You might have already decided what to eat on Oscar night but here’s inspiration for a wine to pair with each of the Best Picture Nominated Films. Go with our wine pairing suggestions or create your own after reading our choices. It’s a fun way to enhance the viewing experience!
There are over 6800 wineries in the U.S. now and only a handful owned by black winemakers much less female black winemakers. Iris Rideau a native of Louisiana has been making Rhone style wines in Santa Ynez since 1997. She’s also a great cook and her winery hosts dinners pairing her great food with her wines. Drink her award winning 2008 Estate Grenache a double gold medal winner in 2011 with your own Southern menu and you’ll feel transported to the era of this film.
This is ground breaking movie even though silent films date back to the 1920’s because the ability to tell a story without words in an era of constant communication and talking is so profound. Will this French director take home the Oscar? We think so and that the film is worthy of a splurge so we’re recommending L’Aventure from Paso Robles owned by a Frenchman who came to the US to make great wine – and succeeded.
There is pineapple wine made in Hawaii but we’d rather tip our hat to director Alexander Payne of Sideways fame who literally put Santa Ynez on the map for millions of wine lovers. Drink Alma Rosa Pinot Noir from Richard Sanford, ‘father’ of Pinot Noir in this region who was just inducted into the Vintners Hall of Fame. The Chardonnay rocks too.
Set in Paris in 1931, this tale of an orphaned boy living in the clock tower in the train station while trying to hold on to the memory of his father brings us into the cinematic world of director George Melies and his love of film. While we can certainly pair some Cotes du Rhone or Beaujolais that was sure to have been served in the station’s cafe, we suggest another cinema visionary’s offering, Director’s Cut, a blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet and Petit Sirah from Coppola Winery in Sonoma.
Midnight in Paris
Our hero Gil wanders the streets of Paris drinking Champagne and galavanting around town with legends of literature and art so we’re going to suggest you do the same. Serve the original from Champagne whether a well known brand or a small grower – use a coupe glass of course.
Billy Beane uses stats not big budgets to try to take his Oakland A’s baseball team over the top as he plays his small town players against the big guns of baseball. The relatively new www.eastbayvintners.com website will tell you all about the new wineries in Oakland, CA and the surrounding area who are making some fine wine. We are big fans of many of these wineries but we’ll give a shout out to JC Cellars. Their Imposter 2009 a combination of Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Mouvedre and Viognier is a perfect blend – just like Billy’s team.
The Tree of Life
Brad Pitt is an amazing actor and this compelling and engrossing film has an Oscar worthy performance by this leading man. He and Angelina Jolie take chances in the parts they play – as well as in real life – and now own Chateau Miraval near Aix en Provence in France (currently not available in the US) so drink an organic French wine from the South and you’ll be in the zen.
Watch the trailer here.
This epic drama about a boy, a horse and the terrible war that came between them is a triple hankie movie so you may want to pair wine from 14 Hands Cabernet or Chardonnay from Ste. Michelle Estates. The pictures of the horses on the label look just like Joey the horse in the film. If you’re feeling more adventurous you can always pair a wine from Germany where many of the of the scenes from the war take place.
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Set in the days after 9/11, a young autistic boy searches for the key to keeping his father’s memory alive in the streets of New York City. Drink wines from New York – selections from the Finger Lakes Region are all the rage or go with something from Long Island. Lieb vineyards issued a commemorative wine for the ten year anniversary of 9/11 which was criticized for being a crass commercialization but they make fine wine too. Some of our fans from Long Island are Channing Daughters and Wolffer Estates.
Happy Oscar viewing!