5 Best TV Shows to Watch With a Glass of Wine
"Everything's better with some wine in the belly," Tyrion Lannister tells Jon Snow in Season 1, Episode 2 of "Game of Thrones" (Peter Dinklage gets all the best lines).
He's right, of course. Everything is better with wine -- except maybe driving, operating heavy machinery, or listening to Adele -- and TV shows are no exception. The worst day at work is bearable if you know that at approximately 8 p.m. you'll be curled up on the couch with a giant glass of Bordeaux and three episodes of "Peaky Blinders" to watch. The combination of entertainment and wine is pure relaxation and a proper, grownup treat.
While most people understand matching wine and food, you can also pair your favorite TV shows with the right wines for the occasion. Here are five shows and the wines that complement them perfectly.
1. 'Broadchurch' (2013 - )
When a young boy is found dead in the sleepy English coastal town of Broadchurch, detectives Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller (Broadchurch" needs a good strong red wine like an Australian shiraz. It'll soothe you through some of the more disturbing scenes in a show full to the brim with creepy potential child-murderers.
2. 'Outlander' (2014 - )
Someone seems to be drinking either wine or whiskey in almost every episode of "Outlander," clearly as a tonic for the freezing Scottish weather. Caitriona Balfe's married nurse Claire Randall accidentally goes back in time to 1743 Scotland, just before the Jacobite uprisings. She falls in love with Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan), and together they try to prevent the rebellion that will end in a massacre that's the beginning of the end of Highland culture. Claire prefers "Rhenish wine" -- and it's what she got stinking drunk on in Season 1 -- so German varieties from the Rhine region, such as Riesling, Liebfraumilch, or Dornfelder, give you the perfect choice for this time-traveling romance. If it's good enough for Claire, it's good enough for you.
3. 'Game of Thrones' (2011 - )
"Game of Thrones" is another show where the characters seem to be drinking wine nonstop, especially Lena Headey's Cersei Lannister and Peter Dinklage's Tyrion Lannister. A show this nerve-racking and violent needs a good, strong, robust yet delicious wine -- a Rioja would be just the thing. What's most important though is having a big wine glass -- these characters are constantly slugging wine from huge goblets, so no teeny-tiny wine glasses will cut it. All that wine will make it easier when your favorite character inevitably gets slaughtered.
4. 'Dancing with the Stars' (2005 - )
In direct contrast to so many dark TV dramas, "Dancing with the Stars" is an upbeat, cheerful, and highly addictive reality show that requires an upbeat, cheerful wine. Sip a dry Champagne to accompany the show's snazzy costumes and sexy moves, because drinking bubbly always feels like a celebration. Sip when your favorite team wins, and drink even more if they lose -- a good time is guaranteed either way.
5. 'The Real Housewives of New York City' (2008 - )
"The Real Housewives of New York City" are well known for having wine-fueled fights -- usually somewhere entirely inappropriate, like a children's birthday party. All that's needed to further enjoy this already very guilty pleasure is a bottle of ice-cold rosé. While the cast members have horrendous fights and toss glasses of wine at each other, smugly sip your crisp rosé and enjoy the drama. It doesn't even have to be New York -- any of the Housewives franchises, from Beverly Hills to Atlanta to New Jersey, could be substituted in this instance. The one thing they all seem to have in common is drinking rosé and throwing it at each other.