße and C. Tarantino Cabernet

By Laina Carter of McGrail Vineyards

I think I always say this, so excuse me if I sound repetitive, but I really love our C. Tarantino Cab. It’s just different from our other Cabs, but specifically in that it’s made with a different clone of Cabernet than what’s planted on our estate or our Lucky 8 Vineyard. Even though the vineyard in which these grapes are grown is only a mile from our own estate, the soil is very different, which makes the wine different. It’s always incredibly balanced, but the acidity is so great, which makes it fantastic for pairing with food. That’s not say it’s difficult to get down on a whole bottle of this; it’s incredibly smooth and drinkable, with soft tannins. I just love it.

Like one of my favorite wines, German food is also a comfort to me. While tasting the newest vintage of our C. Tarantino Cab, Mark, Heather, Jen, and I were brainstorming what we thought would be the best pairings for each of our new wines. Jägerschnitzel and Jägersoße, pork schnitzel with rich mushroom gravy, immediately came to mind. I hope you all are able to enjoy this pairing as much as I have!


Jägerschnitzel & Jägersoße

***I have placed the mushroom gravy ahead of the pork schnitzel because it should be made prior to making the schnitzel***


Jägerschnitzel and Jägersoße

Jägersoße – Mushroom Gravy

Makes about 6 servings.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 slices thick-cut bacon
  • 1 medium yellow onion (about 6 oz.), sliced thinly
  • 1 tbsp. garlic, minced
  • 12 oz. fresh mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  • 4 tbsp. salted butter, melted
  • 4 tbsp. flour
  • 1 tsp. teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cups chicken or beef broth
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh cracked pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. Himalayan sea salt

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Heat a large, thick-bottomed pan on medium heat. Once up to heat, add bacon and fry until cooked through. Remove bacon from pan and set aside.
  2. Increase heat to medium-high. Add onions and cook until translucent, then add garlic and cook until browned.
  3. Stir in mushrooms and cook for 5-7 minutes or until liquid has evaporated.
  4. Add butter. Stir. Add flour and continue to stir for 1-2 minutes or until it has been mixed into mushroom mixture well.
  5. Add thyme and red wine. Stir. Allow to wine evaporate for about a minute.
  6. Add balsamic vinegar, broth, pepper, and salt. Stir continuously until most of the liquid has evaporated and gravy has become thick. Reduce heat to low. Cover and allow to simmer for about 5-10, stirring occasionally.
  7. Remove gravy from heat, but keep it warm. Immediately start on your pork chops to enjoy with your gravy (recipe below).

Jägerschnitzel – Breaded & Fried German Pork Chop

Makes about 4 servings.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Canola oil or avocado oil for frying the pork chops
  • 4 boneless pork chops, about 8 oz. each
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1-2 large eggs
  • Optional: Fresh parsley as a garnish

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Cover pork chops completely in plastic wrap. Using the flat side of a meat tenderizer, pound pork chops until they are about 1/4″ thick.
  2. Season pork chops with paprika, onion powder, pepper, and salt.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl, combine flour and breadcrumbs. Mix well.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk egg(s).
  5. In a deep pan or griddle, heat oil to 330 degrees F. The oil should sit about 1/6″ deep in the pan.
  6. Take each flattened pork chop one-by-one and placed on a plate. Use a basting brush to coat pork chop in egg.
  7. Dump the flour mixture on another plate and dredge each egg-coated pork chop in it. Be sure to shake any excess mixture from pork chop and do not push mixture into pork chop.
  8. As soon as the pork chop has been coated in flour mixture, place it directly in the hot oil. Fry each pork chop for about 2-3 minutes per side, or until a golden-brown. Immediately place on a plate covered in paper towels to absorb any extra oil.
  9. Serve each pork chop with a spoonful or two of mushroom gravy and a glass of McGrail C. Tarantino Cabernet.
Jägerschnitzel & Jägersoße

Please let us know if you make this classic German dish of Jägerschnitzel and Jägersoße at home! I’d appreciate feedback and would love to hear from you.

Cheers and enjoy!

Wine at Home

Gourmet Popcorn and Wine Pairings

By Laina Carter of McGrail Vineyards & Winery

Being stuck at home can be mundane. Here is the ultimate time-passing trifecta: binge-worthy shows, alongside gourmet popcorn and wine pairings! Cheers!


About These Gourmet Popcorn Recipes

I think it might be important for me to preface these recipes by saying I created most of them using plain popcorn kernels in a microwaveable popcorn maker. I understand that not everyone has one of these in their homes, but if you love popcorn as much as I do, I highly recommend purchasing one. They vary in price, depending on the seller, but most are between $12 and $30 online. Mine has been around since the 1990’s, so it’s a justifiable purchase, if you choose the right one. An eight pound jug of Orville Redenbacher’s unpopped popcorn kernels can be purchased on Amazon for $11.49 and will last you 3-4 months (even if you are an avid popcorn eater) or longer. I’d say it’s a pretty reasonable investment overall.

If you choose not to purchase a popcorn maker and unpopped kernels, a microwaveable bag, or bags (dependent upon the recipe), of plain popcorn may be used in their place. I do not recommend using plain pre-popped popcorn because the consistency and quality is just not the same.


I also want to say thank you very much to my brave taste testers, Andy and Tina Halvorsen, for their honest input on each of these pairings. Cheers!


Binge-Worthy Television, Gourmet Popcorn, and Wine Pairings

Similar to our Worldly Wine & Picture Pairings blog post, the overarching theme of this one is based on the fact that people are stuck at home right now, probably spending a lot of their time drinking their stash of good wine and binging streamable shows and movies. I know this is something I often find myself doing when I’m not working. There are so many excellent shows that are easily streamable on various networks, it can sometimes be overwhelming to choose which one to watch. I’ve done the work for you, by pairing these gourmet popcorn and wine pairings with a television genre and several show suggestions for each. All you have to do is choose your favorite wine or your favorite T.V. genre, then whip up your popcorn recipe and choose a show! Simple enough, right?

Why did I choose popcorn to pair with these wines and T.V. shows? Well, everyone likes popcorn. Unlike its Jelly Belly flavor, actual popcorn is loved by all. It’s also effortless to make and so versatile; there’s practically a million different ways to jazz it up. Most importantly, it’s the best snack to mindlessly stuff your face with when watching T.V. and movies. Gourmet popcorn and wine pairings could be an entire meal if you’re willing to let it be.

Keep reading for all of our wine and popcorn pairing recipes OR tap the button below for our Binge-Worthy Television, Gourmet Popcorn, and Wine Pairings blog post.


All Gourmet Popcorn and Wine Pairings Recipes


A Jó Élet, “the Good Life,” Cabernet Sauvignon & Spiced Mexican Chocolate Almond Popcorn

Makes about 7 servings.

Gourmet Popcorn and Wine Pairings

Ingredients:

ALMONDS
  • 1 cup raw sliced almonds
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. chili powder
  • 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cayenne
  • pink Himalayan sea salt to taste
POPCORN
  • 1/4 cup uncooked popcorn kernels
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. chili powder
  • 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • pink Himalayan sea salt to taste
SPICED MEXICAN CHOCOLATE
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate flavored melting wafers
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. almond cocoa spread
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup 72% cacao dark chocolate chips

Directions:

ALMONDS
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl or Ziploc toss all ingredients, coating almonds evenly in spice mixture.
  3. Lay out in a single layer on lined sheet pan.
  4. Bake for ten minutes, then remove from oven, and allow to cool.
POPCORN
  1. Prepare popcorn according to cooking directions. Lay out in a single layer on lined sheet pan.
  2. Drizzle olive oil over popcorn. Gently toss to coat popcorn evenly with olive oil.
  3. In a small bowl, combine chili powder, cinnamon, and sea salt.
  4. Sprinkle spice mixture over popcorn and gently toss to distribute.
SPICED MEXICAN CHOCOLATE
  1. In a microwaveable bowl, heat melting wafers on defrost setting. The instructions on melting wafer package said to melt on defrost for 30 seconds to a minute, but it took me almost three minutes to get them completely melted. Make sure to take out and stir about once per minute.
  2. Once melting wafers have melted and are still hot, add cocoa almond spread and cinnamon. Stir well.
  3. If chocolate mixture has begun to harden, microwave on defrost for a little longer.
  4. While still hot, drizzle chocolate mixture over popcorn. Quickly sprinkle dark chocolate chips over popcorn, so they begin to melt. Toss popcorn to coat evenly in melted chocolate.
  5. While still warm, sprinkle spiced almonds over popcorn. Gently toss popcorn until almond slivers stick to melted chocolate.
  6. Serve warm with a glass of our delicious Good Life Cabernet Sauvignon!

Austin James Cabernet Sauvignon & Smoked Paprika BBQ Bacon Popcorn

Makes about 10 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 5 pieces thick sliced bacon
  • 1/3 cup uncooked popcorn kernels
  • 2 tbsp. salted butter
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. bacon grease
  • 1 tsp. dry mild BBQ rub (I used Kinder’s)
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano leaves
  • pink Himalayan sea salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Place bacon slices about an inch apart on lined baking sheet.
  3. Bake bacon slices for about 15-20 minutes at 450 degrees F. Make sure to keep an eye on it. Bacon should be as crispy as possible, but not burnt. Save 1 1/2 tablespoons bacon grease to use later. Mince sliced bacon.
  4. Prepare popcorn according to cooking directions. Place in large bowl.
  5. Melt butter. Add bacon grease to melted butter so it becomes liquified. Stir.
  6. Drizzle about half of butter mixture over popcorn at a time, gently tossing popcorn in bowl after each drizzle to evenly distribute butter mixture throughout popcorn.
  7. In a small bowl, combine dry BBQ rub, onion powder, paprika, dry oregano, and pink Himalayan sea salt. Mix together.
  8. Sprinkle about half of dry seasoning mixture over popcorn at a time, gently tossing popcorn in bowl after each sprinkle to evenly distribute seasoning mixture throughout popcorn.
  9. Sprinkle with minced bacon. Gently toss to distribute.
  10. Enjoy right way with a glass of our Austin James Cab.

C. Tarantino Cabernet Sauvignon & Sun-Dried Tomato Parmesan Popcorn

Makes about 10 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup uncooked popcorn kernels
  • 4 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 1/2 tsp. nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 2 tsp. dry garlic & herb dressing seasoning
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup roasted pine nuts
  • pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Prepare popcorn according to cooking directions. Place in large bowl.
  2. In a food processor or blender, blend together olive oil and sun-dried tomatoes, until a paste is formed. Wait a few minutes for the oil to settle before removing from blender or food processor. Use a spatula to scrape out as much olive oil as possible.
  3. Drizzle about half of olive oil paste over popcorn at a time, gently tossing popcorn in bowl after each drizzle to evenly distribute olive oil mixture throughout popcorn.
  4. In a small bowl, combine nutritional yeast, Italian seasoning, and dry garlic & herb dressing seasoning. Mix together.
  5. Sprinkle about half of dry seasoning mixture over popcorn at a time, gently tossing popcorn in bowl after each sprinkle to evenly distribute seasoning mixture throughout popcorn.
  6. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, pine nuts, and pepper. Gently toss to distribute.
  7. Enjoy right away with a glass of our amazing C. Tarantino Cab!

Charlie Rae Chardonnay & Salted Caramel & Butterscotch Popcorn

Makes about 10 servings.

