Best Wines for Oscar Night 2012

February 23, 2012

Bad Girl Crémant de Bordeaux
$30

It's unlikely that Rooney Mara will win the Oscar this year for her portrayal of hardcase Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but if she did would there be anything better to toast her with than Bad Girl? This brand-new offering from the infamous garagiste Jean-Luc Thunevin (his Château Valandraud makes even champagne look inexpensive) is an odd Sémillion, Cabernet Franc and Muscadelle blend that's shows a fair bit of fruit but is still crisp. It will also work if that other famed "bad girl" Meryl Streep wins (just go with it) and, as it's French, you can raise a glass to the inevitable Artist clean-up.
Available at Broadway Wine Shop and Kitsilano Wine Cellar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five Other Great-Value Crémants

 

Bailly Lapierre Reserve Crémant de Bourgogne
$25
This wine has a stony, minerally elegance and granny smith-like crisp fruit flavour, and was the Best in Category winner at Vanmag's 2012 Wine Awards.

Louis Bouillot Crémant de Bourgogne Rosé Perle D'Aurore
$26
An earthy rosé that's 80 percent Pinot Noir. It has the tannins of a red wine and some nice raspberry flavour. A major deal.

Antech Blanquette de Limoux
$25
This southern French offering is 90 percent Mauzac (whatever that is) and 10 percent Chardonnay, but it results in a nice light profile of honey on toast. With tight, little bubbles.

Monmousseau Cuvée J.M.
$20
This all-Chenin Blanc wine from the Loire is very fruit forward and uncomplicated. And it has a fancy label that will fool most recipients.

Lucien Albrecht Crémant d'Alsace Brut Rosé
$30
Full of dry, rich bubbles, it's both creamy and crisp. I defy most tasters to distinguish this Alsatian gem from "real" champagne.

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