Celebrate your Oscar win with a bottle or two of bubbly.
BY LAUREN MURPHY
Mumm's the Word
Mumm Napa is the quintessential California sparkling wine. Sourced from more than 50 Napa Valley vineyards, Mumm Napa Brut Prestige ($20) offers drinkers a taste of everything the region has to offer. With its golden peach color, hints of melon, toasty vanilla aromas and crisp citrus and red-berry flavors, it’s easy to see why Mumm Napa Brut Prestige has won more medals at major wine competitions than any other wine in its class. K&L Wine Merchants, 1400 Vine St., Hollywood, 323-464-9463; mummnapa.com
A Rosé by Any Other Name....
Since 1743, Moët & Chandon has been the go-to option for Champagne lovers. Those looking for an alternative to their traditional champers choose Moët & Chandon’s Rosé Impérial ($70). Its reddish-pink coloring, red-berry and tobacco aromas and strawberry, raspberry and cherry flavors make tasting this bubbly an intense experience. And Rosé Impérial’s pulpy, fleshy palate and firm finish make it ideal for pairing or, of course, for thoroughly enjoying all on its own. Mel & Rose, 8344 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, 323-655-5557; moet.com
From five-time Oscar-winning director Francis Ford Coppola’s California winery comes Sofia Sparkling Blanc de Blancs 2008 ($19). Named after his daughter, Sofia Coppola (another Oscar winner), this sparkling wine has delicate floral aromatics and light effervescence. With fruit sourced from the cool, marine-temperate vineyards of Monterey County, this sophisticated yet affordable option is created from a blend of Pinot Blanc, Riesling and Muscat. Crisp and rousing flavors of pineapple and fig and aromas of apricot, peach and honeysuckle make Sofia Sparkling Blanc de Blancs 2008 a suitable sip for any occasion. The Wine House, 2311 Cotner Ave., Los Angeles, 310-479-3731; franciscoppolawinery.com