Oscar night brings out the who’s who of Hollywood, everything red carpet, and a great excuse to get together with friends to watch the glitter and glamour. Whether you’re a movie fan or not, it’s always fun to watch the Oscar buzz. Since we recently released our “Big production” of 2009 handcrafted, Siren Song wines, we decided to put a film and wine pairing menu together to introduce the wines and their stories to you. These are our nominations for film and wine pairings to go with some of Oscar’s Best Picture nominees. For more information on Siren Song wines or to become a member of the Siren Club, visit www.SirenSongWines.com.
Pair The Artist with Siren Song’s 2009 Auberge – This beautifully directed silent film reminds us that transitions in any era create tension and drama. Auberge is a French inspired 2009 blend. Syrah and Grenache grapes made in small vats offer drama and romance in every glass with bold and aromatic notes of plum, currant, and a hint of lavender.
Pair The Descendents with Siren Song’s 2009 Adagio – This film focuses on the complexities of life, death and family that challenge a man faced with losing his wife, and thrusting him into the unfamiliar role of caregiver to their two daughters. Adagio is a 2009 blend that was inspired by an accident that resulted in the discovery of something both foreign and beautiful. The small accident happened on a road trip from Venice to Marseille. The winemaker was driving too fast, and as a result of the accident had to spend some time in Italy’s Piemonte region where he discovered Dolcetto and the lovely Piemontesi people. Adagio, meaning “slow down,” is a fresh and aromatic wine with violets and berry fruit mingled with almond overtones.
Pair Hugo with Siren Song’s 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon – In this film, Hugo Cabret is a young Parisian orphan who lives hidden away in the vast Gare Montparnasse train station, observing the lives of the people who work in the station. Siren Song’s 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon was inspired by life in the French village, St-Germain-en-Laye, where the winemaker experienced many new things, including the wines of Paulliac and Margaux in all their full-bodied elegance. This Cabernet Sauvignon is an expression of his life in France and of the Bordeaux wines that he loves. It’s made in the French tradition using small vats and oak aging. It’s aromatic with supple notes of raspberry, black currant, and vanilla.
Pair Midnight in Paris with Siren Song’s 2009 Chardonnay – In this film, a screenwriter is filled with nostalgia for the Paris of the 1920’s while on a trip to Paris with his fiancée. Romance of that bygone era exerts a pull that places him increasingly at odds with his future wife. Siren Song’s 2009 Chardonnay was inspired by many trips to the Côte d’Or, and the wines of Corton-Charlemagne and Mersault in their full, buttery elegance. A love affair with the romance and history of the region and people give this Chardonnay an expression of life in France. It’s made in the French tradition using small vats and the “bâtonnage” (stirring the lees) technique which gives it a deep golden color and a long, beautiful finish. It’s full-bodied, buttery, and has perfect acidity.
Pair Moneyball with Siren Song’s 2009 Piazza Nostra – The film, based on a true story, follows Oakland A’s General Manager, Billy Beane and his assistant, Peter Brand, as they devise a statistics-based formula for choosing potential players, ultimately rebuilding the team after a devastating loss to the New York Yankees in the 2001 playoffs. Piazza Nostra has beautiful structure and aspiration. The “Piazza” is the winemaker’s tribute to a time and place when all that mattered was perfecting the balance of Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Piazza Nostra’s deep and aromatic notes of cherries, violets, and truffles offer beautiful structure and a winning combination!
Pair The Tree of Life with Siren Song’s 2009 Zinfandel – In the film, Jack O’Brien is the student of the meaning of his life as he delves to understand the interwoven moments of childhood in a small Texas town. He and his two younger brothers are shaped by the nurturing love of their mother and their demanding father’s strict discipline and unyielding expectations. Siren Song’s 2009 Zinfandelis inspired by the wine maker’s Texan, military dad, who reminds one of the subtle complexities of an eccentric father, and the wines that they both love. Aged in French oak, it’s aromatic with dense fruit notes. You’ll taste blackberry jam, red currant, and a hint of chocolate.
Pair the War Horse with Siren Song’s 2009 A Night in Madrid – This film underscores the intensity of war as seen through the eyes of a valiant horse whose devoted young owner must relinquish him to the army at the start of World War I. A Night in Madrid is the winemaker’s expression of his affection for the one he loves, and whose devotion provides him with strength and resilience. The “Madrid” is his personal expression of that wine and that love. It’s a blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha grapes. It’s elegant and aromatic with faint notes of black cherry, pomegranate, and vanilla
Wine Pairings aside, there are two other notable films nominated for Best Picture, including:
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is the story of a boy who may have Asperger’s syndrome, dealing with the loss of his father on September 11, and trying to understand the tragedy of his father’s death. This poignant theme keeps us focused on the realities of loss and the optimism that keeps us moving forward.
The Help –This story of social inequality and stories of a group of African-American maids, as told by a young white southerner is both heartbreaking and heartwarming. The obvious food pairing would be the chocolate pie, but we don’t recommend it!
Enjoy the show…… and the film and wine pairings you nominate this weekend! For more information on Siren Song wines, the Siren Club, bottle and case pricing, visit www.SirenSongWines.com