What’s your rom-com wine personality?
Whether you love Valentine’s Day or loathe it, February 14 is, nevertheless, upon us once again. To mark the occasion, we’ve compiled a list of excellent A-plus comedies and their wine soulmates — so get in the mood, and indulge your sappy side with a hefty dose of rom-com and a healthy pour of the perfect vino pairing.
The rom-com: The Big Sick | The wine: Syrah-grenache
Adapted for the screen by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon from their real-life relationship history, The Big Sick (which also stars Nanjiani as himself) is a funny, moving testament to the enduring power of ‘opposites attract’ (Pakistani comic meets American grad student. Romance ensues).
A rom-com for the modern age, it depicts as unlikely and charming a duo as ever graced the big screen. Hence, its perfect wine match: the delightful combination of syrah-grenache.
The rom-com: Bridesmaids | The wine: GSM
Arguably the most popular romantic comedy in recent memory, Bridesmaids features an all-star cast including Kristen Wiig (who also co-wrote the Oscar-nominated screenplay with Annie Mumolo), Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, and Melissa McCarthy.
Eminently quotable (help me, I’m poor) and genuinely hysterical, it’s always entertaining, sporadically surprising (deeply flawed characters, subtle commentary on mental health, realistic depiction of complicated female friendships), and the film equivalent of a strong, powerful red blend — like a Rhone Valley GSM.
The rom-com: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days | The wine: Alsatian riesling
A bonafide classic! How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days stars Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey in what is well and truly the ultimate romantic comedy. He’s an ad executive who bets his friends he can make any woman fall in love with him; she’s the how-to writer at a women’s magazine who’s writing a piece called ‘How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days’ — and who the aforementioned ‘friends’ pick for the bet.
Lots of chemistry, an iconic yellow dress, and a film that’s complex yet sweet at the core. Sounds like an Alsatian riesling to us.
The rom-com: My Big Fat Greek Wedding | The wine: Assyrtiko
An icon of romantic comedy, My Big Fat Greek Wedding is a riotous look inside a traditional Greek family in the form of a love story between 30-year-old Toula Portokalos (still living at home and long past due to be married to a nice Greek boy, at least in her parents’ eyes) and Ian Miller (handsome, charming, and decidedly not Greek). Written by its star Nia Vardalos (who earned an Oscar nomination for her efforts), it’s everything you want in a rom-com: laugh-out-loud funny and unexpected, with a few tear-inducing moments along the way.
As for its vino soulmate? Greek assyrtiko, of course.
The rom-com: The Proposal | The wine: Merlot
I’m willing to bet that The Proposal would’ve been garbage if not for its stars: Sandra Bullock as a hard-ass book publishing executive and Ryan Reynolds as her longtime and woefully undervalued assistant, with Betty White in a supporting turn as the free-spirited grandmother. Thank the rom-com gods, then, that casting went the way it did, because this movie — in which Bullock plays a Canadian on the verge of being deported who bribes her assistant into faking an engagement for the visa — is the Merriam-Webster definition of charming.
Sweet, satisfying, and crowd-pleasing: just like a merlot.
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