The Oscar’s are my Super Bowl! I am a huge movie fan and I love all the awards show. I am one of those people that are in Oscar pools, and watch every award being given out, including film editing and costume design. And although I picked who I thought the Academy will choose, it doesn’t mean I agree with them. I definitely would have personally picked different choices.
My top 2 contenders for Best Picture would have been Hidden Figures or Lion. Two spectacular movies that both deserve the top prize. I’m sorry to the La La Land lovers, but I’ve seen the movie, and La La Land cannot compare to the mastery of these two movies. But Darlene, this is a wine blog… right.
So, here’s what I will be drinking while watching the Oscars! I picked up a bottle yesterday and I’m super excited because my friend Judy is coming over to watch the Oscars with me and she’s never had this wine.
From the vineyards of Francis Ford Coppola, comes the Director’s Cut Zinfandel, a masterpiece on its own. This man makes wine as good as the movies he directs. Not only is he an Oscar winning Director (5 Oscars to his name), this wine has also won awards. It is rich and voluptuous from the Zinfandel grapes, and then a little Petite Sirah is added which adds interesting layers and some spice. I did pick up a bottle, but I will tell you at $42 it’s a bit of a treat. But I personally like treating myself to a special wine for special nights.
In my opinion, this is the greatest race this awards season, the Best Actor category. Casey Affleck gave a mesmerizing performance in Manchester of the Sea, and I would love to see him win the award. However, Denzel Washington could make history if he wins Sunday night, winning his 3rd Best Actor award. It’s a tough one, both performances were stellar, but honestly, I chose Denzel in my Oscar pick because I believe the Academy will go with the veteran performer. Speaking of stellar, here’s another great wine to enjoy Sunday night, aptly named Cinema.
Also from the Director’s Cut line from Francis Ford Coppola, comes this delicious blend called Cinema. Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, and Merlot from Sonoma County brings out the best of these 4 grapes. Regular readers know how much I love Zinfandel, it’s what I picked to drink tomorrow night. When you add the full-body of a Cabernet Sauvignon and the juiciness of a Merlot, with the zesty spice from the Petite Sirah, you’ve got a winner. Done in the style of Super Tuscans, this wine is exotic and delicious and a great steak wine. It’s also a great pizza wine which is what I will be dining on Oscar night!
And now for my wine of the week…..
This wonderful wine from Spain is called Monasterio de las Vinas and it’s a blend of Garnacha, (which you may know Grenache), Tempranillo and Carinena. Carinena originates from the Carignan grape which is grown in Italy, California and a few more New World regions. This wine tastes like a $50 bottle of wine and is priced around $22 here. If you live in British Columbia, it is $14 in your liquor stores and in Ontario it is $18, so grab it up, it’s a tremendous value. Gran Reservas are spanish wines that have to be aged a minimum of 5 years, and normally they are priced at $35 and up. This is a steal of a deal at $22.95. Aged 24 months in oak, and aged 12 years overall, this wine is super smooth. I am guessing this won’t be available here for long, so grab it while you can.
Well, if you’re like me you’ll be watching the Oscars with my Oscar pool form and a nice glass of wine. I picked up a bottle of the Director’s Cut Zinfandel, because it’s a special night. Enjoy the show!
Till next week, Cheers