Oscar Films And Wine Pairings

Oscar Films And Wine Pairings

The 96th Academy Awards, aka the 2024 Oscars, take place in the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on March 10th and there is plenty of Irish interest among this year’s nominees. 

Cork’s Cillian Murphy is up for best actor for his role in Oppenheimer while Poor Things, which has a clutch of Oscar nominations, was produced and developed by Ireland’s Element Pictures. 

Whether you’re hosting a viewing party or catching up on this year's must-watch films, O’Briens Wine Director Lynne Coyle Master of Wine has picked out the perfect bottles to enjoy with some of this year’s Best Picture nominations. 

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The Film: Barbie

When it was announced that Greta Gerwig was making a Barbie film starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling no one really knew what to expect. What we definitely *didn’t* expect was a cultural phenomenon. A box office powerhouse, its eight Oscar nominations this year include a best supporting actress nod for America Ferrera and I’m Just Ken, performed – unforgettably – by Ryan Gosling, is up for best original song.

The Wine: Born Rosé Barcelona

Catalonia, Spain

It had to be a rosé for this one, really, and few rosés are cooler than Barcelona’s Born Rosé. Made with black Grenache and Tempranillo grapes, it’s got floral and tropical notes complemented by a fresh acidity.


The Film: Oppenheimer

Christopher Nolan’s critically acclaimed Oppenheimer has 13 Oscar nominations including a best actor nomination for Cillian Murphy, who’s hotly tipped to win on the night. Beautifully made and clocking in at three hours, Oppenheimer is the type of instant classic ‘event film’ that demands your attention. So settle in with a great red wine and a cheeseboard.

The Wine: La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

California, USA
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This cool climate Pinot Noir comes from California's Sonoma Coast and is the perfect classy red. “This is an excellent wine to sip while watching a long, intense movie like Oppenheimer,” Lynne Coyle says, “as it’s velvety but not overpowering.”


The Film: Poor Things 

Element Pictures’ Poor Things is up for 11 awards this year, with nominations for Emma Stone for best actress and Mark Ruffalo for best supporting actor to name just two. Full of quirky personality and a razor-sharp skewering of social norms, The Guardian called it "a steampunk-retrofuturist Victorian freakout and macabre black-comic horror". 

The Wine: Romeo & Juliet Passione Passimento Red

Veneto, Italy

There’s a bit of a punk feel to the very cool label of this Italian red. It depicts a section of graffiti at Juliet’s balcony - of Rome and Juliet fame - in Verona. “Ripasso is a retro winemaking style which reuses Amarone grapes to achieve a hint of sweetness,” Lynne notes.


The Film: The Holdovers

The Holdovers is a gem that will be part of people’s Christmas watch list for years to come. Paul Giamatti stars as a curmudgeonly classics teacher who, along with a troubled teen (Dominic Sessa) and bereaved cook (Da'Vine Joy Randolph), spends Christmas in a 1970s New England boarding school. (Fun fact: Paul Giamatti and director Alexander Payne also worked on 2004’s Sideways, which featured Santa Barbara wine country.)

The Wine:  Astrolabe Sauvignon Blanc

Marlborough, New Zealand

With a nod to the classics, Lynne’s wine pick comes from New Zealand winery, Astrolable. It shares its name with an early astronomical instrument and Astrolable was also the name of the ship that charted New Zealand’s Marlborough coast in the 1800s. Packed with fruit and zesty notes this Sauvignon Blanc is an absolute star.


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