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3 Oscars 2024 Winners Paired With Unforgettable Italian Wine

The night of the Oscars is just over and as always it’s a grand event that celebrates the past year of mainly American cinema. I only watched a small part of it such as Emma Stone’s thank you speech with her partly broken dress in the back. Those little moments that always make the Oscars memorable.

In Italy, they have the annoying habit of translating everything by talking right over the original voices. Very annoying!!! When will they start to put subtitles? Just sayin…!

Anyway, I decided to pair 3 Oscars 2024 winners with unforgettable Italian wines.

Oscar for Best Actress – Emma Stone, “Poor Things” Pairried with Sparkling Sangiovese

Poor Things is more of a science fiction film, however, it is also about adventure and being free of prejudices. Emma Stone was, of course, very emotional about winning the Oscar but also very laidback about her ripped dress. And, she has Swedish heritage…! So, what better wine to pair with her win than the Quattro Sorelle Metodo Classico 2014 from Terreno Winery in Greve in Chianti? It is a Champenoise method sparkling wine made entirely with Sangiovese. It is a wine that is classic, adventurous, different, complex, laidback, and memorable at the same time, and with a Swedish heritage.

The owners are Swedish, the Ruhne family. They bought the estate back in the 1980s and today it is the daughter, Sofia Ruhne, who runs the winery. She has slowly taken it into the 2000s by focusing more on sustainability, biodiversity, being organic, and reducing the CO2 footprint. The low-intervention wines they are producing other than the Sangiovese metodo Classico, namely the Chianti Classico wines such as Asofia and Sillano, are wonderful.

Returning to the Quattro Sorelle Metodo Classico made with Sangiovese, and its heritage, it is just perfect to pair with Emma Stone.

Oscar for Original Song – “What Was I Made For?” (“Barbie”) Paired With Trebbiano d’Abruzzo

Barbie might be thought of as something superficial, a “perfect” doll you play with as a little girl. However, it can be and is something more. In his article “Barbie is brilliant, beautiful, and fun as hell” in The New Yorker, Richard Brody says

Playing with Barbies, after all, is the D.I.Y. version of adaptation, the enactment in private of the kind of free and wild play that Gerwig (…) enacts in the movie. (…) “Barbie” is about the intellectual demand and emotional urgency of making preëxisting subjects one’s own (…). Moreover, it presents such acts of reinterpreting familiar subjects, as a crucial form of self-analysis, a way to explore one’s own self-image and to confront the prejudices and inequities built into prevailing, top-down interpretations of them.

The Cuore di Vino 2006 (I believe) from Stefania Pepe is a “brilliant reinterpretation” of something familiar, i.e. her past of growing up in the environment of winemaking with her father Emidio Pepe. She has constructed something all her own from a glorious past where her Abruzzese soul shines through.

This Trebbiano d’Abruzzo DOC has a freshness and structure combined with intense and just explosive and complex aromas. I am not saying the wine can be related to Barbie, but rather to the song with Billie Eilish’s almost ethereal voice singing “What was I made for?” Trebbiano may by many seem like nothing much of a grape, but Trebbiano d’Abruzzo really shows what it “was made for.”

Oscar for Best Supporting Actor – Robert Downey Jr., “Oppenheimer” Paired With Wine from Campania and Tuscany

As we know, the Oppenheimer is a masterwork film about theoretical scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer who is known as the “father of the atomic bomb.” It is hard to find a wine that is as “nuclear” as an atomic bomb. However, in combination with Robert Downey Jr. as the best supporting actor and his thank you speech where he in a witty way thanks a set of people for supporting his comeback years ago from a troubled past, some wine comes to mind. He turned himself around and is having a stronger career than ever.

I am actually thinking of two wines here. The Bucce d’Uva from Tenuta Sant’Agostino in Benevento, Campania. This is a blend of Malvasia di Candia and Trebbiano Toscano that macerates in amphora. The 2019, I believe it was, macerated for over 10 months without much monitoring due to Covid in 2020. The owner Carlo Ceparano and his oenologist Vincenzo Mercurio thought the wine was lost as the cap seemed to be dried out, but then they discovered by chance that it was a “nuclear bomb” of aromas, flavors, and structure underneath. Tenuta Sant’Agostino is one of those smaller wineries that are “fermenting” in the Sannio area in Campania right now.

Then, if we look at red wine, I am thinking of Vigneto Poggio Diamante, Terraelectae, Chianti Rufina DOCG, 2019 from Tenuta Bossi of Marchesi Gondi. Rufina is one of those areas with a long and important history, but as a wine area, it ended up in the shadow of other Tuscan areas. Not a troubled past, but rather hidden behind larger and industrial-sized producers. Today, Rufina is back claiming its place as an area that historically was included in the decree of Cosimo de’ Medici in 1716 as one of the most suited areas for making Chianti wine. It is just a short drive from Florence and perfect for a day of wine tourism.

Did you know that the Marchesi Gondi is one of the oldest Florentine families? Their ancestors were mentioned already in the Divina Commedia by Dante and even date back to the era of Charlemagne.

Vigneto Poggio Diamante, Terraelectae, 2019 is just like Rufina a mix of impressive history, tradition, terroir, and rediscovery. Precisely as Robert Downey Jr. it is coming out showing itself from a new and stronger side.

What wine would you pair with your favorite Oscar winner?

Katarina Andersson

Seen often at wine events streaming live, Katarina is a wine writer, wine educator, social media strategist, and translator. She is the founder of WinesOfItaly LiveStream. She has been a guest at The Cellar, hosted by Richard Glover, at Wine Two Five, a podcast hosted by Stephanie Davis and Valerie Caruso, and at the Twitter chat #WiningHourChat founded by Li Valentine.

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