20 Feb Celebrate The 2015 Academy Awards With 7 Wines
The 2015 award season is in full swing with the annual music and movie awards ceremonies, including the Grammy Awards, which concluded last weekend, and the Academy Awards this weekend. So what does this mean? It’s time to host or attend Oscar parties, which means it’s time for wine. THEGRAPE would like to help you with your wine list as you prepare to watch the 2015 Best Picture Nominees. Try the following wines based on this year’s Best Picture Nominees:
Bradley Cooper plays U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who takes his sole mission — protect his military brethren — to heart and becomes one of the most lethal snipers in US military history. His pinpoint accuracy not only saves countless lives but also makes him one the most sought after targets of enemy insurgents. Despite grave danger and his struggle to be a good husband and father to his family back in the States, Kyle serves four tours of duty in Iraq. However, when he finally returns home, he struggles to leave the war behind.
Wine Selection: Becker Vineyards Provençal Mourvedre 2013 ($17) – Buy Wine
Naturally we’ve chosen a wine from the great state of Texas, where U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle was from, which is fast becoming one of America’s Best Wine Regions. The 2013 Provençal was recently awarded a Double Gold Medal (95 points) & and was named Best Rose at the 2014 San Francisco International Wine Competition.
This wine is a true dry rose wine. The style is more closely related to a French Provençal than a new world style – being off dry. The varietals that went into this wine are Mourvedre, Grenache, and Syrah. The dominant grape varietal is Mourvedre, which makes up 80% of the blend. With fresh strawberry and tropical fruit flavors you’ll enjoy sipping this wine on a warm spring or summer afternoon.
Michael Keaton plays former cinema superhero, Riggan Thomson who’s producing an ambitious Broadway play that he hopes will revive his stagnant career. While risky, Thomson hopes his creative gamble will prove he’s a “real” artist and not just a washed-up movie star. As opening night approaches, a castmate is injured, forcing Riggan to hire an actor (Edward Norton) who is guaranteed to shake things up. Meanwhile, Riggan must deal with his personal struggles.
Wine Selection: Oyster Bay Pinot Noir 2013 ($14) – Buy Wine
As much as New York is known for its theater, New York based wine companies are importing and introducing Americans to some of the world’s best wines. Enter the 2013 Oyster Bay Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand. This award winning, medium bodied, red wine is tightly wound, with mouth-watering flavors of dark cherry, plum earth and leather and possess a long finish with hints of vanilla. Handcrafted in small batches, you’ll be able to enjoy this delicious red wine right away.
The joys and pitfalls of growing up are seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (Ellar Coltrane), his parents (Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke) and his sister (Lorelei Linklater). Vignettes, filmed with the same cast over the course of 12 years, capture family meals, road trips, birthday parties, graduations and other important milestones.
Wine Selection: McPherson Cellars Tre Colore 2014, Rhone Style Blend ($14) – Buy Wine
Again from Texas, the highly anticipated 2014 McPherson Cellars Tre Colore follows in the footsteps of the award winning 2013 vintage. The 2014 Tre Colore Rhone style red wine is a blend of three Rhone varieties, Cinsault (60%), Carignan (32%), and a white wine, Viognier (8%). This light body, easy drinking red wine has aromas of cedar, black pepper and dried cherries and other rebellious berry characteristics. The taste of this approachable wine is rich and smoky with a smooth finish. Coming in under $15 you’d be silly not to purchase a case of this wine, because, like the 2013 vintage, it will go fast.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
In the 1930s, the Grand Budapest Hotel is a popular European ski resort, presided over by concierge Gustave H., played by Ralph Fiennes. Zero, a junior lobby boy, becomes Gustave’s friend and protege. Gustave prides himself on providing first-class service to the hotel’s guests, including satisfying the sexual needs of the many elderly women who stay there. When one of Gustave’s lovers dies mysteriously, Gustave finds himself the recipient of a priceless painting and the chief suspect in her murder.
Wine Selection: Chateau Bonnet Entre-Deux-Mers Blanc 2013 ($16) – Buy Wine
We’ve chosen this white wine for its European origin, Bordeaux, France, and amazing price! A blend of Sauvignon Blanc (50%), Sémillon (35%) and Muscadelle (15 %) this white wine is very Sauvignon, and is the perfect example of an “everyday wine.” Aromas of pear and tropical fruit, lead into a vibrant palate, with flavors of citrus that finish. You’ll surely enjoy this wine with your favorite seafood appetizers or meals.
The Imitation Game
In 1939, newly created British intelligence agency MI6 recruits Cambridge mathematics alumnus Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to crack Nazi codes, including Enigma — which cryptanalysts had thought unbreakable. Turing’s team, including Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley), analyze Enigma messages while he builds a machine to decipher them. Turing and team finally succeed and become heroes, but in 1952, the quiet genius encounters disgrace when authorities reveal he is gay and send him to prison.
The Theory of Everything
In the 1960s, Cambridge University student and future physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) falls in love with fellow collegian Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones). At 21, Hawking learns that he has motor neuron disease. Despite this — and with Jane at his side — he begins an ambitious study of time, of which he has very little left, according to his doctor. He and Jane defy terrible odds and break new ground in the fields of medicine and science, achieving more than either could hope to imagine.
Wine Selection: Burrowing Owl Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 ($35) – Buy Wine
This British Columbia based Burrowing Owl Estate Winery has won many awards the world over and their 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is no exception. It’s this British connection of Best Picture Nominees, The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything that lead us to the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, who’s grapes were harvested by hand from Burrowing Owl’s estate vineyards. Here’s how Master of Wine, Rhys Pender, describes the 2011 Burrowing Owl Cab, “The nose shows intense black and red currant, raspberry cinnamon, vanilla and clove with an intriguing cayenne pepper note. The palate is dry with refreshing acidity and firm but ripe tannins that give a dusty, dried sage sensation. The flavors of plum, blackcurrant, black olive, violet, leather, marzipan, minerality and pepper linger on a long finish. Try with venison loin with a peppercorn demi-glaze or grilled rib eye with a sage compound butter.”
Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant in certain areas, making it very difficult for blacks to register to vote. In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, and their efforts culminated in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Wine Selection: Broken Earth Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 ($22) – Buy Wine
We’ve chosen this award winning Paso Robles, CA red wine as symbol of the unbreakable spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement. This lush 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon offers densely concentrated fruit flavors supported by sweet vanillin spice. Classic flavors of black cherry, cassis and aromas of cocoa and sandalwood make this wine inviting and easy to enjoy. Enjoy the 2012 Broken Earth Cabernet Sauvignon with your favorite grilled meats.
A first-year music student (Miles Teller) wins a seat behind the drums in a jazz band led by a teacher (J.K. Simmons) who uses fear and intimidation to push his students to perfection.
Wine Selection: Arrogant Frog Chardonnay 2013 ($9.99) – Buy Wine
This award winning French Chardonnay (85%) and Viognier (15%) blend is one of the most affordable and best white wines under $10 available. The 2013 Arrogant Frog Chardonnay is a brilliant gold color with straw yellow tints. Your nose is met with elegant aromas of tropical fruits, with peach and white flowers and hints of vanilla. You’ll be pleased by the fresh, fruity flavors and long finish. You will enjoy this white wine paired with seafood and fish dishes, sushi, white meats, Asian food and fruit desserts.
We hope you enjoy our Oscar wine list selections for this weekend’s Academy Awards and we hope you win your Oscar Party Pickem. Share with us your thoughts on our wine selections or any other wines you’ve chosen to enjoy during your Oscar viewing party. Cheers from THEGRAPE!