christmas movie wine pairings

The 10 Best Christmas Movie Wine Pairings

It wouldn’t be the holidays without watching at least one of these ten Christmas movies … but leave the cocoa and marshmallows in the pantry and pour yourself a glass of wine instead. 

NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION | RED BLEND 

What do you get when a bunch of estranged relatives show up on your doorstep — both invited AND unannounced? A whole lot of entertainment! From the opening scene where the family cuts down the biggest Christmas tree, to the Christmas light puzzle, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation deserves a wine just as delicious as every scene, and a red blend is the perfect choice. 

THE SANTA CLAUSE | CABERNET SAUVIGNON

This classic Christmas movie stands the test of time year after year, and is arguably the best movie to watch on Christmas Eve. So pour yourself a glass of smooth Cabernet Sauvignon and watch as Tim Allen is transformed into Santa Clause against his own will. 

THE GRINCH | PINOT GRIGIO

Whether you prefer the original animated film, recently animated film, or Jim Carrey special, this classic story is best enjoyed with a glass of Pinot Grigio. Plus, it will pair perfectly with any movie meal or snack, including Who-hash or roast beast. 

ELF | SPARKLING WHITE WINE 

Getting on Buddy the Elf’s happiness level isn’t easy, but with a couple glasses of bubbly we can almost guarantee you’ll get there before the narwhal waves and says,  “Bye, Buddy — hope you find your Dad.” It’s a movie that’s pure fun, just like White Wine with Bubbles. 

HOME ALONE | HOUSE WINE 

This pairing is brand-specific, because what better wine to drink while Kevin protects his house and fends off burglars than House Wine? Find a bottle, box, or pack of cans at numerous locations across the country, and cheer on the kid that was left behind over Christmas. 

DIE HARD | MALBEC

There are two types of people in this world: Those that think Die Hard is a Christmas movie and those that don’t. And a controversial movie deserves a controversial wine. Malbec is seriously underrated and seriously good — the perfect wine to sip on while watching this action-packed series. 

A CHRISTMAS STORY | BOXED WINE 

This movie is an All-American classic! Open up a box of wine for family and friends and laugh along as Ralphie Parker and his family navigate the Christmas season — this movie wine pairing might even become your new favorite holiday tradition. 

THE HOLIDAY | PINOT NOIR 

Since this movie switches between freezing England and sunny California, a Pinot Noir strikes the perfect balance of warmth and lightness for the holiday season no matter where in the world you are watching.

FOUR CHRISTMASES | CANNED VARIETY PACK 

Four delicious cans dedicated to four Christmases — what could possibly be better than that? Graham + Fisk’s Mixed Variety Pack is the ultimate wine while watching Four Christmases. We don’t recommend sipping all cans in one sitting during the duration of the movie, but splitting with a friend? Yes, please! 

LOVE ACTUALLY | MOSCATO D’ASTI 

Packed full of romance and sweetness, this holiday favorite follows a handful of characters during the Christmas season, and Moscato d’Asti is just as sweet as almost every scene. For some, it might be too much, but for the sweet-wine lovers, this movie is the definition of holiday cheer.

Erin Hooker

Erin Hooker is a writer with experience creating wine, food, and interior design content. She began contributing to Graham + Fisk’s blog in 2021.