Take the Quiz: Pair Wine with this Year’s Oscar Nominees

On CTV’s The Social yesterday we paired our favourite paired wines with this year’s Oscar nominees.

Can you guess the pairings correctly?

Watch the video above to play along with our hosts.

Now you’re all set for the Academy Awards tomorrow evening!

Here are my Top 20 Oscar Wines showing your which liquor stores have them in stock now … enjoy!

Best Supporting Actor or Actress – Jess

We’re starting with Miravel Rose … it’s a dry rose from southern France.

Which Oscar-nominated best supporting actor would you pair with this wine?

Sylvester Stallone in Creed
Tom Hardy in the The Revenant
Christian Bale in The Big Short

 

Next up we have the Beringer Chardonnay from the Oscars home state California. This buttery white wine would pair best with which Oscar-nominated best support actress?

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

 

Best Actress – Wendy

Next we have the Veuve Cliquot regular bottle (for the party) and the magnum (for the after party).

This Champagne pair best with which Best Actress nominee?

Brie Larson, Room
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy

​Now we have the Kim Crawford Sauvignon, a crisp, refreshing wine from New Zealand.

Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

 

Best Actor — Cynthia 

Next we have the Jackson Triggs Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot from the Delaine Vineyard.

This robust Niagara red wine would pair best with which Best Actor nominee?

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Bryan Cranston Trumbo
Menage A Trois Midnight Red 2013

Next we have Menage a Trois Midnight Red

It pairs best with ….

Matt Damon, The Martian
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

 

Best Picture – Melissa

Finally, for the best picture, here’s Young Brute:

The Martian
Mad Max: Fury Road Terrazas De Los Andes Reserva Malbec 2013
The Revenant

Terrazas De Los Andes Reserva Malbec 2013

The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Brooklyn

 

Take the Quiz  Pair Wine with this Year’s Oscar Nominees

 

 

Melissa: Welcome back to the show everybody. I’m sure like everybody out there, I’ve been counting down the days to Hollywood’s biggest night, Sunday. Ladies and gentleman we are in the home stretch to the Oscars and I cannot wait to curl up with a glass, a bottle of wine and watch the show.

Cynthia: I am so right there with you. But wine of course always taste best when it’s paired with something.  This year we’re going to pair our favourite wines with our Oscar picks. Here to show us how is Sommelier and editor of Canada’s largest wine site, Natalie Maclean.

So you are going to breakdown which wines pair best with this year’s Oscar nominees. To start what should we keep on mind when we’re pairing and we’re looking for wine to pair with a specific mood?

Natalie: Right! I’m gonna take my queue from Mel and just buy a lot. No matter what mood, what movie, your well stocked and you can put up those indulgent acceptances speeches.

Jess: Okay Natalie! Come on over here. You’re going to put your knowledge of wine and Oscar nominees to the test. You’ll tell us a little bit about each wine, then we’ll have a choice of three Oscar nominees. We have to guess which actor or movie, you believed, pairs best with each wine.

Natalie: You got it!

Jess:  This sounds like fun, so let’s get started with best supporting actor. What do we have here?

Natalie: We have a dry Rosé from Southern France. It’s Miravel Rosé. We’ll going do a little twist here Jess. We’re going to pair it up with best supporting actor, as you mentioned, and let’s just take a look at those nominees first, shall we?

Sylvester Stallone in Creed

Tom Hardy in the The Revenant

Christian Bale in The Big Short

Jess, It’s your tasting. Is that wine hitting above its weight? Is it coming up short?

Jess: Oh my Gosh!

Natalie: It’s coming to you …

Jess: It’s dry just like Christian Bale’s humour in the Big Short?

Natalie: Oh! I’m sorry Jess, its Sylvester Stallone! Rόse. Real men do drink pink. That’s okay. You have a come back opportunity with this next one, Jess.

Jess: I love it! Supporting actress so what’s this one about?

Natalie: This is the Beringer Chardonnay. We are, now, in the home state of the Oscars, California, all the way. Let’s look at the nominees for best supporting actress to pair with this wine. Jess, here they are:

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight

Rachel McAdams, Spotlight

Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Natalie: Well now, OK, Jess.

Jess: Oh my Gosh!

Natalie: You have a buttery Chardonnay.

Jess: Yeah!

