As chosen by Top Chef alum, Fabio Viviani!
It's Friday night, all the day's chores are done, the kids are (for once) playing by quietly by themselves, your husband is engrossed in the week's sports games, and you have at least one hour to yourself. So, you grab your favorite snack and crack open a bottle of wine before settling in front of the TV or computer to catch up on an entire week's worth of reality shows.
Admit it. Reality TV is a guilty pleasure. Even though you know it's mostly fake or scripted, you can't help but be intrigued by the drama, tears, and meltdowns. After all, reality stars are just like you and I, right? And what's more satisfying than watching reality TV with a nice glass of wine — a nice glass of the perfect wine?
If you're ready for another overly dramatic meltdown with this crazy family, you can keep it classy when you're Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
"I feel like Kim and her sisters would like bubbles," says Viviani. "She seems like a champagne kind of girl but, of course, I'm Italian so I have to go with Prosecco. My current favorite is from Ca Del Bosco."
This exciting Netflix thriller documentary has thrills and surprising revelations with each new episode. Viviani believes that you need a wine strong enough to "stand up to the twists and turns" of Making A Murderer, so he recommends the 2012 Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot.
"It's a layered wine that reveals new secrets with every sip, like hints of violet and vanilla alongside notes of Italian leather," he says.
The Bachelor may be an unorthodox way to find true love, but you just can't help the thrill of finding out what antics these ladies get into just to get the guy.
"This poor guy has to choose between a bunch of ladies who are trying to win his heart," says Viviani. "If I were him, I'd pull out a Wagner Family bottle of 2013 Conundrum Red. It's a blend of Zinfandel and Petite Syrah, a rich, full-bodied wine with a name that says it all — this guy finds himself in a 'conundrum' for sure."
Whether these housewives are real or not, you can admit that their lives are pretty glamorous. To feel as classy and glamorous as The Real Housewives, Fabio recommends a glass of fancy Chardonnay.
"The 2014 Chardonnay from Petroni is one of the best I've tasted, with white peach, fig, butterscotch, and toasted spices," he says. "And if I'm remembering this show right, these women can drink — so you want a good wine if you're going to try and keep up with them."
America's Next Top Model emphasizes beauty, grace and poise, as well as showing us the harsh reality of modeling (yes, it does take work!). Viviani believes that you need to pair it with an equally beautiful wine, like the Ca'del Bosco Curtefranca Bianco.
"[It] is a super sexy blend. It's delicate and soft, just like a beautiful woman," he says. "The fruit fragrance from the Chardonnay grapes and the elegance of the Pinot Bianco grapes will keep you coming back for another glass, even when you know you should stop — another thing it has in common with a beautiful woman."
If you could be on Survivor and have the chance to take a bottle of wine with you through an outback or a desert, what would it be?
"A Malbec!" says Viviani. "The 2012 Malbec from Catena Wines is grown in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, a rugged territory. If I were to go to a deserted island, this is the wine I would take with me."
Top Chef is the show that stirs your hunger with each episode and makes you wish you could re-create those yummy recipes. And Viviani says that you absolutely can, with a wine that's perfect for both drinking and cooking! He recommends his own line of wine: his signature White Blend.
"We combined all of my favorite grapes for a wine that pairs easily with lots of different recipes that you can cook in your own home, especially pastas in cream sauces and seafood," he says.