The Oscars are here, parties will be happening and everybody wants to know, “who’s going to win?” One of the most popular blog posts I’ve had on this blog (aside from Top 10 Bacon recipes) is the Oscars drink pairing post. In 2011 my Top 10 was all over the place thanks to films like Black Swan and True Grit.
So, with that in mind — envelope please…here are my drink pairings to go along with the movies:
The Artist + The Silent Broadsider
When this throwback movie came out in 2011 it probably made people scratch their heads. In an age where CGI and 3-D rule the big screen, it seemed unlikely a silent black and white film would have much commercial success. But The Artist not only did well, it’s up for Best Picture. You might say it was unexpected.
I can’t think of a better drink to pair with than the Silent Broadsider. It’s classy, it’s sophisticated, and it might just make you feel like a Flapper in the 1920′s.
The Descendants + Blue Hawaiian
Makes sense, doesn’t it? George Clooney’s story unfolds in Hawaii on the island of Oahu where he’s an attorney with a large piece of land. His wife is injured in a boating accident and goes into a coma. From there the character study unfolds to reveal more sadness from an affair and disconnect from his daughters. You could say George’s character was feeling pretty blue, hence the drink pairing idea of the Blue Hawaiian.
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close + 2001 Chateau Haut Bergey (Pessac-Léognan)
This is a film by Scott Rudin, a man who consistently delivers the goods. He was nominated last year for The Social Network AND True Grit as well as No Country for Old Men in 2008 and The Hours in 2003.
Mr. Rudin seems to have a pedigree that allows him to rise to the top. He’s like a wine from Bordeaux. Solid, consistent…the best of the best. The 2001 vintage was made around the time this film takes place. As the two towers were being attacked, grapes were being harvested in France. Right about now 2001 vintage wines from Bordeaux are drinking well, so if you can get your hands on one like this one drink up!
The Help + Backyard Tea
The Help is set during the 1960′s in Jackson, Mississippi. I was looking for a drink that would represent the time, place and theme of the movie. A Backyard Tea seems like the kind of drink “the help” would have on a hot day.
Hugo + The Rose
There were a couple of different directions to go with a drink pairing. Ultimately, I came up with a drink that is rumored to have been created in Paris during the time this movie is set. The Rose was allegedly created Johnny Mitta, a guy who tended bar at the Chatham Hotel in Paris not too far from the train station where Hugo takes place.
Midnight in Paris + 2007 Bonny Doon Cigare Volant
Because this movie takes place in France, it might seem like a natural choice to go with a French wine, oui? However, the premise of the movie is of an American couple who travel to France to find inspiration. Owen Wilson’s character meets some of history’s most famous artists and esoteric characters along the way.
If you’ve ever met Randall Grahm from Bonny Doon, he is such a character. Randall might very well be one of the people Owen Wilson would meet along the way. His wines are inspired by french wines, especially the Cigare Volant, which is a Rhone-inspired blend of Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah with a little Cinsault.
Moneyball + The Money Maker
Green is the color of money and it’s also the color of the Oakland A’s baseball team featured in the film. Not only that, but the Money Maker is a green drink that’ll help set the mood. This drink was developed by the mixologist at the Ritz-Carlton that would either help you celebrate or drown your sorrows on tax day. For a movie like Moneyball you need a drink like The Money Maker.
The Tree of Life + Lucid Frappe
The Tree of Life is a pretty complex movie with mind bending time and space implications. It’s not the kind of movie you want to take kids to for light viewing. This is the kind of film Stephen Hawking would probably enjoy, and because of that it requires the right kind of drink to enhance the experience. A good absinthe-based cocktail that could work is the Lucid Frappe made with Lucid Absinthe.
War Horse + Man o’ War
You may remember a racehorse named Man o’ War. He was one of the most successful horses of all time. It seems appropriate to honor him and “war horses” everywhere with this drink recipe from liquor.com.