Natalie: Take another drink for me, too. It’s layer. You’re feeling it. It’s complex. It’s smart. They use good technology to make this wine.

Jess: Kate Winslet!

Natalie: Yes!

Jess! Yes!

Natalie:  Well done!

Wendy: Oh fantastic! Alright Natalie, come on over here because I’ve got some champagne darling that I am dying to test.

Natalie: Let’s get this party started!

Wendy: So tell us!

Natalie: This is Veuve Cliqout. We’ve the Magnum size for the party and we’ve got the after party size, Mel.  We’re going to pair this up with best actress nominees. Let’s take a look at them.

Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years

Brie Larson, Room

Jennifer Lawrence, Joy

Wow! Look at that. So, Wendy, as you’re tasting, its crisp, its dry but it’s also very celebratory even I would say joyful.

Wendy: Jennifer Lawrence.

Natalie: Oh my Gosh! Yes!

Wendy: Yes!   Okay! So we also have a wine here that you are going to pair with another nominee.

Natalie: Exactly! Best actress nominee… It’s a Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, its crisp and it has defined edges like some of these best actress nominees. Here they are:

Brie Larson, Room

Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Cate Blanchett, Carol

Natalie: Wow!

Natalie and Wendy: Okay.

Natalie: So you have defined lines, you have flavour, but not too much. It’s not right up front in your face, it’s subtle and the performance in the glass is?

Wendy: Kate Blanchett.

Natalie: Cheers!

Cynthia: Okay, Natalie, come on over here. You know I like big bold red wine, so I understand you brought some for me and we’re gonna be looking at the best actor nominees.

Natalie: Actors! So think muscular, full body like this Jackson Triggs Delaine. So let’s look at those best actor nominees, shall we?

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Bryan Cranston Trumbo

Natalie  Now as you’re tasting Cynthia …..

Cynthia: Here we go.

Natalie: … think about Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon – the French for savage, like firm tannins, muscular, kind of out in the wild.

Cynthia: Leonardo DiCaprio

Natalie: Oh my gosh! Yes!

Cynthia: Yes!

Natalie: Manage a Trois!

Cynthia: Manage a Trois! Excuse me.

Natalie: Manage a Trois, threesome right? But there’s extras in Hollywood.

Anyway, so here are the nominees, more nominees for best actor let’s take a look at them.

Matt Damon, The Martian

Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Natalie:  Oh wow! So again as you’re tasting, Cynthia, Is this wine out of this world for you? Is it  a lot of fleshy, dark fruits? Spicy?

Cynthia: Out of this world.

Natalie: Yes?

Cynthia: It’s Matt Damon.

The wine was going to my head.

Natalie: Exactly!

Melissa: So the last category at the Oscars is Best Picture and we are going to end with best picture here as well, what wine are we starting with?

Natalie: Right!  A Young Brute from Australia. So we have a…

Melissa: What’s his name?

Natalie: You’re gonna find out. Okay so, we’ve got nominees for best picture and let’s take a look at those first.

The Martian

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant

Okay, as you’re tasting Mel, think about this wine, it’s made in Australia and perhaps has similarities with the movie. It has some deep, dark brooding … Think about anger issues maybe.

Melissa: Mad Max!

Natalie: Yes! Mad Max. There you go!

Melissa: Okay, that’s nice.

Natalie: Alright!

Melissa: That’s beautiful.

Natalie: And we’re on the last one, Terrazas from Los Andes Argentina, a Malbec,  their signature red. We’re going to look at three more nominees for best picture to pair this wine.

The Big Short

Bridge of Spies

Brooklyn

That’s great, so as you’re tasting, you’re thinking, its complex, its rich but most importantly is has a nice long finish. Which you say? Three nominees.

Melissa: I like antonyms so I’m gonna go with The Big Short.

Natalie:  You Becha!

Melissa: Yes!

Natalie: Cheers!

Melissa: I’ve got to say this is a lot of fun.  Our job is so hard. Natalie, this has been a real blast. Happy Oscar watching to you. Thank you, if you want a recap of all of these go to THESOCIAL.CA right after the show. The 88th Annual Academy Awards happen this Sunday right here on CTV.  The red carpet festivities kick off at 6:30 PM EST with E Talk at the Oscars. We’re going to be right back after this. Cheers!

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