Gourmet Popcorn and Wine Pairings

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup uncooked popcorn kernels
  • 4 tbsp. salted butter
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/3 cup butterscotch chips
  • optional: 1/3 cup white chocolate chips
  • pink Himalayan sea salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Prepare popcorn according to cooking directions. Lay out in a single layer on 2 lined sheet pans.
  2. Preheat oven to 230 degrees F.
  3. Heat butter in a small pan over medium.
  4. Once melted, add brown sugar, corn syrup, and sea salt. Stir to combine.
  5. Turn heat to low. Simmer for four minutes. Be sure not to stir.
  6. Quickly whisk in vanilla and baking soda.
  7. Immediately pour over popcorn on sheet pan, then toss to coat evenly in caramel.
  8. Bake in oven for 45 minutes, tossing once or twice to further coat popcorn in caramel mixture.
  9. Remove from oven. While popcorn is still hot, sprinkle with butterscotch and optional white chocolate chips, so they begin to melt. Toss popcorn to coat evenly in melted chocolate.
  10. While still warm, sprinkle pink Himalayan sea salt over popcorn. Gently toss popcorn.
  11. Enjoy with a glass of our delicious Charlie Rae Chardonnay.

Colton’s Cabernet & Herbs de Provence Asiago Popcorn

Makes about 10 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup uncooked popcorn kernels
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. dried herbs de Provence
  • pink Himalayan sea salt to taste
  • rosemary and olive oil asiago cheese, finely grated (I used Trader Joe’s version, but I think other brands may be easily found at various grocers)

Directions:

  1. Prepare popcorn according to cooking directions. Place in large bowl.
  2. Drizzle about a third of olive oil over popcorn at a time, gently tossing popcorn in bowl after each drizzle to evenly distribute olive oil over popcorn.
  3. Repeat step 2, but instead of drizzling oil, sprinkle the dried herbs de Provence seasoning.
  4. Sprinkle with pink Himalayan sea salt and gently toss to distribute.
  5. Serve warm with a sprinkling of rosemary asiago. You may use as much or as little as you prefer.
  6. Enjoy immediately with a glass of our Colton’s Cabernet Sauvignon!

Gracie Sparkling Brut & Orange Lavender Vanilla Honey Popcorn

Makes about 10 servings.

Gourmet Popcorn and Wine Pairings

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup uncooked popcorn kernels
  • 2 tbsp. organic coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. dried culinary lavender
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • vanilla bean, cut down the middle
  • 2 tbsp. organic honey
  • 1/2 tbsp. orange zest

Directions:

  1. Prepare popcorn according to cooking directions. Lay out in a single layer on lined sheet pan.
  2. In a small pan, heat coconut oil on low, until it is melted.
  3. Add lavender, vanilla extract, and vanilla bean. Stir. Allow to cook in coconut oil on low for about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Add honey and stir until it is melted into coconut oil.
  5. Add orange zest. Stir.
  6. Using a mesh strainer, strain debris from coconut oil mixture. Do not allow to cool.
  7. While coconut oil mixture is still hot, drizzle over popcorn on sheet pan, evenly coating popcorn in mixture. Toss popcorn together while mixture is still hot to further distribute coconut oil mixture.
  8. Optional: Garnish with more orange zest or 1/2 teaspoon finely minced culinary lavender.
  9. Serve with a glass of our Gracie Sparkling Brut!

James Vincent Cabernet Sauvignon & Dark Chocolate Coconut Cashew Popcorn

Makes about 14 servings.

Gourmet Popcorn and Wine Pairings

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup uncooked popcorn kernels
  • 3 tbsp. organic coconut oil
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut flakes
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup 72% cacao dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup roasted unsalted cashews, chopped
  • pink Himalayan sea salt

Directions:

  1. Prepare popcorn according to cooking directions. Lay out in a single layer on lined sheet pan.
  2. In a small pan, heat coconut oil on low, until it is melted.
  3. Add shredded coconut flakes. Allow to cook in coconut oil on low for about 3-5 minutes, or until slightly brown, stirring attentively.
  4. Remove from heat. Once coconut oil and flakes have cooled for about 1-2 minute, add vanilla extract.
  5. While coconut oil mixture is still hot, drizzle over popcorn on sheet pan, evenly coating popcorn in mixture. Toss popcorn together while mixture is still hot to further distribute coconut oil mixture.
  6. Quickly sprinkle dark chocolate chips and chopped cashews over popcorn, so they begin to melt. Toss popcorn to coat evenly in oil and melted chocolate.
  7. Sprinkle with pink Himalayan sea salt and gently toss to distribute.
  8. Serve with a tasty glass of our James Vincent Cab!

Kylie Ryan Rosé & Classic Kettle Corn

Makes about 14 servings.

Gourmet Popcorn and Wine Pairings

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup uncooked popcorn kernels
  • 3 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1/3 tsp. pink Himalayan sea salt

Directions:

  1. In a large pot, heat vegetable oil on medium.
  2. Stir in popcorn kernels, sugar, and sea salt.
  3. Once popcorn begins to pop, continuously shake the pot to ensure popcorn does not burn. When popping has slowed to about every 3 seconds, remove pot from heat.
  4. Pour popcorn in a bowl or over a lined baking sheet, breaking up any clumps.
  5. Enjoy with a chilled glass of our Kylie Ryan Rosé!

McGrail Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve & Black Pepper BellaVitano Popcorn

Makes about 10 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup uncooked popcorn kernels
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2/3 cup black pepper BellaVitano cheese
  • pink Himalayan sea salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Prepare popcorn according to cooking directions. Place in large bowl.
  2. Drizzle about half of olive oil over popcorn. Gently toss popcorn to evenly distribute oil throughout popcorn. Drizzle second half of olive oil mixture over popcorn. Toss again.
  3. Sprinkle cheese over popcorn. Gently toss popcorn to evenly distribute through popcorn.
  4. Sprinkle sea salt and pepper over popcorn. Gently toss popcorn to evenly distribute through popcorn.
  5. Enjoy immediately with a glass of our McGrail Cab Reserve.

McGrail Clone 8 Cabernet Sauvignon & Savory Sharp Cheddar Mustard Onion Thyme Popcorn

Makes about 19 servings.

Gourmet Popcorn and Wine Pairings

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup uncooked popcorn kernels
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tsp. dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp. dry thyme leaves
  • 1 tsp. garlic and herb dressing seasoning*
  • 1 tsp. green onion dip mix*
  • 2 tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • pink Himalayan sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups honey mustard onion pretzel pieces, smashed into small pieces
  • extra sharp cheddar, finely grated

*you may use 2 teaspoons of either the garlic and herb dressing seasoning or the green onion mix if you wish not to use both.

Directions:

  1. Prepare popcorn according to cooking directions. Place in large bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, combine melted butter, olive oil, and mustard. Stir to combine.
  3. Drizzle about a third of olive oil mixture over popcorn. Gently toss popcorn to evenly distribute oil throughout popcorn. Drizzle another third of olive oil mixture over popcorn. Toss again. Drizzle last bit and toss again.
  4. In a small bowl, combine thyme, garlic and herb dressing seasoning, green onion dip mix, nutritional yeast, sea salt, and pepper. Mix well.
  5. Sprinkle seasoning mixture over popcorn. Gently toss popcorn to evenly distribute through popcorn.
  6. Add pretzel pieces. Mix.
  7. Sprinkle cheddar over popcorn. Gently toss popcorn to evenly distribute through popcorn.
  8. Enjoy immediately with a glass of our Clone 8 Cab.

McGrail Clone 15 Cabernet Sauvignon & Pomegranate Balsamic Aged Gouda Popcorn

Makes about 10 servings.

Gourmet Popcorn and Wine Pairings

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup uncooked popcorn kernels
  • 2 1/2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. pomegranate balsamic vinegar reduction (I used Gourmet Blends’ version, but Amazon has some highly rated alternatives too)
  • aged gouda, finely grated
  • pink Himalayan sea salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Prepare popcorn according to cooking directions. Lay out in a single layer on lined sheet pan.
  2. Drizzle olive oil over popcorn. Gently toss popcorn to evenly distribute oil throughout popcorn.
  3. Drizzle balsamic vinegar over popcorn. Gently toss popcorn to evenly distribute throughout popcorn.
  4. Sprinkle aged gouda over popcorn. Gently toss popcorn to evenly distribute through popcorn.
  5. Add pink Himalayan sea salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Enjoy immediately with a glass or two of our Clone 15 Cab.

McGrail Family Chardonnay & Asian-Inspired Vegan “Chicken” Ramen Popcorn

Makes about 15 servings.

Gourmet Popcorn and Wine Pairings

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup uncooked popcorn kernels
  • 1 tbsp. vegan butter
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 4 tsp. vegan chicken-less seasoning salt (I used Trader Joe’s version)
  • 1 tbsp. sesame seeds
  • 7 oz. dry uncooked Japanese style ramen noodles, smashed
  • 1 cup dry roasted unsalted cashew pieces
  • 1/2 cup roasted unsalted pistachio meats
  • 1 cup sesame stick snacks, smashed into small pieces
  • 1 cup Japanese rice crackers, smashed into small pieces
  • 2 cups garlic ginger wonton strips

Directions:

  1. Prepare popcorn according to cooking directions. Place in large bowl.
  2. Melt butter on the stove or in the microwave. Add sesame oil and stir.
  3. Drizzle about a half of butter and oil mixture over popcorn at a time, gently tossing popcorn in bowl after each drizzle to evenly distribute oil mixture over popcorn.
  4. Repeat step 3, but with vegan chicken-less seasoning salt and sesame seeds.
  5. Add remaining ingredients and toss gently.
  6. Enjoy with a tasty glass of our McGrail Family Chardonnay!

McGrail Malbec & Dark Chocolate Berry Popcorn

Makes about 10 servings.

Gourmet Popcorn and Wine Pairings

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup uncooked popcorn kernels
  • 3 oz. organic raspberry 70% cacao dark chocolate
  • 2 tbsp. organic blackberry marmalade
  • 2/3 cup dark chocolate chunks
  • pink Himalayan sea salt

Directions:

  1. Prepare popcorn according to cooking directions. Lay out in a single layer on lined sheet pan.
  2. In a microwaveable bowl, heat organic raspberry dark chocolate on defrost setting until melted completely. Make sure to take out and stir about once per minute.
  3. Once chocolate has melted and is still hot, add blackberry marmalade. Stir well. If chocolate mixture has begun to harden, microwave on defrost for a little longer.
  4. While still hot, drizzle chocolate mixture over popcorn. Toss gently to coat popcorn with chocolate. Quickly sprinkle dark chocolate chunks over popcorn, so they stick to popcorn.
  5. Sprinkle pink Himalayan sea salt over popcorn.
  6. Enjoy with a glass of our yummy McGrail Malbec!

McGrail Merlot & Truffle Sharp Cheddar Parmesan Popcorn

Makes about 10 servings.

