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oscar wine winners

So much movie celebrating requires wine – and lots of it.

Of course Hollywood’s covered on the bubbly front. All best actor and best actress nominees were given a bottle of Rare Le Secret which is produced in the very best vintages (only 9 have been made in the past 40 years) and only come in magnums. The guy who makes it is the former cellar master for Piper Heidsieck, which is the official Champagne supplier for the Oscars

During the ceremony and at the Governors Ball after-party, they’ll be pouring Piper Heidsieck Cuvée Brut Limited Edition Magnums (custom-made for the Oscars with 60% Pinot Noir, 25% Pinot Meunier and 15% Chardonnay), Rare 2002, and Rare 1998 Magnums. I would totally be the person at the party hanging out at the Champagne bar instead of gawking at the celebrities. 

As for still wines, Coppola is stocking the bar with their wines. The custom-made Final Cut editions have a super-cool label featuring a moving Zoetrope that took five years to develop!

For your own Oscar party, you can pop the Piper and/or still wine as well. Since there are too many noms for Best Picture these days (I liked it much better when it was just five) I’ll give you pairings for the two movies that got the most nominations (10 each).  

The Favourite: A clever and fresh take on a traditional genre deserves the same in a wine. Snap open some cans of white raspberry noted Amble + Chase rosé: 40% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 30% Cinsault from sustainable growers in Provence.

Roma: For a movie shot in a natural, understated way, the perfect pair is a natural wine, one of the latest trends in the wine world. Some say the low-to-no intervention in winemaking produces better wines, some disagree. See for yourself with 201Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine ‘La Pepie’ – briny, slightly rich, and highly acidic which makes is perfect for oysters.

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