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Wine Institute suggests appetizer recipes to go with people's favorite wines.

Farm Press Staff

February 27, 2023

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A vineyard in Sonoma County, Calif.Tim Hearden

California's wine country has long been a favorite destination for celebrities, so there's always a buzz around Oscars season.

This year, the Wine Institute is pairing a promotion with the 95th Academy Awards, which air March 12, declaring there’s no better way to celebrate the winners and the Golden State’s iconic film industry than by toasting with California wine.

The glamour of the Oscars calls for a next-level watch party menu that pairs California wines with fancy finger foods and small plates. Best of all, guests can enjoy the party spread from the best seat in the house — your sofa.

California wine and the Academy Awards make an especially fitting match. Not only is the state home to Hollywood and the world’s most famous movie studios, some of the industry’s top luminaries — Oscar winners themselves — are also California vintners.

This includes legendary film director Francis Ford Coppola (Francis Ford Coppola Winery) and director-producer John Lasseter (Lasseter Family Wines), known for his work with Disney and Pixar. Musician John Legend — an “EGOT” because he has won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony award — is also the man behind LVE Collection wines, a collaboration with Napa Valley’s Raymond Vineyards.

Here are five red-carpet recipes for elegant watch-party appetizers, paired with an array of Golden State sips. For more recipes and a search tool for locating wineries across the state, visit DiscoverCaliforniaWines.

Source: Wine Institute

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