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Champagne & The Oscars

February 15th, 2013

The 85th Academy Awards is Sunday February 24th and I’m hoping for a great show. I’ll be cheering for the cast of Silver Linings Playbook; they were all sensational.

The Oscars are a celebration and what better way to enjoy it than to toast with a glass of Champagne. Although “Champagne” must officially come from the Champagne region of France, I’m referring to all sparkling wines. Champagne doesn’t have to be served with caviar; it goes equally well with egg rolls or popcorn.

So what bubbly should you serve on Oscar night? I have asked 4 friends, each with over 20 years of experience in the wine industry, to suggest a favorite or two…

Phill D’Ancona picks Taittinger ($50), a true classic from the Champagne region, which not only tastes great but it’s also sophisticated. He also likes a more budget friendly option, Carpene Malvolte Prosecco ($15) from northern Italy.

Taittinger Champagne


Tom Clare recommends Iron Horse ($30), a standout from Sonoma County. Iron Horse has been served at the White House for the past 5 consecutive presidential administrations.

Winnie Burwell thinks that color is important for the Oscars;  and therefore suggests two roses.  Calixte Cremant d’Alsace Rose ($20) from the Alsace region makes stunning wines and won the gold medal at the Effervescent du Monde 2011. The second is  Maso Martis Brut Rose ($35) from northern Italy.

Bill Malloy selects an Italian wine with very sleek packaging, but promises a high quality experience as well. His choice is Voga Sparkling wine ($16) from the Veneto. This wine is sexy and would be great for Oscar night.

I am going to start my Oscar night with an appetizer of goat cheese, thyme, pink peppercorns, and a crusty bread; here is the recipe from Bon Appetit.

Thanks to our wine aficionados; these are some terrific options for the award show.  Enjoy and Cheers!



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