Tell me what you watch and I’ll tell you what to drink. With the arrival of pay television, Netflix, Amazon and HBO series are no longer indifferent to anyone. This is a selection of some of the best shows that 2021 gave us, along with the wines that best combination to sit down and watch them. We invite you to relax!
Nine Perfect Strangers / Amazon Prime Video
This new adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s novel, also the author of the bestseller that spawned Big Little Lies, brought actress Nicole Kidman back to the screen as the lead actress and producer of this entertaining eight-episode series. She plays Masha, a haunting woman and spiritual guide from a retirement home called Tranquillum. Nine guests arrive here, among them the romantic novel writer Frances (Melissa McCarthy), to “find themselves” and begin a healing process of only 10 days guided by Masha. But her unorthodox and controversial methods begin to unleash a series of cathartic events in each of the participants. To the point that some will even want to escape. Does Masha know what she does? Are the guests safe? are some of the questions that keep the tension and catch the spectator throughout the series. Ideal to enjoy with a glass of Amelia Pinot Noir, a light red wine with the perfect tension needed to offset the climax of each episode.
Maid / Netflix
Based on the memoirs of Stephanie Land, one of the best-selling books of 2019 in the United States, Maid was probably Netflix’s most moving series of this 2021. Starring American actress Margaret Qualley, it tells the story of a young mother, Alex (Qualley), who decides to let her partner Sean (Nick Robinson) to escape from alcohol, abuse and violence, with nothing more than her three-year-old daughter, Maddy. With no money, work experience or a place to stay, the series shows the reality that many women live around the world. There are ten episodes that mix very well the drama and the inspiring story of Alex’s overcoming, whose incredible performance conveys all kinds of emotions. I recommend you to watching it while tasting a glass of Marques de Casa Concha Rosé, a feminine, delicate and vibrant wine, just as is the relationship between Alex and her daughter Maddy.
The Morning Show (Season 2) / Apple TV
The second season of this Emmy, SAG and Critics Choice award-winning series premiered in September 2021. Starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, it also has a star-studded cast. But beyond the casting, what is captivating is its fictional story: The Morning Show is the most watched morning show in the United States, broadcast on the UBA channel, the setting where this journalistic drama takes place that begins with the dismissal of its anchor presenter, Mitch (Steve Carrel). Alex Levy (Aniston) is left without a television partner, so the channel decides to replace Mitch with local journalist Bradley Jackson (Witherspoon). But the firing of Mitch is what unleashes the plot and background of this series: the culture of labour abuse, the hypocrisy in the media and the hidden side of television. Inspired by the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment case, the unexpected twists and turns in this series make it hard to stop watching. For this reason, I recommend you accompany your evening with Gravas del Maipo Syrah, a wine of great aromatic intensity, also dense and deep in the mouth, characteristics that it shares with this unmissable show.
Mare of Easttown / HBO
This crime drama and thriller stars English actress Kate Winslet, who plays Mare Sheehan, a police detective from a small Pennsylvania town called Easttown. Mare is a mother, a grandmother, is divorced and is the centre of a story that begins when she must investigate the crime of a young woman who is found dead. At the same time that her personal and professional life begin to unbalance, always with the shadow left by the suicide of her eldest son. There are seven chapters in which this captivating crime is solved, with quotas of mystery and, by the way, the spectacular performance of Winslet. A series to enjoy with a glass of Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc. A fresh and lively white wine, but with great volume on the palate. A great combo if you enjoy with some salted popcorn.