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In these trying times nothing beats my recessionary blues like watchingrich people prance around in fancy frocks and jewelry worth more thanmy house.

In these trying times nothing beats my recessionary blues like watching rich people prance around in fancy frocks and jewelry worth more than my house.

They’ll be plenty of both at the Oscars this Sunday; and like oodles of other little people around the world I’ll be watching with bated breath to see who takes home those coveted golden guys. In honour of the best picture nominees this week I’ve chosen a liquid inspired by each of their solid performances.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button:
With New Orleans as a backdrop nothing represents this flick better than the Big Easy’s own Southern Comfort ($24.25 - $25.64). It’s great on its own, with cola or stirred into a fruit juice-based Hurricane cocktail.

Frost/Nixon: The now famous interviews took place in California’s Orange County. Though far from the wine regions, a bottle of the state’s 2006 Dancing Bull Zinfandel ($11.95 - $15.96) seems appropriate considering how Tricky Dick soft-shoed around many of Frost’s questions.

Milk: Because it’s set in the ’70s, and has a fluid name, it seems a no-brainer to go with a White Russian. All you need to make this fern bar favourite is a little Mexican Kahlúa coffee liqueur ($27.49 - $29.48), some fresh moo juice and a few cubes of ice.

The Reader:
Holocaust movies are Academy Award magnets and this one just might get Kate Winslet a statuette. She plays a German; so a thirst-quenching six-pack of Deutschland lager — typified by DAB Original ($10.95 - $11.99) — would taste wunderbar.

Slumdog Millionaire: If I won 20 million rupees I’d drink French champagne like it was water. The 2000 Dom Pérignon ($215.00 - $248.00) would be my pick especially since its Hollywood creds date back to Sean Connery’s James Bond days. (P.S. My money’s on Slumdog to win.)

(Prices reflect the range across the country. Some products may not be available in all provinces.)

– Peter Rockwell is the everyman’s wine writer, working in the liquor industry for more than 25 years and travelling the globe looking for something to fill his glass and put into words.

 
 
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