Choosing the right bottle in the vast world of wine can often seem like navigating the galaxy. Star Wars: The Force Awakens set a new box office record this week—so obviously there are many out there who share my fondness for the epic film series. The major players from the original triology all had strong, distinct personalities, much like wines have unique styles, and the character that you identify with most might lend some insight into what you like to drink. With Episode VII introducing the voices of the new generation, here are 13 central characters from both the Light and Dark Sides—and their wine world equivalents.
Princess Leia Organa: Blanc de Noirs Champagne
Why? Bold, fearless and brimming with energy and determination, Leia is instrumental in the Galactic Civil War. Although there’s darkness in her lineage—in the form of Darth Vader—she is pure Light, like this white Champagne made from black grapes (100 percent pinot noir, to be exact).
Try: NV Vouette et Sorbée ‘Fidèle’ Extra Brut ($74)
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Luke Skywalker: Barolo
Why? Skywalker is awkward and unsettled in his youth, his true identity hidden away until later in life, when he realizes his true potential as a Jedi Master. Barolo similarly requires time for its tannins to soften and its beguiling secondary aromas to come to the fore. When they do, the wine drinks like the masterpiece it was destined to be.
Try: 2008 Elio Altare Barolo ($66)