Oscars 2013: Drink picks for Hollywood's big night

Jennifer Lawrence, up for Best Actress ("Silver Linings Jennifer Lawrence, up for Best Actress ("Silver Linings Playbook"), might want to pop open a bottle of expressive Piper-Heidsieck Rosé Sauvage should she win. Or lose. Photo Credit: AP

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What will you be pouring on Oscar night? Other than your heart out, that is.

Abraham Lincoln preferred water. But Basil Hayden's Bourbon ($37) still is a good choice to honor him. It's amber, a hue that complements Oscar gold. There's a hint of spice. Maybe Daniel Day-Lewis will have a glass.

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If Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence manage to lose to Emmanuelle Riva, someone must uncork a bottle of Piper-Heidsieck Rosé Sauvage ($55), an expressive Champagne full of amour and red fruit.

Since Ben Affleck was stiffed for a best-director nomination, he certainly merits the 2009 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon ($125), a potent, rich and ageworthy wine loaded with blackberry, from an exceptional producer.

After being denied a statuette for "Taxi Driver" or even a nomination for "Mean Streets," Robert De Niro should be toasted with the 2009 Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cépages ($75), a Bordeaux-style red blend with nuance, fullness, complexity. It's the 20th-anniversary release.

The Oscars have been both generous and miserly for Steven Spielberg. Just for skipping "E.T.," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," and "Jaws," he ought to be voted the 2010 Joseph Drouhin Clos des Mouches ($120) -- white Burgundy, gilded and elegant, with a long finish.

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And Anne Hathaway's teary inevitability shouldn't make you feel like an extra in "Les Misérables." A taste of the 2010 Ponzi Vineyards Aurora Chardonnay ($60) is a creamy, citrusy, old-vine remedy; the 2011 Folie à Deux Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($20), a plummy, concentrated one.

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