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Weekend Wines at an Oscar Party Worth WOWing* About

Be Our Guest
Be Our Guest

The fashion, the faux pas, the gushing and the guffawing – blend it all with some great wine, creative nibbles and clever company and you have yourself one award-winning party.

Treats of the Southern WIld
Treats of the Southern WIld

My friends Rita and Khawar went all out this year at their Oscar night. Each plate came with a movie label: Mango UnChained, Treats from the Southern Wild, Lincoln Drinkin’ some Wine and Eatin’ some Cheese, Life of Chocolate Pi, Argonado Dip –  very creative.

mango
Mango Unchained

 

 

 

 

 

Life of Chocolate Pi
Life of Chocolate Pi

While we sharpened our tongues on the fashion misses, we sipped two delicious Italians and one Californian (that almost sounds a little sleazy). Rita and Khawar picked a Bolgheri blend, a Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and Rutherford Ranch  Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 for the evening. Each had a style that deserved to be on the Red Carpet.

 

 

 The Bogheri is one of my favourite regions of Tuscany. It is  almost impossible to go wrong with a wine from here.. This  Bolgheri Rosso 2009 by Michele Satta was no exception. It is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Sangiovese with a touch of Teroldego (one of the many I have never heard of) – fruity, herbal and chocolatey. $19.95.

A Tasty Italian and Spunky Californian
A Tasty Italian and Spunky Californian

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo  is typically a wine that gives you good value and good taste. This Gentile Montepulciano d’Abruzzo  Vigne di Ofena was even better. I would buy it again if I could find it!  The grape is often mistakenly thought to be the grape of Vino Nobile de Montepulciano. Sometimes that’s a mistake that can end up in your favour with a big bold fruity delicious wine. These are found in the Other Italian Regions section.

The third was from the Rutherford Ranch in the Napa Valley, a big bold Cabernet Sauvignon  from 2010 that, had I not been driving, I could have sipped all night. As it was, Rita needed the extra boost as she experienced a life-altering Oscar shock. Her husband Khawar, who is more familiar with the bottom end of the Oscar pool score sheet, cleaned her clock – ok he tied for first place with Franca – another movie buff who filled in her sheet just after she got there. 

WInners Franca and Khawar
Winners Franca and Khawar

Rita’s reaction was the equivalent of a series of Botox treatments – her words, not mine. While Khawar’s…somewhere between the happy dance I would do if I won a wine trip around the world and Sylvestre Stallone at the end of Rocky.

It was a sight to behold. No worries, Rita, there is always next year – in the meantime Khawar – start doing your research. I will help…over a glass or two of wine.

 *WOWing (Women-Of-Wine approved)

 

PS – Favourite Wine quote of the week:

Q:How do you get to know wine?

A: Buy a corkscrew. Use it.