Academy Awards

Oscars 2014 Champagne & Wine Stars

If you’re like me and still planning your beverage and food choices for tomorrow night’s 86th Academy Award’s Show, pick up the starring beverages of the Governors Ball and drink like the celebrities.

The Bubbles

For the second consecutive year, Champagne Thiénot will be the exclusive champagne of the Oscars.

During the pre-show reception, guests will enjoy Thiénot Brut, while at the Governors Ball the Thiénot Rosé and the Thiénot Vintage 2005 will be paired with the fine cuisine of Chef Wolfgang Puck for the 1,500 guests.

Thiénot Champagne comes from the city of Reims, located in the heart of the historic Champagne region. Most of the grapes come from its own vineyards, in the famous Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims.

The Wine & Spirits

And returning again this year as featured winery is Sterling Vineyards. The limited production 2010 Reserve Chardonnay and 2008 Reserve Cabernet will be served at the Governors Ball.

As Sterling Vineyards wines are produced by Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines (DC&E), they will also be joined at the bar by Diageo Luxury Brands Johnnie Walker Scotch Whisky, Cîroc Ultra-Premium Vodka, and Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur.

Recipes & Party Ideas

Here are some additional resources to plan your evening…

Cheers to one of my favorite Sundays of the year…Oscar Sunday!


It’s Oscar Party Time: Celebrate with the Official Wine & Bubbles

It’s not too late to plan your Oscar party or your festive dinner at home for Sunday evening.

The Academy of Motion Pictures has all the tools you need to Celebrate the Oscars at Home

  • The Oscar® Collection on Evite Postmark®
  • Your Official Oscar Ballot
  • Recipes
  • The Governors Ball Menu

And you’ll definitely want to serve the official wine and bubbles being served for the festivities. Here’s the scoop…

Champagne Thiénot

Champagne Thiénot is the exclusive Champagne of Sunday’s event.

This is the first time the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has elected to feature a little-known, relatively rare champagne.

During the pre-show reception, guests will enjoy Thiénot Brut, while at the Governors Ball the Thiénot Rosé and the Thiénot Vintage 2005 will be paired with the fine cuisine of Chef Wolfgang Puck.

Thiénot Champagne comes from the city of Reims, located in the heart of the historic Champagne region. Most of the grapes come from its own vineyards, in the famous Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims.

Sterling Vineyards

Sterling Vineyards, of Napa Valley, provides the featured wines of the Governors Ball for the 7th year including

Harry Hansen, Senior Winemaker for Sterling Vineyards, and his team of winemakers will feature the Sterling Vineyards 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and the very limited edition Sterling Vineyards 2009 Reserve Chardonnay.

In describing his wines, Hansen says, “The Reserve Cabernet shows notes of dark cherries, cassis, with hints of licorice, cocoa powder and black pepper. The Reserve Chardonnay offers aromas and flavors of toffee, nutmeg, baked apples and poached pears, touched with lingering notes of caramel and baking spice. Both wines will complement the extraordinary menu that Chef Wolfgang Puck has created for this celebration.”

Have a great celebration! Cheers to the 84th Annual Academy Awards!

And the Moët Oscar Cocktail Winner is…

…the Moët Red Carpet Glamour!

Adam Seger of Chicago is the winner of the inaugural Moët Oscar Cocktail Contest held through the Moët & Chandon USA Facebook page. His Moët Red Carpet Glamour “captures the essence of Hollywood glamour with exquisite notes of heady cardamom and kaffir lime that develop a refreshing and harmonious taste. This winning cocktail was chosen for its modern combination of the Hum® botanical spirit with Moët & Chandon Imperial, which highlights the flavor profile of champagne and truly celebrates the elegance of the Academy Awards.”

The Moët Red Carpet Glamour cocktail and Moët & Chandon Imperial will flow generously at the 2012 Governors Ball, the after-party of the 84th Academy Awards® this Sunday, February 26, 2012. This year the Governors Ball takes on a new spin. Special events producer Cheryl Cecchetto created an open format allowing the Ball’s 1,500 guests (Academy Award® winners and nominees, show presenters and other telecast participants) to circulate among a variety of seating configurations while enjoying the cuisine created specifically for the event by master chef Wolfgang Puck.

The 2012 menu created by Puck and Chef Matt Benciveng features more than fifty dishes, from one-bite hors d’oeuvres to small-plate entrees that will be passed throughout the evening. It includes signature favorites such as smoked salmon Oscars®, chicken pot pie with shaved black truffles, and Pastry Chef Sherry Yard’s gold-dusted chocolate Oscars alongside inventive presentations such as lobster tacos with tomato and pickled Shallots, and beet salad with pistachio butter, burrata and citrus balsamic.

