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How to pair wine and Oscar nominees

You don;t have to be an A-Lister to party March 2
You don;t have to be an A-Lister to party March 2Julia Hollister

Have you’ve been waiting for that Oscar invitation for weeks and the mail carrier is avoiding those desperate stares?

You can still party like an A-Lister for little cash and a dash of wine panache.

First select the A-guest list of your movie buff buds and give each sample ballot.

Wine presentation is very important so scour the local stores for wine chillers or just cover a small bucket with foil. Make your Barefoot Bubbly moscato trio the centerpiece for the party. Add an element of surprise and ask each guest to bring a wine that typifies those nine in the “Best Picture” category. For example, a brandy would illustrate the excess of “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Barefoot Bubbly Moscato Spumante champagne with active bubbles and apricot, peach and tangerine flavors is a contender. Pink Moscato champagne showcases apple and peach notes in addition to candied cherries, is the sweeter of the two. The sweetest typifies nominee, “Her.

Another sparkler – Red Moscato Champagne – with energetic bubbles and raspberry and orange blossom aromas has the bounce of the nominee “American Hustle.” This is another sweet selection, complimented by dark cherry flavors and a juicy finish. Enjoy this chilled with an antipasto and blackberries.

Use your imagination when pairing wine with “12 Years a Slave” and “Philomena.” Both are heavy and moving as an aged cabernet.

Pairing a wine with another best picture nominee, “Captain Phillips” could be dangerous. But, a courageous zinfandel can handle the onscreen drama.

Try a chilled white zinfandel with “Nebraska.”

“Gravity” and “Dallas Buyers Club” are two pictures filled with challenge and obstacles. A layered chardonnay will defy gravity and pour a earthy pinot noir with the latter.

And the envelope please…