Gourmet Popcorn and Wine Pairings

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup uncooked popcorn kernels
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. truffle oil
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • pink Himalayan sea salt to taste
  • 1/3 cup sharp cheddar cheese, finely grated*
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan*

*I used 2/3 cups Trader Joe’s Unexpected Cheddar cheese, finely grated, instead of both sharp cheddar and parmesan

Directions:

  1. Prepare popcorn according to cooking directions. Place in large bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, combine olive oil and truffle oil. Stir.
  3. Drizzle about a third of oil mixture over popcorn at a time, gently tossing popcorn in bowl after each drizzle to evenly distribute oil mixture over popcorn.
  4. In a small bowl, combine dried basil, onion powder, dried oregano, and Italian seasoning. Mix well.
  5. Repeat step 3, but with dry seasoning mixture.
  6. Serve each bag or bowl of popcorn warm with a healthy sprinkling of cheese and pink Himalayan sea salt.
  7. Enjoy straight away with a glass of our Merlot!

Patriot Cabernet Sauvignon & Brown Butter Dark Chocolate Toasted Hazelnut Popcorn

Makes about 14 servings.

Gourmet Popcorn and Wine Pairings

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup uncooked popcorn kernels
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 3/4 cup dry roasted unsalted hazelnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dry roasted unsalted hazelnuts, whole
  • 1/2 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup 60% cacao dark chocolate chips
  • pink Himalayan sea salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Prepare popcorn according to cooking directions. Lay out in a single layer on lined sheet pan.
  2. In a small pan, heat butter on low. Allow to cook until it begins to brown.
  3. Add hazelnuts and brown sugar. Stir. Cook for about 3 minutes, stirring attentively, not allowing ingredients to burn.
  4. While still hot, drizzle butter and hazelnuts over popcorn. Quickly sprinkle dark chocolate chips over popcorn, so they begin to melt. Toss popcorn to coat evenly in butter and melted chocolate.
  5. Sprinkle with pink Himalayan sea salt and gently toss to distribute.
  6. Serve with a glass of our delicious Patriot Cabernet Sauvignon!

Peyton Paige Sauvignon Blanc & Hot Chili Lime Street Corn Popcorn

Makes about 10 servings.

Gourmet Popcorn and Wine Pairings

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup uncooked popcorn kernels
  • 4 tbsp. salted butter
  • 2 tsp. lime zest
  • 1 tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp. low sodium chili lime seasoning
  • 1/2 cup chili and lime flavored rolled tortilla chips, crushed
  • 1/2 cup giant Peruvian Inca corn snacks, smashed into small pieces
  • 2 cups chili and lime flavored rolled tortilla chips
  • 2 cups freshly grated cotija cheese

Directions:

  1. Prepare popcorn according to cooking directions. Place in large bowl.
  2. In a small pan, heat butter on low. Once melted, add lime zest. Allow to simmer for about 2 minutes.
  3. While still hot, drizzle butter and lime zest over popcorn. Toss popcorn to coat evenly in butter.
  4. In a small bowl, combine chili lime seasoning and nutritional yeast. Mix together.
  5. Sprinkle chili lime seasoning and nutritional yeast over popcorn, so it sticks to butter on popcorn. Gently toss popcorn to coat evenly in chili lime seasoning mixture.
  6. Add remaining ingredients and toss gently.
  7. Enjoy right away with a tasty glass of our Peyton Paige Sauvignon Blanc!

Shamus Patrick Red Blend & Taco Popcorn

Makes about 10 servings.

Gourmet Popcorn and Wine Pairings

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup uncooked popcorn kernels
  • canola oil cooking spray
  • 1/2 tsp. lime zest
  • 1 tsp. mild taco seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin
  • 1/8 tsp. coriander seeds
  • 1/3 cup salted giant Peruvian Incan corn, smashed
  • 3.5 oz. Santa Fe style tortilla strips
  • 1/3 cup salted giant Peruvian Incan corn, smashed
  • 1/3 cup oven-baked cheese bites, smashed
  • shredded Mexican cheese blend

Directions:

  1. Prepare popcorn according to cooking directions. Place in large bowl.
  2. Spray liberally with cooking spray. Toss gently. Spray again. Toss again.
  3. Sprinkle lime zest over popcorn. Gently toss to evenly distribute through popcorn.
  4. In small bowl, combine taco seasoning, paprika, cumin, and coriander. Mix well.
  5. Sprinkle dry seasoning over popcorn. Gently toss to evenly distribute through popcorn.
  6. Add smashed salted giant Peruvian Incan corn and oven-baked cheese bites to popcorn. Toss to mix.
  7. Serve warm with a sprinkling of shredded Mexican cheese blend. You may use as much or as little as you prefer.
  8. Enjoy immediately with a glass of our delightful Shamus Red Blend.

Slainte Red Blend & Peanut Butter, Chocolate, & Potato Chip Popcorn

Makes about 7 servings.

Gourmet Popcorn and Wine Pairings

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup uncooked popcorn kernels
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate flavored melting wafers
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup roasted, unsalted peanuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Reese’s baking pieces and candy
  • 1/2 cup lightly salted reduced guilt potato chips, smashed
  • pink Himalayan sea salt

Directions:

  1. Prepare popcorn according to cooking directions. Lay out in a single layer on lined sheet pan.
  2. In a microwaveable bowl, heat melting wafers on defrost setting. The instructions on melting wafer package said to melt on defrost for 30 seconds to a minute, but it took me almost three minutes to get them completely melted. Be sure to take out and stir about once per minute.
  3. Once melting wafers have melted and are still hot, add peanut butter. Stir well.
  4. If chocolate mixture starts to harden, microwave on defrost for a little longer.
  5. While still hot, drizzle chocolate mixture over popcorn. Toss gently.
  6. Immediately sprinkle chopped peanuts, Reese’s pieces & candy, and smashed potato chips over popcorn, so they stick to chocolate. Toss popcorn to coat evenly in melted chocolate.
  7. Sprinkle with pink Himalayan sea salt.
  8. Enjoy with a glass of our Slainte Red Blend!

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Wine Cocktails

Holiday Mulled Wine Recipe from McGrail

By Laina Carter of McGrail Vineyards

Regardless of the fact our winemaker isn’t always pleased with me when I make cocktails and other drinks that involve adding something to his wine, Mark and I both know some people LOVE that sort of thing, and in this business, it’s all about making customers happy. It’s fun, trendy, and just a change of pace. While discussing this sometimes sore subject with our SIP Club members, Mark mentioned having drunk Glögg (or did he call it Glühwein?) in his younger years.

What the heck am I talking about? Holiday mulled wine. Glögg and Glühwein are the Swedish and German names, respectively, for it. In Swedish, it translates to “glowing ember,” and in German, it means “glowing wine,” which seems to imply that this stuff can make you feel pretty dang good when you drink it. Mark recalled having a foggy memory after just one glass. Somehow he’s still quite fond of the stuff, but I’m curious to know exactly what was in it.

Traditionally, mulled wine contains baking spices, fruit, and wine, of course, and it’s typically drunk around Christmastime. It’s quite simple to make, but it sure can make you feel warm and fuzzy inside! This is an easy recipe I’ve made up using our Shamus Patrick Red Blend. We’re looking forward to sharing this with our SIP Club members this week!

Holiday Mulled Wine

Holiday Mulled Wine

Ingredients:

  • 750mL bottle McGrail Shamus Patrick Red Blend
  • 1 navel orange, sliced into rounds
  • 1 lemon, sliced into rounds
  • 2 star anise
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 5 black pepper corns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup apple or orange juice (optional)
  • 1/3 cup brandy, dark rum, or bourbon (optional)
  • 1/2 cup whole cranberries, as a garnish (optional)
  • extra cinnamon sticks, as a garnish (optional)
Holiday Mulled Wine

Directions:

  1. In a large sauce pan, combine Shamus Patrick Red Blend, orange slices, lemon slices, star anise, cloves, cinnamon sticks, black pepper corns, bay leaf, brown sugar, and optional juice and liquor. Stir to combine.
  2. Heat the wine over medium-high, until it just reaches a simmer, then cover and reduce heat to low. Do not allow to boil, as this could cook out the alcohol. Allow to simmer for at least 15 minutes and up to three hours.
  3. Use a mesh strainer to remove all non-liquid ingredients from wine before serving.
  4. Serve warm in your favorite mug and garnish with cranberries or extra cinnamon sticks, while enjoying your favorite holiday movies.
Holiday Mulled Wine

What You Should Know About Mulled Wine

  • Glühwein is sometimes prepared “mit Schuss,” or with a shot, which is why I included the optional brandy or rum in the recipe.
  • If you somehow have leftover mulled wine, it should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator and should ideally be consumed within three days.
  • To reheat the mulled wine, simply bring it to a simmer on low heat in a large sauce pan on the stove.
  • Fresh ginger, cardamom pods, nutmeg, allspice, and raisins can be added to mulled wine, depending on one’s personal preferences.

Holiday Mulled Wine

National Mulled Wine Day

Celebrate National Mulled Wine Day with us on March 3rd, 2021!


Please let us know if you make this warm holiday recipe and what your thoughts are! We love to hear from you.

Cheers!

Wine Cocktails

Holiday Sangria Recipe from McGrail

By Laina Carter of McGrail Vineyards

Regardless of the fact our winemaker isn’t always pleased with me when I make cocktails and other drinks that involve adding something to his wine, Mark and I both know some people LOVE that sort of thing, and in this business, it’s all about making customers happy. It’s fun, trendy, and just a change of pace.

Sangria is perhaps one of the most popular drinks to create with wine. Traditionally, sangria contains chopped fruit, red wine, and some kind of spirit. It’s quite simple to make, but it sure can make you feel fun and festive! This is an easy recipe I’ve made up using our Red Blend. I hope you enjoy this holiday sangria recipe!

Holiday Sangria Recipe

Holiday Sangria Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped honey crisp apples
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped Bosc pears
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped D’Anjou pears
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange slices
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime slices
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon slices
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons whole cloves
  • 1 bottle of McGrail Red Blend
  • 3/4 cup brandy
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice
  • 1 cup ginger beer
  • 6 oz. lemon lime soda
  • 6-8 oz. berry-flavored sparkling water
  • 6-8 oz. orange-flavored sparkling water
  • Rosemary sprigs and cinnamon sticks for garnish

Directions:

  1. In a large punch bowl or very large pitcher, combine cranberries, chopped apples, chopped pears, orange slices, lime slices, lemon slices, pomegranate arils, cinnamon sticks, cloves, Cabernet, brandy, orange juice, and cranberry juice. Stir.
  1. Chill for at least an hour. We’ve found that allowing it to sit overnight maximizes the fruit and spice flavors.
  2. Add ginger beer, lemon lime soda, and sparkling water. Stir.
  3. Serve over ice. Add rosemary sprigs and/or cinnamon sticks as a garnish.
  4. Enjoy!

Please let us know if you make this holiday sangria recipe! We’d love to hear from you.

Cheers!

Wine at Home

Binge-Worthy TV, Gourmet Popcorn, and Wine Trios

By Laina Carter of McGrail Vineyards

Inspired by another stay-at-home order issued for the Bay Area, I’ve imagined my favorite pairings yet. I know how mundane being stuck at home can get, so here are the ultimate time-passing pairings: binge-able shows that you can easily stream, along with a bowl of flavorful, gourmet popcorn and a fat glass of your favorite wine! Enjoy these binge-worthy TV, gourmet popcorn, and wine pairings!


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TV, gourmet popcorn, and wine pairings

Similar to our Worldly Wine & Picture Pairings blog post, the overarching theme of this TV, gourmet popcorn, and wine one is based on the fact that people are stuck at home right now, probably spending a lot of their time drinking their stash of good wine and bingeing streamable shows and movies. This is something I often find myself doing.

