Wait for it. The Oscars are coming and already LA is a mad house with visitors packing high end hotels and attending suite swag parties (think Hotel Bel-Air, Peninsula Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills Hotel, Ritz Carlton-Los Angeles, and others). Beverly Hills is like one big A-list with superstars roaming Rodeo Drive.
For those of us staying home, Sterling Vineyards, the Exclusive Wine of the Oscars®, has provided us with a few insider tips for creating Hollywood’s most glamorous time right at home, as you celebrate along with the stars.
If you’re having an Oscar viewing party (and most of you who live in West Hollywood either are or will be attending one) and want to make your guests feel like celebrities, Sterling’s sneak peek of what’s to come inside the walls of the Oscars and Governors Ball might be of some help:
This year, as the stars walk off the red carpet and into the Dolby Theater lobby, they will be greeted by their choice of Sterling Vineyards Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Chardonnay, Carneros Pinot Noir, and Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. When the Awards are complete, 1,600 Academy guests will proceed to the Governors Ball, where more outstanding Sterling wines will be paired with the culinary creations of Chef Wolfgang Puck.
Meet and greet guests:
· aHHave a variety a range of wines and/or a signature cocktails available. This will make guests feel welcome as soon as they arrive. Classic Scotch or Bourbon based cocktails are reminiscent of old Hollywood, not to mention right on trend. Consider greeting your guests with a Blood & Sand, first created in 1922 for a Rudolph Valentino movie of the same name. Or for the very latest in cocktails, jump on the coconut trend and offer guests a Coco Light Martini (recipes below).
Pair your food and wines:
· You don’t have to be Wolfgang Puck (but it helps and he does have a catering servive) to create a selection of items from the actual menu that will be served during the Academy Awards including homemade potato chips and assorted Wolfgang Puck signature pizzas. Set out Sterling Vineyard wines next to the food display along with suggested pairings to take the guesswork out of it for your guests.
- Pair homemade potato chips with Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc. The lively acids in the wine will be a perfect complement to the chips.
- Create your own pizza bar by purchasing pre-cooked pizza dough and setting out a bowl of sauce, shredded cheese, and a variety of both meat and vegetable toppings. Each guest can then pick and choose to create their own personal pizzas. To save time cooking, partially bake the crusts before everyone adds their toppings.
- The meat toppings will pair well with the Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, the vegetable toppings with the Carneros Pinot Noir.
- Set up a dessert bar perfect for pairing Baileys and coffee or a delicious “glamour shot.” It’s an easy way for people to enjoy dessert during the commercial breaks.
Own the Oscars Bar
- This year the Governors Ball is taking celebratory drinks to a new and very glamorous level. Sip the same cocktails as the stars with these creations:
- Coco Light Martini: Combine 1.5 oz CÎROC® with 1.5 oz unsweetened coconut water, 1 oz pineapple juice, .25 oz fresh lime juice in martini shaker with ice. Shake and strain into coupe glass. Garnish with lemon twist.
- ·Baileys Glamour Shot: Add 1 oz Baileys Vanilla Cinnamon, .5 oz Goldschläger Cinnamon Schnapps to a cocktail shaker with ice, shake well and strain into a chilled shot glass rimmed with edible gold flakes.
- Johnnie Walker Blood and Sand: Shake .75 oz Johnnie Walker Black Label, .75 oz Sweet Vermouth .75 oz orange juice, and .75 cherry heering well with ice, pour into a chilled coup glass and garnish with orange peel.
- Download cocktail recipes that the stars will be sipping here: https://transfer.taylorstrategy.com/message/jumyIRynO2d0776XFtDeKx
· Don’t forget to be responsible host and set out water and other non-alcoholic beverages!
Viewing Party Fun
- Cheryl Cecchetto and Gary Levitt of Sequoia Productions, Renowned Celebrity Event Producers suggest iInviting your guests to predict the Oscar winners before the show via the Oscar party ballot that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences posts on their website. The work is already done for you; all you have to do is click print! http://cdn.media.oscar.abc.com/media/2014/pdf/2014/nominees_ballot.pdf . Those who select the most winners correctly wins a prize.
- Set up a photo booth using Oscar posters as your backdrop to create a “step and repeat” and Instagram your photos using #theoscars. Who doesn’t love some #selfie fun during commercial breaks?
Need a little more help? Check out the video we so thoughtfully are sharing with you and/or go to www.Oscars.com and be sure to tune in live to watch the stars in action on Sunday, March 2 at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT on ABC. And be sure to reach out for any sample requests, additional recipes or anything else you might need.
FYI: adult beverages, wine included, are expected to flow generously at the Oscars and the after Academy Awards parties. It's going to be a touch year to pick winners from such an outstanding list of nominees.