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.
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.
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.