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If you're an avid Oscars fan, why not host a wine tasting "cocktail hour" of your own? This type of event focuses on the anticipation of the evening and still allows you to take in the awards ceremony uninterrupted. Rate the red carpet entrances as you sip champagne (and still get to bed at a reasonable hour).
Here are a few ideas to get your party started:
Send invitations in the shape of wine glasses or a clapboard. Roll out your own red carpet (or at least a red table runner.) Dress up! It's time to break out the rhinestones and tuxes.
Pull out your best stemware, or borrow a set of 12-24 from a friend. Better yet, make your event "BYOG" (Bring Your Own Glass), with an award for the most elaborately decorated awards night glass.
If you're providing the stemware, bedazzle your wine glasses with charms of all sorts. You know they're hiding in there ... way in the back of your wine cabinet. If you don't use them on Oscar night, when will you use them?
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Serve sparkling wine or a celebrity wine like the Francis Ford Coppola series. Don't forget a few buckets of buttered popcorn for your buttery Chardonnay! Serve dessert in Champagne flutes too ... parfaits, assorted chocolates ... use your imagination!
Print out our Wine in Cinematography Trivia tidbits and spread them around the room for fun. In lieu of acceptance speeches, prompt your guests to come up with the craziest, wordiest descriptions for the wines they taste. Award prizes for Best Dressed, Best Supporting Spouse, Best Wine Description, Best at Wine Movie Trivia ... winners receive a bottle of wine.
When the 83rd annual Academy Awards air on Sunday, Feb. 27, we'll be doing a little stargazing of our own.
Winetasting.com and the Napa Valley Unity League will sponsor the Napa Valley Academy Awards Gala, hosted at Robert Mondavi Winery. The event will benefit the CARE Network's HIV/AIDS and cancer programs at the Queen of the Valley Hospital.
Tickets are on sale now!