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New Wine Workout: Pick Up a Bottle and Get Fit

Plus, the Postal Service issues a Pinot Noir, a new generation takes over at Bordeaux's Angélus, Premiere Napa Valley raises $5 million, and California’s newest AVA
Photo by: April Storey
Fitness instructor April Storey gets a lift from two bottles of Beaulieu Vineyards.

Posted: February 25, 2016

Wine lovers already know that moderate wine consumption offers a long list of potential health benefits, but not until recently had we considered bringing it to the gym. That’s thanks to a series of workout videos from Redding, Calif.–based fitness instructor April Storey, in which the 24-year-old mother has replaced dumbbells with bottles of Beaulieu Vineyards.

After purchasing wine for a New Year's Eve party, Storey recorded and posted a short video on Facebook. In the 36-second clip, she uses wine bottles as hand weights and sips Cabernet between biceps curls and pushups, all while wearing a "Will Run for Wine" T-shirt. "I made it as a humorous video for all the wine lovers out there who are also fitness lovers,” Storey told Unfiltered. “I wanted to show the two worlds colliding.”

Storey's video resonated far beyond her Facebook friends, as it now has millions of views and has appeared on Good Morning America, The Today Show and on CNN. On last week's National Drink Wine Day, she made a second video featuring wine paired with wall sits and lunges.

Although the video began as a joke, Storey hopes to teach an important lesson about living a healthy lifestyle. "As long as everything is done in moderation, you can be a fitness enthusiast and still love wine and that's OK!" she said. The athletic Cabernet fan practices what she preaches, regularly enjoying wine with meals and recently tasting through Napa after a wine-country half-marathon. She plans to continue the "wine workout" momentum with more videos, including a group workout with a white wine–loving friend. Unfiltered has already rearranged our wine rack by weight: 2-pound everyday drinkers at the top, and those 5-plus-pound max-out day cult Cabernets at the bottom.

New Year's Eve calls for a special kind of #workout. If you want sexy arms try this upper body circuit and don't forget to stay hydrated Hope everyone has a great New Year's Eve! Looking forward to seeing some great friends tonight!#newyearseve #wineworkout #happynewyear #ilovewine

Posted by April Storey on Thursday, December 31, 2015

Introducing a Government-Issue Pinot Noir

Many of us with the wine-collecting bug can trace our obsession with amassing rarities back to childhood, usually in the form of baseball cards, comic books or stamps—Unfiltered's lawn-mowing money was regularly squandered on all three. For those of us who still have a soft spot for those youthful pursuits (as well as for those who just need an extra 5 cents of postage), the United States Postal Service announced this week the release of a new winegrape stamp featuring an ink-and-watercolor illustration of two Pinot Noir clusters by the appropriately named Massachusetts-based artist John Burgoyne.

Hopefully these 5-cent supplemental stamps are just the beginning and we'll someday soon be able to geek out over a full 10-design press sheet of U.S. wine regions, but there's plenty of enological foreign postage to quench that philatelic thirst: Austria, Bosnia, Canada, France, Hungary, Italy, New Zealand and Portugal are just a few of the wine-friendly countries that have issued grape- or vineyard-themed stamps. If there are anymore domestic wine-themed stamps on the horizon, we'd like to encourage the USPS to take a cue from Switzerland, which once issued a scratch-and-sniff stamp that smelled like chocolate.

© 2016 USPS

The Next Generation Takes Over at Bordeaux's Angélus

A quiet transition in management and ownership has been underway at Château Angélus, the Premier Grand Cru Classé A estate in St.-Emilion, placing a new generation in charge.

Last May, after speaking with her father and siblings, Stephanie de Boüard-Rivoal, 34, bought her father’s shares in Château Angélus. “I bought it, I didn’t inherit. I accept the risk,” de Boüard-Rivoal told Unfiltered. Her father and siblings accepted the move in order to avoid an inheritance struggle further down the road. The other shares are owned by members of the extended family. Until recently, Angélus was run by Jean Bernard Grenié and Hubert de Boüard. Both now in their sixties, they were keen to see the estate remain in family hands. On the Grenié side of the family, Thierry Grenié, 28, will step up.

“In the next few months, my cousin Thierry Grenié will join me at Angélus,” said Stephanie de Boüard-Rivoal. “We will comanage together, share the tasks. We both trained until we were able to supervise all aspects of the estate.” Moving forward, Hubert de Boüard will remain on hand in the cellar. “My father is still involved in the company, but he’s stepped back from operations. He’s more focused on the winemaking.” Hubert de Boüard also has his consulting firm and La Fleur de Boüard, which he runs with his daughter Coralie and son Matthieu.


Premiere Napa Valley Auction Hauls in $5 Million

The annual Premiere Napa Valley benefiting Napa Valley Vintners raised $5 million this past weekend at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena. The auction featured more than 225 wine lots, mostly of small-production Cabernets from the 2014 vintage.

With a wall-to-wall crowd of winemakers, consumers, wine trade and one celebrity vintner towering above them all, the 2016 Premiere Napa Valley event showcased both long-established brands and newcomers to the Napa wine scene. The 20th annual barrel tasting and auction is open to licensed members of the trade who procure wines on behalf of collectors. Former NBA star and Napa vintner Yao Ming, standing at 7' 6", was a big attraction, with many in attendance seeking a photo op. Some of the top barrels of 2014 Cabernet included Italics Winegrowers ($130,000), Memento Mori ($130,000), Nine Suns ($130,000), Realm Cellars ($75,000), Rombauer Vineyards ($75,000), Shafer Vineyards ($70,000) and Tor Family ($70,000).


TTB Approves Lamorinda AVA in California

The latest American Viticultural Area in California to be approved by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is Lamorinda. Situated on the east side of the Berkeley Hills, Lamorinda takes its name from a commonly used portmanteau derived from the names of the three cities within the region: Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda. More known for its pricey real estate than its terroir, the median home price within the Lamorinda community is well over $1 million.

The tiny subregion within Contra Costa County includes moderate-to-steep hills, ranging from 220 to 2,024 feet in elevation, with clay-rich soils and influence from San Francisco, San Pablo and Suisun Bays. The region currently has just six bonded wineries and 139 acres of vineyards planted on the hilly and largely suburban terrain. Most vineyards are small, covering less than 5 acres, making it unlikely that Lamorinda-labeled wines will see very wide distribution. “With the number of cases produced in Lamorinda, our locals will be lucky to get a taste of their land,” Susan Captain of Captain Vineyards in Moraga told Unfiltered.

Due to the largely residential nature of the area, most plantings are devoted to backyard vintners. “People have to think seriously about their commitment to the land,” says Captain, referring to the Lamorinda Wine Growers Association mission statement, which pledges to provide education and support to its members, encourage sustainable practices and promote the Lamorinda community and its status as a winegrowing region.

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