For your Oscar party at home, make your own Moët Red Carpet Glamour Cocktail…

  • Fill a chilled Champagne Flute 1⁄2 way with ice.
  • Stir 1 ounce of Fresh Squeezed Sour Mix and Hum® Botanical Spirit with fresh ice.
  • Strain into Flute to fill 1⁄2 way.
  • Top with Moët & Chandon Imperial.
  • Garnish with a Single Rose Petal.
  • Continually refresh as you wish with Moët & Chandon Imperial as the Champagne will float on top of the Hum Sour, but its effervescence will deliver Hum’s heady cardamom & Kaffir lime notes.
  • Fresh Squeeze Sour Mix Preparation: Combine 1 cup sugar with 1 cup water until sugar is completely dissolved. Add 1 cup fresh lime juice and 1 cup fresh lemon juice and refrigerate.

Other new tools for planning your Oscar party…

  • Evite’s Postmark Invitations: Marc Friedland, designer of the Academy Award winners’ envelope, created the first-ever collection of Academy sanctioned invitations for Oscar Sunday viewing parties for Evite’s new premium site Evite Postmark. The Oscar Collection by Marc Friedland has ten designs from classic golden age of Hollywood to modern, fun takes on Oscar. Each invitation has a matching designed envelope, custom stamp, and features the never before available Oscar statuette and the use the of the “official” Academy Awards title.
  • My Oscar Ballot: Develop your own prediction list and share with friends via Facebook.

Cheers to Sunday night Oscar Parties!

Break out the bubbles…it’s Oscar Night!

And the official bubbles of the 83rd annual Academy Awards® is … Moët & Chandon Champagne.

After the Red Carpet is walked and the awards are given out, the celebrating begins. The official party as always is the Governor’s Ball, produced by Cheryl Cecchetto/Sequoia Productions and menu created by Wolfgang Puck with Chef Partner Matt Bencivenga & Executive Pastry Chef Sherry Yard.

This year’s theme will blend the Hollywood music of the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s with the inspired décor of such eclectic clubs as the Rainbow Room and the El Mocambo.

Reception stations of sushi and shellfish will be laid out while hors deouvres like Mini Kobe Cheeseburger with Remoulade and Aged Cheddar and Taro Root Taco with Smoked Lobster, Avocado and Pickled Jalapeno are passed. Dinner is a Trio of Wolfgang’s Signature Salads; entrée of Pan Roasted Dover Sole with Fennel, Olives, Haricot Vert, Tomatoes, Lemon, Sherry, and Olive Oil; followed by dessert of Sherry’s Sweet Bouquet Layers of Lemon Cheesecake, Raspberry Cremieux, Cassis Gelee, Valrhona Ivoire and 24 Karat Chocolate Oscar® (there are 4,000 of them!).

1,200 bottles of Moët & Chandon Champagne will be on hand. Pop open your own bottle and whip up one of Moët & Chandon’s champagne cocktails, Moët’s Silver Screen Punch or The Moët Starlet. Find the cocktail recipes and other fun tools (like Oscar Ballots and Oscar Bingo) for your Oscar Party on Oscar’s official website.


Its Oscar Night!

Tonight is the big night… the 82nd Academy Awards®.  After the Red Carpet walks and hours of awards, the parties begin!  The official party is the Governors Ball, immediately following the Awards, in the Grand Ballroom on the top of the Hollywood & Highland Center.

For the 16th consecutive year, chef Wolfgang Puck has designed the menu for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences official Academy Awards after party. Special events producer Cheryl Cecchetto, for the 21st consecutive year, is producing it along with her Sequoia Productions.

“The Governors Ball will fuse eclectic and innovative design elements reminiscent of the late 1930s ‘Streamline Moderne’ style.  The overall look will marry artistic originality with the Academy’s own tradition of class and elegance,” said Cecchetto.

The official Champagne… Moët & Chandon. 1,200 bottles will be on hand to make the official cocktail..

The Moët Golden Glamour

  • 0.25 oz vanilla liqueur
  • 1.5 oz passionfruit juice
  • 4 oz Moët & Chandon Imperial champagne
  • Mint sprig, for garnish

A few additional fun facts and photos to get you in the party mood.

  • 1500 guests
  • 900 staff in specially designed dresses and uniforms for the Ball
  • 15 Pounds of Edible Gold Dust
  • 4000 Mini Chocolate Oscars
  • 3060 Wood Fired Oscar Shaped Flat Bread
  • 18 Piece All Female Orchestra
  • 10,000 Blooms used to decorate including Hydrangeas from New Zealand, Rothchild vandaorchids from Thailand, Lisianthus from Holland and organically grown roses on a VeraFlora certified farm in Ecuador
  • And for the first time, winners will be able to have their statuettes personalized with engraved nameplates at the Ball

Check out The Academy’s official website for your Oscar Party Kit – ballots, games and official cocktail recipes. Enjoy the show!

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