The Oscars are on Sunday. I love the Oscars. Here at work, we do an Oscar pool. There are 3 top prizes to be won, so on Sunday night I will be curled up with my glass of wine, and my hopeful Oscar picks.
This is the year Leo will win his Oscar, in a movie that a bear almost stole the show. And with fingers and toes crossed, I thought I would share some award winning wines to enjoy during the biggest Awards night of the year.
If you like to pop the sparkly during the Oscars, try this lovely Benjamin Bridge Brut on for size. Benjamin Bridge is located in the Gaspereau Valley right here in Nova Scotia, and has won International awards for its quality sparkling wines. Winemaker Jean-Benoit Deslauriers is doing spectacular things in this region of Nova Scotia, with a climate very similar to that of Champagne France and using the classic Champagne grapes of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
And another one of my favorites from Benjamin Bridge is the Nova 7. Created to represent the terroir here on the East Coast of Canada, this delightful wine is a great pair with seafood, and a host of other dishes. It’s also a great patio wine during the Summer. If they were giving out Oscars for wine, this would definitely be nominated.
If Red is on the menu for Sunday night, try one of these award winning Zinfandel wines. On the left is Brazin’ Old Vine Zinfandel. A mix of Zinfandel with some Petite Sirah, this wine packs a punch with a 14.5% alcohol level. Big and balanced with smoky berry flavors and hints of vanilla, one of the reasons I love Zinfandel so much is that it is so food friendly. So no matter what you’re eating during the Oscars, chances are Zinfandel will pair nicely. On the right is a wine I discovered a few weeks ago, the Renwood Zinfandel. Lots of bold fruit and an intense finish, it’s no wonder both these wines won medals at the International Wine Challenge.
Here’s a great wine and another award winner. The Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Red Blend is a combination of Syrah and Merlot. I enjoyed the 2011 vintage and I love this blend from the Columbia Valley. Merlot brings all those plump rich fruit flavors and the Syrah brings a spiciness to the wine that was excellent.
Here’s another favorite that have won a bunch of awards in a bunch of different competitions. The Wakefield Riesling out of Australia. It’s about $20, and an excellent value. A crisp clean Riesling with honey and apricot flavors and a perfect match with spicy food.
And my new wine of the week is….
The El Esteco Malbec from Argentina is fantastic. The lady who told me about it is not even a big Malbec fan, and loved this wine. It’s fruity, but I think the coffee and herb notes and the finish would be the star of this show. This is a high altitude wine from Argentina, and it is believed that grapes grown in the higher altitudes make for a more intense flavorful wine. What’s really neat is that all these grapes are harvested by hand, not machine. Then it is aged for 12 months in oak, which makes for a super smooth Malbec wine.
So while millions will be watching what the stars will be wearing, I will be enjoying my glass of wine in my yoga pants. Only kidding, I will be in pajama pants. After all, it’s Sunday night.
Till next week, Cheers