• For those about Shiraz, we saaaaluuuuute you! Now that the obligatory hit-song wine pun is out of the way, AC/DC, most fondly known by Unfiltered for rock classics like "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" and "Big Balls," is taking a cue from fellow 20th century music stars the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and Madonna, selling a line of self-branded wines made by someone else, in AC/DC's case, Australia's Warburn Estate. The wines, from Barossa, Coonawarra and New Zealand's Marlborough, feature adaptations of classic AC/DC album covers on the labels and are only available in Australia for now. Priced at a little under $20, the line features Back in Black Shiraz, Highway to Hell Cabernet Sauvignon, Hells Bells Sauvignon Blanc and You Shook Me All Night Long Moscato, meaning that we now must all grudgingly accept that Moscato is, in fact, totally metal.
Do not look directly at this bottle.
• In 2009, Andrew Roper of Wines to the Stars raised more than $60,000 in a joint effort with Paul Stanley of KISS for the Victorian Fire Appeal. After this summer's (that's your winter, northern hemispherers) record vineyard floods, he was once again inspired to bring wine and rock together for the Australian Red Cross. In collaboration with the Glasgow, Scotland-based alternative rock band Snow Patrol, six exclusive 6-liter Methuselahs (a pair of 9-liter bottles were made as well) of Teusner Shiraz Barossa Valley 2008 have been created to raise funds for those affected by the floods in Queensland and Victoria. “It is important to use what you are passionate about most to raise as much possible awareness and funds for those less fortunate,” Roper told Unfiltered. The wine takes its name from Snow Patrol’s 2008 album A Hundred Million Suns and the band members signed each label. The live Red Cross Appeal Auction will take place in September, though bids on the bottles are already coming in at more than $3,500 each. Unfiltered can't help but feel even sorrier for the Aussies now—we get that some sunshine might help out after a flood, but to a wine industry devastated by record-breaking heat waves in 2008 and 2009, not to mention the subsequent wildfires, the thought of "a hundred million suns" must be terrifying.
We can't think of a better advertising hook than Jimmy Stafford's earworm chords from the hit "Drops of Jupiter."
• "Hey all. My name is Jimmy Stafford." ("Hi Jimmy.") "I'm in that band Train and I happen to like wine." No, the Train guitarist isn't the latest addition to Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. That's just how he's introducing the band's new wine, Drops of Jupiter Petite Sirah 2009. Stafford in fact loves wine. He has a wine cellar in his "man cave" and always seeks out local wines on the band's regular world tours (with the exception of Riesling—he sticks to bier in Germany). Drops of Jupiter, made in partnership with Concannon Vineyards for the Save Me, San Francisco Wine Co., was released a few weeks ago at $10 a bottle, a portion of which will be donated to Family House, a non-profit that assists families of seriously ill children at San Francisco's Benioff Children's Hospital. The wine will also be available at many of their upcoming tour venues for those who are cool enough—or lame enough? We're not sure which—to drink wine at a rock concert. Fans of the band will instantly recognize "Drops of Jupiter" as Train's biggest hit, which won the 2001 Grammy for Best Rock Song. For those who can't quite place it, go ahead and Google it, just like we did. But don't come whining to us when that massive adult contemporary rock hit you never knew the name of is stuck in your head for the rest of the week.
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