There are so many excellent, easy-to-stream shows on various networks, it can sometimes be overwhelming to choose which one to watch. I’ve done the work for you and have paired each popcorn and wine pairing with a television genre and have listed several suggestions for each. This way, all you have to do is choose your favorite wine or your favorite TV genre and your popcorn pairing recipe and shows are right there for you! Simple enough, right?

TV, gourmet popcorn, and wine pairings

I chose popcorn to pair with these wines and TV shows because everyone likes popcorn. Unlike its Jelly Belly flavor, actual popcorn is loved by all. It’s also effortless to make and so versatile; there’s practically a million different ways to jazz it up. Lastly, it’s the best snack to mindlessly stuff your face with when watching TV and movies.

Keep reading for all of our TV, gourmet popcorn, and wine pairings OR tap the button below for just our popcorn pairing recipes.


TV, Gourmet Popcorn, & Wine Pairings

Choose your favorite wine OR your favorite television genre!

TV, gourmet popcorn, and wine pairings are listed in order by the name of each wine. Yes, I’ve included all of our wines! Corresponding popcorn recipes can be found linked below each wine’s header.


Table of Contents

A Jó Élet, “the Good Life” Cabernet Sauvignon & Mind-Bending Dystopian Science Fiction & Psychological Thrillers

Our seriously bold, inky Cabernet is as dark, mysterious, and unexpected as these poignant series are. While bingeing a show that is unpredictable, and even sometimes psychologically distressing, our comforting “Good Life” will keep you feeling safe and cozy on your couch. Now, pair that with dark chocolate cinnamon almond popcorn for some serious relaxation during these hair-raising episodes. This TV, gourmet popcorn, and wine pairing is a scream!

Disclaimer: I don’t recommend watching these shows with young children present, as they can be scary, display violence, and/or contain vulgar language.


Black Mirror (2011-2019)

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Rated R

If you haven’t already seen it, then you’ve surely heard of it. Black Mirror is a brilliant British series of mini dramas that takes a dark, cynical delve into the ways in which technology impacts and interacts with humans. Insane twists and turns throughout will keep you on your toes and fully engaged. Each episode is unique, but all will leave you questioning every element of technology in your life. Since each episode is a stand-alone drama, this series doesn’t have to be watched in any specific order. I recommend starting with episodes “White Bear” or “White Christmas,” from Season 2, or “Nosedive” from Season 3. In my opinion, these are some of the more mild episodes, but still give viewers a good idea of what to expect. Season 1 was given a 98% rating by Rotten Tomatoes, but you should watch it for yourself.

Watch it for free on Netflix or buy episodes for $3.99 each on Amazon Prime Video. *Find a special interactive episode on Netflix.*

Watch the trailer for Season 1 here.


The Twilight Zone (2019-Present)

TV, gourmet popcorn, and wine pairings
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Rated TV-14+

Jordan Peele, the director of psychological thrillers Get Out and Us, is also narrator and creator of this classic science fiction and fantasy reboot. As he does in his two most well-known films, Peele touches on human fears, desires, and prejudices, but this time through episodical metaphors. Like Black Mirror, the Twilight Zone series is composed of individual stand-alone episodes. As is to be expected, some episodes are better than others, but all are honestly pretty creepy. I personally enjoyed the first three episodes of Season 1 the best. Rotten Tomatoes said of Season 1, “the Twilight Zone explores the strangeness of the modern world through Rod Serling’s winning formula, creating a thought-provoking — if not always spine-tingling showcase for” … “Peele and his exceptional crop of collaborators.”

Watch it with a CBS All Access subscription (Amazon Prime members get a free one month subscription) or buy individual episodes on YouTube for $1.99.

Watch the Season 1 trailer here.


American Horror Story (2014-Present)

TV, gourmet popcorn, and wine pairings
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Rated TV-MA

From the creators of Glee, Nip/Tuck, Ratched, and so many other phenomenal series, American Horror Story encapsulates its title through flagrant gore and truly terrifying story lines in both the human and paranormal worlds. The aesthetics throughout the 9-season show are just as impressive as the series is scary. Each season contains its own storyline, though there is some overlap with certain seasons. It would seem that every viewer has a favorite season, but that is subjective, of course. My personal favorite is Season 3: Coven, but they’re all great in their own ways. 94% of Google Users said they liked the show. You might fall into that category, but there’s only one way to find out: watch it… if you dare!

Catch American Horror Story on Netflix or Amazon Prime Video.

Watch the Season 3 trailer here.


Westworld (2016-Present)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Watch it on HBO Max, Hulu, or purchase episodes on Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, or iTunes.
  • Preview Westworld here.

Russian Doll (2019-Present)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 97%
  • Watch Russian Doll on Netflix.
  • Watch the preview for Russian Doll here.

Austin James Cabernet Sauvignon & True Crime Documentaries & Dramatizations 

Like the wrongdoings that take place in these true crime documentaries and dramatizations, our Austin James is bold. Pair it with some electrifying bacon and BBQ spice popcorn to get your inner sleuth fired up! The bacon will smooth out the tannins in this three-vineyard Cabernet blend, but the wine will warm your soul as you venture through some of history’s most ruthless crimes with this TV, gourmet popcorn, and wine pairing.


American Crime Story (2016-Present)

TV, gourmet popcorn, and wine pairings
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Rated TV-MA

From genius Producer Ryan Murphy, American Crime Story is another exquisitely beautiful series with A-list actors and incredible aesthetics. Each season of the two-season show is based on a different controversial crime story within our lifetimes. Season 1 was about the O.J. Simpson murder trial in the mid-nineties, with a bronco-driving Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J., a perm-donning Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark, Emmy-winning Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden, along with many other well-known actors and actresses. Season 2 was based on the murder of Gianni Versace and the myriad other crimes of his killer Andrew Cunanan. It’s rumored the third season is about Clinton’s late-’90s impeachment trial. Even though we’ve lived through these events, each episode is still a thrill ride. The average tomatometer of the two seasons gives this show a 93% rating, with season 1 scoring higher than its predecessor.

Watch it on Netflix or purchase individual episodes for $1.99 on YouTube or iTunes.

Watch the trailer for Season 1: the People v. O.J. Simpson here.


Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, And Madness (2020)

TV, gourmet popcorn, and wine pairings
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Rated TV-MA

I think most people binged this one at the beginning of the pandemic, but if you didn’t, you truly are missing out. This documentary about America’s exotic animal owners takes you on a non-stop roller coaster through the jungle that is the southeastern United States. Just when you think things can’t get more wild, a metaphorical monsoon of elephants is dropped out of the sky (or someone gets their arm ripped off by a tiger). Every single episode is thoroughly entertaining, and if you watch it and disagree, you will, at a minimum, feel so much better about your own life choices. Rotten Tomatoes rates Tiger King at 86%.

Find Tiger King on Netflix.

Watch our spoof on Tiger King here.

Watch the trailer here.


Interrogation (2020)

TV, gourmet popcorn, and wine pairings
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Rated TV-MA

Based on the true story of his mother’s murder in mid-1980s Los Angeles, this dramatized series closely follows the life of 17-year-old, drug-addicted Eric Fisher. Aside from the season finale, this show is designed so that each episode can be watched in whatever order the viewer chooses; this is meant to emulate the manner in which a cold case detective might approach the case. You, as the viewer, get to decide who is guilty of the murder, based on the way in which the evidence is laid out to you. Conceptually, this series is awesome. The acting isn’t too bad either. 80% of Google users said they liked this show.

Stream Interrogation on CBS All Access.

Watch the trailer here.


Mindhunter (2017-2019)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 98%
  • Catch Mindhunter on Netflix.
  • Watch the trailer here.

The Ripper (2020)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 80%
  • Watch it on Netflix.
  • Catch the trailer here.

Making A Murderer (2015-2018)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 84%
  • Find Making A Murderer on Netflix.
  • Watch the trailer here.

Manhunt: Deadly Games (2017)

  • Rated TV-14
  • Watch it on Netflix, Hulu, Sling TV, fuboTV, or purchase episodes on Amazon Prime Video, Google Play Movies & TV, iTunes, or YouTube.
  • Catch the trailer for season 1 here.

Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer (2021)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatos rating: 71%
  • Stream it on Netflix.
  • Watch the trailer here.

Unsolved Mysteries (2020-Present)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 77%
  • Watch Unsolved Mysteries on Netflix.
  • Watch the trailer here.

C. Tarantino Cabernet Sauvignon & Dark Dramedies

One thing I really love about our C. Tarantino Cab is its gorgeous acidity, which makes it perfect for pairing with food, especially Italian food! This parmesan herb sun-dried tomato popcorn makes an incredible Italian food substitute to pair with our beautifully acidic Cab. Both will hold you over through the laughter and the tears of these dark dramedies in this TV, gourmet popcorn, and wine pairing.


Santa Clarita Diet (2017-2019)

TV, gourmet popcorn, and wine pairings
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Rated TV-MA

Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant play husband-wife realtor duo in this hilariously horrific Netflix series. The suburb-dwelling couple, raising a teenage daughter in Santa Clarita, are faced with a supernatural challenge when Barrymore unwittingly eats some bad seafood. Things begin to get unexpectedly bloody and undead very quickly, but this real estate-selling team can handle anything… dead or alive. This series cleverly touches on the obstacles of marriage, parenthood, and being undead, all while keeping you laughing. Rotten Tomatoes gave this comedic horror a rating of 89%, but you should watch for yourself.

Binge Santa Clarita Diet on Netflix.

Watch the trailer here.


What We Do in the Shadows (2019-Present)

TV, gourmet popcorn, and wine pairings
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Rated TV-14

Based loosely on Taika Waititi and Jermaine Clement’s 2014 mockumentary film, this recent FX series takes place in the suburbs of New York City, following the lives of four vampiric roommates, who attempt to navigate today’s world and modern social scene with antiquated garb and outdated ideas. Akin to its antecedent film, What We Do in the Shadows, this show also reveals the disheartening relationship between a vampire and its “familiar,” the motives of vampire slayers, and the similarities and differences between vampires and other supernatural creatures. The comedy throughout is bitingly sharp, and according to Rotten Tomatoes, its second season, which received a 100% rating, “savvily expands its supernatural horizons while doubling down on the fast flying fun.” Don’t miss out on this hidden gem of dark comedy.

Watch What We Do in the Shadows on Hulu. New episodes can be found on FX.

Preview season 2 here.


Dead to Me (2019-Present)

TV, gourmet popcorn, and wine pairings
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Rated TV-MA

When her husband is murdered in a hit and run, Jen, portrayed by Christina Applegate, seeks help in grieving at a local support group. Here, she meets Judy, played by Linda Cardellini, who is suffering a loss of her own. The pair of opposites become fast friends, but Judy is hiding something from Jen. Judy’s secrets eventually surface and their friendship is tested. Tears, laughter, drama, and even murder follow. Rotten Tomatoes gave the series an overall rating of 89%, and said of the show’s second season, which received a slightly higher rating than the first, “doubles down on the twists” and “makes excellent use of its well-matched leads.”

Stream Dead to Me on Netflix now.

Watch the trailer here.


Nurse Jackie (2009-2015)

  • Rated R
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 81%
  • Episodes of Nurse Jackie may be purchased on YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, or Google Play Movies & TV.
  • Preview Nurse Jackie here.

