Perfect tipples to toast the Oscars

wine hand in 8.10.08
wine hand in 8.10.08
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With a front-row seat and an evening of red carpet glamour at the Oscars on February 26, here are some celebratory wines to lay out for friends to applaud the critics’ choice, or console the nominees.

Veteran director Steven Spielberg will be hoping his equine ‘War Horse’ wins by a mile and the movie’s histrionics call for a pukka red for sentimental moments. Try the aptly-named Show Stopper 2010, Durif, New South Wales (£8.99, www.laithwaites.co.uk). Rich, velvety and spicy with deep savoury fruit and high tannin.

It was a golden night for French silent movie, ‘The Artist’, at the Baftas and the cast are hot favourites in Tinseltown. To keep the fervour flowing, try The Society’s Celebration Cremant de Loire (£10.50, www.thewinesociety.com) for a flirty fizz to serve at peak moments. Bright and full-bodied enough to support this romantic film. Or if you prefer the minerality of a classy Chablis, try ES Chablis 2010 (£9.34, Asda). Deep apple fresh with a hint of oak, classic mineral shell and good acidity.