Christmas is almost here and so we are being bombarded with news articles telling us what wines we should drink with our Christmas meal. What goes with turkey? What goes with duck? Never mind that. This is also the time of year when Star Wars mania hits hysterical (and historical) levels. Some of you will be busy re-watching the original trilogy and some of you may even be tempted to re-watch the prequels (although I’d seriously have to question why).
So, which wines pair with Star Wars? Here are my suggestion, and these ARE the suggestions you’re looking for.
Episode IV A New Hope
It’s shiny, it’s new, it’s exciting and it’s revolutionary. What better match for this film than a South African white from one of the young guns of Swartland?
Episode V Empire Strikes Back
Dark, epic, brooding, massive and quite evil. Best match? Amarone della Valpolicella. It’s cold on Hoth so you’ll need something spicy to warm you up. Amarone will help you thaw, much like Leia’s heart eventually thawed for Han.
Episode VI Return of the Jedi
A big fat blob is slayed by a slender princess in a golden bikini. There are playful Ewoks fighting steely stormtroopers. It all ends with fireworks. If there ever was a film to go with Riesling, this is it. Preferably Alsatian. It’s the little imperfections that make it beautiful.
Episode I The Phantom Menace
Mesa think this is going to besa hard work! No kidding. Huge, colourful, shiny spectacle – ambitious and a bit overconfident? Sounds like a job for an oaky Bordeaux blend. Preferably in a suitably heavy bottle with 100% new oak and polished tannins. Argentina then.
Episode II Attack of the Clones
Yoda with a lightsaber! The only good scene in a film that otherwise wastes screen time on a whiny, annoying immature teenager who is apparently going to become the most badass villain in cinema history. Oh please, George!! This sounds like a job for Merlot, it may be heard screaming “I am better than all of you!”. Not so.
Episode III Revenge of the Sith
Does this film make you, like Anakin, scream ‘Noooooooo’? If so, its effects may be accentuated by sipping on some suitably evil Sauvignon Blanc. I won’t be doing that but then again I don’t plan to watch the prequels…
So there you have it. May the force be with you.