• When it comes to wine, the gents in Mad Men usually stick to celebratory bubbly, but even with the amount of Scotch they put back, Unfiltered imagines it would take them at least a full two episodes to polish off a 27-liter bottle of wine. At last month's 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards Ceremony, the Mad Men were out in force, but the quaff of choice was wine—specifically, official sponsor Beaulieu Vineyard of Napa, which created a custom-etched and -painted bottle of Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 as tall as a 6-year-old. At 3.5 feet standing and 110 pounds, the 27-liter brute undoubtedly gave BV winemaker Jeffrey Stambor a solid upper-body workout as he carted it around backstage, collecting autographs in gold ink from small-screen luminaries. (Wine nerd trivia: Recall that nonstandard bottle sizes go by biblical names—this one, holding 36 regular bottles, is a Goliath.) The big bottle served as an unoffical "guest book" of nominees, and like last year's, will be available for purchase to benefit educational programs of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation.
Stambor snagged John Hancocks from host Jimmy Kimmel, Mad Men's Elizabeth Moss, Jon Cryer of Two and a Half Men, Julie Bowen of Modern Family, Amy Poehler, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Costner, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and many other Tinseltown types. This was the seventh year BV sponsored the Emmys and the second year they created such a bottle for the evening. Last year's bottle raised $8,000 for the charities.
• Disney World's Magic Kingdom is set to finally break its long dry spell, with wine and beer on the menu at the new upscale French restaurant Be Our Guest, which aims to replicate for diners the elegance and noblesse in the genteel, pastoral French countryside setting of
The Lion King Beauty and the Beast. "As part of the overall theming, we wanted to offer wine that enhances the guest experience and complements the French-inspired cuisine," said Mickey Mouse Stuart McGuire, beverage director at Disney World, on the Disney Blog. (In the past, thirsty Dads always had to drag their kids to dorky sister-park EPCOT because the World Showcase of fake countries serves booze.) The restaurant, part of the New Fantasyland expansion at Magic Kingdom, is set to open in December, and the wine list includes some French (and, hmm, Californian) names you may know, like the Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label, Louis Jadot Poully-Fuissé and Nuits-Saint-Georges, Château Batailley, Flowers Pinot Noir and Simi Cabernet. To Unfiltered, the logical next step would be to expand this themed beverage program to other park attractions: a little rum to get in the mood for Pirates of the Caribbean, moonshine to steel those nerves for a ride on the Big Thunder Mountain rollercoaster, and, of course, absinthe at It's a Small World.
• If you’re a resident of Florida or Texas, your local Hooters will soon be offering glasses of Buxom Blonde and Bodacious Brunette, the first releases from the new Calendar Girl Wines. Created by "blonde-trepreneurs" Lynne Austin (the "Original Hooters Girl"), former Hooters girl Shannon Hannon-Oliviero and The Amazing Race contestant Tina Hunter-Greene, the wines depict classic pin-up style imagery on the label and should look right at home in the iconic "breastaurant". One of the intentions behind the brand, according to its founders, is to celebrate women of all ages. Currently, the red blend label, Bodacious Brunette, depicts a woman in her 20s, while the model on the brand’s white blend, Buxom Blonde, is in her 30s. Next year, said Hannon-Oliviero, the brand plans to use labels featuring women in their 40s and 50s as well. Produced by Washington state-based Gordon Estate winery, the wines will be available exclusively at Hooters restaurants and online, with each bottle bearing the Calendar Girl Wines logo: "Like us on the bottle… love us on your lips!" But Unfiltered readers are free to amuse themselves with their own cheesy innuedoes about the wine's "body" or "legs."
• On an unseasonably warm autumn night this past Monday, local newscasters and chefs teamed up to serve small plates and wine for the 19th annual Feast of Famous Faces, held at Pier 60 in New York City. The long-running event, which raised over $500,000 for the pediatric programs of the Center for Hearing and Communications, featured boldface names, including former One Life to Live stars James and Kassie DePaiva, whose son Jake was diagnosed with hearing loss at an early age. Chef Waldy Malouf of Beacon Restaurant was taking time off from his new downtown burger and pizza venture, High Heat, to volunteer at the event as he has done for 15 years now. He explained, "I was introduced to it by a friend whose husband happens to be deaf and I've seen how it helps people—young people especially."
Sips & Tips | Wine & Healthy Living
Video Theater | Collecting & Auctions