14 Wines to Sip During the Golden Globes
Airing Sunday, January 11, 2015, the 72nd Annual Golden Globes is a highly anticipated event for the stars of screens both big and small. Hosted once again by comic duo Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, this year’s awards program promises not to take itself too seriously, so in that spirit, we’ve gathered 14 wines to pair with the nominees for the evening’s top prizes. Pour these golden sips during your own viewing party.
Reviews by the Editors of Wine Enthusiast
Best Motion Picture, Drama | Best Actor and Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
The big prizes of the night—the ones everyone is holding their breath for—each recognize greatness, so it’s only appropriate to pick top-rated wines that deliver the same sort of gravitas.
If you loved Richard Linklater’s innovative Boyhood, filmed over the course of 12 years, pick out Wayfarer’s 2012 The Traveler Pinot Noir ($125, 97 points) from Sonoma’s Fort Ross-Seaview AVA. Incredibly memorable, it is richly luxurious, with cherry, berry and violet aromas and flavors, infusing the wine with a playfulness balanced by power.
Channel Reese Witherspoon’s (pictured) powerful, introspective performance in Wild. Seek out Bertani’s 2011 Villa Arvedi Amarone della Valpolicella Valpantena ($55, 92 points). Its floral and woody fragrances lead into a juicy palate of ripe black plum, black cherry, white pepper and clove, balanced by supple tannins.
British biopics The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything are well represented in all three top categories, both for Best Motion Picture and actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne garnering Best Actor nominations. Celebrate each films’ achievements with nothing less than Champagne. We think the 100-point Salon 2002 Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs Brut will do quite nicely.
Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy | Best Actor/Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy)
Drama not your genre? Seek out the lighter but no-less-wonderful Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy award. No need to bust out your prized bottles, either. Take it easy with these delicious selections.
Wes Anderson once again marries lush visuals, quirky characters and deep emotions in The Grand Budapest Hotel. The perfect pour: the 2012 Mad Crush, produced by Templeton, CA-based winery ONX ($45, 92 points). Find complex aromas in this blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre, Tempranillo and Alicante Bouschet, with notes running the gamut from raspberry and eucalyptus to bergamot and pencil lead.
The film adaptation for Into the Woods is the only true musical in this category. With Broadway whimsy, an all-star cast (Meryl Streep as the Witch? Yes, please) and rich production quality, it practically calls for Heron Hill’s 2011 Cabernet Franc ($16, 90 points). Evocative of forest aromas—think mushrooms, savory spices and earth—it also delivers luscious raspberry and cherry flavors.
Amy Adams plays artist Margaret Keane in the film Big Eyes. A soft-spoken, shy artist, Keane also demonstrates strength in fighting back against her conniving husband. If the role were a wine, it would be something like Domaine Jean-Luc Mader’s 2012 Rosacker Grand Cru Riesling from Alsace ($39, 93 points). Steely minerality provides structure for an otherwise perfumy, intensely fruity wine.
Best Director Motion Picture | Best Screenplay, Motion Picture
Film’s top dogs get due notice in this category, and rightly so: These movies tend to stand the test of time. Your best pairing bet? These long-lived Cellar Selections.
Also nominated for Best Motion Picture, Drama, Selma is a powerful look at Martin Luther King, Jr.’s successful civil rights campaign in 1965. Ava DuVernay is the first African-American woman to be nominated for the Best Director prize, and could make history herself if she wins. Pair the film with a wine that has equally impressive foundations, like the Paolo Scavino 2010 Bric dël Fiasc Barolo ($100, 100 points).
Both director David Fincher and screenwriter/author Gillian Flynn have been nominated for noir-thriller Gone Girl. Pick a wine that matches the intelligent, brooding quality of the film, like the 2012 Echézeaux from Louis Jadot ($280, 96 points), which is ripe with black fruits but also shows complex tannin from wood-aging.
Best TV Series, Drama | Best Actor/Actress in a TV Series, Drama
If you’re as big a fan of TV as we are, you’ll also get into the Best TV Series, Drama awards. Now’s the time to stock up on those affordable, 90+ point bottles you crush while binge-watching your favorite shows.
For some, it’s hard to pick a favorite drama series. Do you nurse a love/hate relationship with the trials of the cursed Stark clan on Game of Thrones, or even the Grantham household of Downton Abbey (cast pictured, above)? Are you intrigued by the political machinations in House of Cards? One wine promises to stand by your side through all of the nail-biting moments: the McManis 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon ($11, 90 points). Full-bodied, smooth and full of fruit, it’ll never let you down, even if yet another beloved Stark child is brutally murdered.
No surprise that Viola Davis, Claire Danes, Robin Wright, Julianna Margulies and Ruth Wilson all play powerful women. Pair their masterful roles with a Beaujolais-Villages like Domaine Dubost’s 2013 Cuvée Monthieux ($15, 90 points). Rich, complex and concentrated, it delivers spice and black fruit flavors, alongside smoky tannins.
Not to be outdone by the leading ladies in this category, the nominated actors (Kevin Spacey, Clive Owen, James Spader, Dominic West and Live Schreiber) turn in darkly masculine performances in their respective series. Shop around for a muscular wine, like the 2013 Camins del Priorat from Alvaro Palacios ($20, 90 points), which shows balanced black fruit with toasty oak flavors.
Best TV Series, Musical/Comedy | Best Actress and Actor in a TV Series, Musical/Comedy
Lighten up your evening of grandiose speeches and potential onstage waterworks by drinking to the funny men and women of TV.
Toast to Lena Dunham and Girls; Taylor Schilling and Orange is the New Black; and Gina Rodriguez and Jane the Virgin with winemaker Jules Taylor’s 2013 Sauvignon Blanc ($17, 92 points). Ripe and lush with ample fruit—think mouthwatering nectarine—it’s a delicious, easy-going wine for enjoying some laughs.
Transparent and Orange is the New Black sometimes veer into darker territory, but with a lot of heart, perfect for sipping Turkey Flat’s 2013 Barossa Valley Rosé ($20, 89 points). A blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Dolcetto, it is packed with cherry-berry and citrus flavors, balanced by a rich texture.
Louie C.K. (Louie, pictured), Ricky Gervais (Derek) and Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent) display a witty, subtle brand of funny man on their respective programs. What’s more appropriate than a dry Riesling, especially one as tasty as Trisaetum’s 2013 Ribbon Ridge Estate selection ($24, 94 points)? Stone fruit, bracing acidity and minerality combine for a balanced, complex and superb sip.