Toasting the Oscars? 6 award-winning wines to mark the occasion

22nd Feb 19 | Lifestyle

Polish up your best stemware and pop the cork on something suitably trophy-worthy, says Sam Wylie-Harris.

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As the ultimate A-list bash, the Academy Awards always promise to be a starry, starry night – and with so much glitz and glamour descending on the red carpet, the Oscars are a brilliant excuse to stage a lavish event of your own and toast the winners with a prize-winning wine.

By lavish event, we of course also mean getting cosy on the sofa to watch the star-studded bash on TV, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still pop open something suitably award-worthy to mark the occasion.

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So whether you’re hosting a gathering or toasting quietly, to mirror the biggest event in the Hollywood calendar, we’ve drawn inspiration from the grapevine and rounded up the critics’ choices stealing the limelight. We’ve even thrown in the odd acceptance speech from names you need to know…

1. Blossom Hill Pale Rosé, Spain (currently reduced to £5 from £6, Tesco)

Blossom Hill Pale Rose, Spain
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Californian wine brand Blossom Hill romped home with Product of the Year Award 2019 in the wine category (voted for by the British public) for their Spanish dry rosé – showing how our rosé romance is far from fickle and we love to sink this holiday pink whatever the season.

‘’As the UK’s number one rosé brand, we decided to create a new style of wine for Blossom Hill, tapping into the popularity of less sweet styles of rosé wines. With the awards being voted for by consumers, it’s all the more meaningful to see how many people have been enjoying the refreshing taste of our fantastic pale rosé,’’ says a spokesperson for the winery.

2. Martini Prosecco, Italy (currently reduced to £7 from £10, Asda)

Martini Prosecco, Italy
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Who doesn’t love a prosecco party? To mirror this sparkling occasion, you may as well go for gold and pick this star serve, which the judges took a shine to at the International Wine and Spirits Competition 2018 where it won gold. It also scooped a silver at the San Francisco International Wine Competition 2018. Floral, fruity, and fresh enough to complement a long acceptance speech.

3. Waitrose Grüner Veltliner 2017 Niederösterreich, Austria (£7.99, Waitrose)

Waitrose Gruner Veltliner, Austria
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It may be a dark horse on the grapevine, but grüner veltliner is Austria’s most important wine and this big-name grüner veltliner tastes the part. An A-lister from the Weingut Huber estate, award-winning Markus Huber won a Decanter World Wine Awards 2018 gold for this mouth-watering white, with a beam of bright citrus and greengage fruit, hints of white pepper and a fragrant finish.

4. Berry Bros & Rudd Extra Ordinary Claret, 2015, by Chateau Villa Bel-Air, Bordeaux, France (£16.95, Berry Bros & Rudd)

BBR Extra Ordinary Claret, France
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An iconic own label that’s fondly referred to as ‘EOC’, wine lovers don’t have to worry about making an expensive mistake with this International Wine Challenge silver medal-winner. Highly rated, and Berry’s bestselling wine for decades, it’s from a very good vintage, merlot dominant with ample dark, fragrant fruit, a note of dark cherry, and smoothly textured with a velvety long finish.

5. Greyfriars Rosé Reserve Brut 2014, England (£21, Greyfriars Vineyard)

Greyfriars Rose Reserve Brut, England
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English sparkling wines are still going from strength to strength, and this multi-award-winning Surrey-based vineyard boasts some impressive silverware. Awarded gold by the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2018, this is what Greyfriars owner, Mike Wagstaff, has to say about this pretty pink fizz: “I would like to thank our amazing vineyard and winery team for all their work in producing this wine. Our Rosé Reserve was the first wine we ever produced at Greyfriars, and this is the fourth and best vintage of this truly signature wine.”

6. Champagne Delacourt Vintage Brut 2004, France (£35, Marks & Spencer)

Champagne Delacourt Vintage Brut 2004, France
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Excitingly, according to a study by the International Wine Challenge (IWC), bottles of wine labelled with one of their foil stickers can sell seven times more than an identical bottle of wine with no sticker. Elizabeth Kelly, wine specialist at M&S said the store had seen a “great uplift on our wines following the IWC award stickering, especially at the gold and silver level”.

Kelly added: “It was interesting to see the results across a range of price points and our new house vintage Champagne, Delacourt 2004, which we were delighted to have won a gold medal – sold 300% more than in comparable stores.”

Made for M&S by one of the world’s top winemakers – Elisabeth Sarcelet, winner of Champagne Cellar Master of the Year 2017, and Reims-based champagne house, Castelnau – you can always lie it down if your film doesn’t sweep the board. An outstanding champagne for the price, the gold presentation box adds extra pizzazz, and vintage bubbles have the capacity to age further for a number of years.

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