by Sarah Shotwell

natalie-wood_blogThis November, Natalie Wood is our Star of the Month at TCM! This doe-eyed beauty, known for her endearing, innocent charm, was cast idyllically in West Side Story as Maria, a love-struck Puerto Rican teen living in New York who falls for an Italian boy from the wrong side of the tracks. West Side Story, a modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet, is a heartbreaking but life affirming music romp through 1960s Manhattan. With a screening on November 18th and December 29th on TCM, we’re pairing the picture with our Stones & Bones red from Lisboa, Portugal. Grab a lip-smacking glass of this fruit forward, Latin-inspired blend, and snap along as the Sharks and Jets, rival New York gangs, fight one another with choreographed switch blade slashes and high kicks (all while nailing some perfect pirouettes in the process!)

Food Pairing: A food pairing for West Side Story and Stones & Bones needs a dish that’s savory, spicy, and comforting. We’re feeling something appropriately Italian or Puerto Rican, like baked ziti with hot Italian sausage, or Perníl (Puerto Rican Roasted Pork Shoulder) with black beans and fried plantains.