In the Dark (2019-Present)

  • Rated TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 73%
  • In the Dark can be streamed on Netflix and the CW. Episodes may be purchased on YouTube.
  • Watch the trailer here.

Charlie Rae Chardonnay & Dark Female-Lead Dramas

This salted caramel butterscotch popcorn is so sweet, buttery, and when paired with our Charlie Rae Chardonnay, fabulous… kind of like the female leads in these dramas! This TV, gourmet popcorn, and wine pairing is dangerously divine.


Good Girls (2018-Present)

TV, gourmet popcorn, and wine pairings
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Rated TV-MA

When housewife Beth discovers that her husband’s car dealership is going under and her family’s savings have been drained, she finds herself desperate to make ends meet. She calls on her sister Annie and best friend Ruby for help, as they too are hurting both financially and emotionally. The three concoct a plan to find money, with no holds barred. Upon finding money, the three moms find theirselves in more trouble than they had ever expected. Shocking twists and turns ensue throughout this series, with a healthy amount of laughs sprinkled in. Rotten Tomatoes gave this NBC series an overall rating of 87%, but seasons 2 and 3 were both rated 100%. Watch the first two or three episodes and you won’t be able to stop.

Stream Good Girls on NBC, Netflix, Hulu, Sling TV, YouTube TV, or fuboTV.

Watch the trailer here.


Sharp Objects (2018)

TV, gourmet popcorn, and wine pairings
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Rated TV-MA

This gripping, eight-episode series is based on a Gillian Flynn novel by the same title (Flynn also authored psychological thriller “Gone Girl”). Amy Adams plays Camille Preaker, a reporter who returns to her quaint hometown to investigate the homicides of young girls. Camille’s past traumas and the reasons she left her hometown–her overbearing mother, her spiteful stepfather, the gossipy women of the small town, and the tragic passing of her younger sister–come to light, along with present demons. Unfortunately, this show lacks closure following the insane twist that takes place in the very last moment of the limited series. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a rating of 92% and said “a nearly unbearable slow burn, Sharp Objects maintains its grip with an unshakably grim atmosphere and an outstanding cast led by a superb Amy Adams.” Be sure to watch it all the way through. Nothing is really as it seems.

Watch Sharp Objects on HBO Max, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, or Youtube TV.

Catch the trailer here.


How to Get Away with Murder (2014-2020)

  • Rated TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 88%
  • Stream it on Netflix now.
  • Watch the trailer here.

Unbelievable (2019)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 98%
  • Stream Unbelievable on Netflix.
  • Watch the trailer here.

Big Little Lies (2017-2019)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 89%
  • Stream it on HBO Max, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, or YouTube TV.
  • Watch the trailer here.

Little Fires Everywhere (2020)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Stream Little Fires Everywhere on Hulu.
  • Watch the trailer here.

Colton’s Cabernet Sauvignon & Comedic Animated Sitcoms

Just as Colton’s Cabernet is relatively easy to drink, the animated comedies in this TV, gourmet popcorn, and wine pairing are a piece of cake to watch. Throw some tasty herb popcorn into the mix, to complement the Colton’s Cab, and just enjoy! Whether you’re having a bad day or the best day ever, these animated comedy pairings are sure bring a smile to your face!


Family Guy (1999-Present)

TV, gourmet popcorn, and wine pairings
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Rated TV-14

While this show isn’t for everyone, I personally love how shrewd and chaotic it is. Producer Seth MacFarlane isn’t afraid to take jabs at anyone or anything. Covering the daily lives of the Griffin family, Family Guy paints patriarch Peter’s stupidity as unexpectedly endearing. The entire show is mostly mindless fun, with some witty humor sprinkled in. If you watch enough Family Guy, the Griffin family will eventually steal your heart, whether you like it or not. Laughs aren’t guaranteed if this isn’t your cup of tea, but if it turns out to be, the laughs won’t stop coming.

Catch new episodes of Family Guy on FOX and reruns on TBS. Most seasons can be streamed on FOX NOW, Hulu, fuboTV, Sling TV, and episodes may be purchased on YouTube, iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, and Vudu.

Watch the trailer for Season 19 of Family Guy here.


The Simpsons (1989-Present)

TV, gourmet popcorn, and wine pairings
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Rated TV-14

I’d imagine that most American adults have seen at least a clip of the Simpsons. Similar to Family Guy, the Simpsons covers the ridiculous antics of the Simpsons family. Although Homer Simpson usually means well, he often finds himself in trouble, while son Bart prides himself on being a troublemaker. Homer’s sweet daughter Lisa is every parent’s dream child, but sometimes a little too much so. His wife Marge is constantly working to fix Homer’s mistakes. These easy watching episodes may be watched in whatever order the viewer chooses. Enjoy reacquainting yourself with this American classic.

New episodes can be watched on FOX and reruns on Freeform. Stream the Simpsons on FOX NOW, Disney+, Hulu, YouTube TV, Sling TV, and fuboTV. Episodes may be purchased on Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, and YouTube.

After 31 seasons, the Simpsons has become an icon of American popular culture, so instead of a trailer, here is a compilation of some of the show’s best bits, to remind you how hilarious it is.


Bob’s Burgers (2011-Present)

  • Rated TV-13+
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 91%
  • New episodes can be watched on FOX, reruns on TBS and Cartoon Network. Stream Bob’s Burgers on Hulu, YouTube TV, Sling TV, and fuboTV. Episodes may be purchased on Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, and YouTube.
  • Watch a 2018 Comic-Con highlight reel of Bob’s Burgers here.

Rick and Morty (2013-Present)

  • Rated TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 94%
  • New episodes and reruns can be watched on Cartoon Network. Stream Rick and Morty on Hulu, HBO Max, YouTube TV, and Sling TV. Episodes may be purchased on Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, and YouTube.
  • Watch a trailer for seasons 2 and 3 of Rick and Morty here.

Futurama (1999-2013)

  • Rated TV-PG
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 95%
  • Watch it on Comedy Central, Hulu, YouTube TV, Sling TV, or fuboTV.
  • Watch the original 1999 trailer here.

F is for Family (2015-Present)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 87%
  • Find F is for Family on Netflix.
  • Preview here.

Gracie Sparkling Brut & Feel-Good Comedic Sitcoms

Just as I would imagine Gracie would prefer, I’ve paired her delicious namesake bubbles with TV shows and popcorn that just make you happy. This binge-worthy TV, gourmet popcorn, and wine pairing trio is just simply enjoyable.


The Good Place (2016-Present)

TV, gourmet popcorn, and wine pairings
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Rated TV-14

Kristen Bell and Ted Danson star in this hilarious series about the afterlife. Vulgar and selfish Eleanor Shelstrop (played by Bell) questions her qualifications for being sent to “the good place” when she is killed by a truck carrying a billboard for an erectile dysfunction pill. When she realizes there has been a mistake, Eleanor tries to blend into “the good place” and fool its creator Michael (played by Danson), although Michael himself isn’t actually as good as he’d like Eleanor and other residents of “the good place” to believe. Watch the entire series for a cast of A-list comedians and some dark-rooted laughs, romance, and shocks. Rotten Tomatoes gave the Good Place a rating of 97%.

Watch on Netflix or purchase episodes on Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, or YouTube.

Watch the season 1 trailer here.


Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015-2019)

TV, gourmet popcorn, and wine pairings
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Rated TV-14

Kimmy was stuck in an underground bunker as part of a doomsday cult for 15 years of her young life, until she and several other “Indiana mole women” are rescued. Forced back into the unfamiliarity of the real world, ultra-optimistic Kimmy moves to New York City, perhaps one of the most unfamiliar places of all, to reclaim her life. She hastily rents a room from wannabe Broadway star Titus and sketchy, eccentric New Yorker landlord Lillian and accepts a job from ultra-wealthy, elite, stay-at-home mom Jacqueline. The series, created by Tina Fey, is brilliant in its constant and witty humor, following Kimmy through her daily, cheerful naïveté. Rotten Tomatoes gave the show an overall rating of 96%, though its second season received a perfect score, and said it “is still odd in the best of ways, wonderfully building on its unique comedy stylings and brilliantly funny cast.”

Watch on Netflix. *Includes special interactive episode*

Preview here.


The Office (2005-2013)

  • Rated TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 81%
  • Stream on Peacock, YouTube TV, or Philo. Episodes may be purchased on Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, iTunes, and Google Play Movies & TV. Reruns can be found on Comedy Central.
  • Watch the season 1 trailer here.

Schitt’s Creek (2015-2020)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 93%
  • Find Schitt’s Creek on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, YouTube TV, or fuboTV. Episodes may be purchased on iTunes, YouTube, Google Play Movies & TV.
  • Watch the trailer here.

Community (2009-2015)

  • Rated TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 88%
  • Watch on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, or fuboTV.
  • Watch the trailer here.

Arrested Development (2003-2019)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 93%
  • Stream Arrested Development on Netflix or Hulu now.
  • Watch the season 4 trailer here.

Parks and Recreation (2009-2015)

  • Rated TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 93%
  • Watch Parks and Recreation on Peacock, YouTube TV, Sling TV, or fuboTV. Reruns can be found on Comedy Central and IFC.
  • Preview season 1 here.

30 Rock (2006-2013)

  • Rated TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 78%
  • Enjoy on Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, or Peacock. Purchase episodes on iTunes, YouTube, or Google Play Movies & TV.
  • Watch highlights from the pilot episode here.

James Vincent Cabernet Sauvignon & Dark Dramas

Just like this bold Cab, its popcorn pairing is rich and decadent. Enjoy the dark duo with these dark dramas for the ultimate TV, gourmet popcorn, and wine trio.


The Walking Dead (2010-Present)

TV, gourmet popcorn, and wine pairings
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Rated TV-MA

Based on a comic book series of the same name, the Walking Dead begins with Georgia law officer Rick Grimes waking up in a hospital after being shot in a job-related shooting, with not a single ~living~ person in sight. He soon realizes the world has become very different from the one he once knew. Grimes must learn how to fend for himself in a world overtaken by the undead and the many untrustworthy living creatures who he crosses on his journey to find his family and rebuild civilization. With incredibly gruesome and graphic gore, this show may not be for everyone, and it’s especially not for children. The suspense, drama, and thrill of rebuilding society while fending off walkers will keep you hooked if you can stomach this show’s literal blood and guts. Rotten Tomatoes gave the Walking Dead a rating of 81%.

Stream on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube TV, Sling TV, or fuboTV. New episodes air on AMC.

Watch the trailer here.


Yellowstone (2018-Present)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 74%
  • Watch now on Peacock, YouTube TV, fuboTV, or the Paramount Network. New episodes air on the Paramount Network. Episodes may be purchased on Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, or Google Play Movies & TV.
  • Watch the trailer here.

Fargo (2014-Present)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 93%
  • Stream on Hulu, YouTube TV, Sling TV, or fuboTV. New episodes air on FX. Individual episodes may be purchased on Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, iTunes, or Google Play Movies & TV.
  • Watch the season 1 trailer here.

Peaky Blinders (2013-Present)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 93%
  • Find now on Netflix or purchase episodes on iTunes.
  • Watch the season 1 trailer here.

Game of Thrones (2011-2019)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Roten Tomatoes rating: 89%
  • Watch now on HBO Max, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, or YouTube TV. Purchase episodes on YouTube, iTunes, or Google Play Movies & TV.
  • Watch the trailer for season 1 here.

