Romance movies + wine = the perfect pairing

Sometimes a cozy night in with your bae is just what Cupid ordered. In a world where true love is on the endangered species list, it’s good to reel in some romantic nostalgia to remind us how love can survive the slings and arrows of modern life. Pick up some take-out dinner and snuggle in for a night of romantic cinema with the following movie and wine pairings.

Dirty Dancing

Depending on your age, there's an actual chance you haven't seen this. Millennials love everything from the 80s, so if that describes you, you are in for a treat. Keep the vibe of the decade buzzing with a chardonnay, the undisputed white of the 80s. But instead of a buttered oak bomb, keep it fresh and modern with LJ Crafted Wines Carneros chardonnay from Cold Creek Vineyard ($30/bottle). Traditional chard lovers will prefer the Napa Valley Oak Knoll ($34/growler) or the Russian River Valley Old Calpans Vineyard ($37/bottle). Either way, after a couple of glasses you might just find yourself off the couch trying a few gyrations on the living room floor. In fact, you should.

5621 La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla, 858.551.8890, ljcraftedwines.com

Casablanca

Arguably the be-all-end-all of romantic movies, this classic is a lesson in sacrificial love and catchy one liners. While cocktails are featured prominently in the movie, that famous Champagne cocktail (a French 75) wouldn’t be possible without the bubbles. Celebrate love properly with a bottle of sparkling wine from Charlie and Echo. Try the L’Heritier viognier with notes of butterscotch, almond and yellow apple or the Trinity rosé made from sangiovese with strawberry, cherry and lime notes. “Here’s looking at you, kid.”

8680 Miralani Dr. #113, Mira Mesa, 877.592.9095, charlieandecho.com

When Harry Met Sally

This flick is the definition of a snuggle-up-on-the-couch-under-a-faux-fur-blanket movie. Pair this hilarious rom-com with a hearty red from Carruth Cellars. For a brawnier wine, try the Syrah with notes of bacon, white pepper, blackberries and plum. On the sensual side, go with the Zinfandel with boysenberry, caramel, mocha and blackberry (both $45, $36 with membership). Pause the movie and do your own impressions of Meg Ryan’s famous deli scene while munching on cheese from Venissimo and popping bonbons from Chuao. A night of love and laughter guaranteed.

 2727 State St. #110, Carlsbad, 858.847.9463, carruthcellars.com

La La Land

Gold statues meet gold medal with this film/wine pairing. Dream the night away with your sweetheart and this Oscar/Golden Globes-winning musical set in the City of Angels. Chocked full of lyrical romance, the movie is tailor made for a wine varietal with its own romantic twist. Gianni Buonomo’s Charbono, double gold winner at the prestigious San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition champions a now-rare red varietal in California, with only 70 acres planted. The grape has developed a cult following, and Buonomo’s ripe black cherry, pepper and lavender notes make it a must try. ($45 to club members)

4836 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach, 619.991.9911, gbvintners.com

The Last of the Mohicans

Guys and gals will both enjoy this epic romantic/drama/action movie. Ladies get to enjoy Daniel Day Lewis buff and shirtless, proclaiming, “I will find you!” and fellas will be riveted by the whirlwind of battles, cannons and flying arrows. Pair with a robust red from Koi Zen, like the Cabernet Sauvignon ($32), with notes of cherry, currant, pepper, and spice or the smooth Malbec ($29), with dark cherry, spice, vanilla and oak.

12225 World Trade Dr., Carmel Mountain Ranch, 858.381.2675, koizencellars.com

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