Why should movie stars have all the fun on awards night? Answer: they shouldn't. Cheer on your favorite films and celebrities in style with an intimate get-together (or a full-fledged award season blowout) with classy finger foods and delicious wines. We'll even tell you which finger foods to pair with which wine! This party is practically planning itself. Here are 5 of our favorite hors d'oeuvres, delectable wines, and watch party topic-starters for good measure.
La Marca Prosecco + Steamed Clams
Is it even an award show watch party if you don't open a bottle of bubbly? La Marca Prosecco offers lively effervescence with aromas of fresh citrus and hints of ripe lemon and green apple. The fresh and clean palate pairs delightfully with shellfish, so we recommend preparing a platter of steamed clams. They're especially scrumptious when you serve them with a garlic butter sauce. As you pop open the bubbly, have your guests share their favorite toast or speech in a film.
Starborough Sauvignon Blanc + Spinach & Artichoke Dip
Sauvignon Blanc is one of our go-to spring varietals, and Starborough delights us with this New Zealand white wine. The citrusy framework and crisp mouthfeel make it the perfect counterpart to tangy cheeses, so an artichoke dip made with goat cheese will create the perfect collision of flavors. Before you serve this Marlborough Sauv Blanc, see which of your guests can name an actor or actress from New Zealand.
Dark Horse Rosé + Bruschetta
Refreshingly bright with notes of fresh red fruit, subtle minerality and a hint of floral, Dark Horse Rosé pairs charmingly with Italian cheeses such as Parmesan, Asiago and Reggiano. Try to incorporate at least one (or all!) of these cheeses into your bruschetta recipe. It's so easy to make and a total crowd-pleaser. When the Rosé hits the glass, see which of your guests can name a film character with pink hair (wigs count!).
Carnivor Cabernet Sauvignon + Lamb Meatballs
This big, boldly blended Cab Sauv is an exceptional complement to fresh lamb. The richness of the wine means that you can forgo any sauce for the meatballs, as the wine is almost a sauce in itself. With notes of dark berries, coffee, mocha and toasted oak, Carnivor Cabernet is a true show-stopper. As you pour this California wine, have each of your guests name their favorite film that's set in the Golden State.
Dark Horse Pinot Noir + Smoked Salmon
Pinot Noir is famous for tasting divine with just about every kind of food. And Dark Horse's take on this varietal is luscious and velvety with notes of cherries, rose petals and lavender. Pair with smoked salmon for a symphony of complementary notes. As you enjoy this delightful pairing, have your guests share their favorite film couple (or pairing, if you will) of all time!