The Sopranos (1999-2007)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 92%
  • Watch now on HBO Max, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, or YouTube TV. Purchase episodes on YouTube, iTunes, and Google Play Movies & TV.
  • Watch trailer here.

Boardwalk Empire (2010-2014)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 92%
  • Watch on HBO Max, Hulu, YouTube TV, or Amazon Prime Video. Purchase episodes on iTunes, YouTube, or Google Play Movies & TV.
  • Watch the trailer here.

Kylie Ryan Rosé & Strong Female-Lead Series

What could possibly be more feminine than pink wine? Our Rosé is like the cosmo of the wine world, which is why it pairs so well with some of these classic TV shows with strong female leads and humbly delicious kettle corn. This TV, gourmet popcorn, and wine pairing has your daily dose of girl power!


Scandal (2012-2018)

TV, gourmet popcorn, and wine pairings
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Rated TV-14

Everyone in Washington D.C. has skeletons in their closet, but anyone who wants to keep them there needs Olivia Pope on their side. Pope (played by Kerry Washington), a former media consultant to the president, opens a crisis management firm to patch up holes that leak the drama, corruption, and scandal of the American political scene. Olivia’s staff at the firm work tirelessly to fix the lives of others, but can’t seem to be able to do the same for themselves. Whether you love her or hate her, there is no denying Pope is a bad ass. Shonda Rhimes is behind this political thriller, offering up plenty of drama, pain, suspense, and, of course, a soulful soundtrack. Of its second season, Rotten Tomatoes said “owning its soap-like sensibilities, Scandal creates enticingly addictive narratives, with surprising twists and fascinatingly damaged characters,” and gave it an overall rating of 93%.

Stream now on Hulu. Episodes may be purchased on YouTube, iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, or Google Play Movies & TV.

Watch the trailer here.


Sex and the City (1998-2004)

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Rated TV-MA

I’d imagine most people have at least heard of Sex and the City, but if you haven’t, I’ll give you a quick synopsis. Carrie Bradshaw, played by Sarah Jessica Parker, narrates the show about New York City womanhood in the late 1990s. SATC primarily focuses on the lives of four women: Charlotte, Samantha, Miranda, and Carrie, of course. Carrie is a sex columnist, who lives for romance, drama, and a really beautiful pair of designer shoes. Sweetheart Charlotte, who works at an upscale art gallery, is the most modest of the bunch. Samantha is content with being a sex-crazed blonde bombshell, while Miranda is an extremely cynical, grumbly, career-minded lawyer. No matter what hardships are thrown at the foursome, they stick together through it all. A reboot is planned for 2021, so if you haven’t yet watched it or are looking for a sign to rewatch it, this is it.

Stream now on Hulu, HBOMax, YouTube TV, Amazon Prime Video, or Sling TV. Reruns can be watched on E!. Purchase individual episodes on iTunes, YouTube, or Google Play Movies & TV.

Watch a trailer here.


Marvel’s Jessica Jones (2015-2019)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 83%
  • Stream now on Netflix or purchase episodes on Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, YouTube, or Google Play Movies & TV.
  • Watch the trailer here.

Veep (2012-2019)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 93%
  • Watch on HBO Max, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, or YouTube. Individual episodes may be purchased on iTunes, YouTube, or Google Play Movies & TV.
  • Watch the trailer here.

The Crown (2016-Present)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 91%
  • Catch the Crown on Netflix.
  • Watch the trailer here.

New Girl (2011-2018)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 95%
  • Stream on Netflix. Find reruns on TBS. Episodes may be purchased on iTunes, YouTube, or Google Play Movies & TV.
  • Watch the trailer here.

Malbec & Sci-Fi & Dark Coming of Age & Young Adult Mysteries & Dramas 

Akin to the wine, this popcorn is fruity and chocolatey, but not too sweet. Enjoy the mysteriously dark and delicious pair with these coming of age and young adult series in this TV, gourmet popcorn, and wine grouping.


Harlan Coben’s the Stranger (2020), the Five (2016), or Safe (2018)

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Rated TV-MA

Harlan Coben, an American mystery and thriller novelist, was given a deal with Netflix to turn several of his books into series. Despite being from New Jersey, Coben’s shows all take place in England and their casts are almost exclusively composed of European folk. Funny enough, Michael C. Hall (the star of Dexter) plays one of the main characters in Safe, albeit with an English accent. Anyway, each of these titles are seriously thrilling and packed with unpredictable twists and turns from start to finish. If you’re into mysteries, even those that are sometimes a little too far-fetched to be believable, a little bit of British humor, and young adult dramas, these are for you! Personally, I would recommend watching the Stranger, then Safe, and finally the Five if you’re able to get really into the first two.

Rotten Tomatoes ratings: the Stranger – 83%, the Five – N/A, Safe – 71%

Stream all three on Netflix.

Watch the trailer for the Stranger here. View the trailer for the Five here. Watch the trailer for Safe here.


The Queen’s Gambit (2020)

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Rated TV-MA

Everyone’s talking about it, but have you watched it yet? You don’t have to be into chess to enjoy this beautifully dark series. Anya Taylor-Joy plays orphaned Beth Harmon, who learns to play chess with her orphanage’s janitor. Even as a child, she struggles with drug abuse, using the pills given to her by the orphanage administrators to excel in her game. Upon her adoption, Beth is sent to a regular public school, where instead of joining the social clubs most accepted by young women her age, she jumps right into the school’s chess club. The members of the primarily male group are quick to underestimate young Beth’s abilities, but she proves her rivals to be the inferior players. Without giving away too much, let me just say the Queen’s Gambit is an underdog story and one of immense girl power. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a rating of 97%.

Stream on Netflix.

Watch the trailer here.


The End of the F***ing World (2017-2019)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 93%
  • Watch it on Netflix.
  • Watch the trailer here.

Stranger Things (2016-Present)

  • Rated TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 93%
  • Stream on Netflix.
  • Watch the trailer here.

Trinkets (2019-2020)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Watch on Netflix.
  • Watch the trailer here.

I Am Not Okay with This (2020)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 87%
  • Stream on Netflix.
  • Watch the trailer here.

McGrail Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve & Stand-Up Comedy Shows

Not sure what wine to drink tonight? This is the TV, gourmet popcorn, and wine pairing for anyone who may be feeling indecisive. It’s our flagship Cab and it’s aged in a blend of three different oaks, so you truly get the best of all worlds. This is what I encourage people to take with them when they’re visiting friends or family and they’re not really sure what to bring. It’s a gorgeous Cabernet with a lovely label, and is good on its own or paired with food. Here, it’s paired with the easiest popcorn recipe. Seriously, there’s only five ingredients in this Black Pepper BellaVitano popcorn recipe. Lastly, I’ve paired it with stand-up specials because everyone likes to laugh and stand-up is so easy to watch.


Not only are there an overwhelming amount of shows to stream on various platforms, there are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of stand-up comedy specials to choose from; not all of them are even that funny or worth your time, but there’s literally no way to know that until you’ve watch approximately ten minutes or so of each. I’ve picked a few of my favorite highly rated stand-up specials and listed them here, so you don’t have to spend hours flicking through Netflix (and yes, all of the shows listed here are on Netflix). I tried my best to choose a wide variety of comedy styles, with at least one that should appeal to every kind of person, but again, they are my personal picks and I prefer my comedy to be slightly profane. The trailers linked below can help you get a feel for each of these comic’s styles.


Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife (2018)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 100%
  • “Ali Wong emerges a mother still perturbed in Hard Knock Wife, a hilariously honest hour of comedy that highlights the joys and oh boys of motherhood with fearless energy and just the right amount of squirmy detail.” – Rotten Tomatoes
  • Watch on Netflix.
  • Preview here.

Chris Rock: Tamborine (2018)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 100%
  • “Chris Rock reasserts his credentials as one of comedy’s preeminent figures in Tamborine, an introspective standup act delivered with fresh sensitivity and trademark exuberance.” – Rotten Tomatoes
  • Stream on Netflix.
  • Watch the trailer here.
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Dave Chapelle: Collection 1 (2017)

The Age of Spin and Deep in the Heart of Texas

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 92%
  • “Chappelle is back and better than ever in the honest, provocative, and insightful Dave Chappelle: Collection 1 which offers moments for both laughter and contemplation.” – Rotten Tomatoes
  • Stream on Netflix.
  • Watch the trailer here.

Patton Oswalt: Annihilation (2017)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 100%
  • “A disarmingly perceptive exploration of loss, Patton Oswalt: Annihilation finds the comic deftly balancing his off-beat humor with a profoundly cathartic edge.” – Rotten Tomatoes
  • Stream on Netflix.
  • Watch the trailer here. Though the trailer would suggest otherwise, it’s worth mentioning the majority of Oswalt’s stand-up special touches on his experience in grieving the loss of his late wife, using humor to make his transition to widower a little more bearable.
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Seth Myers: Lobby Baby (2017)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 75%
  • Stream on Netflix.
  • Watch the trailer here.

Jack Whitehall: At Large (2017)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 83%
  • Stream on Netflix.
  • Watch the trailer here.
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John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City (2018)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 100%
  • “John Mulaney incisively describes his own befuddlement with the modern world in this uproariously funny deconstruction of manners, relationships, and religion.” – Rotten Tomatoes
  • Watch on Netflix.
  • Preview here.

Hannah Gadsby: Douglas (2020)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 92%
  • “Humorously human and poignantly hilarious, Douglas is an expertly constructed hour of comedy that further affirms Hannah Gadsby’s mastery of her craft.” – Rotten Tomatoes
  • Stream on Netflix.
  • Watch the trailer here.
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McGrail Clone 8 Cabernet Sauvignon & Feel-Good Reality Television Shows

While not all reality TV is lighthearted or even real for that matter, these shows seem to fit both of those categories impressively well. Like our Clone 8 Cab, these shows are down-to-earth. Their true colors are easy to pick up, just as our Clone 8 brilliantly highlights the best of our estate terroir, with beautifully earthy and herbaceous notes, which pair excellently with its popcorn pairing. Enjoy the realness of this TV, gourmet popcorn, and wine pairing!


Queer Eye (2018-Present)

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Rated TV-14

Anyone who loves a good glow up will love Queer Eye. No matter your age, gender, or economic status, the Fab Five is sure to sashay into your heart during the very first episode. Johnathan, Tan, Antoni, Karamo, and Bobby entirely make over the lives of drab American men (usually) who are down on their luck. If you’re looking for something uplifting and heartwarming to watch, look no further. You’ll laugh, cry, and drop your jaw in awe, as the Fab Five completely transform and inspire each episode’s subject, like an ugly caterpillar into a majestic butterfly. Rotten Tomatoes gives Queer Eye a rating of 93%.

Watch on Netflix.

Preview here.


The Amazing Race (2001-Present)

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Rated TV-PG

I know we all wish we were on vacation right now. Well, with the Amazing Race, you can be (virtually at least). This fast-paced race around the world takes you to the most unexpected places, while being entertained by the teams’ imminent external and internal dramas, travel errors, linguistic and cultural challenges, and simply the excitement of making it around the world in just a matter of days. You’ll stayed glued to the TV, as you never know what to expect with the Amazing Race, but it’s always great fun! Rotten Tomatoes gives it a rating of 72%.

Watch on Hulu, YouTube TV, CBS All Access, fuboTV, and Amazon Prime Video. Episodes may be purchased on YouTube, iTunes, Google Play Movies & TV, and Vudu.

Watch the trailer for season 32 here.


