Monday, November 24, 2014

Flicks & Sips: Buffy, The Vampire Slayer, Sharknado, While You Were Sleeping, Star Trek: Into The Darkness, & Changing Lanes

During this holiday season, you are sure to have a lazy movie day or two. Making it a "Netflix night" is the perfect way to relax, relate, and release.
If you are looking for a  fresh and frisky way to enjoy movie night, peruse some of my movie picks on Netflix paired with wine and aromatherapy. Bewitch your senses. Cheers!
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Sip: Vampire Cabernet Sauvignon, California
Aromatherapy: Myrrh or Frankincense
Basically start with the first episode to find out how Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) became our favorite vampire slayer.  Binge on Buffy while pairing with Vampire Cabernet Savignon filled with aromas of blackberries and dark cherry, complete with a touch of oak flavor. The aromas are deep and intense to take you through the close encounters with the immortal ones. Not only will myrrh or frankincense be a great aroma to complement the dark cherry and berries, but it gives you a sense of being grounded and added protected. A good way to keep out those vampires!

Sip: Greg Norman Estates Shark Red, Central Coast
Aromatherapy: Cloves
Who would have ever thought that B-movie stars, hell okay C- movie stars, Ian Ziering and Tara Reid would make a comeback in a Syfy movie? However, the real stars of this movie are the sharks!  What could be more fabulous than hundreds of sharks coming out of a tornado and falling on LosAngeles? If only they would swallow the Kardashians. Nothing could make this movie more perfect except for watching it while sipping a glass of wine.  Pair this campy flick with Shark Red by Greg Norman. This wine is a blend of syrah, petite sirah with mourvedre, grenache, merlot, and malbec. The aromas in this wine include fig, plum, blackberry, sweet oak, and vanilla. 'Tis the season for cloves so you should be able to find cloves in many forms. Imagine yourself next with a glass of this vino, the smell of cloves in the air, and sharks. Priceless!

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While You Were Sleeping
Sip: Barefoot Bubbly Pinot Grigio Champagne, California
Aromatherapy: Sweet orange oil
 A transit worker (Sandra Bullock) rescues a commuter, she has a mad crush on, then pretends to be his fiance. Clearly, this gets out of hand and fast. There's a nice message intertwined about love and being true to self. It's one of Bullock's best, plus it's a delightful movie that you can watch with the family. Pair with  Barefoot's Pinot Grigio Champagne with aromas of citrus, apple, pear  and orange blossoms. Aromas that are great for a comedy. The flick is lighthearted and the bubbles are light-bodied. Burn a bit of sweet orange oil which will go wonderful with the orange blossom and pear aromas in the wine.

Star Trek: Into the Darkness
Sip:  Bandit Pinot Grigio, California
Aromatherapy: Star Anise

Captain Kirk (Chris Pine)  and Spock ( Zachary Quinto)  are once again fighting off some crazy terrorist who wants to take down Starfleet. Aliens and half aliens oh my! The movie is directed by J.J. Abrams who knows how to bring it on when it comes to sci-fi action. Of course, Kirk and Spock come out on top, but there are many twists and turns to get them there.  From start to finish, this movie will have you hooked, even if you are new to the Star Trek world. Pair with Bandit's Pinot Grigrio, one of the best eco-friendly wines around. Your senses will be charmed with aromas of green apple, pear, citrus and peach. A bit of Pine and Pinot is a very fresh mix. Put a  bit of star anise in a bowl next to you to give off a nice licorice scent that will open up your psychic abilities as you spend time with Kirk and the gang in space.

Changing Lanes
Sip: Knob Creek Bourbon Whiskey, Kentucky
Aromatherapy: Vanilla

The lives of an attorney (Ben Affleck) and a recovering alcoholic (Sam Jackson) collide when their cars crash on a New York expressway. Long story short, Affleck plays a douche (which he does quite well) while Jackson is a bit of a hot mess, everything around them comes crumbling down due to a little bit of paperwork. Slowly sip on Knob Creek bourbon that has aromas of oak, caramel, and fruit as you watch their lives unfold. Like the end of this movie, Knob Creek is smooth, but has a kick to it. Put a few drops of vanilla extract on your light bulb or pour on some dried herbs to release the scent into the air. The mix of the vanilla aroma with the aromas of the bourbon will be divine.

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How To Marry A Millionaire
Sip: Lillet Blanc, France
Aromatherapy: Bergamot

There are three very good reasons to see this movie, Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, and Lauren Bacall..need I say more? Three lovely ladies who happen to be models plan to use their courtesan charms to marry millionaires. You go girls! Pair with movie with a glass of Lillet Blanc on the rocks with an orange slice. Packed with notes of honey, candied orange, and a touch of floral, this French aperitif  starts sweet and finishes a bit bitter. Try a nice body lotion or oil  with bergamot on your body so the scent sounds you. The swirling of the sweet and bitter in the wine will work wondrous with the bergamot note.  Oh la la!

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