Drink along with the 86th annual #AcademyAwards

Darlings, Señorita Vino is in deadline hell. Can someone throw me a lifeline? As in a glass of wine?

Because I’m bogged down with work (a positive problem, I’m told), and because the Oscars® are this Sunday, March 2, I get to regale you with the (edited) contents of a press release that came across my wine-stained desk from the team in charge of publicizing the libations that will be poured at this year’s awards ceremony.

Add a little cinema verité to your Academy Awards party and drink along with the stars. Here are the wines and cocktails your favorite celebs will be sipping this year. Let’s hope Jennifer Lawrence doesn’t fall this time. And may the best wine–I mean, picture–win. [COMMENTS IN BRACKETS ARE MY OWN].


Sterling Vineyards will once again provide the fine wines poured at the Oscars telecast and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Ball. This year, Sterling is joined at the bar by a selection of world class spirits from the Diageo Luxury Brands portfolio in a customized experience created exclusively for the Oscars.

A selection of four Sterling Vineyards wines and a handcrafted Johnnie Walker cocktail will welcome guests of the Oscars.  Following the Awards telecast, party-goers at the Governors Ball will be dazzled by The Glamour Shot, a chic concoction featuring new Baileys Vanilla Cinnamon mixed with Goldschläger® Cinnamon Schnapps and served in a glass rimmed with edible flakes of real gold [A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO REMIND FOLKS THAT I DO ACCEPT PRODUCT SAMPLES].

In a nod to Old Hollywood, guests can savor a Blood and Sand, a classic whisky-based cocktail originally created for the premiere of the1922 Valentino movie of the same name, or sip the supremely modern CÎROC Coco Light Martini.  The calorie-conscious  CÎROC cocktail has less than 130 calories [FINALLY–A COCKTAIL I CAN INPUT GUILT-FREE ON “MY FITNESS PAL”].

 Scotch enthusiasts attending the Governors Ball will be delighted to discover the Johnnie Walker Scotch Whisky Bar, stocked with a range of deluxe whiskies, and featuring rare blends including Johnnie Walker Platinum Label and Johnnie Walker Blue Label, poured over hand carved ice. [TO THE GUESTS ATTENDING MY OWN OSCARS PARTY–SORRY, I DON’T DO CARVED ICE, BUT THERE WILL BE CARDBOARD OSCAR STATUETTE CUT-OUTS. JUST DON’T GET THEM WET.]

 To pair with Chef Wolfgang Puck’s spectacular and varied menu of more than 50 selections of imaginative hors d’oeuvres [I’LL BE SERVING TWO IMAGINATIVE HORS D’OEUVRES. WOLFGANG’S SUCH AN OVER-ACHEIVER!], small plate entrees and desserts, Sterling Vineyards’ 2010 Reserve Chardonnay and 2008 Reserve Cabernet will be served.

SPOILER ALERT: I received this press release after my own annual Academy Awards dinner party was planned, therefore I admit that none of these wines or cocktails will be served chez Señorita Vino. But as they say in show biz, the fiesta must go on. ¡Salud!

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