Survivor (2000-Present)

  • Rated TV-PG
  • Watch on Netflix, Hulu, CBS, or Amazon Prime Video. Individual episodes can be bought on YouTube, iTunes, Google Play Movies & TV, or Vudu.
  • Preview season 40 here.

What Not to Wear (2003-2013)

  • Rated TV-PG
  • Stream on Hulu, YouTube TV, Amazon Prime Video, Discovery Plus, or Sling TV. Episodes can be purchased on YouTube, iTunes, Google Play Movies & TV, or Vudu.
  • Instead of a trailer, here’s a compilation of the show’s best makeovers from 2011.

McGrail Clone 15 Cabernet Sauvignon & Murder Dramas

Dark and mysterious, this TV, gourmet popcorn, and wine pairing hits the sweet, savory, and harshly acidic parts of your palate. The fruit, umami, and acid flavors of the wine come through with the pomegranate balsamic and sharp cheese of the popcorn. Just as it’s difficult to keep yourself from bingeing these shows, it’s no easier to put down the wine and popcorn.


Search Party (2016-Present)

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Rated TV-MA

Alia Shawkat (known for playing Maeby from Arrested Development) is Dory Sief, a 20-something hipster, who works as an assistant for an uber-wealthy housewife in New York City and continuously allows others to walk all over her. When she discovers an acquaintance from college has gone missing, she asks her squad of university buddies to help her find Chantal. Their hunt takes a turn for the worse when Dory starts having an affair with a Private Investigator in defiance of her boyfriend Drew. The comedy throughout the series is plentiful, especially in scenes involving Dory’s friends Elliott and Portia, as is the suspense and adventure. I’ve been hooked on this show since the beginning and am crossing my fingers for a fifth season. Rotten Tomatoes said Search Party is about “four self-centered twentysomethings who gather together in the wake of their college acquaintance’s vanishing“ and rated it 97%.

Stream Search Party on HBO Max or YouTube TV. Episodes can be bought on iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play Movies & TV, or Vudu.

Watch the trailer for season 1 here.


Barry (2018-Present)

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Rated TV-MA

Former SNL cast member Bill Hader stars as title character Barry in this dark comedy about a lowly hit man and former U.S. marine in pursuit of a new career. He joins an acting class when the Chechen mafia assigns him to kill off one of his actor classmates. Barry becomes enamored with actress Sally and acting coach Mr. Cousineau (played by Henry Winkler) and decides to continue his schooling in entertainment. Of course, his attempt to disassociate from his career in assassination proves to be more difficult than he hopes for it to be. Even though this series is plenty dark, there are many laughable moments, because a show boasting legendary comics just has to be funny. Hader enforces his astounding versatility in this role, which afforded him a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 2019. Rotten Tomatoes gives Barry a 99% rating.

Stream Barry on HBO Max, Hulu, YouTube TV, or Amazon Prime Video. Buy episodes on YouTube, Google Play Movies & TV, or Vudu.

Watch the season 1 trailer here.


The Outsider (2020)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 91%
  • Watch it on HBO Max, Hulu, YouTube TV, or Amazon Prime Video.
  • Watch the trailer here.

Flight Attendant (2020-Present)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 98%
  • Watch on HBO Max or YouTube TV.
  • Preview here.

You (2018-Present)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 90%
  • Watch on Netflix or purchase episodes on Amazon Prime Video, Google Play Movies & TV, YouTube, and Vudu.
  • Preview season 1 here.

Deep Water (2017)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Stream on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube TV, or Sling TV. Purchase individual episodes on YouTube, iTunes, Google Play Movies & TV, or Vudu.
  • Watch the trailer here.

Criminal Minds (2005-2020)

  • Rated TV-14
  • Watch on Netflix , Hulu, YouTube TV, or Philo. Purchase episodes on Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play Movies & TV, YouTube, and Vudu.
  • Preview the final season here.

Dexter (2006-2013)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 71%
  • Stream on Hulu, YouTube TV, Showtime, Amazon Prime Video, Sling TV, or fuboTV. Purchase individual episodes on YouTube, iTunes, Google Play Movies & TV, or Vudu.
  • Watch the trailer here.

McGrail Family Chardonnay & Family, Friendship, & Romance Dramas

Is there anything more comforting than a bowl of ramen? Imagine these warm savory Japanese noodles, but in popcorn form. Add a glass of your favorite Chardonnay and some of the most heartwarming television shows alongside that popcorn and you’re basically in heaven. That’s this TV, gourmet popcorn, and wine pairing!


Parenthood (2010-2015)

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Rated TV-PG

This emotion-provoking drama series features an ensemble cast, with stars like Dax Shepherd, Craig T. Nelson, Lauren Graham, and Ray Romano, to name a few. The show is set in the Bay Area and focuses on the lives of the Braverman family, who are faced with many of the challenges that parents and families of today’s society often experience. Some of these trials include accommodating a child diagnosed with a learning or social disability, teaching biracial children to embrace their multicultural identities, accepting and loving those who belong to the LGBTQ+ community, single parenthood, and adoption. The Braverman family tugs at your heartstrings, as they do their best to make it through life’s unpredictable obstacles, while sticking closely to one another. Rotten Tomatoes called Parenthood “a comedy-drama following a large and imperfect family as they tackle the challenges of raising kids and starting over after setbacks” with an 88% rating.

Find Parenthood on Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, or Peacock. Episodes may be purchase on iTunes, Google Play Movies & TV, YouTube, and Vudu.

Watch the trailer here.


The Kominsky Method (2018-Present)

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Rated TV-MA

Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin star in this Netflix series directed by Chuck Lorre. Sandy Kominsky (played by Douglas) is a once-famous actor-turned-acting-coach making his living in retirement by teaching. Kominsky’s longtime agent, confidant, and best friend (played by Arkin) joins Kominsky in the roller coaster ride that is life. This clever story was awarded the Golden Globe for Best Television Series in Comedy in 2018 (and was again nominated the following year), while that same year Douglas was awarded the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Series in Comedy (and was again nominated in 2019). Rotten Tomatoes said “the sun isn’t setting yet on the once famous Sandy Kominsky and his longtime agent Norman Newlander” and gave the show a 90% rating.

Find the Kominsky Method on Netflix.

Preview here.


Grace and Frankie (2015-2021)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 88%
  • Watch on Netflix.
  • Preview here.

Modern Family (2009-2020)

  • Rated TV-PG
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 85%
  • Buy on Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play Movies & TV, and Vudu.
  • Watch the trailer here.

This Is Us (2016-Present)

  • Rated TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 93%
  • New episodes air on NBC. Stream on Peacock, NBC, Hulu, YouTube TV, Sling TV, or fuboTV. Episodes may be purchased on various platforms.
  • Preview here.

Grey’s Anatomy (2005-Present)

  • Rated TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 84%
  • New episodes premiere on ABC. Watch on Netflix, Hulu, ABC, YouTube TV, fuboTV, or Philo. Episodes may be purchased on various platforms.
  • Watch the trailer here.

Life in Pieces (2015-2019)

  • Rated TV-14
  • Watch on Hulu or Amazon Prime Video, or purchase episodes on YouTube, Google Play Movies & TV, or Vudu.
  • Preview here.

Virgin River (2019-2020)

  • Rated TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 71%
  • Stream on Netflix.
  • Watch the trailer here.

McGrail Merlot & Crime & Action Dramas

This full-bodied Merlot can sometimes be overlooked because of Merlot’s reputation, but just like these bold and heavy shows and popcorn pairing, this wine can hold its own. It’s truly a diamond in the rough, quite similarly to some of the characters in these shows. The wine and popcorn duo could be a meal in itself. Don’t underestimate this pleasing pick-me-up of a TV, gourmet popcorn, and wine pairing.


Sons of Anarchy (2008-2014)

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Rated TV-MA

Jax Teller, an integral member of a notorious California biker gang, finds himself questioning his loyalty to his club, as the group’s lawlessness becomes unmanageable. The Sam Crowe chapter of Sons of Anarchy is known for running arms through Northern California’s Central Valley and attempting to keep rival gangs from doing the same. The gang certainly appears cold-blooded on the outside, and though some are heartless, most of the crew are simple human beings, just trying to make it through life. Teller is tied to the club by his late father, one of its most valuable members ever, who ultimately found himself in the same position as Jax–wondering if it’s all worth it. The show is heartbreaking, riveting, and action-packed all at once. Charlie Hunnam, who plays Teller is easy on the eyes, which definitely helps to keep viewers engaged. Rotten Tomatoes gave SOA an 83% rating.

Watch SOA on Hulu. Episodes may be purchased on YouTube, iTunes, Vudu, Amazon Prime Video, or Google Play Movies & TV.

Preview here.


Better Call Saul (2015-2021)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 97%
  • Watch on Netflix. Get individual episodes on Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, Google Play Movies & TV, or Vudu.
  • Preview here.

Ozark (2017-Present)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 81%
  • Stream on Netflix.
  • Watch the trailer here.

Breaking Bad (2008-2013)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 96%
  • Watch one Netflix. Individual episodes can be purchased on YouTube, iTunes, Google Play Movies & TV, Amazon Prime Video, and Vudu.
  • Preview here.

True Detective (2014-Present)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 78%
  • Watch on HBO Max, Hulu, YouTube, and Amazon Prime Video. Individual episodes may be bought on various platforms.
  • Watch the season 1 trailer here.

Patriot Cabernet Sauvignon & American Criminal Justice Series

It’s only right that our most patriotic wine and our wine for a cause (as a portion of the sales goes to helping fund education for children of first responders killed in the line of duty) be paired with television shows honoring our heroes. The brown butter dark chocolate toasted hazelnut popcorn will keep you buckled into your seat for your binge-watching these series and the incredible flavors of vanilla and cocoa in the wine will be your partner through it all. Enjoy this excellent criminal justice TV, gourmet popcorn, and wine pairing!


The Wire (2002-2008)

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Rated TV-MA

Based in Baltimore, Maryland, the Wire puts a magnifying glass to the narcotics division of the Baltimore Police Department, looking at both the point of view of the dealers and users and that of law enforcement. Starring Dominic West, Michael K. Williams, and Idris Elba, this five season series puts you in the shoes of the good guys and the bad guys and helps humanize each, with there being innumerable commonalities between both. Though fans of the Wire feel the show was snubbed at the Emmys, it did win several other awards, including a Peabody Award, and it was even praised by President Obama as one of his all-time favorite television shows. Rotten Tomatoes called it “a complex, impeccably acted crime drama” and gave it a 94% rating.

Watch the preview here.


Monk (2002-2009)

  • Rated TV-PG
  • Season 1 Rotten Tomatoes rating: 100%
  • Watch on Amazon Prime Video, YouTube TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, Peacock, and Philo.
  • Preview here.

Longmire (2012-2017)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 88%
  • Stream on Netflix. Individual episodes can be purchased on YouTube, Google Play Movies & TV, Amazon Prime Video, and Vudu.
  • Watch the trailer here.

Chicago P.D. (2014-Present)

  • Rated TV-14
  • Watch on NBC, Hulu, Peacock, YouTube TV, Sling TV, or fuboTV. Individual episodes can be bought on iTunes, YouTube, Google Play Movies & TV, Amazon Prime Video, or Vudu.
  • Preview here.

