Wine shops dole out Oscar party advice

Wine shops dole out Oscar party advice

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Planning to celebrate Sean Penn's big Oscar night win (it's inevitable, right?) or perhaps to drown yourself in drink over Benjamin Button's infuriating number of nominations?

A couple local wine purveyors passed along some recommendations to win over your guests (or hosts). Take heed, cause it may be the only winning you'll do all day -- you know you aren't gonna win the contest, right?

Mike over at Solo Vino in St. Paul suggests cava as a celebratory choice for an Oscars party. "It's sparkly, fun and slightly more glamorous," he says. Plus, cava goes well with many snacks and you can get a lot of bang for your buck on a bottle of it.

He specifically recommends the "Reserva de la Familia" made by Juve y Camps.

"We like it a lot because its 20 bucks and tastes way better than 20 bucks. It's got a little bit of sexyness to it," he says.

Mike also says an oaky chardonnay would pair well with snacks, particularly popcorn. You can also get a great value on Hungarian and Greek wines right now, he says -- many of them in the $10-20 range.

Andy at Haskell's in Minneapolis suggests going with a California wine in honor of the Hollywood occasion.

"If you're going for the glitzy Hollywood theme, I'd go with a Napa cab," he says, many of which run under $25. He recommends Napa Cellars and St. Francis in particular, or any from Louis Martini.

If you want to creep a bit cheaper, Andy suggests heading for Spanish and South American wines, particularly malbecs and grenaches, which go well with finger foods.

He recommends a grenache called "Garnacha de Fuego" that's only $9.

The store also has a couple organic malbecs. "That's kinda California, huh?"

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