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Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle & Beaujolais Gamay

Walt from Atlanta has requested a pairing for "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle."

I should probably recommend a cannabis-infused wine but they're not legal in Atlanta, so that wouldn't be great for Walt and I'd never suggest anything illegal... 😈

Really though, cannabis-infused wines aren't easy to come by even here in California, where recreational weed is legal. Also, their THC content is way too high (heh) for my taste.

Instead, I'm gonna suggest an affordable Beaujolais Gamay, like Chateau des Deduits' Fleurie.

The Movie

"Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle," directed by Danny Leiner is a stoner comedy centered on two roommates, Harold Lee (John Cho) and Kumar Patel (Kal Penn). They smoke pot, get the munchies, and embark on a quest to satisfy their craving for White Castle burgers. Hijinks ensue. Harold and Kumar navigate everything from an impromptu surgery to a deranged Neil Patrick Harris, playing a fictionalized version of himself.

One of the key strengths of "Harold & Kumar" lies in its characters. Cho and Penn share an excellent on-screen chemistry and bring a likable, down-to-earth quality to their roles. The dynamic between Harold, the somewhat uptight investment banker, and Kumar, the free-spirited medical school candidate, provides ample opportunity for comedy and character development.

Unapologetically crude and silly, the film also cleverly comments on issues such as racial stereotypes, profiling, and the pressure of societal expectations.

The Wine

Chateau Des Deduits Fleurie is a beautiful example of Gamay from the Fleurie appellation within Beaujolais, a region located in the southern part of Burgundy, France. Fleurie wines are known for their elegance and floral qualities, offering a unique expression of the Gamay grape.

On the palate, this wine is medium-bodied, with vibrant red fruit flavors, such as strawberries and cherry. The wine's acidity is refreshing, offering a counterpoint to the ripe fruit flavors. The tannins are light and smooth, contributing to the overall elegance and approachability of the wine. Some might find a hint of mineral or granitic notes, reflecting the terroir of Fleurie.

For the best tasting experience, serve this wine slightly chilled.

Why They Pair Well

Just as "Harold and Kumar" is easily an unpretentious, easily-enjoyed comedy, Fleurie wines, including Château des Deduits, are known for their approachability and the sense of joy they bring to the palate.

The comedic, exaggerated scenarios Harold and Kumar find themselves in match the lively, fruit-forward profile of Fleurie wines.

Bonus: The Chateau Des Deduits Fleurie should pair well with a White Castle burger too.

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