Celebrities at the 90th Academy Awards on March 4 will be treated to limited-edition wines that were developed specifically for the Oscars. For example, they will sip French Champagne from Piper-Heidsieck’s striking Art Deco magnum bottle commemorating the Golden Age of Hollywood. There will also be special wines from the Director’s Cut collection of the Francis Ford Coppola Winery, owned by the famous filmmaker and his family. While most of us will not be in Hollywood to taste these wines, here are some affordable options for your own Oscar parties.
Piper Sonoma Brut, Sonoma County, Calif.
Bought • Total Wine, 90 Brentwood Promenade Court, in February for $11.99
Description • Owned by Rémy Cointreau, Piper-Heidsieck’s parent company, this sparkling wine is made through the same process used to make real Champagne in which the wine goes through a second fermentation in its own bottle. Mostly chardonnay with pinot noir and pinot meunier, it has a creamy mouthfeel, tastes of ripe apples and ends with a long, crisp citrus finish. It’s a great aperitif wine or delicious with seafood and other light fare.
Francis Coppola Diamond Collection 2014 Black Label Claret, Calif.
Bought • Dierbergs, 7233 Watson Road, in February for $11.97
Description • This big, bold red, which won 90 points from Wine Enthusiast, is distinctively bottled with striking gold netting. Claret is a British term for red Bordeaux wines, and this blend is predominately cabernet sauvignon along with petit verdot, cabernet franc and merlot. Tasting of black cherries and other dark fruit, it has firm tannins and some smoke and spice from oak aging. It would go well with grilled meat and hearty entrées.