Person of Interest (2011-2016)

  • Rated TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 92%
  • Stream on HBO Max. Individual episodes may be purchased on iTunes, YouTube, Google Play Movies & TV, Amazon Prime Video, or Vudu.
  • Watch the trailer here.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999-Present)

  • Rated TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 78%
  • Watch new episodes on NBC. Stream on Hulu, YouTube TV, fuboTV, Peacock, or NBC. Individual episodes can be purchased on various platforms.
  • Preview here.

Watch our spoof on Law & Order: SVU here.

Blue Bloods (2010-Present)

  • Rated TV-14
  • Watch new episodes on CBS. Stream on Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, CBS, YouTube TV, or fuboTV. Individual episodes may be purchased on various platforms.
  • Preview season 1 here.

Peyton Paige Sauvignon Blanc & Bright Comedic & Romantic Young Adult Dramas

These series are just as bright and refreshing as our Peyton Paige Sauvignon Blanc, but of course with just as much pizzazz. Get involved with some zesty hot chili lime street corn popcorn for a little extra kick and you’ll soon be consumed with some exceptional flavors and entertainment with this TV, gourmet popcorn, and wine pairing!


The Politician (2019-Present)

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Rated TV-MA

Affluent Payton Hobart has been working tirelessly his entire life to one day become the president of the United States, but this dream must at least start with becoming his Santa Barbara high school’s student body president. He knows he’ll need this title to make it to Harvard and ultimately continue on to becoming president of the United States. His campaign toward student body president is foiled when undeniably handsome, popular jock River Barkley decides to also run for student body president. Tragedy strikes River and his campaign is handed off to his girlfriend Astrid, who also happens to be Payton’s arch nemesis since elementary school. Payton and his group of loyal political campaigners cook up various schemes, frequently overlooking basic morality, and will do anything and everything to snag the seat of student body president for Payton.

Stream the Politician on Netflix. Purchase episodes on Google Play Movies & TV, Vudu, and Amazon Prime Video.

Preview here.


Bridgerton (2020-Present)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 89%
  • Watch on Netflix.
  • Preview here.

Hollywood (2020)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Stream on Netflix.
  • Watch the trailer here.

Greek (2007-2011)

  • Rated TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 75%
  • Watch on Freeform, Hulu, YouTube TV, Sling TV, or fuboTV.
  • Preview here.

Better Things (2016-Present)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 97%
  • Stream on Hulu. Buy on Vudu, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play Movies & TV, or Amazon Prime Video.
  • Watch the trailer here.

Glee (2009-2015)

  • Rated TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 70%
  • Watch on Netflix or Amazon Prime Video. Episodes may be purchased on Google Play Movies & TV, YouTube, iTunes, and Vudu.
  • Preview here.

Jane the Virgin (2014-2019)

  • Rated TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 100%
  • Stream on Netflix or purchase episodes on YouTube, iTunes, Google Play Movies & TV, Amazon Prime Video, or Vudu.
  • Watch the trailer here.

Shamus Patrick Red Blend & Irreverent Comedies & Mockumentaries

As it’s the genre I would imagine our own “shameless Shamus” would appreciate, these series are true cheeky comedies. They may be difficult to watch for some, in that they are particularly crass, but anyone who can appreciate that type of humor can get hip to these shows. Comparable to one another, our Shamus Patrick Red Blend, these entertaining programs, and the taco popcorn are no bother to enjoy.


American Vandal (2017-2018)

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Rated TV-MA

In season 1 of this deadpan mockumentary, Jimmy Tatro portrays Dylan Maxwell, a crudely behaved high school student. Maxwell is expelled from his high school after being accused of spray-painting obscene, phallic images on 27 faculty cars. The dry, satirical docudrama is directed by aspiring filmography students who believe “known dick-drawer” Dylan is innocent. Accounts of the incident and Maxwell’s reputation are taken from both the school’s students and faculty over the course of eight episodes. Face is maintained something shocking through the childishly ludicrous, but truly comical subject matter. In season 2, our student documentarians return to chronicle a similar incident that occurs at another high school, with the substance just as callow and absurd as season 1. Rotten Tomatoes, which rated it 98%, called American Vandal addictive and said it “will leave one question on everyone’s minds until the very end: Who drew the dicks?”

Watch American Vandal on Netflix.

Preview here.


Shameless (2011-2021)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 81%
  • New episodes premiere on Showtime through April, 2021. Watch on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube TV, Showtime, Sling TV, or fuboTV. Episodes are available to purchase on various platforms.
  • Preview here.

Documentary Now! (2015-Present)

  • Rated TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 94%
  • Stream on Netflix, YouTube TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, or Philo. Buy episodes on YouTube, iTunes, Google Play Movies & TV, or Amazon Prime Video.
  • Watch the trailer here.

Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000-Present)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 92%
  • Watch on HBO Max, Hulu, or YouTube TV.
  • Preview season 10 here.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005-Present)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 94%
  • Watch new episodes on FX. Stream on Hulu, fuboTV, or Philo.
  • Watch the trailer for season 14 here.

Sláinte Red Blend & International Comedies

If there’s anything I’ve learned from binge-watching these streaming services, it’s that sometimes international comedy is just better. Don’t let me be the one to tell you that though; these shows have plenty of laughs waiting for you. Enjoy our salute to our Irish heritage, our Sláinte Red Blend, and some fun peanut butter, chocolate, and potato chip popcorn (my take on an Irish-American snack) with these European and Australian comedies. Don’t forget the subtitles with this TV, gourmet popcorn, and wine pairing!


Derry Girls (2018-Present)

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Rated TV-MA

Set in Londonderry, Northern Ireland in the 1990’s, this show follows the lives of a group of mischievous, misfit Catholic school girls. It offers historical accuracy in touching on the bloody sectarian conflict between the unionists and nationalists, but keeps you laughing through it all. With a cast that includes Nicola Coughlan and Saoirse-Monica Jackson and the ’90s soundtrack of any lass’s dreams, this program has it all. Rotten Tomatoes’ critics gave it a score of 98% and said it “makes frenetic light of teen life” in its setting. Watch Derry Girls on Netflix, but don’t forget to turn on the captions, as Derry accents are hardly intelligible to the American ear.

Watch Derry Girls on Netflix.

Preview here.


Fleabag (2016-2019)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 100%
  • Watch on Amazon Prime Video or purchase episodes on Google Play Movies & TV or Vudu.
  • Preview here.

Fresh Meat (2011-2016)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 87%
  • Stream on Amazon Prime Video or purchase episodes on iTunes.
  • Watch the trailer here.

Peep Show (2016-2019)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 96%
  • Watch on Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, or Crackle.
  • Preview here.

Crashing (2016)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 83%
  • Stream on Netflix.
  • Watch the trailer here.

Lunatics (2019-Present)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Watch on Netflix.
  • Preview here.

Kath & Kim (2002-2007)

  • Rated TV-MA
  • Stream on Netflix or buy episodes on iTunes.
  • Since it was difficult to find a trailer, watch some of the show’s best moments here instead.

What did you think of these binge-worthy TV, gourmet popcorn, and wine pairings? Did you try any? We’d love to hear your feedback!

Cheers and enjoy!

Vineyard Related

December Vineyard Updates 2020

By Mark Clarin of McGrail Vineyards & Winery


December Vineyard Updates

Autumn is a time to reflect and to give back. The leaves of the vine give back their carbohydrates to the vine to be stored in the root system for the winter. It is a very important piece in the cycle of life for a grapevine. The green leaves turn to beautiful colors of yellows, golds, and reds, as the vine takes back what was not needed to ripen the glorious clusters that we harvested at the end of summer. 

December Vineyard Updates

Winegrowing requires attention in the vineyard all year long. The tasks change as the seasons change. This time of year, we are spreading compost and looking for grape stakes that need replacing. We are looking for volunteer plants and removing them. It always amazes me how many volunteer trees we get every year. This year we found over 40 trees on our Lucky 8 vineyard. Mother nature is prolific. 

As I reflect on the vintage 2020, I remember an almost perfect growing season. The fires during the harvest created less than ideal working conditions, but we seem to have come through relatively unscathed. Tasting through the vintage confirms that our efforts throughout the year in the vineyard are worth it in the glass.

December Vineyard Updates

A new season means new tunes…

Enjoy our playlist featuring dormancy ditties as part of our December vineyard updates!


Please let us know your thoughts on our December vineyard updates. Did you learn anything in particular? What did you find the most interesting? We’d love to hear from you!

Cheers!

Wine at Home

Blue Cheese Sauce, New York Steak, & James Vincent

By Laina Carter of McGrail Vineyards

We are officially more than a month into fall, which means things are starting to cool down a bit. One thing I love about the cooler weather is that people are more inclined to eat warm, hearty meals. This one definitely falls into that category!

At first, the idea of a blue cheese butter sauce seemed daunting to me, but it was actually so easy to make and the result is luxuriously rich and creamy. The velvety tannins in the big, bold James Vincent Cabernet are tamed by both the cheese and the steak. The wine and the steak dish are perfectly complementary to one another. I could easily imagine this pairing as a Christmas dinner staple. I hope you’ll try this one out! It’s so worth it.

Rosemary Blue Cheese Butter Sauce Over New York Steak

Rosemary Blue Cheese Sauce & New York Steak

Makes about 4 servings.

INGREDIENTS:

For the blue cheese rosemary butter sauce:
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 shallots, peeled, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 cup condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 4 oz. blue cheese crumbles (about 1 cup)
  • leaves from one fresh 8″ sprig of rosemary
  • salt and pepper to taste
For the toppings:
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 4 shallots, peeled, thinly sliced
  • 4 oz. sliced mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine
For the steak:
  • 2 lbs. New York steak (4 1/2 lb. pieces of steak)
  • garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste
Rosemary Blue Cheese Butter Sauce Over New York Steak

DIRECTIONS:

For the blue cheese rosemary butter sauce:
  1. In a large pan, heat the butter on medium-low. Allow butter to brown just a bit. Add shallots and cook until soft.
  2. Stir in milk and allow it to cook down to about half, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add cream of mushroom soup, blue cheese crumbles, and fresh rosemary leaves. Stir well.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside or cover to keep warm while preparing toppings and steak.
For the toppings:
  1. In a small pan, heat butter on medium. Add shallots and cook until soft. Stir in mushrooms and cook until soft.
  2. Add red wine and allow to simmer until most wine has evaporated. There will still be some liquid in the pan from the butter; this is fine. Set aside.
Rosemary Blue Cheese Butter Sauce Over New York Steak
For the steak:
  1. Remove steak from refrigerator and allow to reach room temperature.
  2. Preheat grill on medium.
  3. Liberally season steak with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  4. Grill steak for three minutes on each side, then another three minutes on each side (a total of 12 minutes per steak and 6 minutes per each side of steak). This is how I grill a steak that has a medium thickness to achieve a medium-rare doneness. Steaks can be cooked for a longer or shorter amount of time to achieve desired doneness.
  5. Place steaks on a plate and cover with foil. Steak will continue to cook while resting.
To put it all together:
  1. Plate each steak. Spoon toppings and liquid in toppings pan onto each steak. Spoon blue cheese rosemary butter sauce over steak.
  2. Serve with a side of steamed green beans and/or boiled red potatoes and a bottle of our rich, velvety James Vincent Cabernet.

Please let us know if you end up making these pairings and if you have any feedback! We’d love to hear it.

Cheers and enjoy!

Rosemary Blue Cheese Butter Sauce Over New York Steak